Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

Pankratz & Hodge, P.A. handles a wide variety of personal injury cases. If you have been wrongfully injured, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal recourse in the situation and allow the attorney to begin investigating your claims. Pankratz & Hodge looks forward to the opportunity of learning about your case and serving your legal needs.  For more information on personal injury cases see Personal Injury FAQs.

The Kansas Wrongful Death Act empowers an heir of an individual killed as a result of negligent conduct to pursue compensation for the losses resulting from the individual’s untimely death.  Often times, these claims are made by surviving spouses, children and parents.  Kansas law limits collection to immediate heirs.  As these cases are both emotional and complex, Pankratz & Hodge attorneys will serve as both counselors and diligent advocates of those affected by the loss of a loved one.  The firm handles both personal injury cases and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis which means that the firm only is paid if you collected.

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Areas of Representation

  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Collisions
  • Premises Liability
  • Truck Accidents
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Environmental Torts
  • Water Law Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Dog Bites and Dog Attacks
  • Injuries Caused by Escaped Livestock
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Head Injuries

Personal Injury FAQs

  • What’s the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim?
    • For most Kansas legal actions based on negligence, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury–that’s two years to get the lawsuit on file at the courthouse. The statute of limitations for some “intentional” torts (intentionally inflicted injuries) is one year from the date of injury.
  • When should I consult with a lawyer about my accident or injury?
    • Almost without exception you should contact an attorney immediately to evaluate your case. Better results can typically be obtained if you involve your lawyer early on, when the facts and witnesses are at least marginally “fresh.” Regardless, if you are considering legally pursuing a claim, you should not wait until the statute of limitations has almost expired in your case before consulting an attorney.
  • What types of cases do personal injury lawsuits cover?
    • Personal injury lawsuits stem from three broad categories: negligence, intentional torts and strict liability torts. An example of an intentional tort that causes an injury is battery. Harmful negligent conduct may occur when an inattentive motorist smashes into another driver’s vehicle. Strict liability claims often arise in products liability cases.
  • What is my risk in bringing a personal injury lawsuit?
    • Depending on the facts involved, personal injury lawsuits are often handled by plaintiffs’ attorneys on a contingency fee basis. In other words, the plaintiff’s attorney handling the case is only paid if the client collects compensation from the defendant. This minimizes the risks to the wrongfully injured party in bringing suit. Pankratz & Hodge handles personal injury cases in this manner.