Wrongful Death Lawyers in St. Louis are Your Compassionate Legal Partners
Our attorneys help bring you comfort after the death of a loved one
When your spouse or relative is killed in an injury accident, your whole world is turned upside. It’s normal to feel sorrow, rage and helplessness. At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., our lawyers understand the anguish that comes from the wrongful death of a loved one. We provide families with compassion as they go through this difficult time, while fighting for justice. Lawyers at our St. Louis office have a long history of successfully resolving wrongful death cases. Contact us today so we can examine your wrongful death claim.
What is a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death is defined as a death resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons. If an individual is killed because of the wrongful conduct of another party, the deceased person’s heirs or other beneficiaries have a right to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are separate from criminal charges, and neither proceeding influences the other claim.
A claim for wrongful death can be brought by a beneficiary or heir for an intentional or unintentional act that led to a death. People who generally file a wrongful death claim include a spouse, child, immediate family member, financial dependent or life partner. In Missouri, only one wrongful death action may be brought against a defendant for the death of any one person.
After the death of a loved one, a qualified attorney can help identify if you have a wrongful death claim. Lawyers investigate your loved one’s accident, speak with witnesses and review case reports involving the death. McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C. regularly works with families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. Our skilled lawyers determine if you have a wrongful death case and what type of compensation you are entitled. We immediately start working on your legal recovery so that you can concentrate on healing.
What type of accidents lead to wrongful death?
A wide range of serious accidents can lead to wrongful deaths. Common accidents resulting in wrongful deaths are car accidents , truck accidents and mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure . Defective consumer products can also cause needless deaths. Other frequent accidents that cause wrongful deaths are:
- Medical errors
- Swimming pool accidents
- Industrial injuries
- Boating accidents
- Medication poisoning
- Commercial fires
- Building injuries
- Animal bites
- Pedestrian injuries
If your loved one has been killed in a serious accident, it’s imperative to contact an experienced attorney quickly. Families have a limited time in which they can file claims for wrongful death. In Missouri, the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of the decedent’s death. Turn to the experienced attorneys at McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C. to thoroughly analyze your wrongful death case. We work hard to bring a measure of closure to family members after the death of a loved one.
Missouri wrongful death attorneys concentrate on obtaining your rightful compensation
The death of a family member can be devastating. Even more maddening is when that death was caused by negligence. If your loved one has been killed in a crash or personal injury accident, you need strong legal representatives who aggressively advocate your claim. McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., offers our clients capable lawyers who get them results. We are located in St. Louis and serve clients throughout Missouri. Contact us online or by phone at 314.480.5650 for your free consultation. We are not paid unless you recover.