Sometimes a brief moment of negligence has fatal results. Once a wrongful death has occurred, family members will never be the same. While no legal result can address every aspect of a tragic loss, the law does give grieving loved ones the chance to obtain compensation that provides a measure of relief to spouses and others who are left behind. The Barnes Law Firm LLC in Kansas City delivers knowledgeable, compassionate counsel to clients seeking justice from the parties responsible for the victim’s death. If you are dealing with this kind of loss, we’ll advise if you are entitled to collect damages to cover final expenses, the wages and benefits that the decedent would have earned over a lifetime, and other items specified in the relevant Missouri statute.
Our firm handles a full range of wrongful death actions, including cases involving fatalities associated with:
Initiating a lawsuit might seem like an additional burden during an already difficult time, but there is a three-year statute of limitations for Missouri wrongful death claims, and prompt action increases the likelihood of locating important evidence. Our personal injury firm offers a free initial consultation to help you evaluate your options.
If a decedent has a surviving spouse, that person has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. After that, the victim’s children, grandchildren, parents and siblings have priority, in that order. If no family members within these categories are alive, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate can make the claim. We make sure that clients seek all of the available damages in wrongful death claims, including funeral expenses, the victim’s medical bills, wages and benefits that the victim would have earned throughout their lifetime, and the companionship, household services, consortium and guidance that the lost family member provided.
The Barnes Law Firm LLC advises surviving family members regarding Missouri and Kansas wrongful death actions. Please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online to make an appointment for a free consultation at our Kansas City, Missouri office.