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Aurora Wrongful Death Lawyers
Representing the Families of Wrongful Death Victims in Missouri
At Pettit Law Office, our Aurora wrongful death attorneys handle wrongful death claims arising from many types of negligence, including distracted driving and other careless acts. If your loved one was killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall accident, medical negligence, or any other type of accident, we can give your family the caring and experienced help you deserve during this difficult time.
We understand that losing someone you love is a heartbreaking experience, even more so when it could have been prevented. Sadly, it happens all too often, with medical malpractice and automotive accidents being the leading causes. If you are dealing with a potential wrongful death suit, you need qualified and compassionate professionals handling your case.
Call Pettit Law Office today at (417) 222-6640 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our wrongful death attorney in Aurora.
Accidental Death vs. Wrongful Death
Accidental death is defined as a death that was caused by the actions of an individual when that individual’s actions were not negligent. A driver who is obeying all traffic laws and strikes a pedestrian who darts out into the road, for instance, has likely perpetrated an accidental death.
Wrongful death is defined as a death for which an individual or entity can be legally liable. As in non-lethal accident cases, the first step is proving that liability by establishing negligence.
There are several types of accidents that could lead to wrongful death, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents (i.e. cars, trucks, motorcycles)
- Medical Malpractice
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Product liability/malfunction
- Premises liability, i.e. slip and fall
Who is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Certain individuals are eligible to pursue compensation for their loss when filing a wrongful death claim. At Pettit Law Office, we guide our clients through the legal process, ensuring they understand their rights and options. Eligible parties may include:
Immediate Family Members:
- Spouse or domestic partner
Distant Family Members:
- Someone who was financially dependent on the deceased
- The person designated as the executor of the deceased's estate.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Missouri?
Time is of the essence when filing a wrongful death claim in Missouri. The statute of limitations helps impose a deadline for initiating legal action. In the state of Missouri, the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits is typically three years from the initial date of the individual's death.
It is crucial to consult with our Aurora wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible to ensure that your case is filed within the prescribed time frame. Failing to meet the deadline may result in the inability to pursue a claim and seek the compensation you deserve.
What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?
We know that no amount of money can ever replace the loss of a loved one, but damages are provided by Missouri law for the survivors. This law is designed to help families pay funeral expenses and adjust to their new circumstances. Often, these families are able to put the compensation they receive to work doing the things that their loved ones would have wanted in order to see their legacy live on.
We can help seek compensation to cover expenses such as:
- Medical bills prior to death
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of future benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of services
Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys in Aurora Today
Wrongful death cases are complex and hard to navigate alone. Our wrongful death lawyers in Aurora understand what an emotional but legally crucial time the period after such an accident is. All our staff, from the lawyers to the paralegals, are committed to maintaining a close, compassionate relationship with our clients.
We want to make this process as successful as it can be while still understanding that plaintiffs in such suits are in mourning.
Our firm has been representing accident victims and their families in the Aurora area for over 60 years. We have three generations of lawyers, all trial-experienced, ready to take cases. Our track record speaks for itself, with millions recovered for thousands of victims.
Please call now for a free case consultation. The experienced Aurora wrongful death lawyers at Pettit Law Firm can be reached at (417) 222-6640.
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