Kansas City Wrongful Death Attorneys

The team of attorneys and staff at White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C. understand the emotional trauma and hardship that accompany a death of a loved one or a catastrophic injury. We provide compassionate, supportive care as we help you through the process of seeking compensation from liable parties. With more than 100 years of collective experience practicing personal injury law in Kansas and Missouri, we have helped clients file wrongful death & catastrophic injury suits related to:

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
  2. Trucking Accidents
  3. Medical Malpractice
  4. Birth Injuries
  5. Workplace Accidents
  6. Paralysis
  7. Amputations
  8. Traumatic Brain Injuries
  1. Product Liability
  2. Criminal Acts
  3. Nursing Home & Elderly Abuse
  4. Airplane Accidents
  5. Head Injuries
  6. Spinal Cord Injuries


The loss of a loved one is especially devastating when it occurs due to another person's negligence or a defective product. While there is no way to replace the lost individual, you can seek compensation for the loss of your family member and their contributions to your life.

White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C. has handled wrongful death cases related to auto accidents and truck accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous products, and an array of other causes. We help clients obtain damages for:

  • Loss of love, affection and companionship
  • Damages for emotional pain and suffering
  • Medical costs
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of wages of the decedent
  • Loss of future earnings of the decedent
  • Loss of the benefits provided by the decedent
  • Loss of protection and guidance

Our Kansas City & Independence Missouri based attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience trying cases in the personal injury arena and are prepared to do the same for you. Each member of our team is solicitous and compassionate when working with clients, and our lawyers are cordial but aggressive when dealing with the opposition. Call us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney from our law firm. 816-373-9080 - White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C. - We operate on a contingency fee basis which means we only get paid when you get financial compensation for your tragic loss of a loved one.


- Frequently asked questions and answers about wrongful death cases -







What is a wrongful death claim?


When a "wrongful" death occurs it is a loss of life caused by the negligence of another person or company, which means doing something either accidentally or intentionally that a reasonably careful individual or company would not do given the same or very similar circumstances, or the failure to do something a reasonably careful individual or company would do given the same or very similar circumstances. The laws pertaining to wrongful deaths allows for certain close family or loved ones of the deceased to pursue claims for compensation in the form of money damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.




Who can bring forward a wrongful death lawsuit?

In most states for a wrongful death claim to be filed it must be done by the court appointed representative of the estate of the deceased individual. The representative of the estate usually will file the wrongful death lawsuit for the benefit of the deceased's surviving wife or husband and children. If there is no children or spouse it would normally be filed for the benefit of the other closest relatives. In most cases the court will appoint one of the wrongful death lawsuit beneficiaries as the representative of the estate.




What damages are able to be recovered in wrongful death cases?

This is typically a question pertaining to state law, and each states laws vary:

  • All 50 states have laws that allow for the recovery of some types of economic losses but each state has its own set laws that list exactly what kind of economic damages are allowed to be recovered.

  • The vast majority of states including Missouri allow damages for the loss of financial support from the deceased and for the expenses of the funeral and burial.

  • Some states have laws that allow for damages for the loss of prospective inheritance.

  • Some states allow for the recovery of the deceased's total lifetime earning capacity.

  • Most states including Missouri will allow for recovery due to pain and suffering experienced by the loss of the loved one, while a few states do not allow for the recovery of damages for pain and suffering.

  • Many states including Missouri have laws that allow for the recovery of non-economic damages to the surviving spouse, children or next of kin such as loss of society claim and companionship damages. While the vast majority of states allow non-economic damages to be sought in wrongful death lawsuits, some states unfortunately do not allow for the family or loved ones to recover non-economic damages of any kind.

An experienced and qualified wrongful death attorney can provide legal counsel about how the law applies to your case including what forms of damages may be recovered, whether there are any damages caps may apply, and the strategies that can be taken to pursue financial compensation for the loss of your loved one.




Is there a statute of limitations (time limits) for filing a wrongful death case?

Yes, there is a statute of limitations for bringing forward wrongful death case. All of your rights to recover any damages will be lost forever if a suit is not filed by the correct party within the time limit allowed by law. When determining how much time the law allows for you to file a lawsuit in your case there are many factors that come come into play and this needs to be determined by an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.




If I file a wrongful death case will I end up having to go to trial?

