Wrongful Death Attorney
in St. Louis, Missouri

According to statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 157,038 total crashes statewide in 2019, causing 55,112 injuries and 881 deaths. The death of a family member can be devastating, especially if it occurs as a result of a preventable accident. If you believe that the negligence, carelessness, or wrongful actions of someone else caused the premature death of a loved one, you may be entitled to seek fair compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.

At Jett Legal, we have the resources and experience to assist, support, and represent your family during the most difficult of times. Our knowledgeable Missouri personal injury attorneys will evaluate and investigate every surrounding detail of your unique circumstances, gather all necessary evidence, and help you file a wrongful death action. As your legal counsel, we will fight compassionately to protect your rights and help you seek rightful compensation and justice for your loss. Our team will help you move forward with peace of mind and ensure that the liable parties are held accountable.

Jett Legal is proud to represent families of wrongful death victims across St. Louis, Missouri, and from Jefferson County to Charles County.

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Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim typically involves the unexpected death of a person as a result of the negligence, carelessness, wrongful actions, or medical malpractice of another. Under Missouri law, wrongful death is defined as a death that occurred due to "any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance" of another person.

No amount of money can ever hope to fill the void left by the loss of a loved one. However, getting compensation and justice can help the surviving family members regain peace of mind after such an unfortunate incident. Furthermore, filing a wrongful death claim can give the surviving family members a much-needed financial boost to cover medical bills incurred before the victim's death, funeral expenses, burial costs, lost income and benefits, and loss of consortium.

What Constitutes Wrongful
Death in Missouri?

Under Missouri law, a person, entity, or government agency that causes a death due to their negligent or careless actions can be held legally liable. In order to establish a wrongful death claim in Missouri, the claimant must show that:

  • The defendant owed a legal duty of care to the decedent
  • There was a breach in the legal duty of care
  • A death occurred
  • The victim's death was due to the defendant's negligent or wrongful actions
  • The surviving family members suffered actual damages due to the death

Who Can File a Wrongful
Death Claim in Missouri?

The following people may file a wrongful death claim in Missouri:

  • First in line: the surviving spouse, parents, children, or children's descendants of the deceased person
  • Next: the deceased person's surviving siblings or their descendants
  • Next: a "plaintiff ad litem" appointed by the Missouri court to handle the claim

Time Limits for Filing

Under Missouri Revised Statutes Section 537.100, a wrongful death action must be brought within three years from the date of the victim's death.

Damages Available

The following damages may be recovered through a wrongful death claim in Missouri:

  • Medical bills incurred before the victim's death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased person before their death
  • The reasonable value of the services, companionship, consortium, comfort, counsel, guidance, training, and support the decedent would have provided to surviving loved ones

Work With an Experienced
Personal Injury Attorney

Wrongful death can be intense and heartbreaking for the victim's surviving loved ones. Such an incident can leave you worrying about your financial future. However, such negligence should never be allowed to go unchecked. Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney immediately is important to advocate for your legal rights and pursue deserved compensation for your loss.

At Jett Legal, we understand how difficult losing a loved one prematurely can be, and our attorneys are poised and ready to assist you and your family during such a trying period. As your legal counsel, we will:

  • Fight compassionately to represent your best interests and hold the responsible parties liable
  • Review all of the facts of your case and conduct a thorough, private investigation
  • Gather necessary evidence and required documentation
  • Help establish that the defendant's wrongful actions caused the victim's death
  • Help you understand the value of your claim and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer
  • Take additional legal action, if needed

Wrongful Death Attorney Serving St. Louis, Missouri

If you have lost a spouse, parent, child, or someone close to you due to another party's wrongful actions, you may seek fair compensation. Contact Jett Legal today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our experienced team can fight vigorously to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover burial and funeral expenses, lost income, and more. We proudly represent clients throughout St. Louis and from Jefferson County to Charles County. Call us today to get the help you need.