The Law Office of Matt Uhrig consists of Columbia wrongful death attorneys who fight for families coping with the loss of a loved one. If one of your family members has died because of a defective product, work injury, nursing home negligence, or car accident, we can help you sort out your legal options. We work with grieving families in Jefferson City, Columbia, and throughout Missouri to seek compensation for their losses.The Family of a Deceased Person Can Seek Compensation
When a person dies because of someone else’s wrongdoing, the deceased person’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of action belongs to the family members of the decedent and compensates them for the loss of the deceased person. The family members may also seek compensation for the deceased person’s pain and suffering prior to death. If the deceased person filed a personal injury lawsuit before his or her death, that suit can be changed to include a wrongful death claim.Negligent Parties Can be Held Responsible
A wrongful death lawsuit is based on an underlying cause of action, such as negligence, medical malpractice, or premises liability. To prevail in the case, the plaintiff must prove the underlying cause of action. For example, to win a wrongful death case based on negligence, the plaintiff must prove:
- The defendant owed the decedent a duty of care;
- The defendant breached the prescribed duty of care; and
- The plaintiff’s death (or injuries that caused the death) were proximately caused by the defendant’s action.
In a car accident, for example, the plaintiff would have to prove that the driver who caused the fatal accident breached his duty of reasonable care, which caused the accident that killed the deceased person. An experienced attorney can help you decide the proper underlying cause of action for your wrongful death lawsuit.
If your loved one was killed in an accident at work, you may not be able to file a lawsuit in Missouri court. Rather, you likely will rely on Missouri’s worker’s compensation system to pursue compensation for your loved one’s injury and your loss.Damages Are Available in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
A wrongful death suit can compensate the family of a deceased person for their loss, since Missouri law allows them to collect damages from the person or company responsible for the death. Some of the damages available include:
- Lost wages the deceased person likely would have earned throughout his or her lifetime had he or she lived;
- The deceased person’s medical expenses;
- Burial and funeral costs;
- Compensation for pain and suffering the deceased person experienced before death;
- Compensation for the family’s loss of the deceased person.
The damages available to family members include compensation for companionship, instruction, support, consortium, and the loss of other subjective services.Make Your Voice Heard
You have rights if you have lost a family member because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or company. You can help protect other people in the same situation and receive compensation for your loss. The Jefferson City fatal accident attorneys at the Law Office of Matt Uhrig have years of experience holding negligent defendants accountable for their actions through wrongful death lawsuits. If you have lost a loved one too soon, call (573) 657-2050 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.