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October 22, 2019 | Gary Burger

Can I Sue for My Loved One's Death?

Someone you love has passed. Either from an accident with a vehicle, or a negligent or unsafe practice at work, the person you love is no longer with you. What can you do? As a Spouse or family member, what are your rights? Can you sue? The answer, is yes. If someone you loved has passed, and another individual or business is responsible for their death, you can pursue a Wrongful Death Claim against the responsible party. If you have questions about what you can do, what rights you and your family have, or if you want the help of a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Louis, call or contact our Firm today. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never charge any fees unless we win your claim

Can I sue for My Loved One's Death?

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Because of the reckless actions of another driver or the unsafe practices of a business, your loved one has passed. You have no idea how to move forward, or how your family is going to get by without them. There are options that you can take, and while no settlement or judgment will ever bring your loved one back, a Wrongful Death Lawsuit can help you and your family move forward.

The question is, what options do you have, and can you sue? Under Missouri Laws, you and your family memebers are entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for the death of your loved one. But what exactly does that mean? What can your family recover? Will the settlement cover all of your expenses, and if your loved one provided your family with income, will it cover their lost income as well? The short answer? Yes.

Wrongful Death Claims are similar to Personal Injury Lawsuits in that they seek to right a wrong through a lawsuit, and that a financial settlement is typically involved. Wrongful Death Lawsuits, however, can be brought by family members and can recover more than just medical bills and lost wages. Here is a list of the items that may be recoverable in a wrongful death claim:

  • Loss of Income
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Instruction to Children
  • Guidance
  • Counseling
  • Funeral Expenses

This is only a short list of what your family may be able to recover in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit. If you have questions about pursuing a claim, or if you've decided you want legal guidance for your family's wrongful death claim, our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis can help. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never charge any attorneys fees unless we win your claim.

Who can I sue for my Loved One's Death?

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Now that you know you can bring a lawsuit for the death of your loved one, your next question may be "who can you sue"? This is going to entirely depend upon the circumstances of your loved one's death. Here are several examples of who can be held accountable for your loved one's passing:

  • The Other Driver and Their Insurance Company
    • If your loved one passed in a traffic accident, you can hold the other driver and their insurance company responsible and you can bring a wrongful death suit against them. In these cases, insurance companies typically have set amounts that are dictated by policy limits. You can request the full amount of the policy limits, and if they try to deny your request, you absolutely should seek legal help. A Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Louis is going to know how to help you get this maximum amount as well as other damages that your family has had to suffer.
  • The Business or Corporation the Worked For
    • If your loved one passed while on the job, or because of a condition that developed while on the job and the condition can be linked to the business, you can sue the company responsible. Businesses are required to carry several different types of insurance, and your family can claim the maximum amounts available for these policies. Remember, their negligent and unsafe acts caused the death of your loved one. They owe you and your family everything. If you need help holding a business accountable, or if the business is claiming that your loved one's death was due to their own actions and they refuse to even listen to you, you can and should speak with our Personal Injury Lawyers. Our team has fought businesses before, and we can hold them accountable for their reckless actions
  • The Doctor or Hospital who Failed to give them the Care they Needed
    • We trust that the doctors and hospitals we go to will provide our loved one's with excellent care, and that they will correctly diagnose and treat the illness or injuries that they may have. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Whether the doctor is too busy and misses a critical sign of an illness, or the wrong surgery is performed on the wrong side of the body, your family member has passed because of these negligent actions. Your family can sue a medical provider or a hospital for negligent acts. If another doctor can state that the hospital or doctor provided a sub-par lack of care, and that these actions directly led to your loved ones's death, you can sue. A Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Lawsuit can be complex and difficult, and shouldn't be undertaken without the help of a personal injury lawyer. Our Lawyers are passionate about helping families who've lost loved ones, and we never settle for anything less than the maximum of what you and your family deserve. If you have any questions about a possible wrongful death claim, or if you want to speak to a lawyer to see if your family has a claim, call our Personal Injury Law Firm in St. Louis. We don't charge any consultation fees and we never charge any attorneys fees unless we win your claim