If you lose a loved one to a driver’s negligence, the tragic loss you experience is difficult to overstate. The law addresses these matters with wrongful death claims, and while nothing can return your loved one to you and your family, obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled can help you attend to the healing process. The most important step you can take if you’ve lost someone to a motorist’s negligence is to consult with an experienced Kansas City car accident attorney.
Wrongful Death Claim
In Missouri, wrongful death relates to those claims in which the injured party – who would have brought a car accident claim to address the injuries he or she sustained – succumbs to those injuries and is, therefore, not able to bring the claim. The following relatives are in line to bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of their lost loved one (the decedent):
- The decedent’s surviving spouse
- The decedent’s surviving parents
- The decedent’s surviving children (or their descendants if the children are deceased)
The Damages Sought
The wrongful death claim can seek damages in all the following categories:
- The cost of the decedent’s funeral and burial
- The decedent’s final medical expenses (related to the fatal accident)
- The decedent’s lost earnings
- Any pain and suffering the decedent experienced before succumbing to his or her fatal injuries
- The value of the comfort, services, consortium, and companionship that the decedent would have provided his or her loved ones
An Experienced Kansas City Wrongful Death Attorney Is on Your Side
The compassionate Kansas City wrongful death attorneys at Krause & Kinsman Law Firm understand the gravity of your claim and are committed to channeling their impressive experience in pursuit of your claim’s best possible resolution. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact or call us at 816-307-2763 today.
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What if there is a criminal case?
A criminal case against the at-fault driver will not affect your ability to bring a wrongful death claim.
What is the statute of limitations?
In Missouri, you have three years from the date of your loved one’s death to file your wrongful death claim.
Can I include my loved one’s pain and suffering?
You can include your loved one’s pain and suffering in your claim, and it can be helpful to do so.