Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases arise when the negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior of a person or company causes the death of a person or group of people.  The death may result during the course of an automobile accident, as a result of medical negligence, or in virtually any other imaginable scenario.  

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?

Missouri affords the right to bring a wrongful death claim to a variety of potentially interested parties.  Parents, children, spouses, cousins, or any other interested person, may be able to recover compensation from the negligent party or his/her insurance company.  Even individuals who only had limited contact with the deceased party may be able to recover large settlements.  If more than one individual may qualify, state statutes describe which individuals have first priority.

The Value of a Human Life

Frankly, our position is that no amount of money can take the place of a loved one.  However, in a personal injury wrongful death case, our duty is to distill the value into monetary terms.  For various purposes, the federal government estimates the value of a human life at somewhere between $6 million and $10 million, depending on the agency.  We believe this is a good starting point.  Factors to consider include the level of affection and care provided by the deceased individual, along with lost earning potential.

Complexity

When handling a wrongful death case, identifying insurance coverage and recovering a large sum of money is only a fraction of our responsibility.  In addition, we often need to handle various liabilities relating to probate proceedings, cooperate with prosecuting attorneys handling criminal proceedings, and establish trusts if the person recovering money is either a minor or disabled.

Wrongful Death Attorneys In St. Louis

If you have a question relating to a possible or pending wrongful death case, please send a direct message or call our wrongful death attorneys (314) 725-4400.  For more information on some of our recent cases, please visit our news page.  We also have an FAQ relating to personal injury, class action, and other issues.