The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one is certain to be one of the most difficult experiences of a person’s life. When such a tragedy is brought about by the negligence or maliciousness of a third party, the grief can be compounded by anger. Though nothing can ever replace your loved one, it is important to be aware of your legal rights in this situation.
If you are coping with the preventable death of a loved one, it may be appropriate to consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit to hold a negligent party accountable for causing the needless death of your loved one. For compassionate and committed legal counsel and representation, contact the St. Louis wrongful death attorneys at the Finney Law Office by calling 314-646-0300.
Possible Steps of the Legal Process
A wrongful death lawsuit can seem daunting, especially when you are trying to figure out how to get the whole process started. However, there are certain steps that are taken when filing a wrongful death lawsuit that you can generally expect:
Settling– Your attorney and the defendant’s attorney may settle the case outside of court, stopping the process from going any further.
Filing a Complaint – If the case is not settled by the lawyers, a complaint needs to be filed with a court articulating why you are filing a lawsuit against the defendant, which law will support your case and the amount of compensation you are seeking.
Serving the Complaint – An outside person will then give the complaint to the party being filed against (defendant) at which point they will have a certain number of days to respond to the complaint.
The Defendant’s Response – Before the allotted time runs out, the defendant must send a response that generally outlines their defense against the plaintiff’s claims.
You may be able to recover compensation for end of life medical care, funeral costs, and other ongoing financial needs incurred by another party’s negligence which resulted in the death of your loved one. To learn more, contact the St. Louis wrongful death attorneys of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300.