Compassionate Assistance After A Loved One’s Death
Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be an extremely trying time. If the death of a family member was the result of another party’s wrongdoing or negligence, then the grieving process is only intensified. In these types of situations, the victim’s family may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive financial compensation for the death of the loved one.
How Do Wrongful Deaths Occur?
Wrongful death occurs when an individual is killed due to the misconduct or negligence of another party. The victim’s family, particularly dependents, may be eligible to collect monetary damages.
Even though there are wrongful death statutes in place to compel manufacturing companies, trucking companies, doctors and hospitals to act carefully, wrongful deaths still occur in a number of situations, including:
- Vehicle accidents: An automobile company can be held responsible for defective products in their vehicles, and trucking companies can be held responsible for truck accidents if an employee breaks trucking regulations and a serious injury or death occurs.
- Emergency room medical malpractice: This wrongful death lawsuit can stem from negligence by any member of the hospital staff in the emergency room, misdiagnosis of a health condition or premature discharging of a patient.
- Anesthesia malpractice: If the anesthesiologist fails in their duties and gives a patient a fatal anesthetic dose, this is considered wrongful death.
Compensation Offered For Wrongful Death Cases
Missouri allows the heirs of the deceased family member to file a wrongful death lawsuit if their loved one died due to the negligence of another party. Some of the factors the court considers to determine what types of damages to award include:
- The deceased individual’s income
- Loss of companionship
- The savings the deceased individual had/would have earned
- The survivors’ level of dependence on the deceased individual
- Funeral expenses and medical costs prior to death
While no financial payment can compensate for the loss of a family member, financial security can reduce anxiety and provide comfort. Seeing the responsible parties brought to justice can also provide a sense of closure.
Contact Our Experienced Lawyers To Protect Your Best Interests
The laws related to a wrongful death lawsuit can be quite complicated. During your grieving process, you may not want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, claims have to be filed in a certain period of time, or your family may lose the right to do so down the road.
Our professional personal injury attorneys will guide you through each step of the lawsuit. We have the resources to handle any case, regardless of how powerful the at-fault party may seem.