Should You Know How a Sedalia MO Attorney Can Help Wrongful Death Claims

When somebody dies it is always a difficult time. When the death is a result of somebody else’s negligence, then there are difficult decisions to make. Missouri places limits on who can bring a civil wrongful death suit – you need to be a spouse, direct descendant, or parent. Failing that, siblings and nieces/nephew may be able to sue.
There is also a time limit of three years from the date of the death. This can become a tight deadline if you have had to wait out a lengthy police investigation. A civil suit is for compensation to cover funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and other matters such as pain and suffering or “value of services” such as child or elder care.
Lost wages are also considered. As you can see, it is a complicated legal situation and a good Sedalia wrongful death attorney will make navigating the maze easier. As mentioned, there is a time limit. There are also caps on some, but not all, damages that may be awarded. You should consider hiring a wrongful death attorney as soon as it becomes clear there was a person or company who could be considered negligent (or worse) in the death. If it is the person’s employer, workers’ compensation may be involved, so your chosen lawyer should have knowledge in both areas. A good lawyer can handle your case whether it goes to court or whether the parties settle (which can be a better and cheaper option all around). Having an attorney will demonstrate that you are serious about taking the person to court – which can scare them into paying up. A good attorney will not charge you up front, but rather from the proceeds of the settlement – and thus only if you win.
They may require some money be paid for expenses, however. Wrongful death requires that there is some negligence or culpability on the part of the defendant. It does not require the same standard of evidence as a criminal case, so can often be pursued even if the person was found not guilty of homicide. Wrongful death does not require that the person in any way intended to cause harm but can, for example, be brought against a company that did not provide proper safety equipment or advice. For example, if your child falls from an amusement ride and is killed you may be able to sue the ride operator or the theme park.
The best thing to do is to find a lawyer as soon as the incident occurs and get their advice. They will be able to tell you right away whether you have a case, whether there is likely to be criminal prosecution and what your next steps should be. It may be hard to talk to a lawyer and think about suing at such a difficult time – but the sooner things get in motion, the more likely you are to receive the compensation you deserve.