If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful action of another, the pain can be unbearable. In addition to tremendous grief, you may be feeling angry and confused. You may face extraordinary financial difficulties including large medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of income from a primary breadwinner.
Although the pain may be unbearable, we encourage you to contact a Kansas City wrongful death lawyer as early as possible so that we may initiate an investigation on behalf of you and your family. It is very important for the evidence to be preserved before it is lost, altered, or destroyed.
Our firm has years of experience handling these difficult and delicate cases. Our legal experience, combined with our medical knowledge, makes us highly effective at handling wrongful death lawsuits and protecting the rights of surviving family members.
Some of our most notable case results include:
- $5.2 million: Truck accident resulting in wrongful death
- $4.1 million: Undiagnosed colon cancer resulting in wrongful death
- $2.5 million: Wrongful death of infant twins due to medical negligence
- $2.5 million: Failure to treat bleeding following hysterectomy
- $2 million: Wrongful death caused by medical negligence
- $1.7 million: Truck accident resulting in wrongful death
- $1.3 million: Failure to respond to cardiac arrest
Contact us at (816) 253-8606 for a free consultation with our Kansas City wrongful death attorneys at Cullan & Cullan.
Why Should You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death that was caused by someone’s careless act is a pain you will never “get over.” Fighting to make sure that another family does not have to experience the pain your family is going through can be important in terms of not only making the world a safer place but to your healing process.
Our wrongful death attorneys in Kansas City are here to guide and support you through these trying times. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your loss to determine whether someone else (an individual or a company) was responsible, and we can hold them accountable in civil court.
This gives you the opportunity to see justice served, as well as to recover a verdict or settlement that will help you face a more stable future.
A wrongful death can result from any situation in which a person’s or group’s negligence/wrongdoing leads to the death of someone else, including:
- Auto accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home negligence
- Swimming pool accidents
- Workplace accidents
Damages Recoverable in Wrongful Death Cases
In a wrongful death case, families of deceased victims can seek support for damages and losses including:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Loss of love and emotional support
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of medical care and health benefits
- Compensation for the victim’s pre-death pain and suffering
The laws governing wrongful death lawsuits vary from state to state. If you have lost a family member as the result of someone’s carelessness, we believe you should immediately seek the advice of a competent lawyer who is knowledgeable about the laws governing your case to make sure that your rights are preserved.
Wrongful Death Caused by Medical Malpractice
Johns Hopkins reports that some 250,000 people in the United States die each year in hospitals as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented. Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional—be it a nurse, physician, surgeon, or anesthesiologist—fails to provide a standard of care that has been established as “reasonable” in the medical field.
Some examples of fatal hospital errors may include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Birth injuries
Proving Liability in Medical Malpractice Death Cases
Doctors and hospitals have it in their best interests to fight wrongful death cases. They want to protect their reputation and their bottom line. To file a successful claim, you will need help from experienced medical and legal professionals.
At Cullan & Cullan, our attorneys are also licensed medical doctors. We can determine liability and calculate the potential value of your claim. We are here to ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.
To establish negligence in a wrongful death action involving medical malpractice, the plaintiff will have to prove that:
- The victim died as a result of a preventable medical error.
- The medical error or negligent act was the proximate (probable, most likely) cause of the patient’s death.
- The patient had close family members who suffered compensable losses as a result of the death.
- The hospital, doctor, or nurse responsible for the error should provide compensation to the family members for their loss.
Call (816) 253-8606 for a free consultation with our wrongful death lawyers in Kansas City.