Wrongful Death / Survivorship Actions Lawyer in St. Louis
The St. Louis Claims Lawyers at Dixon Are Here to Help Clients through Financial Hardship
If your loved one has died, and you think the death was wrongfully caused by another person, you have two potential claims to examine. First, you may be able to step in and collect any damages that your loved one was entitled to before his or her death. Second, you may also be able to collect for the losses you sustained by no longer having your loved one in your life. Together, these wrongful death / survivorship actions may be able to help you to get a fresh start in life.
Dixon provides a broad range of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis wrongful death / survivorship actions lawyers bring proven legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more info and a free consultation.
When you start a Wrongful Death / Survivorship Actions case in St. Louis, it’s crucial to find legal counsel with experience. Our workers comp and liability attorney make sure clients have the resources they need to win a claim. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis wrongful death / survivorship attorneys:
How much will legal representation cost clients? This depends on the wrongful death or survivorship action claim and various factors. Dixon use a contingency plan, meaning our services are free.
How much would I win? Again, this also depends on the trial. Dixon’s St. Louis wrongful death and survivorship lawyers fight to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other damages.
What’s next? The first step is to contact Dixon for more info and consultation.
Most people would agree that someone who wrongfully injures another person should not be let off the hook for damages if the person that they injured dies. The law addresses this problem with what is often called a survivorship law. Missouri’s survivorship law is in Statutes Section 537.010 and 537.020. The law simply says that the estate of a deceased person can bring an action for any claims that the deceased person could have brought if he or she was still alive, as “the liability and the measure of damages shall be the same as if such death or deaths had not occurred.” In fact, a representative can be appointed to an estate that otherwise has no money simply to collect on a lawsuit.
A wrongful death action is where a family member can recover for the damages they suffered because of the loss of a loved one. These lawsuits are not intended to compensate for damages that the deceased person suffered. Instead, they are intended to try to help the deceased person’s family to put their lives back together. Lost earning capacity is usually the biggest part of any damages in a wrongful death case. If someone loses a parent, for example, they will lose the stream of income that parent would have earned and used to take care of his or her children. Wrongful death suits often allow family members to recover for more intangible losses as well, such as the value of the instruction and guidance that a parent would have given over the rest of his or her life.
Missouri law lays out specific damages that can be recovered by family members in Statutes Section 537.080 and 537.090. The law allows the spouse or children of a deceased person to recover for “funeral expenses, and the reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support.” The judge or jury can consider the “mitigating or aggravating” circumstances of the death as well, but damages for grief or bereavement cannot be recovered. The law also provides that if a spouse or child is not available to maintain a wrongful death suit, then a sibling, or nieces and nephews, can file a lawsuit. If no family is available then someone else can be appointed.
More About Wrongful Death / Survivorship Actions Lawyers in St. Louis
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in wrongful death / survivorship actions and other personal and workplace injuries. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris knows how difficult these cases are for families. To help alleviate financial stress, Dixon Injury Firm make it easier by providing a contingency payment plan. This enables you to pay fees only if damages are awarded. Our legal counsel wrongful death / survivorship actions services are free until then.
Let The Dixon Injury Firm Help Get You Back On Your Feet
Nothing can replace a lost loved one, and it can be especially hard to accept the death of a family member whose life was wrongfully cut short. Financial compensation may be able to help the surviving parties to move forward, though. Mr. Dixon is deeply experienced at helping grieving families to move forward. There is no charge for a consultation and doing a consultation does not create any obligation. It is simply an opportunity for you to learn about the law and possibilities for financial compensation.
If you think your family member was killed by the wrongful behavior of another person, we encourage you to call us at (314) 208-2808 to discuss wrongful death / survivorship actions.