Wrongful Death Lawyers

Springfield, MO Wrongful Death Lawyers

Pursuing Compensation for Grieving Families in Missouri

For many of us, losing a loved one in an accident is one of our greatest fears. Learning about the loss of a loved one due to negligence can shatter your world in a heartbeat. At Bishop & Hayes, we understand the immense financial and emotional hardships that come with a wrongful death. No amount of money can diminish the pain, sadness and sense of loss. However, pursuing justice on behalf of your loved one can ease stress in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy.

Our wrongful death lawyers have over 50 years of shared experience advocating for grieving families. With an extensive knowledge of auto accident injury and personal injury law, you can trust our Springfield attorneys to protect your rights while pursuing the justice you deserve. When you partner with our firm, you can trust us to devote our full attention to your case, guiding your legal steps with wisdom and integrity from start to finish.

If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, our firm can fight tirelessly to bring negligent parties to justice. Call (417) 785-3410 to schedule a free consultation.

What Constitutes a Wrongful Death? 

According to Missouri Revised Statutes §537.080, a “wrongful death” is a death resulting from “any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages.” This means that a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against any individual or company whose negligence causes the death of another person. 

Types of Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death

Many types of accidents can result in a wrongful death. 

Common examples include: 

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death

After the loss of a loved one, filing a lawsuit is likely the last thing on your mind. However, taking swift legal action is imperative to hold negligent parties accountable for your loved one's death. State law upholds a strict statute of limitations to file a claim, making it crucial to seek sound counsel as soon as possible. 

In Missouri, wrongful death claims must be filed within three years of the decedent’s death to recover damages. Our Springfield lawyers can help you navigate the legal intricacies of the claims process to ensure compliance with all regulations and deadlines. Delaying the investigation into your loved one’s death can also result in lost or damaged evidence over time due to police clearing the site of the accident, involved vehicles being repaired or sold, or witnesses falling off the grid.   

Don’t waive your right to pursue damages in civil court by forgoing experienced representation. Turn to Bishop & Hayes to aggressively pursue justice on your loved one’s behalf. When you hire us, our attorneys can conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation of the accident to determine liability and fortify your claim with compelling evidence.

Who Is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim? 

Any sudden death has a powerful ripple effect, affecting every person who knew and cared about the decedent. In many cases, a close friend or distant relative may feel just as devastated as an immediate family member. While every survivor experiences a unique connection and a special sense of loss, state law is very specific about who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. 

In Missouri, three groups with varying priority levels can have legal standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These include: 

  1. Group 1: The decedent's immediate family members, including the decedent's spouse, biological and adopted children, and parents, have priority in a wrongful death lawsuit. 
  2. Group 2: This includes the decedent’s siblings and their descendants.
  3. Group 3: In some circumstances, a plaintiff ad litem may be granted permission to sue on behalf of the estate.


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Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Claims

The death of a loved one is unbearably heartbreaking. As you mourn, you may also face financial hardships due to medical bills, diminished income, and lost benefits. Sadly, many creditors don’t pay grieving families the respect and compassion they rightfully deserve during this difficult time. 

At Bishop & Hayes, our seasoned attorneys demand that creditors give our clients time to mourn as we pursue maximum compensation to relieve their financial burdens. We take decisive, timely action to seek justice for your loved one while giving your family the respect and privacy they deserve to grieve.

Our wrongful death lawyers are here to prioritize your needs and fight to recover the damages you deserve. Various damages can be recoverable in a wrongful death claim, such as: 

  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of household income
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills from the decedent’s final injury 

Why Hire Bishop & Hayes?

Our firm is dedicated to obtaining fair compensation and closure for families grieving the loss of a loved one. No matter the type or size of your claim, you can rely on Bishop & Hayes to zealously protect your rights while pursuing the justice you’re rightfully entitled to. Some reasons to work with us include: 

  • Extensive experience: With over 50 years of combined experience handling a variety of personal injury cases, including all types of motor vehicle accidents, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and catastrophic injuries, you can rest assured that your case is in excellent hands. 
  • Proven track record of success: Our firm has recovered over $100 million for our clients, making us a trusted source of sound counsel and compassionate, experienced representation. 
  • Top-rated litigators: As highly skilled litigators, our attorneys are effective negotiators who prepare every case for trial. We never shy away from tough litigation if that’s what it takes to achieve a fair settlement on your behalf. 

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Contact Our Skilled Springfield Attorneys

At Bishop & Hayes, we understand the immense emotional and financial burdens that come with a wrongful injury. If you were harmed by someone else’s negligence, our attorneys can carefully evaluate your case with a practiced legal eye to identify potential damages and advocate for fair compensation on your behalf. With free consultations and 24/7 availability, you can trust our firm to work diligently to hold liable parties responsible. From fortifying your case with relevant evidence to maximizing the value of your claim, turn to our determined advocates to restore your peace of mind and financial security during your recovery. 

If you lost a loved one to negligence, turn to Bishop & Hayes to aggressively pursue justice. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Pay nothing until we win. 

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