Unfortunately, negligent conduct sometimes results in the death of an innocent person. Surviving family members, already struggling with the loss of a loved one, are often left with unexpected expenses, loss of financial support, and worries about the future. In Missouri, the law allows for compensation when an individual dies as the result of another’s negligence. When a wrongful death occurs, family members, including the spouse, parents, children, and siblings may bring a wrongful death action to recover damages resulting from the death of a loved one.
A wrongful death action can arise in many situations. Some of the more common types of wrongful death actions result from motor vehicle crashes, negligent medical treatment, nursing home negligence, falls, and the use of defective machinery.
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Damages that are recoverable under the law include medical bills, funeral expenses and lost future earnings. Family members may also recover non-economic damages, including the value of the care, comfort, guidance and companionship of a deceased loved one. In circumstances where the negligent party’s conduct was willful or reckless, damages in the nature of punitive damages may be awarded.
Groves | Powers LLC has a track record of obtaining full and fair compensation for families in wrongful death actions, including complex cases where the death of a loved one was caused by nursing home and medical negligence. At Groves | Powers LLC, we can put our experience to work to help you at this difficult time. While we realize that financial compensation cannot lessen the pain of your loss, we also understand the financial stress and worries you are experiencing. We would be honored to speak with you to discuss how we can help you hold the responsible parties accountable and obtain the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
In wrongful death claims, like all injury claims, you have a limited time to file your case in court. Waiting too long to contact an attorney may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.