The loss of a loved one is a life-altering event. It is made even worse if the surviving family members feel that this death could have been prevented. Not only is the family left dealing with the emotional grief of such a loss but, if the deceased was a parent or provider, they may also be faced with a real and immediate financial crisis. During this time of crisis, the last thing the survivors may be thinking about is hiring a wrongful death lawyer. However, it is crucial to get an experienced team of lawyers on the case, investigating the facts — immediately, before evidence is lost and witnesses or documents disappear. Let us help you during this time of crisis.

Bringing You the Benefit of Experience

Our St. Louis law firm has been helping those injured by the negligence of others since 1976. Today, our four AV-rated* attorneys provide dependable, resourceful and creative representation for surviving family members of accident victims. A fatal car accident, a truck accident, semi-18-wheeler crash, construction accident, a nursing home neglect case or an explosion or fire can be legally complex, and you will need a lawyer’s help. Consider the advantages of working with a law firm with a track record of effectively handling wrongful death claims and lawsuits.

Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers in St. Louis. We can and will travel to meet your family where you are, if it is inconvenient for you to come to our office.

Fighting on Behalf of Victims and Their Loved Ones

While we know there is no amount of money that would ever compensate you for your loss, we can help you get all of the compensation you are entitled to for such factors as the loss of consortium, companionship, income, support, and the pain and suffering of the deceased.

Laws that stipulate how much and what kinds of compensation families may receive after fatalities can differ from state to state. Missouri and Illinois also have different rules regarding the statutes of limitations on claims and on who is qualified to present a wrongful death claim before the court. We know the laws and aspire to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your losses.

Another type of claim which may arise from a fatality is for “lost chance of survival or recovery.” For example, a patient suffering from cancer may not have been diagnosed in a timely fashion. The negligent delay in identifying the cancer may have made it more difficult to treat the disease and robbed the patient of a significant chance of recovery. This type of claim has different rules and limitations from a wrongful death case. It is important to consider such a claim whenever death occurs and to be familiar with those differences.

The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., have more than 30 years’ experience handling wrongful death claims on behalf of family members. We can help you.

For the Missouri revised statutes, visit the Missouri General Assembly website. For the Illinois revised statutes, visit the Illinois General Assembly website.

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Whether the accidental death was sudden or occurred sometime after a car crash or surgical error, we are ready to hear your story and advise you on legal steps to take. Contact a wrongful death lawyer at the St. Louis law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard.

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