St. Louis Wrongful Death Attorney & Wrongful Death Lawyer St Louis
While monetary compensation cannot replace a loved one, it can help alleviate many of the day-to-day problems confronted by families of a wrongful death victim.
Nothing affects a family more than the unexpected death of a father, mother, child or other relative. The void left by this sudden death can seem impossible to fill. If one of your family members was killed in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve compensation for your emotional and financial losses.
While compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit cannot replace what you have lost, it can provide you with a much-needed sense of justice. Furthermore, this compensation can alleviate some of your family’s financial worries.
The term “wrongful death” is used to refer to the death of a person as a result of someone’s misconduct or negligence. Each state has a statute that governs wrongful death claims. In the state of Missouri, “wrongful death” is defined as “the death of a person resulting from any conduct, act, transaction, occurrence, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled the person to recover damages in respect thereof.”
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death is when a person’s negligent, reckless or careless actions cause the death of another. This responsible party may be liable for the financial losses of the victim’s family. Some of the common types of wrongful death cases include:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Construction Zone Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
Some of the damages that may be able to be recovered in a wrongful death case include expenses related to the death, loss of earnings the person would have provided their family, loss of benefits they would have received, and possibly punitive damages.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The surviving spouse, children, or grandchildren can file a wrongful death claim. The next in-line would be the parents of the deceased. If the claim involves the death of a minor, the parents have the right to file a claim. If none of the aforementioned individuals have survived the deceased, then a sibling can file the wrongful death claim. In the state of Missouri, survivors can seek damages on behalf of the deceased and recover compensation for their own personal losses that result from the untimely death of their loved one.
Compensation for Losses
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to obtain financial compensation for the losses incurred as a result of someone’s death. The following damages can be recovered:
- medical bills related to the deceased person’s injury or illness
- funeral and burial expenses
- pain and suffering experienced by the deceased
- value of wages or benefits the deceased person would likely have earned
- “reasonable value of the services, companionship, consortium, instruction, comfort, guidance, training, counsel, and support” the deceased person provided to the family members
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney
Attorney Christopher Hoffmann has been helping people recover compensation for wrongful deaths caused by car, truck and other motor vehicle accidents for more than 20 years. By focusing exclusively on motor vehicle accident cases, he has developed a solid understanding not only of how insurance companies handle such cases, but also the true value of these claims. He also understands the tactics insurance companies will use to limit their liability in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including offering families only a portion of what their case is worth.
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. our goal is to ensure that you receive maximum financial compensation for your losses. Mr. Hoffmann will thoroughly investigate all avenues of compensation for your family following a fatal car accident. In hit and run accidents, that may include your own car insurance policy for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.
Insurance companies and defense lawyers know about Christopher Hoffmann’s willingness to go to trial and his reputation as an effective trial lawyer. They also know that he does not quickly settle cases for less than their true value and that he works hard to obtain significant results in all wrongful death cases. You can rely on him to protect your rights and the future of your family during these difficult times.
Contact us at (314) 361-4242 for a free and private consultation. Attorney Chris Hoffmann will speak with you personally. You never pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.