Nobody lives forever. But when a life is cut short because of a careless truck driver, a texting motorist, a defective product or nursing home abuse, there is no greater tragedy. Nothing can replace a loved one. Nothing can compensate for what was lost.
If you are reading this website because you recently lost a loved one, please accept our sincere condolences. You are probably experiencing sorrow, rage, and helplessness. At Ortwerth Law LLC, our wrongful death 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 the families deserve. Our lawyers have a long history of successfully resolving wrongful death cases.
Think about it. When an innocent person dies because somebody else is negligent, the wrongdoer knows how and why the tragedy occurred, but the victim’s family knows nothing. When a commercial truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and kills a 35-year-old family man, the truck driver knows why the tragedy occurred, but the victim’s wife and kids know nothing. When a surgeon makes a catastrophic mistake during surgery and his patient dies on the operating table, the surgeon knows how and why the tragedy occurred, but the victim’s children and grandchildren know nothing. When a wrongful death occurs, the victim’s family often has no idea that it was a wrongful death. Grieving survivors are routinely led to believe that it was an innocent accident or an act of God.
An experienced wrongful death attorney is what you need.
Craig Ortwerth can help you find the answers you deserve. We have a team of experienced wrongful death attorneys, investigators, and experts who have the skill and resources to determine how and why your loved one died. Determining who is at fault is critically important. In some cases, the fault may be distributed among several different parties. For example, in a truck accident case, a truck driver may be at fault for falling asleep at the wheel while the trucking company is also to blame for pushing the driver to work when he is tired. Likewise, in a medical malpractice case, a surgeon may be at fault when he is negligent, while the hospital is also to blame for allowing him to perform a surgery he was unqualified to perform.
Wrongful death claims are governed by statutes in Missouri, Illinois, and other states. The value of a wrongful death case depends on where the case is filed. Wrongful death cases are worth more money in some states than others. Within each state, wrongful death cases may be worth more money in some counties than others. And in some cases, special experts must be retained in order to fully establish the damages caused by the death of the family member. Calculations must be made as to the future economic benefit the deceased person would have brought to his or her family. We also seek financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and non-economic damages for loss of care, companionship, advice and the comfort of your loved one.
In Missouri and Illinois, wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against any person or any entity that is legally at fault for your family member’s death. Defendants may be individuals, medical institutions, governmental entities and/or companies.
While no financial recovery can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, we have given our clients exceptional results under very difficult circumstances. Because every case has special considerations, we are prepared to help as soon as possible.
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