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Independence Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. This is particularly true if your loved one died due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, company, or entity. At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, we are dedicated to helping families obtain the compensation they need in the aftermath of a tragic incident like this. We will fully investigate the incident that led to your loved one’s death so you can have closure.

What is a wrongful death case?

Under Missouri law (Missouri Revised Statutes, section 537.080), wrongful death is defined as “the death of a person resulting from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled the person to recover damages in respect thereof.”

In general terms, this means someone has been killed due to the actions of another person. This definition is broad, and there are many different ways that wrongful death cases arise in Independence, Missouri.

What are some common causes of wrongful death in Independence, Missouri?

The wrongful death attorneys at Peddicord & Townsend LLC commonly help grieving family members who have lost loved ones in the following circumstances:

  • Vehicle Crashes: During the latest reporting year in Missouri, 923 people lost their lives in traffic crashes. This includes collisions between vehicles as well as trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicycle crashes.
  • Workplace Accidents: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 5,000 people are killed on-the-job each year in the US. It is up to employers to ensure their workers are safe.
  • Defective Products: Each year, thousands of people lose their lives due to dangerous consumer products, including medications, medical devices, toys, automobiles, appliances, and more.
  • Medical Mistakes: Researchers at Johns Hopkins say that medical errors kill as many as 250,000 people each year. These errors can include errors when diagnosing, birth injuries, medication errors, anesthesia errors, surgical errors, delayed treatment, and more.
  • Premises Accidents: Property owners have a duty to ensure their guests and invitees are safe. Failing to do so can result in serious, life-threatening injuries.

This is not a complete list of ways in which wrongful death cases arise. If you do not see something that matches your situation, contact us so we can discuss your case confidentially.

Who can bring wrongful death claims in Missouri?

Each state is responsible for determining who can file a wrongful death claim. In Missouri, wrongful death cases can only be brought by the following:

  • Any surviving spouse, child, grandchild, of the deceased
  • The parents of the deceased

If the person who has deceased does not have any of those surviving members who can bring a claim, then a representative of the deceased’s estate may file the wrongful death claim.

Let us help you through this difficult time

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent, careless, or reckless actions of somebody else, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, we are dedicated to helping families get through this difficult time. Our team will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you need, which can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
  • Cost of pre-death medical care
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of companionship damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

If you need an Independence wrongful death attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 816-842-3200.