Many of the cases we handle at Nordyke Law Offices involve wrongful deaths. A wrongful death occurs when one individual's actions or negligence contribute to or cause the death of another individual. Our team provides sensitive, effective advocacy to those families who have lost loved ones in serious accidents.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases:
Product liability cases
Nursing home abuse / neglect
Premises liability cases
Recovering Compensation in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Missouri Revised Statutes section 537.080 defines wrongful death as the "death of a person result[ing] from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages in respect thereof." In the state of Missouri, surviving spouses, children, and / or grandchildren are first in line to file wrongful death lawsuits, followed by parents, followed by siblings followed by representatives of the deceased's estate. The court may appoint a "plaintiff ad litem" to file on behalf of the victim if none of the above parties exist.
Examples of damages that may be recovered in a Missouri wrongful death lawsuit include:
Funeral / burial costs
Lost wages and benefits
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium, companionship and comfort
Loss of instruction, guidance, counsel, training, services and support
Child care / elder care
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, we encourage you to contact us to review the incident form a legal perspective. We have helped many families just like yours.