How Are Wrongful Death Settlements Divided?

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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.

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