Wrongful death can result from many different situations in which the negligence or wrongdoing of someone leads to a person’s death. A wrongful death claim could have occurred through a car or trucking accident, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, workplace accident, or many other various causes. Families of the deceased victims can seek damages for the costs of the medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of financial support, loss of medical care, and even compensation for their loved one’s pre-death pain and suffering.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In both Kansas and Missouri, the law states who can be appointed as the personal representative—surviving spouses, parents, children, and grandchildren—and thus who can file the lawsuit. If your loved one has died because of the act of someone else, whether through a negligent or intentional act, you may be entitled to compensation and should contact an attorney immediately so that your rights are protected to the fullest extent.

To bring a wrongful death suit to court, you must show: 

  1. the death of a person; 
  2. the cause of death was directly tied to another person’s negligence or harmful intent; 
  3. monetary suffering of the decedent’s family members caused by the death; and 
  4. a personal representative appointed for the decedent’s estate. 

Foster Wallace, LLC advises surviving family members throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area after a loved one’s death, and we only collect payment for our services after your case is won. If you or someone you love was killed through someone else’s negligence, call our office today or fill out our online contact form to set up your free initial consultation.