If you have recently lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, call wrongful death attorney Rick DeVault. He can pursue justice for your loved one against the negligent party. DeVault Law in Kansas City, MO can help make the wrongdoer pay and protect others from suffering the same fate.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim may result when the death is caused by the negligence of another, whether a person or a business entity. This is a legal claim that certain family members may make against the negligent party. Nothing can return your loved one, but, through a wrongful death claim, compensation and justice for your loved one can be pursued.
If you have lost a loved one and are a close family relation, you may have the legal right to file a wrongful death suit against the wrongdoer. If you are not sure if the death of your loved one would be considered a wrongful death, consult with wrongful death attorney Rick DeVault. Taking action can provide the wrongdoer with financial recourse and serve as a deterrent to others so no one else has to share the fate of your recently deceased loved one. DeVault Law understands the difficulties in requesting compensation while dealing with loss, and we have the knowledge to pursue legal action on your behalf.
Who May Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?
Each state has laws governing who may bring a wrongful death action. This generally includes immediate family members, though may extend beyond immediate family in some circumstances. If you have lost a family member, you may have the legal right to file a wrongful death suit against the wrongdoer.
Wrongful Death Situations
For example, wrongful death may result from:
Defective Products or Machinery
Nursing Home Abuse or Negligence
Vehicle Accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.)
Wrongful death cases can be complex and may require considerable time and effort. DeVault Law helps alleviate as much of this difficulty as possible for you. We understand that not only are you dealing with a legal claim, but with the loss of a loved one. We work hard to guide you through each step of the process.
What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Action?
Each state has its own laws on compensation permitted in wrongful death claims. These can actually differ depending on the nature of the negligence that caused the death. For example, a death resulting from medical malpractice may be governed by different rules than one caused by a negligent driver.
In general, claims and compensation could include such items as:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to the death of your loved one
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering endured by your loved one prior to their death
- Loss of financial support, guidance, companionship, guidance, counsel, and comfort that the loved one provided prior to their death
- Lost financial benefits the loved one had provided
DeVault Law understands the value we place on our family members. We strive to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your loss and to deter others from engaging in the same negligent conduct. And we do everything we can to ease the process and assist you with moving forward with your life.
Should I File a Wrongful Death Claim?
It can be difficult to decide whether or not to file a claim after your loved one has passed. DeVault Law understands that your family member cannot be replaced and you may be hesitant to pursue legal remedies. However, in many cases, pursuing a claim for the loss of a loved one can have far reaching benefits:
Help ease your family’s financial burden – If your loved one contributed to the household expenses, their loss can result in economic hardship for you and your family. Costs associated with death are also expensive. Future cost repercussions can included such hardships as losing health benefits the loved one provided or the college tuition money they would have funded for their children’s education.
- Deter the wrongdoer – Lawsuits hold liable parties responsible for their actions. If the responsible party does not face consequences, they will have no incentive to change their conduct. More innocent people may suffer due to their negligence.
- Help encourage safer practice – Filing a claim for wrongful death can help convince companies and parties to acknowledge that something needs to be changed.
Contact A Kansas City Wrongful Death Attorney
It is critical that you act on your wrongful death claim right away. There is a time limit, called a statute of limitations, in which you must either formally file your claim or lose your rights forever. Contact wrongful death attorney Rick DeVault to preserve your rights and get compensation for the loss of your loved one.
Have You Lost a Loved One Due to the Negligence of Another?
Contact DeVault Law, L.C. in Kansas City, MO today.