The unexpected death of a family member is a difficult time no one can prepare for. The devastating effects of that loss are even greater when another person or entity is responsible for your loss. In addition to the emotional toll, families may face financial challenges without the support of the deceased person, as well as medical bills, funeral expenses, and burial costs.
Although no amount of money can take away your emotional pain, the compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit may help ease the financial burden.
The experienced wrongful death lawyers of Brown & Crouppen are here to help. Since 1979, we have recovered more than half a billion dollars for families like you. We have earned that trust through the compassion, understanding, and personal attention we provide our clients, as well as a proven record for success.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Every year, families across the Midwest grieve the loss of a loved one who dies as the result of wrongful death. Wrongful death is a type of personal injury which may be caused by many unfortunate accidents, including:
- Auto accidents (including motorcycle and truck accidents)
- Workplace accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Defective products
- Dangerous drugs
- Medical malpractice
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action taken by the surviving spouse or other close family members of a loved one who died as a result of the negligence of the responsible party. Survivors can file a wrongful death suit, which is intended to provide the surviving spouse and other family members with the financial support needed to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, and other financial losses. In some cases, a wrongful death claim may seek punitive damages. An experienced attorney can provide you with legal advice regarding your wrongful death claim.
What Can a Personal Injury Law Firm Do for Me?
Often, personal injury victims and their loved ones think they can get a fair settlement and keep a larger amount of compensation if they work directly with the insurance company. Unfortunately, the insurance company’s first responsibility is to its shareholders, not to accident victims. An experienced personal injury attorney like the ones at the Brown & Crouppen Law Firm can provide critical legal representation to ensure that your wrongful death claim is handled fairly.
Brown & Crouppen’s wrongful death lawyers help you by:
- assessing your wrongful death claim (don’t worry, it’s a free case evaluation)
- providing ongoing legal advice about your wrongful death case, so you understand the legal issues
- helping you gather medical records and other documentation
- questioning witnesses and working with medical experts to support your wrongful death action
- negotiating with the insurance company and evaluating settlement offers so you can concentrate on getting the emotional support you need
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a time limit on filing a wrongful death lawsuit?
The Missouri Statute of Limitations for wrongful death states that a wrongful death claim must be filed within 3 years from the date of death. In some states, the statute of limitations is as little as one year. After that time runs out, your attorney will no longer be able to file a claim on your behalf.
- How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
The wrongful death attorneys at Brown & Crouppen work on a contingency fee basis. This means our fee is contingent, or dependent, on winning your case. We don’t charge an hourly rate like many law firms — we only get paid if you win.
- Will my case go to trial?
Our experienced lawyers have a track record of successfully settling claims with insurance companies representing the responsible party. In some cases, the insurance company chooses to fight. If that happens, our trial lawyers bring the full weight of Brown & Crouppen’s extensive experience and resources to get the best judgment for you.
Brown & Crouppen Wrongful Death Case Results
Our team has handled wrongful death cases involving catastrophic car accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, and workers’ compensation accidents.
We collected $40,000,000 for the families of patients who took a dangerous drug. The company knew the drug was defective but aggressively marketed it to physicians. Patients who took this dangerous drug suffered from heart failure, stroke, and even death.
In another case, we recovered $2,000,000 for the family of a boat mechanic who died of suffocation after being trapped by an outboard motor that shifted position without warning.
And we negotiated $3,000,000 in compensation for a family devastated by the death of their very young child due to a dangerous defective product.
It all Starts with A Free Case Evaluation from the Wrongful Death Lawyers at Brown & Crouppen
If a loved one has been the victim of wrongful death, you may have the right to financial compensation for hospital and funeral costs, your loved one’s lost wages, and the loss of their companionship. Getting started is easy. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.