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St. Louis Wrongful Death Attorney

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We understand that the tragic death of a family member cannot be resolved through a lawsuit, however, through a lawsuit we help the family members get justice, financial help and closure to help them move past the tragic passing of a loved one. Holding the person or entity responsible for the death of a loved one is an important step in the grieving process and can often help to prevent similar deaths due to negligence.

Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death is always an unfortunate event compounded by loss, financial burden, and emotional pain. The costs, both financial and emotional, are great. Our attorneys can help you navigate this difficult time, and assist you in finding justice and closure for your lost loved one.

Common causes of wrongful death include truck accident, car accident, drunk driving accident, result of a defective or dangerous product or drug, negligent medical treatment or malpractice, failing to diagnose or properly treat complications or conditions, all may be the cause of wrongful death claims. Whatever your specific circumstances are surrounding the loss of your loved one, we are ready to advise and assist you during this difficult time.

“Damages” or money recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit are as follows:

  • Loss of future earnings the decedent would have provided;
  • Lost benefits, i.e. pension or other retirement benefits;
  • Expenses related to the death, i.e., medical bills and funeral cost;
  • Pain, suffering or mental anguish suffered by the survivors;
  • Loss of companionship;
  • Punitive damages if the wrongdoers actions were intentional or grossly negligent, also known as wanton and willful conduct.

Specific Missouri and Illinois wrongful death statutes apply to wrongful death cases case that affects who can bring the case and the types of damages the survivors are entitled to. Generally all of the damages, or money, the loved one would have been entitled to if they were able to bring the case themselves, in addition to the added harms and losses suffered by the family members.

Related Statutes

Some specific statutes related to wrongful death in Missouri:

537.080. 1. Whenever the death of a person results 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, the person or party who, or the corporation which, would have been liable if death had not ensued shall be liable in an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured, which damages may be sued for:

  • (1) By the spouse or children or the surviving lineal descendants of any deceased children, natural or adopted, legitimate or illegitimate, or by the father or mother of the deceased, natural or adoptive;
  • (2) If there be no persons in class (1) entitled to bring the action, then by the brother or sister of the deceased, or their descendants, who can establish his or her right to those damages set out in section 537.090 because of the death;
  • (3) If there be no persons in class (1) or (2) entitled to bring the action, then by a plaintiff ad litem. Such plaintiff ad litem shall be appointed by the court having jurisdiction over the action for damages provided in this section upon application of some person entitled to share in the proceeds of such action. Such plaintiff ad litem shall be some suitable person competent to prosecute such action and whose appointment is requested on behalf of those persons entitled to share in the proceeds of such action. Such court may, in its discretion, require that such plaintiff ad litem give bond for the faithful performance of his duties.

2. Only one action may be brought under this section against any one defendant for the death of any one person.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

We are experienced in representing the families of a loved one who passed away due to the negligence of another, and have recovered millions for the families. To get the best result possible you need experienced, qualified, and proven wrongful death injury lawyers.

If have suffered the loss of a loved one call (314) 863-0500 or contact us online to to talk with wrongful death lawyer Benjamin Sansone to discuss your case.

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