Missouri Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wrongful death is defined as a death that “is caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another.” Families of a wrongful death victim can file a wrongful death claim against the person or parties responsible for the wrongful death of their loved one. There is a three year time limit to file a wrongful death claim in Missouri, which starts from the date the wrongful death occurred. After three years have passed, a wrongful death claim cannot be filed.
It may be surprising to hear that only certain family members are permitted to file a wrongful death claim in Missouri. The spouse of the deceased, the deceased’s children (regardless of whether they were adopted or natural, illegitimate or legitimate), and the father or mother of the deceased (regardless of whether they were adoptive or natural) are allowed to file a Missouri wrongful death claim. In some cases, the brother or sister of the deceased or their descendants may be able to file a wrongful death claim in Missouri.
Family members of an individual killed because of another’s negligence frequently turn to lawyers to ensure that their rights are protected and that full compensation is obtained. When a law firm is contacted by family members of a wrongful death victim and the firm cannot take on the case, the firms can refer the case to another law firm or attorney who has the legal resources and experience to handle wrongful death litigation.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Missouri wrongful death accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- A Missouri car crash, caused by distracted, reckless, aggressive, or drowsy driving; excessive speeding; a motorist under the influence of alcohol or drugs; defective parts on a motor vehicle; or poor road conditions.
- A truck accident in Missouri, caused by fatigue from hours of service violations; distracted driving; aggressive driving; illegal maneuvers; or over-the-counter or prescription drug use or addiction.
- A Missouri motorcycle collision, caused by speed (the seriousness of injuries increases as speed rises); lack of experience or skills of a driver; reckless driving; or driving distracted.
Wrongful Death Accident Litigation
Wrongful death accidents are especially tragic as they occur suddenly and could have been prevented. Families of wrongful death victims in Missouri can seek monetary compensation to help with the financial stresses of a death. Monetary compensation can’t replace a loved one, but it can help lessen the sudden financial burden that is placed on families of wrongful death victims. Coverage can be obtained for economic expenses such as funeral costs and hospital bills, which can often be exorbitant. Families may also be able to receive compensation for the victim’s loss of wages. There is not a limit to economic damages that may be awarded.
Families of Missouri wrongful death victims can also be entitled to non-economic damages, such as survival damages, which are exclusive to wrongful death cases. Survival damages are based on the damages a victim would have probably incurred if they had survived the wrongful death accident. Families can also be compensated for the mental anguish and pain and suffering of their loved one, as well as a loss of companionship.
After a wrongful death accident in Missouri, an experienced attorney can help you understand what legal options are available to your family during this tragic time. It can be hard to prove fault in a wrongful death accident, and consulting with a lawyer can help your family decide whether you have a substantial wrongful death case.
Referring Wrongful Death Accident Cases
The Serious Injury Legal Group (SILG) is there to provide assistance to personal injury victims as well as to other lawyers and law firms who need to refer a case, whether because they are unable to take the case because of other constraints, or they do not practice in the specific area a case covers. SILG offers legal professionals a place to refer personal injury and wrongful death cases in Missouri and Illinois, and also grants referring attorneys an effective way to keep track of cases they have referred to SILG. The website of SILG gives referring lawyers a specific login and pass code they are able to use to monitor the status of any referred case from inception through disposition.
Currently, SILG is accepting referrals from lawyers and other law firms on a case by case basis. Call SILG today at 1-800-900-SILG if you are an attorney and need to refer a wrongful death or personal injury case.