Partnering With a Kansas City Wrongful Death Lawyer to Pursue a Claim

If you’re considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you’ll first want to meet with an experienced attorney, as this is a highly specialized area of law. The team at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet encourages you to schedule a free consultation with us so we learn about the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death. Then, if there’s ample reason to move forward, these are the steps we’ll take to create the best legal strategy for your case. 

Gathering Evidence for a Wrongful Death Claim

This may include medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and any other relevant documentation. Evidence is crucial to the outcome of your case: without solid proof that the defendant's actions directly caused your loved one's death, you’ll be fighting an uphill legal battle. Additionally, the statute of limitations in Missouri for a wrongful death claim is three years, starting on the date of the death in question. If we don’t start an investigation into the wrongdoing right away and prepare to file a claim within this time period, the court will likely refuse to hear the case after the deadline has passed.

Filing the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Once evidence is collected, our team files a formal legal action, which involves submitting a complaint that outlines the facts of the case, identifies the responsible parties, and specifies the requested economic and non-economic damages related to your loved one’s death. Our attorneys ensure that all procedural requirements and deadlines are met to avoid any delays or complications in the legal process.

What to Expect Pre-Trial 

This phase includes discovery, where both parties exchange information and evidence related to the case. Depositions, where witnesses and parties are questioned under oath, may also take place, during this time,  as well as negotiations for your wrongful death settlement

Proceeding to Trial if Necessary

If a settlement can’t be reached, your wrongful death case proceeds to trial. Your attorney presents the evidence and arguments to a judge or jury, and works to demonstrate the defendant’s liability and the impact of your loved one’s death on your family. The court then decides on the outcome and determines the damages to be awarded.

Receiving the Verdict and Compensation

If the court rules in your favor, you receive a verdict and a compensation amount, designed to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, and other losses. This financial relief can help your family move forward.

The devastating and unnecessary death of a loved one turns your world upside down. You need to trust that your legal representation has the compassion and skills necessary to help you find peace of mind and justice. While many firms pass clients off to inexperienced associate attorneys to handle the case, that won’t happen at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet. You’ll receive one-on-one representation with Ryan, Spencer, and Rob—all of whom are equally experienced and respected litigators in their fields.
Spencer Eisenmenger
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, product liability, birth injury and personal injury clients.
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