How Are Wrongful Death Settlements Divided?

Posted on

Losing a family member is never easy, especially when it comes to accidental deaths. Such a loss can cause tremendous emotional suffering and financial complications. Fortunately, you may be able to receive compensation for the loss of a loved one by hiring an attorney and filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Missouri law entitles the surviving spouse, children, descendants of deceased children, or the victim’s parents to recover compensation. If none of these family members are alive, then the victim’s siblings or their descendants are eligible to recover damages. In the rare event that there are no surviving siblings or descendants of siblings, the plaintiff ad litem would be entitled to any compensation.

If a court in Missouri awards a wrongful death settlement, the compensation will be paid to the group of survivors that filed the lawsuit. The individuals can then decide how to divide the proceeds themselves or appoint an attorney to divide the settlement. However, suppose the parties cannot agree on how to divide the settlement amount by themselves. In that case, the court will distribute the settlement amount to the affected parties in proportion to the losses they suffered.

Call a St. Louis Wrongful Death Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

If you have suffered the loss of a family member and have questions about pursuing a wrongful death claim, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation, call Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers at 314-444-4444 or use our online contact form.

Wrongful Death Settlement FAQ

What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Missouri, plaintiffs can recover many economic and non-economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, including funeral expenses, medical expenses, and loss of companionship.

Is There a Limit to the Amount of Compensation?

In most Missouri wrongful death cases, there is no limitation on the amount of compensation that can be recovered.

When Can a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Be Filed?

In Missouri, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within three years of the victim’s death.

Truck Accident Lawyers

Claim Your Free Books

Schultz & Myers have released three must-read books online for FREE.
Click below to download your copy today.
Legal Paper Icon

Risk Free
Fee Guarantee

We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay only if we win your case.

No Win No Fee
Balance Icon

Missouri's
Winningest Law Firm

Named by Missouri Lawyer's Weekly based upon most reported trial wins. View our recent case results.

Results That Matter
Avatar Icon

The Schultz &
Myers Experience

We put our clients needs first. Learn more about the Schultz & Myers experience.

We Can Help
Schultz & Myers Logo

Get in touch with us today to get started with your FREE case review. We’re only a call, click, or short drive away.