If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of another person or company, the decedent's heirs/ beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the decedent's death.
The individuals entitled to sue for wrongful death are listed in each state statute. Many statutes provide for recovery by a surviving spouse, next of kin or children. Ordinarily, children may bring suit for the wrongful death of their parents, and parents may sue for the wrongful death of their children.
The types of damages recoverable include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages, which are intended to make restitution for the amount of money lost, are damages often awarded in wrongful death lawsuits. For example, a plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit may recover medical and funeral expenses in addition to the amount of economic support they could have received if the decedent had lived. Non-economic damages include the pain and suffering of the decedent from the time of the wrongful conduct until death, as well as the heirs/beneficiaries’ pain and suffering for losing a loved one.
If you have a question about a wrongful death matter, please contact an experienced attorney. Call the Hamilton Law Firm at (913) 888-7100, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our online form. Based in Lenexa, in the Kansas City area, we practice throughout Kansas and Missouri.
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