Wrongful Deaths Attorney St. Louis
It is always a shock to lose a loved one, and in this time of grief, you may be pressed to care for other family members as well as your own needs. Unfortunately, like many types of lawsuits, there is a timeframe that must be observed when filing a wrongful death claim.
If you have lost your loved one due to a wrongful death, Missouri requires that you file a wrongful death lawsuit within three years from the date of death to preserve your legal claim to compensation. Additionally, you may have to take immediate legal action to preserve evidence that supports your wrongful death claim.
A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit claims that a person’s death was caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional act of another, and that the victim’s survivors are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the improper conduct.
A wrongful death claim generally consists of 4 elements:
- the death was caused, in whole or part, by the conduct of the defendant (the person/entity being sued),
- the defendant was negligent or strictly liable for the victim’s death,
- there is a surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents; and
- damages have resulted from the victim’s death.
A person filing a wrongful death claim must be in a certain category, based on the connection to the person who passed away and may have to prove in court that he or she has the legal right to seek monetary damages from the person, group or company responsible for the death.
The basis of a wrongful death claim may result from an accidental death as well as criminal acts, such as:
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Driver Negligence
- Railroad Crossing Accidents
- Plane Crashes
- Falling Accidents
- Defective Products
- Hazardous Premises
- Other fatal injuries
- Damages in Wrongful Death Cases: St. Louis
A wrongful death suit is a means to hold the negligent party accountable, and provide comfort and financial support to the survivors.
As your lawyer, we will seek compensation for the measurable losses such as medical care and treatment, funeral expenses, and projected earnings of the deceased. We will also make a case for non-economic damages such as lost companionship of the family members left behind.
If you believe you have a claim for the wrongful death of a family member, contact us at 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937).
How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Helps
Retaining the services of a personal injury lawyer who understands Missouri’s wrongful death law allows you to immediately explore, understand and preserve your legal options. We will focus on protecting your legal rights as we thoroughly investigate, document and pursue your claim for compensation.
Call The Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+