Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

wrongful deathThe 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.

A 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, product liability, construction 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 417-855-2022.