Joplin Wrongful Death Attorneys
Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. Offers Moral & Legal Support
Losing a loved one will always be difficult, but it is downright painful and harrowing when they pass away in a preventable accident. If your loved one died due to someone else’s mistakes, then you should let Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. in Joplin know what happened right away. We can assist you from start to finish with a wrongful death claim that pursues justice and compensation from those who took your loved one away from you. We know that this is a sensitive issue, so we progress cases intentionally and never rush you.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
A wrongful death is categorized as a death that could have been prevented and that was caused by some type of negligence. Essentially, if the person who passed away could have filed a personal injury claim if they had survived their injuries, then a wrongful death claim is validated. Just as there are many sources of accidents, there are that many potential sources of wrongful deaths and the consequence claims or lawsuits.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful deaths are:
- Car accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of catastrophic injury in the country, as well as accidental deaths.
- Truck accidents: Collisions with big rigs and semi-trucks are even more dangerous than car crashes, but they happen less frequently.
- Medical malpractice: A recent John-Hopkins University study determined that medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the country.
What Damages Can Be Recovered
The damages in a wrongful death claim are the monetary amounts owed to the deceased’s loved ones in relation to the preventable or accidental death. It is similar to a personal injury case and its damages, but noticeably dissimilar in this way, too.
In Missouri, the damages in a wrongful death claim can include:
- Costs for a burial and funeral, capped to a “reasonable” amount.
- Medical costs incurred due to the deceased’s final medical treatments.
- Pain and suffering endured by the deceased before their passing and caused by their injury.
- Income the deceased would have likely earned in life.
- Value of the companionship and day-to-day care provided by the deceased.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Missouri only allows certain people with relations to the deceased to file a wrongful death claim. Furthermore, the ability to file a claim is based on a set order among those people. If the first person in the order does not want to file or cannot, then the second person can, and so on.
The order of potential claimants for a wrongful death claim are:
- Spouse, parents, or children
- Court-appointed claimant
Our Joplin wrongful death attorneys can help you understand if you have the ability to file a wrongful death claim or survival action. If you do, then we can inform you about what to do next.
Statutes of Limitations for Wrongful Deaths
There is a three-year statute on wrongful death claims in Missouri. It begins on the date of the deceased’s death, not necessarily the day that they suffered their fatal injury or illness. When the three-year statute of limitations expires, you cannot pursue legal action against the liable party in nearly every circumstance. While you are grieving, do not lose track of the days so much so that you risk missing your opportunity to seek compensation and justice in your loved one’s name.
We’re Here to Protect Your Rights
To handle your wrongful death case in a way that meets your expectations and respects the emotional toll you are carrying now, work with Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. Our Joplin wrongful death lawyers are here to guide you through your case and create a claim that is strong enough to bring against major insurance companies and other liable parties.
“My husband was in a car accident, we called Aaron Sachs, and are very glad we did! First of all, they sent someone to our home to interview my husband, so he did not have to drive all the way to Springfield to their office while he was in pain.” - Former Client
“I was rear-ended by a non-insured driver. My car was totaled and I ended up having surgery on my shoulder. I was thrilled to get a settlement way larger than I could have dreamed.” - Former Client
We make sure that we are available to answer our clients’ questions, breaking down the complex legal jargon and using plain English. There is no “one size fits all” answer — your case needs and deserves individual attention, and this is what we are prepared to provide.
Our team has over 235 years of combined experience, handling over ten thousand personal injury cases. We are committed to professional excellence in every aspect of what we do and how we do it. We have over 65 employees with an exclusive focus on injury claims.
We strive to meet our clients where they are and provide the service they need. Suffering an injury is a difficult time in an individual’s life; you need representation that understands both the worries you may be feeling and the world you are now dealing with. Let us help ensure your rights are protected.