Kansas and Missouri Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful death cases are emotional, tragic and at times, complicated. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you are likely angry and confused and have many questions. The sudden loss of a loved one brings not only emotional hardship, it also brings unexpected medical expenses, burial costs, loss of income, and loss of support. Contact a Kansas and Missouri wrongful death lawyer from Morefield, Speicher and Bachman for guidance. We are here for you.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death Accidents

Wrongful death can occur in various ways, but we commonly see these cases arise in relation to:

  • Car wrecks;
  • Motorcycle wrecks;
  • Truck wrecks;
  • Medical malpractice;
  • Construction accidents.

What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death Action?

A wrongful death action is warranted where the death of an individual occurred through the negligence or wrongful acts of another party.

Who is Able to Bring a Wrongful Death Action?

A wrongful death action is usually brought by the parents, spouse, or children of the victim. In some situations brothers or sisters of the deceased can pursue a claim. Kansas recognizes common law marriage, while Missouri does not. This can lead to complicated legal questions when a non-marital partner dies. There can also be issues with children who were not formally adopted. We can help unravel those issues.

Proving Wrongful Death

Generally, wrongful death actions arise due to the negligent actions of another. In order to pursue a case, the following elements must be proven:

  • The defendant owed a duty to the deceased;
  • The duty was breached;
  • The death arose as a result of the breach;
  • The family has suffered damages as a result.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?

We understand that no one can adequately compensate you for the loss of your loved one. However, if you lost your loved one due to the negligent actions of another party, you may be able to receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses, including doctor and hospital bills;
  • Burial and funeral expenses;
  • Loss of consortium, companionship;
  • Loss of income;
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased;
  • Possibly punitive damages.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is the time limit within which a party must file a claim. This time frame varies from state to state, and is determined by the cause of action. In Missouri, for instance, a wrongful death action must be filed within 3 years of the time of death. If the wrongful death was due to medical malpractice however, the limit is two years. In Kansas, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action is 2 years.

Contact Us

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult trials a family can face.  We are here to help you navigate the legal process so you and your family can focus on healing. These cases are not only emotionally difficult, they can be complex. It is important that you speak to an experienced Kansas and Missouri wrongful death lawyer for guidance. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, please contact us. We are here to help you through this difficult time. Call us for a free consultation at 913-913-2808.

Call 913-839-2808

For Your Free Consultation

Or contact MSB by email.

With over 35 years of combined experience, Richard Morefield and Andrew Speicher understand the importance of helping every wrongful death client seek emotional healing, while simultaneously navigating the intricate procedures of a wrongful death claim.  Rick and Andrew are committed to providing compassionate legal representation that helps bring emotional healing, while aggressively pursuing the full measure of monetary recovery available.

Preparing for Your Free Consultation

During your free initial consultation we will discuss your loss and find out from you about the emotional and financial damages you have suffered as a result.  You will able to ask questions about the process and about our experience in handling wrongful death cases.  Most importantly it is a chance for you to meet the attorneys and paralegals that will be dedicated to your case.  If you live outside the Kansas City area we can make other arrangements for your initial consultation.

It would be helpful to bring the following documents with you if you have them.  If you don’t, don’t worry.  We can get these things later.

  • A copy of the motor vehicle accident report, if your loss was the result of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident
  • Medical bills and records
  • Marriage license if you lost your spouse
  • Birth certificate if you lost your mom, dad, or a child
  • Your auto insurance card and a copy of your policy

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