Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving Kansas City
Have You Lost a Family Member to a Wrongful Death?
Occasionally, the negligent, reckless, or malicious actions of someone results in the death of an accident victim. In those situations, the surviving family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties. Not only can they pursue justice for their loved one, but they can build a financial safety net during this hard time. If you have been considering whether filing a suit is the right plan, our experienced and compassionate lawyers are here to counsel you.
At Presley & Presley, LLC, we have represented countless individuals and families in claims and lawsuits seeking damages caused by the negligent actions of others. We know the loss of your loved one cannot be quantified. We also know those responsible need to be held accountable for the death of your loved one, which deeply affects you and their other survivors. Seeking and obtaining the compensation you deserve in the wake of a wrongful death will never bring back the one you lost, but it may help provide some measure of closure and prevent others from suffering from the same trauma and loss. With more than 45 years of experience, including extensive trial practice, our team has the skills and legal ability to help you recover your entitled compensation.
Contact a Kansas City wrongful death attorney at (855) 981-6116 for a free consultation today.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful deaths brought on by the negligence of others can occur in many ways, such as in:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog attacks
- Dangerous products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Inadequate or negligent security
- Hospital and other medical errors
- Nursing home abuse or negligence
Such accidents can leave a scar on your family forever. Not only do you lose someone you depended on for love, companionship, emotional support, care, and instruction, but you may have lost a provider whose financial support kept the family afloat. In the aftermath of a fatal accident, you are likely facing not only medical expenses but also funeral and burial or cremation expenses. Filing for compensation can help cover these unexpected bills so you don’t have more reason to worry during this difficult time.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Missouri?
Under Missouri Revised Statutes Section 537.080, wrongful death is described as the death of a person that has been caused by an “act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages.” In non-technical language, that means that if the victim had survived, they would have had the legal right to pursue damages against the at-fault party. In a wrongful death claim, the family can file a claim on behalf of their loved one and seek damages for their own losses as well.
Family members who can file a wrongful death claim in Missouri include:
- The surviving spouse, children, or grandchildren
- In the case of a child, the surviving parents
- The surviving parents if no spouse, children, or grandchildren exist
- In the absence of any of the above, surviving siblings
- In the absence of any of the above, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate
If the deceased person has not named a personal representative, the court will appoint someone to file the claim
Damages in Wrongful Death Claims
Compensation for damages in a wrongful death claim may include medical expenses incurred by the decedent prior to their death, funeral and burial costs, value for the wages or income the decedent would have received if they were still alive, the pain and suffering they endured prior to death, and recompense for the services, companionship, comfort, and other nontangible benefits the decedent provided to those left behind.
Turn to Presley & Presley, LLC for Compassionate Legal Service
The wrongful death of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences that a family can endure. Our firm provides sensitive and compassionate legal help at this difficult time. We are committed to fighting tenaciously for the justice you deserve and will use all of our experience, skill, and drive to help your family through this critical legal process.Reach out to our team at (855) 981-6116 to get started today.
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