St. Louis & St. Charles Wrongful Death Attorneys
Our staff pursues justice for the families of wrongful death victims
Losing a loved one is never an easy experience. When their death was caused by the negligent or illegal actions of another party, the anger you feel can rival your grief. If your loved one’s death was preventable, it is important to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. At the Law Office of Kenneth P. Carp, we support the families of wrongful death victims in St. Louis County, Lincoln County and St. Charles County. We help you pursue the compensation you need so you can focus on healing your heartache, not worrying about your financial well-being.
Wrongful death can occur in a number of accidents resulting from the negligent actions of another party. The most common types of accidents leading to wrongful death claims include:
· Car accidents
· Motorcycle accidents
· Truck accidents
· Boat accidents
· Premises liability incidents
· Medical errors
· Birth injuries
· Swimming pool accidents
· Defective products
Who can file a wrongful death claim under Missouri law?
Wrongful death laws in Missouri classify individuals who are legally allowed to file a claim into three categories, including:
Class 1 individuals – Spouses, parents and children of a victim are legally entitled to file a wrongful death claim for their losses.
Class 2 individuals – Siblings of the victims may file a wrongful death claim if the victim has no surviving class 1 family members.
Plaintiff ad litem – If the victim has no surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling, the court may appoint a plaintiff ad litem to file a claim. In many cases, the appointed individual is an aunt, uncle or distant relative of the victim.
Who can be held liable in a wrongful death case?
Missouri law allows individuals, companies and government agencies to be held liable if they are guilty of:
· Acting negligently causing death or injury
· Failing to take actions required by law resulting in death of an innocent party
· Acting intentionally to cause injury to or death another party
What compensation is my family entitled to for our loss?
If your family has lost a loved one, no amount of financial compensation can replace their presence in your lives. However, federal and state laws place strict liability on individuals whose negligent actions lead to the death of an innocent party. These laws allow the family of victims to pursue compensation for their losses. This compensation is designed to protect your family from financial difficulty resulting from your loss.
Compensable losses in a wrongful death case include:
Medical and funeral expenses – Medical treatment and the costs of a funeral and burial can be significant. In wrongful death cases, the victim’s family should be reimbursed for these costs.
Lost potential income – If your lost loved one contributed an income to the family’s finances, you may be entitled to compensation for their lost earnings.
Loss of consortium – If you have lost a spouse, you may be entitled to compensation for the years you would have spent together. It is true that money cannot replace the memories you would have made together, but financial compensation may help to ease your financial burdens as you address your grief.
Punitive damages – In wrongful death cases, a judge or jury may award the victim’s families punitive damage for the negligent or intentional actions of the party causing the loss.
Money can’t replace your loved one, but justice may help your financial future
After losing a loved one, no amount of money can ever make your family whole again. Pursuing compensation in a wrongful death case can help your family avoid unnecessary financial hardship, and allow you to focus on your grief. At the Law Office of Kenneth P. Carp, we advise families in St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Lincoln County who have experienced the loss of a loved one because of another party’s negligent actions. To schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case, call us at (636) 947-3600 or contact us online. Our services are offered on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and absolutely no costs to you unless we win.