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The loss of a loved one is a devastating event, especially when it is caused by the negligence of another person. If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, the Floyd Law Firm can help you get the justice you deserve.
Our experienced Maryland Heights wrongful death attorneys have a proven track record of success in wrongful death cases. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you need to cover your financial losses and to help you heal from your emotional pain.
We offer free consultations, so there is no risk in contacting us. Call our Maryland Heights wrongful death attorneys today at (314) 863-4114 to schedule your appointment.
Understanding Wrongful Death In Missouri
Wrongful death is a category of personal injury claims that stem from a death that wasn’t of natural cause, usually caused by a third party’s intentional or unintentional actions.
Wrongful death is one of the few circumstances where civil and criminal courts can interact. If a victim dies due to a crime, there may be both a criminal and civil case going through Missouri courts for the same incident. This can make wrongful death proceedings more complex than other domains of personal injury law.
Some examples of legal activities that could unintentionally cause another person’s death, yielding a wrongful death case include:
- Motor Vehicle Accident
- Premises Liability
- Construction Accidents
- Product Liability
- Medical Malpractice
In contrast, some examples of criminal activities that could yield both a criminal and civil case include:
- DUI-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Homicide (Murder, Manslaughter)
Who Is Eligible For Damages In A Missouri Wrongful Death Case?
According to Missouri Revised Statutes 537.080, spouses, children, parents, and “surviving lineal descendants” (meaning adopted or illegitimate children) of the deceased are first eligible to bring a claim for wrongful death against a third party.
If there are no persons in the first class, the eligibility for this action passes to surviving siblings and their children.
After that, an individual can be appointed plaintiff ad litem. Ad litem is Latin, which means “for the suit.” So, as Missouri law dictates, a suitable plaintiff for the suit can be appointed by the court in these proceedings. This could be an aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin, or guardian – someone with ties to the family.
What Financial Costs Are Covered in a Maryland Heights Wrongful Death Suit?
Wrongful death lawsuits can cover similar damages to other personal injury suits.
The key difference is that plaintiffs for the action can also seek to cover funeral or burial expenses in addition to the following types of costs:
- Medical Debt
- Lost Wages and Future Earning Potential
- Loss of Companionship
- Pain and Suffering of the Deceased Pre-Death
- Loss of Consortium
Floyd Law Is Here For You In This Time Of Grief And Loss
We understand if you’re in shock or disbelief after the passing of your loved one. No amount of financial compensation can bring that individual back. But we know that some financial compensation can bring great relief to you and your loved ones in your time of loss.
The Floyd Law Firm is here – and we can help with your wrongful death case.
For truly compassionate and caring legal advice, talk to our team of Maryland Heights wrongful death attorneys. We are ready to advise you on the next steps. Get started by calling (314) 863-4114 or contacting us online to book your wrongful death case review today.