Often a wrongful death lawsuit will be associated with an alleged homicide, with the victim’s representative(s) seeking compensation from the accused killer. Yet what about those cases involving a suspected murder-suicide, where the alleged killer also takes his or her own life, as well? One may question how compensation can be sought from someone who is deceased. Yet those in St. Louis wanting such compensation may choose to seek it from the estate of the suspected killer.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be a very complicated matter. Many in St. Louis may simply view the resolution of these lawsuits as a defendant being found liable and thus being forced to compensate the plaintiff. Yet the hope for many going into these lawsuits is that they'll never have to reach a jury trial, and that a settlement can be arranged between the two sides. However, setting up such an agreement often doesn't simply require the consent of the two parties involved, but also of any outside entities like insurance carriers that a defendant may be relying on to fund a settlement. Should any of these entities dispute the settlement, one could possibly see their claim go up in smoke.
Most in St. Louis would find dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one a very difficult task. That difficulty can be compounded even more when the deceased commits suicide. Many will often try to assign blame to someone or something for having driven their loved ones to suicide. Some may view this as a misguided coping mechanism. Yet those left to deal with the aftermath of suicide may very well feel that they know what drove their loved ones to take their own lives, and if they believe that those driving influences may have been prevented, they may decide to pursue legal action against those they hold responsible.
St. Louis residents place a great deal of trust in the area’s doctors and other healthcare providers to not only prescribe them the correct medications, but to also warn them of any potential complications that may arise from the use of such drugs. That’s why it is often so difficult to deal with the aftermath of one having an adverse reaction, especially if it’s felt that the dangers of drug were never properly explained, or that the provider should have known better than to prescribe the drug in the first place. If one dies as a result of taking such a medication, his or her family and friends may choose to express their frustration over such a perceived error through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The loss of a loved one is never an easy thing for any St. Louis resident to have to deal with. For many, that loss is compounded by the thought the his or her death may have been prevented if not for the negligent or incompetent acts of another. Whether their losses come as the result of medical malpractice, a motor vehicle accident, or a fatal workplace injury, those affected may seek compensation from those they deem to be responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Many people in St. Louis often work themselves to the point of fatigue. Their reasons for doing so vary, from a desire to impress one’s superiors in hopes of getting ahead, to a need to simply fill long hours of down time. Yet what if one felt compelled to do so because of the conditions in which they worked? And if those longer hours resulted in employee injuries caused by fatigue, could the employer be held responsible for creating such an environment?
Dealing with the loss of a loved one in an accident or a crime in St. Louis is never easy. The grief and suffering associated with that loss is only compounded if it's believed that the circumstances that led to his or her death could have been prevented. In such a situation, if it's truly believed that negligence was a contributing factor, family and/or friends of the deceased may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. The challenge with these types of lawsuits, however, is being able to prove such negligence.
Of all the car accidents that occur in St. Louis, one of the most dangerous types is that of a head-on collision. Those involved tend to suffer serious injuries and even death, especially in cases where the vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed. This is because the two vehicles each have their own momentum which comes to a screeching halt when they collide.
In St. Louis and other cities throughout the U.S., people pass away every day. Sometimes due to natural causes, other times from accidents or, in some very unfortunate cases, at the hands of another person. When foul play leads to a death, authorities may charge the person suspected of committing the crime, forcing them to stand trial and face the potential consequences if they are found guilty. In some cases, the family of the decedent may choose to take additional legal action against the accused, holding them financially responsible for their actions and the resulting wrongful death.
In St. Louis, building and property owners have certain obligations if they have an elevator on their property to ensure the safety of the people who use the elevator. In addition to being registered with the Department of Public Safety, elevators must have a certificate for operation on file and undergo yearly inspections to make sure everything is in working order. Even with all of the safety regulations in place, sometimes, accidents involving elevators can still occur.