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Assistance with Filing a Wrongful Death Claim on Behalf of a Deceased Loved One

Dealing with a loved one’s death under ordinary circumstances is difficult enough. However, when that death occurs because of a senseless act of someone else, it can be even more difficult to handle. Although no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, the law permits wrongful death claims to provide some form of closure to grieving family members and assist them with some of the financial burdens that come with losing a loved one unexpectedly.

If someone you love was killed in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, the compassionate wrongful death attorneys at the Montee Law Firm are here for you. Our legal team can assist you with setting up an estate and getting a personal representative appointed. Our team can then file a wrongful death claim on your behalf and pursue monetary compensation on behalf of your deceased loved one.

Please give us a call today at (816) 364-1650 or contact us online to learn more about how we can assist you with filing a wrongful death claim and pursuing monetary compensation on behalf of your deceased loved one.

Defining Wrongful Death in Missouri

Missouri law defines wrongful death as the death of a person that is caused by an intentional act – or by negligent means. There are several types of accidents that may give rise to a wrongful death claim, including the following:

  • Defective products
  • Car and truck accidents
  • Medical negligence and malpractice
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents (and other types of premises liability accidents)
  • Attacks by dangerous dogs
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Violent acts

If your loved one passes away because of the negligence or intentional act of another, a Kansas City wrongful death lawyer can explain the legal options available to you and can assist you with taking action in a timely manner.

Individuals who May File a Claim for Wrongful Death in Missouri

There are several categories of individuals who are eligible to file a wrongful death claim in the State of Missouri. Some people who have standing to file this type of claim include the following:

  • Classification 1 – The surviving children, spouse, descendants of a deceased child, and the parents of a deceased child
  • Classification 2 – The deceased individual’s siblings or descendants of those siblings, if there are no individuals available who are available from Class 1 to bring a wrongful death claim
  • Classification 3 – An individual whom the court appoints to bring a wrongful death claim in the event there is no one who is available from Classes 1 or 2 above

Moreover, under Missouri’s wrongful death statute, only one wrongful death action may be filed against a particular defendant. An experienced Kansas City, Missouri wrongful death lawyer can help you determine the identity of the plaintiffs and make sure that any wrongful death lawsuit is filed against the defendant within the proper time period.

Statute of Limitations Applicable to Missouri Wrongful Death Cases

As with other types of legal actions, wrongful death actions are subject to a statute of limitations. In Missouri, that statute of limitations is three years from the date of your loved one’s death. If a lawsuit for wrongful death is not filed within that three-year time period, the defendant can file a motion to dismiss any claim that is filed after the deadline.

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