Wrongful Death



If you have lost someone dear to you as a result of the negligent, reckless or criminal actions of another individual, it is imperative that you retain the immediate representation of Henry & Williams, P.C. Attorneys at Law. When you secure our representation, you can be confident that you will receive the supportive assistance that you deserve. We are dedicated to providing each of our clients with top-notch and customized legal representation. Choosing the right attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With our extensive experience and track record of success, you can be confident that we are the right choice. We will treat you with the care and respect that you deserve every step of the way.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 30,196 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2010 and the average number of deaths per year going back to 2000 was 36,377. Of those 30,196 people killed in 2010, the Missouri State Highway Patrol records confirm that 821 people died in Missouri auto accidents. According to a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine as many as 98,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors - three times the number of people killed each year in motor vehicle crashes.

Most often, wrongful death claims are made in cases of extreme accidents. It is not uncommon for a case involving medical malpractice to also include a wrongful death claim if a victim's life was lost as a result of medical negligence to any degree. Nor is it uncommon for car accidents – especially drunk driving accidents – to focus on wrongful death as well. These are incidents in which a person's life was wrongly lost through the negligent and / or reckless behaviors of another. As such, these are cases of personal injury law that most suitably fit the need for a wrongful death claim to be made as well.

Other instances in which a wrongful death claim can be appropriately made include occupational exposures to hazardous materials or extremely unsafe working conditions. Typically, construction zones, which are inherently unsafe and leave workers susceptible to many dangerous situations, are cited in wrongful death claims. Criminal activity as well as legal activity that was supervised can be cause for wrongful death claims as well, assuming that a person's life was wrongfully taken in the process.


In order to successfully make a wrongful death claim, the circumstances of the accident and the resulting death will need to be clarified and appropriately accounted for in a court of law. This includes taking specific legal actions that should only be carried out with the help of a licensed attorney who has experience in making claims of this nature. First and foremost, a wrongful death claim will need to prove that a human being's life was lost.

Once this has been established, one or more of the following must be determined:

  • The death was caused by another person's negligence
  • The deceased individual has been appointed a personal representative for the estate
  • The death was caused by one's intent to cause harm
  • The death caused financial upset to the surviving family members


In legal cases involving wrongful death claims, the primary measure of damages will be determined through pecuniary or financial injury. Pecuniary injuries are those that indicate a loss of personal support, financial contributions, prospected inheritance, and professional services that could result from the death of a victim whose life was taken prematurely. To determine pecuniary loss, the victim's age, health, character, earning capacity and current condition will be taken into consideration. Be sure you retain the best representation possible - our firm has over six decades of experience to put to work for you, with a record of success obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

Compensation will be awarded to the family according the results of these considerations so contact Henry & Williams, P.C. today!

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