Wrongful Death

When a loved one dies, the family has an overwhelming amount of grief to deal with. If that loved one has died as a result of an accident, interaction with a consumer product, or the result of another person’s negligence, the family is left searching for answers. A wrongful death is one that is caused by someone else’s unlawful actions. Not only is it hard for the families emotionally, but families must also confront how they are going to cope with costs related to the death, loss of income, loss of help, and loss of companionship. When someone else’s unlawful actions result in the death of a loved one, the family is entitled to recover damages for their loss.

The Kansas City wrongful death attorneys at the Krause and Kinsman Law Firm believe you deserve time to go through the grieving process without the worry of dealing with insurance companies and others who want to settle the death of your loved one as soon as possible and in their favor. You deserve attorneys who will confront those who fail to take responsibility for their actions. Our firm supports you and your family in navigating through the emotional shock and financial burdens that result from the loss of your loved one. Our attorneys understand that the grieving process is never easy and is different for each individual. We are here every step of the way to help you find answers and to get you back on your feet.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies as a result of another person’s unlawful actions. Unlawful actions causing death can include negligence, recklessness, or deliberate, intentional, and malicious conduct. Some of the common causes of wrongful death cases our firm handles includes:

  • Construction Accidents
  • Criminal Acts
  • Interaction with a Consumer Product (Product Liability)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Railroad Accidents
  • SUV Rollovers
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries

Types of Damages Recoverable

Generally, there are three types of damages that a surviving family member can recover when their loved one has died as a result of the unlawful actions of another. Damages depend on jurisdiction and the relationship the family member has with the deceased (parent, wife, husband, child, etc.). The types of damages include:

Economic Damages:

  • Funeral Expenses
  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of the deceased’s future income or expected earnings
  • Loss of benefits, including medical coverage and pension plans
  • Loss of inheritance

Non-Economic Damages

  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased just prior to death
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of comfort
  • Loss of instruction
  • Loss of guidance
  • Loss of counsel
  • Loss of training
  • Loss of support

Punitive Damages

  • Are awarded to punish the defendant for deliberate, intentional, and malicious conduct.

The Krause and Kinsman Law Firm is dedicated to obtaining resources for our clients when they are coping with the loss of their loved one. We also want to make sure our clients secure financial stability after their loss and hold those accountable. Our firm takes the burden off of our clients and places it in to our attorney’s hands so our clients can focus on finding closure. We will advance all expenses for your case and protect your rights. We don’t get paid unless you get paid. Call us today for a free consultation.