In traditional personal injury cases, the person who is injured usually files a lawsuit. In wrongful death cases, the decedent’s surviving family such as the spouse, children, parents, or other heirs as specified in Missouri Law are able to file a claim. Also, they look into the economic damages as it pertains to medical bills, and pain and suffering. Additionally, they look at the damages such as loss of companionship and loss of support. Those are what make wrongful death cases differ from their traditional personal injury cases.