St. Louis Wrongful Death Lawyers
If You’ve Lost a Loved One, Our Team Is Here to Help
There are no words to express the tragedy of losing a loved one. Finding your way forward through grief is a prospect no one ever wants to face. When you lose a family member, you are losing a provider, a caregiver, a partner. There are so many ways someone’s love and care touch our lives that trying to make sense of the loss seems impossible.
Especially if the loss is due to a sudden accident or attack, you may be left reeling and wondering what to do next. Anyone in this situation deserves as much support as they can find. If your loved one was killed by someone else’s negligence or wrongful action, you might be able to bring a legal claim against the person or people at fault.
Finding this kind of justice on behalf of the one you lost can be helpful in your healing process. By bringing a claim, you can gain more understanding of what happened and make the individual behind this tragedy face the terrible consequences of what they have done. You can also receive restitution. While there is no way to assign a value to a life or to the love you received from the one you lost, a settlement or jury award can help alleviate financial worry while you try to create a new set of plans for the future. This compensation can help you continue to pay the mortgage or rent, support your dependents, and cover everyday expenses even if you feel like the rest of your life is on hold.
Understanding Eligibility in Wrongful Death Suits
Before you are able to file a claim on behalf of your loved one, the first thing you must do is prove you have standing to sue. Missouri code defines a cause of action for wrongful death in legalese, but in simple language it comes down to this: If someone else’s conduct, whether purposeful or negligent, led to your loved one’s death, someone will be able to sue.
A wrongful death lawsuit cannot be filed by just anyone. By law, eligibility to file starts with the person at the top of this list and then passes to the next member if a certain party is deceased
- Spouse of the deceased
- Children of the deceased
- Grandchildren of the deceased
- Siblings of the deceased
- Nieces and/or nephews of the deceased
- A court-appointed representative
If you are not sure whether you have the right to bring a suit, or whether you claim trumps that of another family member, our attorneys can evaluate your case to provide an answer.
What Damages Can I Ask For?
Wrongful death suits allow you to recover economic and non-economic damages. You may ask for:
- Medical expenses that preceded death
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income
- Mental anguish, pain, and suffering
- Loss of advice, comfort, and support
- Loss of counsel
- Loss of parental advice, education, and guidance
- Loss of consortium
Depending on your relationship with the deceased, the losses you request may vary. Our attorneys and consultants can sit down with you to determine the full amount you may be eligible to request.
Our Caring Attorneys Are Here to Support Your Wrongful Death Claim
If you have lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, you have our greatest sympathy—and our sincere invitation to reach out with your questions. Our wrongful death attorney in St. Louis understands that considering legal action may seem like a scary step. Our sympathetic attorneys can listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide guidance if you choose to move forward with a case.
Nothing can make up for the loss of a family member, but by helping you exercise your legal rights, we at Geoff Meyerkord Law Firm hope to provide you support and a financial safety net during this difficult time. When you are ready to pursue justice on behalf of your loved one, our team will be here to help.
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