After losing a loved one in a tragic accident, you may wonder about you and your family’s future and your right to financial compensation. This is particularly true when there is reason to believe another person or business caused the accident due to their own negligence. When another entity is at fault for the death of your relative, you should contact a St. Louis wrongful death attorney. A lawyer from The Cagle Law Firm will thoroughly review your situation and advise you on whether you have a valid wrongful death claim. If so, we can explain the statute of limitations on these lawsuits and guide you through the legal process.
To discuss your rights after a spouse, parent, or child’s untimely death, contact The Cagle Law Firm at (314) 276-1681 or use our online form to request a free consultation.
Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney
You or members of your family may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim in Missouri or Illinois if there is evidence that your relative’s death was caused by another party’s carelessness, recklessness, unlawful failure to act, or misconduct. You must be able to establish that the other party is more than 50 percent directly at fault for your loved one’s death. If you can do this, then based on your state’s law, certain relatives may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of care and support
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of inheritance that you would have received
Wrongful death claims can be complex. Who may file the claim, how long you have to file, and who may receive compensation differ depending on state law. You should work with an experienced St. Louis wrongful death lawyer at The Cagle Law Firm to determine your rights under Missouri or Illinois law. Our legal team will also help you through the claims and legal process and fight hard for you and your family to receive the maximum compensation you deserve under the law.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death lawsuits arise out of all types of situations. These situations may have common factors, but they all have unique aspects and require different types of investigations.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we are highly experienced in a wide range of wrongful death claims, including:
- Car Accidents
Collisions between two or more personal vehicles can be fatal. If you lost a loved one in a crash, call a St. Louis car accident lawyer today. We will thoroughly investigate the crash to determine who was at fault and who is liable. We can then guide you through filing a claim with the insurer or pursuing compensation in court. If it is necessary to go to trial, we will hire expert witnesses such as an accident reconstructionist to support your claim.
- Truck Accidents
Semi-truck accidents are far different than personal vehicle collisions. If you lost a loved one in a crash with an 18-wheeler, call us today. We are well-versed in investigating commercial truck crashes, including obtaining documentation and records from the trucking company and other business involved and gathering evidence from the truck itself, such as its electronic data.
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
There are many types of commercial vehicles on the road, not just semis. If your relative was killed after being in an accident with a commercial vehicle, let us help. In accidents involving commercial vehicles, the driver may be at fault yet not liable. Instead, we will look to the business and/ or transportation company and their insurer to gather compensation.
- Railroad Accidents
Derailments, collisions between vehicles and trains, and other types of railroad accidents can be fatal and the party responsible may not be immediately evident. It often requires a thorough investigation to determine who was at fault, and which business or entity is liable, whether that is the company that owns the train, the tracks, or provided maintenance or parts. At The Cagle Law Firm, we have significant experience with train accidents. We are here to get to the bottom of what happened and to fight for your rights.
- Maritime Accidents
Being located next to the thriving Port of St. Louis on the Mississippi River means we see a wide range of maritime accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities. If you lost a loved one in a maritime accident, whether they were a maritime worker, pedestrian, or guest on a vessel, contact us immediately.
- Medical Malpractice
Despite your loved one expecting to receive excellent medical care, a mistake or physician’s carelessness may have led to your relative’s death. If you believe your loved one did not receive the medical attention they should have by a physician or at a facility, call us to discuss your rights and legal options.
- Nursing Home Abuse
Seniors face a serious risk of neglect, abuse, and medical malpractice. You should call us if your elderly loved one passed away, and you believe they suffered an early death due to someone else’ negligence.
- Premises Liability
Under Illinois and Missouri law, property owners are responsible for keeping business customers and guests safe – through a property owner’s specific legal duty differs depending on the state law. If your loved one died in an accident on another person, business, or municipalities property, such as a slip and fall, contact us today. We will review your relative’s status on that property and the property owner’s duty toward your loved one. Then we can recommend whether you have a valid wrongful death claim based on premises liability.
- Defective Products
Every product you and your family members purchase and use should be safe. Yet, many products make it to the market with design defects, manufacturing defects, and warning defects. If you lost a loved one because a product was dangerous, call The Cagle Law Firm to discuss your rights. You may be able to file a claim based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty.
A St. Louis Wrongful Death Lawyer Is Here to Help
The Cagle Law Firm has the experience, skill, and resources you need to move forward with a wrongful death claim with the greatest chance of success. We are veteran trial attorneys with a deep background in handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims. We will put that experience to work for you. After thoroughly analyzing your case, we will explain your and your family’s legal rights and options. If you have a valid wrongful death claim, we can represent you in the insurance claim and legal process. Our goal will be to obtain you the maximum compensation possible.
Call our St. Louis wrongful death attorneys today at (314) 276-1681 or request a free consultation through our online form.