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You should never feel like you are alone if a loved one has died due to the negligent or careless acts of another person. We know this is an incredibly difficult situation to deal with, but we also want to ensure you are taken care of.

Our qualified and experienced legal team at Townsend Law, LLC is ready to help you get through this personal injury case. We will work tirelessly to secure fair compensation for your expenses when you need a Kansas City wrongful death attorney.

We Know This Is Difficult

Please understand that we know how hard this is for you and that our compassionate attorneys will treat you like family when you come and see us. As we go over this brief list of common wrongful deaths caused by fatal accidents, know that this is not a complete list. Always speak with a qualified personal injury attorney before making any decisions.

  • Vehicle Accidents For the latest reporting year in Missouri, there were 923 vehicle crash deaths. Many of these car accidents were caused by negligent drivers, those impaired by alcohol, distracted by their phones, those speeding, etc. Also included in those numbers were people killed in the fatal accident.
  • Product Liability The government website that tracks all current recalls in the US shows us that we have a serious problem with defective products. These products are faulty for various reasons flawed designs, manufacturing errors, and labeling issues.
  • Workplace Accidents Employers should always take the steps necessary to keep their workers safe. This includes ensuring they have the necessary equipment to do their jobs and providing a safe working environment.
  • Medical Malpractice Errors made by healthcare professionals can have devastating effects. More than 250,000 people are killed each year due to mistakes made by healthcare professionals. This can include medication errors, surgical mistakes, misdiagnoses, and more.
  • Criminal Activity When someone is killed due to the criminal activities of another person, their families look for justice in a few ways through criminal proceedings and through civil actions like wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful death cases are brought by surviving family members or the victim’s estate against the person, company, or entity responsible for the death. It is important to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

What You Can Do Now

If you are here today because you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, company, or entity, please accept our law firm’s condolences. We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. While we understand that no amount of money will erase your pain, it can help bring closure and ensure that nobody else has to go through this again. Our law firm can provide legal advice on wrongful death laws in Missouri, Kansas, and surrounding communities.

At Townsend Law, LLC, we will work to secure compensation for the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of companionship damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

Kansas City Wrongful Death FAQ

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, please accept our condolences. We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. At Townsend Law, LLC, we are here to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us when you need a Kansas City wrongful death attorney.

How Do Wrongful Death Cases Arise?

Missouri law defines wrongful death as the death of a person resulting from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled the person to recover damages in respect thereof.

In layman’s terms, these cases arise when someone is killed due to the negligent actions of another person, company, or entity.

Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Kansas City?

Not everyone can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In Missouri, the only people who can file these cases are:

  • The surviving spouse, child, or grandchild of the decedent
  • The parents of the decedent

If the deceased person has no surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, or parents, then a sibling of the deceased person may bring a case. If there is no surviving sibling, then a representative of the deceased person’s estate may bring a wrongful death claim.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Kansas City Wrongful Death?

  • Vehicle Accidents During Missouri’s latest reporting year, there were 923 total traffic crash fatalities. In many cases, these fatal accident incidents result from negligent drivers, including drunk driving, distracted driving, careless operation of a vehicle, and more.
  • Workplace Accidents The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics say that there were 5,147 workplace fatalities in the United States during the latest reporting year, including truck accidents. It is up to an employer to ensure they have a safe workplace for employees.
  • Product Liability Defective products can lead to serious injuries and death for consumers. Often, these products are faulty due to flawed designs, manufacturing, or labeling errors.
  • Medical Malpractice – Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Johns Hopkins researchers say that they kill around 250,000 people each year. Some of the most common medical mistakes include errors when diagnosing, anesthesia errors, surgical errors, delayed treatment, birth injuries, medication errors, and more.
  • Premises Liability Property owners must ensure that they keep their premises free from reasonably foreseeable hazards and warn guests when a potentially hazardous condition is present.

What Kind of Compensation is Available in Wrongful Death Cases?

If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligent or careless actions, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The Townsend Law, LLC team is ready to work on your behalf. We will work with your insurance company, review reports and investigate what happened to secure the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
  • Pre-death medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of companionship damages
  • Loss of consortium damages
  • Punitive damages against the negligent parties

Are Wrongful Death Settlements Taxable?

In general, settlements in a wrongful death case are not taxable. However, if punitive damages are awarded in the case, they are taxable.

When you need a Kansas City wrongful death attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 816-408-6541.