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St. Louis Wrongful Death Attorney

If a beloved family member recently passed away in a wrongful accident in St. Louis, we want to extend our deepest condolences. Losing a loved one is perhaps the most difficult experience that a person can go through. Our wrongful death attorneys understand this and handle wrongful death claims with the utmost compassion. Goldblatt + Singer attorneys have the drive to secure justice and compensation for spouses, children and others left behind after unexpected deaths. We can help you during this difficult time. Call, request an appointment online or stop by our St. Louis office to speak with a wrongful death lawyer today.

What Are the Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim?

Missouri civil laws give certain parties the right to seek financial recovery after someone’s negligence results in the death of a family member. To qualify for financial compensation after the death of a loved one, a plaintiff must have certain elements and evidence. First, the family must prove that the defendant (party allegedly responsible for the death) owed the deceased person a duty of care. Second, the plaintiff must show that the defendant breached this duty of care. A breach of duty can describe any of the following:

  • Negligence, carelessness or recklessness
  • Failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm
  • Wanton disregard for the safety of others
  • Failure to prevent foreseeable harms
  • Failure to use safer alternatives
  • Intent to cause harm or kill the decedent

Any action or failure to act that falls outside the defendant’s realm of duty to the deceased could qualify as a breach of duty. Third, the family needs to show causation between the defendant’s breach of duty and the loved one’s fatal accident. Finally, the family must show that real damages resulted from the incident. The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Goldblatt + Singer know exactly how to handle St. Louis wrongful death claims to the best advantage of their clients. We can help you prove wrongful death after any type of fatal accident.

Common Accidents That Lead to Wrongful Death Claims

Goldblatt + Singer has been helping families in Missouri since 1949. In our decades of experience, we’ve come to recognize a handful of scenarios that give rise to wrongful death claims more than others. While almost any personal injury accident that fatally injures someone could culminate in a wrongful death lawsuit, some incidents are more prone to litigation than others. If you lost a loved one in any of the following circumstances, speak to one of our wrongful death attorneys for a case evaluation as soon as possible:

  • Car accident. Including pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, car and truck accidents. The at-fault driver could be liable for the death, as may a company or the government.
  • Workplace accident. Fatal falls, electrocutions, machinery malfunctions or other work-related incidents. The employer, a coworker or a product manufacturer may be liable.
  • Defective product. If a defective or dangerous consumer product, auto part, medical device or medication killed your loved one, you may have a product liability claim.
  • Premises liability accident. If a deadly slip and fall, fire, flood, drowning incident, elevator/escalator accident or animal attack occurred, the property owner might be liable.
  • Medical malpractice. The death of a loved one due to a medication mistake, surgical error, birth injury or failure to diagnose a condition could result in physician and/or hospital responsibility.

A conversation with one of our wrongful death attorneys could help you understand your rights and legal opportunities after losing a loved one because of the negligence of another person. We understand Missouri’s wrongful death laws and know how to litigate a case to achieve the best possible results. To talk to a lawyer about your situation, call (314) 888-1000 or contact us online. While we can sign up cases remotely, clients are always welcome to meet our attorneys with a visit to our St. Louis law office.

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