Losing a loved one is heartbreaking under any circumstance. Their absence leaves a void in the lives of those they leave behind. If your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence or action of another party, then you may have grounds to file a wrongful death suit. The Wichita, Kansas, wrongful death attorneys at PHP Law Firm can help you win fair compensation and win justice for your deceased loved one.
A wrongful death suit can only be filed by the person chosen to represent the decedent’s estate. The claim is filed because the surviving family is suffering severe monetary and emotional loss due to the decedent’s death. This is especially true when the decedent was the family’s main provider. Wrongful death can be caused by a range of factors, including:
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal activity
- Occupational hazards
How Wrongful Death Damages Work
The amount of damages awarded to the estate is primarily based on the income lost because of the decedent’s untimely death. The decedent’s earnings and potential earnings are weighed heavily in the compensation awarded to the estate. Depending on the statutes, punitive damages may be pursued to punish the liable party if their intent was malicious or violent. Survival actions can also be filed to win further compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the decedent at the time of their death.
Monetary damages are measured by pecuniary injuries, which are defined as medical and funeral expenses, and the loss of support, services and inheritance. Pecuniary loss is determined by the decedent’s earning capacity, health, intelligence, life expectancy, age and character.
Contact Our Wichita Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you believe your loved one’s death was the result of someone else’s actions or negligence, contact the Wichita wrongful death attorneys at PHP Law Firm. We’ll use our decades of combined experience and expertise to fight for you. Call our offices so we can review your case, and further discuss the statutes surrounding wrongful death claims. We are ready to serve your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve.