Who is Eligible to Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim in Missouri?

At the Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis wrongful death attorney knows the devastation our Missouri clients endure when they lose a loved one to negligence.

Whether the fatality occurred during a car crash, medical malpractice, or at work, when a person loses their life to another person, party, or entity’s negligent actions or inaction, their families suffered emotionally and financially.

Our skilled personal injury lawyer in St. Louis can help you and your family pursue the liable party for your full financial recovery, so you can focus on healing.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Missouri?

In Missouri, eligible parties who may file a wrongful death claim include, in order:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Court-appointed representative

However, before a family member can pursue a claim, we must prove their loss of life was caused by negligence.

How Can I Prove My Loved One’s Deaths Was Caused by Negligence in St. Louis, Missouri?

When filing a legal claim against a person or party for wrongful death, it requires more than “thinking” they acted negligently when the death occurred.

In Missouri, we are required to prove four crucial factors existed at the time of the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death.

They include:

  • The person/party/entity you believe may be responsible for your loved one’s death had a duty of care to keep him or her safe
  • The individual, party, or entity breached his or her duty of care
  • Their breach led to a severe accident or incident
  • The accident or incident led to the fatal injury that caused the death of your loved one

Our wrongful death lawyer in St. Louis can help you build a convincing case based on the evidence available for your unique claim and begin designing a customized legal strategy to pursue results.

What Type of Damages Can I Pursue During a Missouri Wrongful Death Claim?

Unless the origin of the fatality results in a claim against a government entity or under medical malpractice, there are no limits on the actual damages family members may pursue during a wrongful death claim.

In Missouri wrongful death cases, surviving family members often pursue damages for:

  • Medical bills related to the deceased person’s final injury or illness
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Value of wages and benefits he or she would have provided
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased just before death
  • Reasonable value of the services, companionship, comfort, consortium, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support the deceased person provided to surviving family members

If you have lost a loved one to negligence in Missouri, contact our dedicated wrongful death attorney in St. Louis at the Gogel Law Firm today and allow us to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or contacting us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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