Financial worries and a feeling of devastation are just some of the emotions that you may be experiencing after losing your loved one to a fatal accident or injury. Between the endless medical, financial, and legal worries after a tragic wreck or serious injury, you and your family are likely to be overwhelmed. You don’t have to feel helpless.
The compassionate wrongful death attorneys from Peterson & Associates, P.C. are prepared to explain your legal options.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case brought by surviving family members or the estate of a person who has died as a result of an accident involving negligence, professional malpractice (medical), or malicious actions. A wrongful death suit serves to compensate loved ones or an estate for the losses suffered due to their loss. These damages can include funeral expenses, punitive damages, loss of wages / support, loss of companionship, and others.
There are strict requirements under Missouri law that determine which family members may bring a wrongful death action. Depending on the state in which you are filing, then siblings or nieces and nephews may be permitted to file a lawsuit. If there are no siblings, nieces or nephews available, then the court may appoint a plaintiff.
Our wrongful death attorneys conduct extensive research to determine who in your family should file and when. Our goal is to help you and your family get justice for the untimely loss of your loved one.
In Missouri, families who wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit must file the suit within three years of the death. Missouri courts have refused to allow amendments to civil lawsuits that were filed on time, but were filed with the wrong family member listed as a plaintiff. Our Kansas City wrongful death lawyers can ensure that you and your family file the appropriate paperwork in the proper court within the correct time frame.
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For many auto-based wrongful death lawsuits (especially those caused by drunk driving) and many medical malpractice lawsuits, lawyers must prove the negligence of the party by evidencing the following:
In a successful wrongful death lawsuit, a grieving family may receive a negotiated settlement or, if the case goes to trial, a jury award. In a negotiated settlement, attorneys from both sides present their offers to one another and hammer out an agreement that reflects the actual injuries to a client and his or her family. In a trial, the two sides present their arguments to a jury who then decides a verdict and awards a financial settlement.
Our wrongful death attorneys have successfully obtained hundreds of millions of dollars* for Missouri families and are ready to help you.
Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, the courts may award additional damages. These damages are called punitive damages and they are often awarded in cases where there are particularly egregious violations. In either case, families may receive a variety of monetary damages covering medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and nurturing, and pain and suffering.
After losing a loved one, you and your family may not know where to turn. For more than 30 years, David Peterson, founding partner of Peterson & Associates, P.C., has successfully provided legal guidance and support to help ease the difficulty of a wrongful death lawsuit.
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