Wrongful Death Claim in St. Louis, MO

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There is nothing so tragic as the loss of a loved one.  The grief and anguish a friend or family member feels after the unexpected death of an individual can sometimes be too painful for mere words to describe.  Especially when that death should not have occurred in the first place.  And while there is nothing that can bring your loved one back, it may indeed be possible to file a claim against the person or entity that caused the death to happen. 

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In the legal world, this is called a Wrongful Death lawsuit.  Such a claim can sometimes be filed on behalf of the deceased family members’ estate (this is usually the surviving spouse or children).  In a typical St. Louis wrongful death action, you and your family would be entitled to receive compensation to cover the medical expenses of the recently deceased, as well as any funeral costs.  
In addition, a wrongful death suit can award the surviving family with an amount equal to all anticipated future earnings of the deceased until retirement age (as well as any pension benefits he or she would have been due).  This can be particularly significant if the deceased was at a young age.

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Although it is hard to talk about, your loved one very likely had to deal with some sort of pain and suffering before they passed.  If this was the case, then it is also possible that some portion of the wrongful death damages awarded to your family will go towards this agony suffered by the deceased.  Obviously no amount of money can even begin to undue the harm already done.  But it is important to note the fact that the court takes this type of suffering very seriously. 

And finally, a wrongful death suit in St. Louis is a way in which to compensate you (and your family) for the loss of companionship that you will no longer share with your loved one.  It is an attempt to put a dollar value on the care and comfort that you would have received from the person that has passed untimely.  And if there are surviving children, it is used in an effort to award financial damages for the guidance, love, and emotional support that they will no longer have the chance to enjoy from their lost parent.  These are difficult calculation to make, because no amount of money could ever come close to replacing your loved one.  But it is the very least that can be done to help ease some of your suffering at this most painful of times. 

The St. Louis wrongful death lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one.  And we also recognize how emotionally trying it can be to get things in order and put the pieces back together.  But if your loved one died wrongfully, then we want to help.  Please do contact us today to learn more about the kinds of services we offer.

We have two main locations:  in the Central West End of St. Louis, at 1 North Taylor (on the corner of Taylor and Laclede), 63108;  and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), 63019.  

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