Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyers in St. Louis

Providing Compassionate Support to Grieving Families

After losing a loved one, your life may never be the same. Along with the heavy emotional weight of such a loss, you and your family may also find yourself having to drastically change your plans and priorities. While nothing can replace the loss of a loved one’s contributions and support, filing a wrongful death claim can provide a safety net for your family while you determine your next steps.

Our team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm can help you through this difficult time by providing solid guidance and caring support. We always get to know our clients as people, so we can give them the help they need most. Taking the lead on your lawsuit is not the only assistance we can provide. Our team is here to listen to your story and help ensure your loved one receives justice.

Call us at (314) 701-7722 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys. We serve families in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

Just as any accident caused by someone else’s negligence makes the victim eligible to file a personal injury claim, any fatality caused by the same can lead to a wrongful death claim. This means you may be able to make a claim if your loved one was lost in a(n):

  • Accident caused by a defective product
  • Car accident
  • Incident of medical malpractice
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Slip and fall or other premises liability case
  • Truck accident
  • Workplace accident
  • Violent attack

If you are not sure whether you are eligible to file a claim, our attorneys are happy to help. After listening to your story, we can determine whether a third party was liable. We can also launch an investigation to pinpoint fault, so you know who you can sue.

Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Claim

Unlike personal injury claims, which aim to alleviate the suffering of the injured individual, wrongful death claims are meant to address the losses of a family. You may be able to recover damages including:

  • Medical bills accrued after the accident but before your loved one’s death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of retirement savings and/or other work-related benefits
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of comfort, companionship, and guidance

The losses in wrongful death cases cannot be summed up in financial terms. Our attorneys will fight to help you recover the full extent of economic damages as well as the non-economic damages to which you are entitled.

Determining Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim

Many individuals can be affected by the sudden and unexpected loss of someone they care about. However, the right to file a wrongful death claim is limited to those who are directly related to the deceased. Furthermore, Missouri law grants standing based on the type of relationship. There are three classes of individuals who may be allowed to file a wrongful death claim, but those in Class 2 may only bring a suit if no one in Class 1 chooses to, and individuals in Class 3 are only allowed to file if no one in either of the preceding classes brings a claim.

These classes are as follows:

  • First, the spouse, children, grandchildren, or parents;
  • Second, the siblings or their descendants;
  • Third, an individual appointed by the court.

We understand this may sound confusing. Our team can simplify you and your family’s rights if you find yourself in this situation.

Our Attorneys Are Here for You

Making the decision to bring a wrongful death claim can be difficult. However, for many families, it can also be the best choice to ensure your financial stability as you navigate your life without your loved one. These claims can also help hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions, regardless of whether criminal claims are filed against them.

We advise anyone who lost a loved one in a tragic and unexpected accident to speak with a lawyer to learn about their rights and determine whether bringing a claim is the right choice. The statute of limitations gives you three years to file your case, and while this may seem like a long time, it’s best to get started much in advance of the deadline, so your attorney has the time to build a strong case. Our team is here to help you understand what to expect if you choose to file a case.

The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has built a reputation for providing trustworthy guidance and top-tier service to its clients. Call us today at (314) 701-7722 if you are considering a wrongful death claim.


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

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