Overland Park Wrongful Death Lawyers
At Morefield Speicher Bachman Law, our Overland Park wrongful death lawyers are here to help you in your time of need. Wrongful death cases are emotional, tragic, and complicated. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you are likely angry, confused, and have many unanswered questions. The sudden loss of a loved one not only brings emotional hardship, but also brings unexpected medical expenses, burial costs, loss of income, and loss of support. Contact Morefield Speicher Bachman Law for guidance. We are here for you.
We understand that there is no easy way to face the loss of your innocent loved one. Our legal team will work hard to ease your burden of managing a wrongful death claim. We have the experience to advocate on behalf of you and your family to obtain just compensation so that you can focus on moving towards closure.
What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death Action?
Action is warranted when an individual dies because of the negligence, misconduct, or wrongful acts of another party. In a successful wrongful death claim, your lawyer will prove the at-fault party is responsible for the loss of your loved one’s life. Following an incident, you should meet with your lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the details that resulted in the wrongful loss of your loved one. Time is of the essence for all legal claims. As time passes, the memories of witnesses can fade and evidence can be more difficult to locate. This is especially important in a wrongful death action because the victim is unavailable to testify.
When you have lost a loved one as a result of another’s negligence, you deserve quality legal representation that is going to hold the wrongdoer(s) accountable for their actions. At Morefield Speicher Bachman Law, our Overland Park wrongful death lawyers will work hard to guide you through your claim efficiently and with the respect your family deserves.
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;
- Product liability;
- Construction accidents.
In a wrongful death claim, a person, company, or government agency may be held responsible for acting negligently. Regardless of the cause, our wrongful death lawyers are experienced in representing loved ones who have lost their innocent family members as a result of another’s negligence.
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, the 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. Similarly, there can also be issues with children who were not formally adopted. When you work with our knowledgeable Overland Park wrongful death lawyers, we can help unravel those issues for you.
Proving Wrongful Death
Generally, wrongful death actions arise due to the negligent actions of another. In order to pursue a negligence case, the following elements must be proven:
- The defendant owed a duty to the deceased;
- The duty was breached;
- The death was caused by the breach;
- The family suffered damages as a result.
We will work with you to gather the facts surrounding the wrongful death of your loved one and hold the negligent party accountable. We have experience working with grieving families to ease the legal burden of managing a wrongful death claim.
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.
Our wrongful death lawyers will work with you and your family to obtain the compensation that you deserve so that you can move forward in mourning the loss of your loved one.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations is the time limit within which a party must file a claim after an incident that resulted in wrongful death. This time frame varies from state to state and is determined by the cause of action. In Missouri, for instance, action must be filed within 3 years of the date of death. If the wrongful death was due to medical malpractice, however, the limit is two years. In Kansas, the statute of limitations for taking action is 2 years.
Our wrongful death lawyers understand the laws and regulations that will pertain to your claim. When you work with our team, we draw upon our past experience to put together a legal strategy that best serves your needs.
What Happens During My Initial Consultation?
At Morefield Speicher Bachman Law, we understand that choosing a lawyer is an important decision. We believe that you should feel comfortable with the legal team that you choose to work with. During your initial consultation, we will meet with you to learn and understand the facts and details surrounding your loved one’s wrongful death. We will take time to understand your situation and determine the proper next steps in light of what is best for your family. We will ask you to provide any relevant information surrounding the wrongful death of your loved one and, from there, we will begin to create a plan that you are comfortable with. We will answer your questions about the legal process and about our legal team.
Contact Our Overland Park Wrongful Death Lawyers
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 that you and your family can focus on healing. These cases are not only emotionally difficult, but they can be complex. It is important that you speak to an experienced Overland Park wrongful death lawyer for guidance. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, please contact us. Our focus is on helping our clients get back what they lost and will fight aggressively to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve. Call us for a free consultation at (913) 839 2808.