If you’ve lost a family member due to someone else’s negligent or intentional act, you may be entitled to monetary relief through the bringing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party (or parties.) Missouri wrongful death lawyer Christopher R. Dixon can assist you in this extremely difficult time.
Chris Dixon realizes that no amount of money will come close to replacing your lost loved one. However, the individual (or individuals) whose actions resulted in your loved one’s death should to be held accountable for their behavior. Additionally, receiving the compensation you deserve can help alleviate the stress of paying the deceased’s medical bills and funeral costs.
Wrongful death lawsuits can result from many different types of incidents. Car crashes are a common cause of Missouri wrongful death claims, but they can also evolve from issues involving medical malpractice, defective products, and in some cases, workplace accidents. To have grounds for a wrongful death case, your family member’s death must have been caused, or contributed to, by someone else’s negligent or intentional behavior.
In most cases, close family members such as spouses, parents, and children (both biological and adopted) can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a family member who has died. However, problems can arise when there are multiple eligible parties, such as a spouse and children from previous relationships. This is one reason that it’s important to retain the services of an experienced Missouri wrongful death attorney as soon as possible if you’re considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
However, there is a three year statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Missouri. This means that even if your loved one died more than two years ago, you may still be able to file a Missouri wrongful death case against those who were responsible.
If you bring a wrongful death case on behalf of your loved one, you could receive monetary damages falling within several different categories. Most successful wrongful death cases result in the awarding of compensation to cover outstanding medical bills and the funeral and burial costs of the deceased. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case (and your attorney’s effectiveness), you could also receive money for loss of anticipated earnings, loss of companionship, loss of benefits, mental anguish, pain and suffering, or other awards that the court deems appropriate.
Many wrongful death claims are resolved through settlement. In most cases, an insurance company will handle settlement negotiations for the other party. It can be very stressful for grief-stricken family members to engage in effective settlement negotiations. Missouri wrongful death attorney Chris Dixon can handle all settlement negotiations, and can ensure that any offer you choose to accept is fair and adequate. However, should your wrongful death claim not resolve in settlement, St. Louis wrongful death lawyer and experienced trial attorney Christopher Dixon is fully prepared to advocate on your behalf throughout the entire wrongful death litigation.