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Consult With A Lawyer After A Fatality

The accidental death of a family member is naturally painful. Legal action may bring some relief when the death in a fatal accident was due to another person or company’s actions or inactions. A wrongful death claim seeks to balance the harm and compensate the survivors and family members’ losses, such as lost wages from the deceased, funeral expenses, medical bills, and loss of the relationship (companionship).

Wrongful death claims may result from car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, fires, defective products, electrocutions, falls, work accidents, medical malpractice, and many other varieties. At Grayson & Grayson, we sensitively and skillfully represent the interests of surviving loved ones and other plaintiffs in wrongful death claims.

What A Wrongful Death Attorney Can Do For You

Wrongful death cases are difficult and complex, but our lawyers are experienced at managing all their aspects efficiently and effectively. After the loss of a family member, you may experience intense and painful feelings. During the time following the loss, you need to focus on working through the grieving process and being with other family members, not litigation and lawyers.

Getting the compensation you deserve does not just mean sending in a claim form to an insurer. Insurance companies hire attorneys who aggressively fight to undermine the plaintiff’s claim. At Grayson & Grayson, we have experience standing in the gap for families in grief after fatal accidents. We will fight to protect your claim and assist you through the legal process.

A wrongful death claim may be filed by various survivors and family members. Typically, parties that can file a claim are the immediate family members, financial dependents, children and spouses. Our experience can lead the way for you as you seek the compensation you deserve after a loved one’s accidental death.

Contacting a personal injury or wrongful death lawyer at Grayson & Grayson is free. We will review the accident that caused you or your loved one’s injury. We are here to address any concerns you have about a wrongful death case.

Wrongful Death In Missouri: FAQ

Get answers to your urgent questions such as those below after losing a loved one in an accident in Jefferson City or elsewhere in central Missouri.

What Are Examples Of Wrongful Death?

As explained above, wrongful death refers to a situation whereby a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another party.  As an example, in the context of product liability, this could mean a death caused by a defective or dangerous product. In a vehicle accident, wrongful death would refer to actions by another motorist or another negligent party whose mistakes or wrongdoings, such as distracted driving resulted in a fatality.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?

In Missouri, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate must file the wrongful death claim on behalf of certain surviving family members, such as the spouse, children or parents of the deceased.

How Do You Prove Negligence In A Wrongful Death Claim?

To prove negligence in a wrongful death claim, you typically need to demonstrate that the responsible party had a duty of care, breached that duty through their actions or inactions, and that this breach directly caused the death.

How Long Do I Have To File A Wrongful Death Claim?

You generally have three years in Missouri from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. It is important to consult with an attorney promptly to understand and meet all deadlines.

Who Gets The Compensation In A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Compensation awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit is typically distributed to the surviving family members who are entitled to recover damages based on their relationship with the deceased and the losses they suffered. Spouses, minor children or parents are the most common qualifying plaintiffs in wrongful death cases.

Is There An Average Wrongful Death Settlement In Missouri?

There is no specific average settlement amount for wrongful death cases in Missouri, as each case varies depending on factors like the circumstances of the death, the impact on surviving family members, and the strength of the evidence presented. Settlement amounts can range significantly. Skillful legal counsel can have an impact on the compensation awarded to survivors.

Grayson & Grayson Serves Families Throughout Central Missouri

From our firm’s office in Jefferson City, Grayson & Grayson is available for surviving next of kin throughout the region and the entire state.

To schedule a no-obligation, sensitive discussion with a wrongful death lawyer in Missouri, call 573-255-8997 or send an email inquiry.