When filing a lawsuit there is always a chance that the case will end up going to court, and it is very important that you are prepared to do so if the case is not settled before court. Although, in many cases of wrongful death there is a settlement reached before going to a trial.

Wrongful death trials can be fairly long and cost a significant amount of money. An experienced attorney will have the necessary skills needed to completely and properly litigate your lawsuit and work towards recovering the financial compensation you and your family deserve in a very reasonable time frame. It is crucial that you retain an experienced wrongful death attorney that is qualified to represent you and your family and to protect your rights to financial recovery weather it be settled out of court or at trial.




What should I look for in an attorney to represent me in a wrongful death lawsuit?

There are numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death attorneys out there to choose from, and it is very important that you know what makes an attorney qualified to litigate your wrongful death case. Some of the main factors when looking for an experience and qualified attorney include:

  1. An attorney with a good track record litigating wrongful death cases.
  2. A law firm with the recourses needed to litigate these cases because they can become very expensive very.
  3. An attorney that has great communication between his law firm and you the client.
  4. Great references and reviews.

These are some questions you should ask when looking for a wrongful death attorney:

  • How many wrongful death lawsuits have you litigated?
  • How many of these cases have you settled outside of court?
  • How many cases have you won in court?
  • When you are handling my case will I communicate with you directly or with someone else in your law office?
  • If you represent me how often will I hear from you directly?
  • What is the process that I should expect to take place for my wrongful death case?
  • What do you feel that my case is worth?
  • If I hire you in my case how do I pay your fees?




How much will it cost to hire a wrongful death attorney for my case?

Most of the time in wrongful death suits there is no money paid up front by the client and there is no hourly rate. Instead a specific percentage of the final amount of money that is able to be recovered in the wrongful death lawsuit is paid to the attorney after the case is settled or after the trial. This is called a contingent fee arrangement, and the percentage that is to be paid to the attorney can vary depending on what the circumstances are in your specific suit. Additionally, the attorney or law firm you choose to represent you in your case will normally pay for all of the required expenses and may be subject to a right of reimbursement without the incurred interest after the case is final, sometimes this is done before and sometimes after the contingency fee is totaled. The best aspect to the client about a contingent fee arrangement is that if there is no money recovered in the suit there will be no fee paid to the law firm or to the attorneys.





Is the money taxable that is recovered for damages in a wrongful death case?

Money damages that are recovered in wrongful death lawsuits are generally not taxable.




Will I have to pay a consultation fee to have an attorney at White, Graham, Buckley & Carr LLC review my wrongful death case?

No. If your friend, family member or loved one has passed away and you feel they may have been the victim of wrongful death, you can be rest assured that there will never be a fee from our law firm to have the circumstances of your loved ones passing reviewed by a highly experienced wrongful death attorney from White, Graham, Buckley and Carr L.L.C..



Why is White, Graham, Buckley & Carr L.L.C. the right choice to litigate your wrongful death lawsuit?

  • The attorneys at White, Graham, Buckley and Carr L.L.C. have an outstanding track record of representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits including those with cases arising from car accidentsmedical malpractice, defective products, semi truck crashes, nursing home abuse and workplace injuries.

  • Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys are highly experienced and skilled negotiators who are not afraid to take a claim to a trial by a judge and jury.

  • White, Graham, Buckley & Carr L.L.C. has over 100 years of collective experience between our attorneys and our firm was established in 1980. We have an extensive network of experts and resources available to aggressively pursue the best results for our wrongful death clients under their specific set of circumstances.
  • Our wrongful death and personal injury attorneys and our staff take the utmost pride in providing professional and personalized legal services while never losing our focus of what matters most, our clients. Call now to schedule a free consultation. 816-373-9080 White, Graham, Buckley and Carr L.L.C.




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Located close to the Independence Center and the new Independence Event Center, White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C. works with clients throughout Eastern Jackson County, the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Missouri and Kansas. We operate on a contingency fee basis, make home or hospital visits for clients unable to travel to our office, and have evening and weekend hours available on an appointment-only basis. Call our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer from our firm. 816-373-9080 - White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C.

White, Graham, Buckley & Carr L.L.C.
- Independence Main Office -
(all postal mail should be mailed to this office)
19049 E Valley View Pkwy
Independence, MO. 64055
TEL: (816) 373-9080
FAX: (816) 373-9319

- Kansas City office -
3145 Broadway
Kansas City, MO  64111
TEL: (816) 931-9080
FAX: (816) 373-9319