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Wrongful death comes under the umbrella term of personal injury. When the act of someone else results in death, Missouri Statute RSMo. 537.080 allows certain relatives to file a lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit or settlement should only be pursued with an experienced wrongful death lawyer. If the defendant is determined to be liable for the death, the judge or jury may award such damages for the wrongful death as they “may deem fair and just for the death and loss thus occasioned, having regard to the pecuniary losses suffered by reason of the death, funeral expenses, and the reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support of which those on whose behalf suit may be brought have been deprived by reason of such death.” RSMo. 537.095 also allows a plaintiff to settle the wrongful death claim with the defendant with the approval of a circuit court. The circuit court can then determine how the funds will be apportioned among the entitled parties. Compensation for these damages simply does not right the wrong, but does help take care of the financial obligations of the decedent and financial needs of the surviving relatives. A wrongful death lawyer can help you navigate these cases through settlement or trial. We handle wrongful death cases on a contingency fee, meaning that there are no hourly attorney fees, and we are only compensated after we recover funds for the client. Call on Farwell Law Firm, located in Kirskville, MO, to be your wrongful death law firm.