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Wrongful Death Common Questions

Knowledgeable Wrongful Death Attorneys in St. Louis

At Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, we provide compassionate representation to clients in St. Louis. Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence or carelessness is devastating. We have more than a century of combined legal experience, and have guided countless clients to successful outcomes. Whatever your situation, our St. Louis wrongful death lawyers will answer your questions, help you file the necessary documents, and guide you through the legal process.

Let us help you pursue justice from those responsible. Contact us today to request a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death:

  1. What is wrongful death?
    Under the legal definition, wrongful death is a death caused by a person’s negligence, intentional conduct, or wrongful actions. For example, if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver or by a careless property owner, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
  2. How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
    In the state of Missouri, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is 3 years. This means you must file a lawsuit within 3 years of the date of your loved one’s death. Failure to meet this deadline could hinder your ability to receive a settlement.
  3. What compensation may I be able to receive in a wrongful death lawsuit?
    Damages awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit may include burial and funeral expenses, medical bills of the decedent related to his or her final injury or illness, pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death, loss of consortium, loss of wages and benefits that the decedent would have provided, and other economic damages. Punitive damages, which are designed to punish a defendant for egregious behavior or gross negligence, may be also be awarded.
  4. Who may file a wrongful death lawsuit?
    Surviving family members of the decedent, including a spouse, parent, child, or other relative, may file a wrongful death lawsuit. The person filing the claim is usually the representative of the decedent’s estate.
  5. Do I need an attorney to file a wrongful death claim?
    When filing a wrongful death lawsuit, it is always important to hire an experienced wrongful death attorney to protect your rights and interests. Each situation is unique, and your claim will need to comply with state laws and procedures. A lawyer can help you file the necessary forms and discuss your options for pursuing financial relief. Furthermore, an attorney can gather evidence to build your case, and aggressively represent you in court.

Call Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth Today at (800) 391-4318

If your loved one has been killed due to someone else’s wrongful, intentional, or negligent actions, Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth is here to help. Our legal team will listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. From beginning to end, you can trust our caring and experienced St. Louis wrongful death attorneys to walk you through the process.

Contact our firm today to discuss your situation. We are available 24/7 to take your call, and provide free consultations.

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