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Kansas City Wrongful Death Attorney

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri

Financial worries and a feeling of devastation are just some of the emotions that you may be experiencing after losing your loved one to a fatal accident or injury. Between the endless medical, financial, and legal worries after a tragic wreck or serious injury, you and your family are likely to be overwhelmed. You don’t have to feel helpless.

The powerful and compassionate wrongful death attorney from Peterson & Associates, P.C. are
prepared to explain your legal options.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case brought by surviving family members or the estate of a person who has died as a result of an accident involving negligence, professional malpractice (medical), or malicious actions. A wrongful death suit serves to compensate loved ones or an estate for the losses suffered due to their loss. These damages can include funeral expenses, punitive damages, loss of wages / support, loss of companionship, and others.

Why the Statute of Limitations Matters

In Missouri, families who wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit must file the suit within three years of the death. Missouri courts have refused to allow amendments to civil lawsuits that were filed on time, but were filed with the wrong family member listed as a plaintiff. Our Kansas City wrongful death lawyers can ensure that you and your family file the appropriate paperwork in the proper court within the correct time frame.

Which Family Members Can File?

There are strict requirements under Missouri law that determine which family members may bring a wrongful death action. Depending on the state in which you are filing, then siblings or nieces and nephews may be permitted to file a lawsuit. If there are no siblings, nieces or nephews available, then the court may appoint a plaintiff.

Our wrongful death attorneys conduct extensive research to determine who in your family should file and when. Our goal is to help you and your family get justice for the untimely loss of your loved one.

For a complimentary consultation with a skilled attorney, call (816) 298-8708 today!

How to Claim Negligence Led to Wrongful Death

For many auto-based wrongful death lawsuits (especially those caused by drunk driving) and many medical malpractice lawsuits, lawyers must prove the negligence of the party by evidencing the following:

  • That the defendant owed the deceased a duty
  • That the defendant breached that duty
  • That the breach of duty caused the accident
  • That the death resulted in damages for the family

What Is a Wrongful Death Settlement or Award?

In a successful wrongful death lawsuit, a grieving family may receive a negotiated settlement or, if the case goes to trial, a jury award. In a negotiated settlement, attorneys from both sides present their offers to one another and hammer out an agreement that reflects the actual injuries to a client and his or her family. In a trial, the two sides present their arguments to a jury who then decides a verdict and awards a financial settlement.

Our wrongful death attorneys have successfully obtained hundreds of millions of dollars* for Missouri families and are ready to help you.

Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, the courts may award additional damages. These damages are called punitive damages and they are often awarded in cases where there are particularly egregious violations. In either case, families may receive a variety of monetary damages covering medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and nurturing, and pain and suffering.

Hire a Compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyer in Kansas City

After losing a loved one, you and your family may not know where to turn. For more than 30 years, David Peterson, founding partner of Peterson & Associates, P.C., has successfully provided legal guidance and support to help ease the difficulty of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Our Results

  • $5.5 Million* - Wrongful Death
  • $2.5 Million* - Wrongful Death
  • $2 Million* - Wrongful Death

Hear From Our Clients

  • “They get the job done.” - Theresa

  • “They were instrumental in saving my life.” - Kathy

  • “Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.” - Lee

  • “I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.” - Larry

Choosing Our Team

Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.

Contacting Our Kansas City Law Firm for a Free Consultation

Peterson & Associates, P.C. provides free consultations when you call or contact us online. Our law office is located in Kansas City, Missouri at:

Missouri’s Country Club Plaza 801 W. 47th Street, Suite 107, Kansas City MO 64112.

We do not charge our personal injury clients a fee unless their case is won, so there is no fee unless we win your case. Get in touch with us today as the first step in your pursuit of justice!

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