The pain caused by the wrongful death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things to cope with in life. This is compounded by the fact that the death was caused by the negligence of someone else.
We understand that a lawsuit will never bring back a loved one and that money is not enough. However, pursuing a lawsuit may allow you to have some closure and the financial stability to keep your family safe. It also sends a message to the wrongdoer that they are held legally accountable and cannot get away with their actions.
Our office has represented families who have lost someone due to the carelessness of another person or from a defective product. If you have lost a loved one from the fault of another person it is very important to contact one of our lawyers immediately in order to properly preserve evidence and your rights.
A wrongful death attorney can help you assess your case and discuss the best steps to take. In Missouri and Illinois, call us at 314-631-6777 to talk to an injury lawyer about your case.
What is a Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death lawsuit may be brought upon a person or company who negligently or intentionally caused the death of another person.
Missouri law defines wrongful death under RSMO §537.080 as:
“a death of a person result[ing] from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages in respect thereof.”
Only certain people can file a lawsuit for wrongful death. Missouri law §587.080 defines who may qualify to sue. A Missouri cause of action for wrongful death starts on the date of death and must be filed within three years of that date. In Missouri there is a two year statute of limitations on lost chance of survival cases. Lost chance of survival and wrongful death are not the same. A lost chance of survival is brought on behalf of the deceased for the lost chance of recovery while wrongful death is for the loss of life. These statute of limitations are provides as examples only. Contact an attorney at our office to determine which statute of limitations applies to your case.
Damages for Wrongful Death
Some examples of damages include:
- Funeral & burial expenses;
- Related medical bills;
- Lost future earnings;
- Pain & Suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Value of services – companionship;
- Punitive damages.
Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have any questions about pursuing a wrongful death claim, call us at 314-631-6777 to speak directly to an injury lawyer about your case.