Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Missouri?

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. Losing a loved one in a preventable accident can be even more devastating. Those who have lost family members as the result of another’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongful death may have the right to pursue legal actions to hold at-fault parties accountable. These lawsuits – or wrongful death claims – may also allow certain eligible family members to recover financial compensation for damages resulting from their loved one’s death.

Missouri’s wrongful death law – § 537.080 of the Missouri Revised Statutes– establishes who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Accord to the statute, certain family members may pursue wrongful death lawsuits in situations where their loved one’s preventable death was caused by another, specifically when such a victim would have been entitled to damages had they lived.

The law states that the following family members have a right to file wrongful death claims:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • A family’s representative

At Wendt Law Firm P.C., our Kansas City wrongful death lawyers understand that these cases can be incredibly trying for families. As such, we make every effort to provide our genuine support, constant communication, and the information families need to better understand their rights. Our lawyers can help you determine your eligibility to recover damages – including economic and non-economic damages – by personally reviewing your case. When pursuing justice and full compensation on behalf of our clients, we always fight aggressively.

If you have questions about wrongful death claims and your right to file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm for a FREE case evaluation. Call (866) 539-4415 to discuss your case.


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