Kansas City Wrongful Death Attorney
Did you lose a loved one because of someone else’s careless, negligent or even criminal actions? Our Kansas City wrongful death lawyers can help.
Losing a loved one in an accident is something that no family ever wishes to go through. In virtually all wrongful death cases, when the action or inaction of another person or party directly leads to the death of another, the family of that victim is entitled to bring wrongful death action against the negligent party to collect damages.
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one was killed in an accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages for:
- Funeral/burial costs
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic damages
Many people ask us “Is there a limit to how much money I can recover?” The answer to this question is both yes and no. If you wish to file a wrongful death case, you will likely be claiming losses both economic and noneconomic. An example of an economic harm would be medical bills, as these are tangible and quantifiable.
An example of a noneconomic harm would be “pain and suffering” which, while felt probably more bitterly than even the financial harms, is not a tangible or easily quantifiable harm. The Kansas City injury attorneys at Wendt Law Firm P.C. can evaluate your case to find out the maximum noneconomic and economic damages you can claim after the death of your loved one.
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Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
According to the Missouri Revised Statutes 537.080,
Whenever the death of a person results from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages in respect thereof, the person or party who, or the corporation which, would have been liable if death had not ensued shall be liable in an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured.
Essentially, this means that the cause for filing a wrongful death action is the same as the cause for action in filing a personal injury claim, except with wrongful death claims, the injury is fatal and results in death so someone else must bring the claim. The Missouri Revised Statutes lists three parties able to bring wrongful death claims. Those are:
- Spouse or children of the deceased
- If no spouse or children are available or do not wish to file, the deceased’s brother, sister or their descendants can file
- If there is no one is class one or two, then a court-appointed “plaintiff ad litem” can file
Although there are a variety of people who might be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim, they must file together because only one action can be brought against a Defendant for the death of any person.
Hiring a Kansas City Wrongful Death Attorney
Wendt Law Firm P.C. has many years of experience in dealing with all types of injury, accident, illness, and wrongful death cases. Attorneys at the firm have been voted Super Lawyers® in Kansas and Missouri for many consecutive years in addition to achieving other recognition from the legal community. They are proud members of the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers and have been voted Best of the Bar by Kansas City Business Journal for four years in a row. When you need experienced, reliable legal representation, do not hesitate to turn to Wendt Law Firm P.C.
Contact Wendt Law Firm P.C. today for a free consultation with a legal professional who genuinely cares about your case.