Let’s face it — if you’re considering a wrongful death lawsuit or seeking recompense for injuries, you or your loved ones have been through something traumatic. The road to healing can be long and painful but receiving compensation for expenses and suffering can be a small step on the road to recovery. That’s where Presley & Presley comes in.

A Case Study in Helping Families Heal

Tragedy Strikes

In 2010, the McCool family came to Attorney Kirk Presley with their case. Thomas McCool, 54, and his coworker, Ron Jones, 40, had been killed in a hot water pipe explosion at Kansas City Power & Light’s Iatan power plant. Additionally, their coworker Andrew Bennett had suffered severe burns in the accident.

Pinpointing the Parties at Fault

Using their team of experts, the attorneys for the families pinpointed both KCP&L and Halliburton Energy Services as the parties at fault. A defect in the internal geometry of a Halliburton-manufactured valve contributed to excessive pipe wall thinning, which ultimately led to the explosion.

Debating the Damages

After several rounds of pretrial negotiations, the families were only offered $500,000 a piece. The families and the attorneys agreed — they served more for their expenses and suffering.

Going to Court

After the attorneys presented the highly technical and complex case to the judge and jury, which led to nearly 15 hours of juror deliberations over two days, the McCool family received $3.5 million, the Jones family received $6.5 million, and Bennett received $1.75 million.

The Healing Begins

Dealing with the sudden death of a loved one is hard enough without having to deal with the repercussions of a wrongful death suit. But the money received by the families involved in the accident helped cover funeral costs as well as future income the two men likely would have made had they not been killed. With their financial burden lifted, the two families were able to start the healing process, thanks to Presley and the law team.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits at Presley & Presley

If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, you may have a wrongful death case on your hands. Making the decision to pursue a case can be difficult, but Presley & Presley will guide you through the decision respectfully, honestly and ethically — and our fee is contingent on the outcome of the case.

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