Kansas Wrongful Death Attorneys
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Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a traumatic experience in many circumstances. But when a loved one dies due to someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, many people often feel angry and upset. Knowing what to do next can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to someone who understands the law and who can clearly explain your options.
Our dedicated, Kansas wrongful death lawyers at Bretz & Young can help you every step of the way. We have extensive experience handling such complex cases throughout Kansas. We understand the laws governing wrongful death. We know what evidence matters. And we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to win your case.
Case results matter when it comes to choosing the right wrongful death attorney. Our law firm has secured numerous multi-million-dollar wrongful death settlements and verdicts for families, including a $50 million settlement in a wrongful death case. Such results speak volumes. When you need to win, you need Bretz & Young on your side.
Discover what we can do for your family. Schedule a free consultation with one of the attorneys at our law firm. We have offices located throughout Kansas, including offices in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal and Hays. We can demand the justice you deserve after your fatal accident.
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a death caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. As a result, the person or business responsible for a wrongful death can be held legally responsible for someone else’s death.
Wrongful death cases can be very difficult. Often, the at-fault person or company denies doing anything wrong. Instead, they often claim they did everything they could to prevent someone else’s death – or that they had nothing at all to do with the fatal accident.
That’s why it’s important to consult with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible if a family member has died and you believe someone was responsible for their death. Otherwise, you might not be aware of all the legal options available to you.
What are common wrongful death cases?
- Death at a nursing home facility
- Death of an infant
- Death in a car accident
- Medical malpractice death
- Wrongful death at work
Is that what happened to your loved one? Or are you dealing with a different type of wrongful death case? Whatever the circumstances of your loved one’s death, you can count on our law firm to help you through this difficult time in your life.
Compensation for wrongful death
If someone else caused your loved one’s death, your family should be financially compensated for expenses and loss of income associated with their death. This includes all future project losses as well. As a result, you deserve to be compensated for many different expenses and sources of income, which can potentially add up to thousands or sometimes millions of dollars. Such expenses and loss of revenue may include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Child support
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
Each wrongful death case is different. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. We can discuss your case with you and provide an estimate on what we think your wrongful death claim could potentially be worth.
Should I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
The decision about whether to file a wrongful death lawsuit after your loved one’s death can be a very difficult one. That’s why we want to help you decide if filing a lawsuit could be the best way to resolve your case.
In many cases, a wrongful death lawsuit can be an effective way to resolve your case. But it’s often only one of several options available to you. That’s why it’s important to discuss your potential legal case with an attorney at our law firm.
Another thing to consider is the timing of your lawsuit. In Kansas, you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action when it comes to wrongful death. In most cases, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death lawsuit or take other legal action.
Two years might seem like a long time. But the reality is the sooner you take legal action in many cases, the better. As time goes by, evidence can be harder to obtain. Memories fade. Witnesses move away. And without such evidence, your case might not be as strong.
Understand your rights. Contact our law firm. We want to help
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Contact our law firm and schedule your free consultation. We can answer your question, evaluate your case and explain your options. Don’t delay. Call us today. Bretz & Young – the Kansas wrongful death attorneys you want on your side.
Nursing home wrongful death cases often occur due to negligence by nursing home employees. Nursing homes need to make sure the conditions sanitary and healthy. Otherwise, long-term nursing home residents can die as a result of nursing home neglect. Examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Unsanitary conditions, resulting in a fatal infection.
- Starvation due to not feeding patients.
- Fatal injury (head injury, etc.) due to lack of supervision.
- Medication error resulting in a nursing home resident’s death.
Hospitals, daycare facilities and other institutions responsible for caring for infants or young children have a responsibility to properly care for them. This is especially true when it comes to newborn children. Birth injuries can often be fatal and often due to mistakes made by medical professionals before, during or after a child’s birth. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney if you believe your child’s death was due to negligence on the part of a hospital or daycare facility.
Fatal car accidents caused by another driver can be very complex legal cases. Our highly-skilled attorneys have years of experience handling such claims and can work with your family to build the strongest possible wrongful death car accident claim. If necessary, we can even file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf in response to your fatal car accident.
Doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals are held to very high standards. That’s because any mistake they make could result in the death of a patient. And if that occurs, such a death may be due to medical malpractice, a legal term used to describe a patient’s death often due to medical negligence. Examples of medical malpractice can include:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Delay in diagnosis
Fatal workplace accidents can be the result of negligence or other factors at work. That’s why it’s important that you explore all the legal options available to you if your loved one died in a workplace accident. Such cases can be very complicated from a legal standpoint. However, you may be able to take legal action and file a wrongful death lawsuit in certain circumstances, including:
- Dangerous work conditions which the employer knew about but failed to correct.
- Third-party workplace accident (accident caused by someone working for another company)
- Hazardous work conditions, including exposure to hazardous chemicals and other substances, including asbestos.