When a death occurs in the family, those left behind must face life without their loved one. Not only do they feel the devastation of a person’s life cut short, but they also feel overwhelmed looking ahead to the future. In cases of wrongful death, surviving members of the family must decide whether or not to file a wrongful death suit. They must do this on top of planning a funeral, juggling any lasting medical bills, and going through the stages of grief.
Many victim’s families shy away from seeking legal assistance, as this time in their life is much too formidable to take on something so intimidating. However, you’ll find that the compassionate St. Joseph wrongful death lawyers from Patterson Legal Group is prepared to help ease some of your burdens so that you can focus on recovering after the loss of a loved one.
Our empathetic personal injury team has over 25 years of experience representing wrongful death cases. And, with our focus steadily on your satisfaction, you know your family is in excellent hands.
What Accidents May Lead to Wrongful Death?
In our experience, we have come across wrongful death lawsuits as a result of all different kinds of accidents. These accidents are often caused by another party’s negligent or reckless actions. Here are a few accident cases that may result in a wrongful death suit.
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Construction Zone Accidents
- Semi-truck Accidents
- Unsafe or Defective Products
- Accidents at Work
If your loved one passed away as a result of one of these incidents, you may have a case for wrongful death. To be sure, receive a free case evaluation and consultation from us by calling 816-920-0000, using our LiveChat feature, or filling out this online form.
What Expenses Come from a Wrongful Death?
After a wrongful death, the family will need to cover many related expenses. At minimum, they will have to pay for a funeral and cover any leftover medical costs from their loved one’s care. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the national median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation in 2019 was $5,150. Funeral costs almost doubled with a median cost of $9,135 for those who chose a funeral with viewing and vault included. As you can see these amounts can add up quickly.
By filing a wrongful death suit, you and your family may be able to receive financial compensation for some of these costs. Moreover, compensation may include additional amounts. These may include lost future wages of the deceased, compensation for their pain and suffering, and more.
The St. Joseph wrongful death attorneys at Patterson Legal Group will be able to let you know just how much compensation may be available.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
There are some limitations to who can file a wrongful death claim. According to Missouri law, the surviving spouse and children are the first parties eligible to pursue a claim. Grandchildren and the deceased’s parents may also be able to file a claim.
Then, the ability to sue passes to any siblings of the victim. If the deceased had none, the court will then appoint a plaintiff ad litem, or a personal representative of the estate. If you are one of the aforementioned parties, contact us soon, before time has run out.
Missouri’s Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
There are laws set in place that govern the length of time a family or representative has to file a lawsuit after a loved one’s wrongful death. According to the Missouri wrongful death statute of limitations, you have three years from the date of the accident to file the initial claim.
Time passes quickly after a family member has died. We understand this time is very difficult for your family. We hope to offer you some reprieve by taking care of one of the many duties on your plate. Let us handle seeking financial compensation, so you can focus on finding closure after a wrongful death.
Work with the St. Joseph Wrongful Death Lawyers from Patterson Legal Group
Our Missouri personal injury lawyers have extensive experience working through the complexities of wrongful death law. Contact the St. Joseph lawyers at Patterson Legal Group to receive quality representation for you and your loved one.
We know what it takes to get results as our legal team has recovered over $250 million total in compensation on behalf of our clients. Further, you won’t have to worry about any expensive lawyer fees, because you will have no out-of-pocket costs from us. And, there is no fee unless we win you compensation.