[cbc_video id=”10338″ volume=”30″ width=”350″ aspect_ratio=”16×9″ autoplay=”0″ controls=”1″]When an individual is killed as a result of negligence or wrongful acts, those who are responsible for the death can be held liable for the loss they have caused. The victim’s surviving family members can bring a wrongful death claim to recover compensation from the negligent parties that caused the fatal accident. Laws on exactly which surviving relatives can bring a wrongful death claim differ from state to state.

In Missouri, relatives are divided into different tiers, with the closest relatives having a right to make a claim and more distant relatives given the opportunity to file a wrongful death lawsuit only if there are no closer relatives. To learn more about who can make a wrongful death claim in Missouri, watch the above video from the St. Louis wrongful death lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm.

In Illinois, on the other hand, there is no tier system and no hierarchy of relatives. Instead, a representative of the estate is appointed to bring the claim. There are certain requirements and restrictions on who can be the representative.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence in either Missouri, Illinois or Kentucky, it is important to seek legal assistance to get advice and information about who can bring a wrongful death claim. Our Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky accident lawyers have extensive experience with wrongful death lawsuits, and we can help you to recover the damages you deserve. Contact The Cagle Law Firm now online or call 1.800.685.3302, locally 314.276.1681 for a free case evaluation.