The death of someone you love is often one of the most difficult things
you will ever cope with. During this time, however, it is important to
know your rights and what your legal path forward may be to seek justice
and compensation for your untimely loss.
wrongful death is defined as the death of a person resulting from the actions, conduct,
or circumstances of another person that would not have occurred otherwise.
In such cases, a spouse, biological or adopted children, biological or
adoptive parents, and in certain circumstances grandchildren may file
a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Missouri. If the deceased was
unmarried, had no children, and there are no surviving parents, siblings
or other extended family members may file the wrongful death lawsuit.
However, the court may appoint what is known as a “plaintiff ad
litem” to file the claim if there are no personal representatives.
Damages awarded for a wrongful death lawsuit are typically based on several
different factors, including funeral expenses, medical costs related to
the deceased person’s fatal injury or illness, the pain and suffering
the deceased endured before his or her death, the value of the deceased
person’s wages and benefits, and the loss of support or companionship
that person provided surviving family members.
Additionally, Missouri has a statute of limitations, setting a time limit
on when one can file a wrongful death lawsuit, which is 3 years and begins
on the date of death.
Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. handles a variety of wrongful death cases, including
car and trucking accidents,
nursing home neglect, and
medical malpractice. Our firm has been here for over 40 years and has won over $7 billion
in verdicts and settlements. Call us for a free case evaluation at