Wrongful Death


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:

  • Cars accidents

  • Truck accidents

  • Medical malpractice

  • On-the-job accidents

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • 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

  • Medical expenses

  • 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.


Contact Nordyke Law Offices at (660) 679-3161 for a free consultation. We’ll make things right for you.