St. Louis Wrongful Death Lawyers
Caring Legal Support Tailored to You & Your Family
If you’ve lost a family member due to someone else’s negligent or intentional act, you may be entitled to monetary relief through a wrongful death lawsuit brought against the responsible person, party, or entity. The experienced and compassionate St. Louis wrongful death lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm can help you during this immensely difficult time.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we realize 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 for your loved one’s medical bills and funeral costs.
Our firm offers legal support to families that have suffered a wrongful death. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay. Feel free to contact our lawyers today for more information.
Common Causes for Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death lawsuits can result from many different types of accidents and events. One of the most common causes of wrongful death is motor vehicle accidents, but these cases can also arise from issues involving medical malpractice, defective products, and workplace accidents, among many other incidents.
Medical wrongful death is particularly challenging. When handling these types of cases, our firm will look into any drugs that were prescribed, the provider’s experience, and even any negligence on behalf of the medical facility. Unintentional death on the job is another major concern for our wrongful death attorneys. Often, workplace fatalities are attributed to safety cutbacks and other hazards. If you’re a spouse, child, descendant, parent, or even a sibling or niece or nephew, you might be able to file a wrongful death case.
Below are some of the most common types of wrongful death cases we manage:
- Car accidents
- Criminal acts
- Workplace negligence
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Defective drugs
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; if your loved one died and you believe someone else is to blame, reach out to our team to learn how we can help. Speaking to a lawyer right away can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. The Dixon Injury Firm’s wrongful death lawyers have won over $50 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We know what it takes to win tough, complicated wrongful deaths cases—and we are ready to fight for you.
Understanding Missouri Wrongful Death Laws
To have grounds for a wrongful death case, you must be able to prove that your family member’s death was caused 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 wrongful death attorney as soon as possible if you’re considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
It’s important to note that there is a three-year statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Missouri. This means that if your loved one died in the past three years, you may still be able to file a wrongful death case against those who were responsible. However, if more than three years have passed since the date of death, your ability to file a claim may be limited or nonexistent. Speak to a St. Louis wrongful death attorney at The Dixon Injury Firm to learn more.
Contact Us Today for a Free & Private Consultation
We understand just how traumatizing it is to lose someone you love. When the death of your loved one could have—and should have—been prevented, you deserve justice. Our team is here to provide you with compassionate, personalized legal support and dedicated advocacy throughout every stage of the process, from gathering evidence to submitting a demand letter to negotiating with the liable insurance provider. If necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you at trial.
Put a powerful, proven team on your side; call The Dixon Injury Firm today at (314) 208-2808 to request your free initial consultation.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
If you bring a wrongful death case on behalf of your loved one, you could receive monetary damages falling within several different categories. Most states allow you to claim special and general damages. Regarding economic damages, the rule-of-thumb is to multiply any financial compensation (from hospital fees, burial costs, etc.) by four or five. It is important for survivors to not rush insurers or negligent parties with a demand letter. The Dixon Injury Firm’s wrongful death attorneys know how to approach insurers with a wrongful death claim and can help you send the right demand letter.
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, 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. Our attorneys at The Dixon Injury Firm can handle all settlement negotiations and can work to ensure that any offer you choose to accept is fair and adequate. However, should your wrongful death claim not resolve in settlement, our experienced trial lawyers are fully prepared to advocate on your behalf throughout the litigation process, including in courtroom proceedings.
There are lots of types of compensation you can receive in a wrongful death settlement. Wrongful death cases are complicated, and if you’re looking to get justice, you’re going to need a qualified lawyer. The Dixon Injury Firm has handled car accident cases, premises liability, medical malpractice, truck crashes, and other claims involving wrongful death.
Proving Negligence in Wrongful Death Claims
Just as in other types of personal injury cases, proving negligence and liability is critical to a successful wrongful death claim. You must be able to prove that your loved one’s death could have been prevented had the at-fault party not acted negligently or wrongfully.
There are a few common things to consider in any wrongful death case to prove negligence:
- Duty of Care: As a society, it’s our duty to act responsibly. For example, you’re supposed to yield at yield signs and doctors should deliver quality medical care to patients. This is known as the “duty of care,” and it is different in different situations. However, if another person had a responsibility to act in a way that would not cause you harm (within reason), they owed you a duty of care.
- Breach: A breach of the duty of care happens when the person/party that owes the above-mentioned responsibility to prevent you from coming to harm fails to act in a way that is consistent with that duty. You can look at breach as a failure to act, like not stopping at a stop sign and killing a pedestrian, or as an act, such as assault or murder. Both represent a breach of the duty of care.
- Causation: It’s important to prove that a negligent party’s breach of the duty of care actually caused the death and caused you (the survivor) harm. If you’re in an accident, it’s important to prove that a negligent party caused the accident and that this is what led to your damages.
- Damages: To be reimbursed for your damages, you’re going to have to prove that you were financially and/or non-economically harmed. This includes proving your hospital bills, your inability to work, your funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other special and general damages.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, our St. Louis wrongful death attorneys can help you navigate this process and build a strong case that proves the other party’s negligence and your losses.