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Wrongful Death Claims


A Missouri wrongful death claim is considered to be a death that has occurred through the wrongful act of another. A wrongful death may arise from someone’s negligence or intentional act. A wrongful death lawsuit is generally initiated by or on behalf of the spouse, children or family of the decedent. In Missouri, the wrongful death statute determines who can is legally entitled to file these types of lawsuits. The Missouri wrongful death statute (RSMo 537.080), says the spouse or children of the victim have priority in bringing a Missouri wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no person in this category, brothers or sisters of the victim or their descendants are allowed to file the wrongful death lawsuit. As a last resort, if there are no people that are in those categories, the court will appoint a plaintiff ad litem to prosecute the wrongful death case.

Wrongful Death Statute

Missouri wrongful death statute RSMo 537.090 provides families with the following remedies when a loved one is killed as a result of a person or company’s negligence or intentional act:

  • Any medical, doctor, or hospital bills incurred prior to death:
  • Funeral and burial expenses:
  • The reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and financial support lost because of the wrongful death:
  • Compensation for the suffering the deceased may have experienced between the time of injury and the time of death.

While no amount of money can take the place of a loved one, families should not have to suffer financially when a person is killed because of another’s negligence or intentional act. E. Ryan Bradley helps these families seek compensation for these losses. Wrongful death claims are very complex and require an experienced Missouri wrongful death lawyer to handle properly. E. Ryan Bradley has over thirty years of experience handling Missouri wrongful death claims. Contact E. Ryan Bradley today and speak to an experienced Missouri wrongful death lawyer about your case for free.

Additional Resources

  1. Wrongful Death Workplace Claims
  2. Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
  3. Settlement of Missouri Wrongful Death Claims
  4. St. Louis Wrongful Death Attorney
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