Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Handling Serious Personal Injury Cases

With little warning, your life and the lives of your loved ones may drastically change due to the negligent actions of another. Your health, your ability to earn a living, and your ability to enjoy a normal life may all be seriously harmed, sometimes permanently.

At Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., we understand the problems and crises that arise from serious injuries and deaths resulting from fatal accidents. Those who cause these kinds of accidents should be held accountable. Founded in 1986, our firm has maintained a commitment to excellence in representing the seriously injured and their families in negligence cases involving medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, workplace accidents, and wrongful death.

Get the Results You Deserve

Hire a legal team with the tools and experience to effectively represent you in your case.

Why Choose Dempsey & Kingsland

Put Experience on Your Side
  • Proven Record of Success in Cases Like Yours

  • More than 80 Years of Combined Legal Experience

  • Dr. O’Shaughnessy & Cathy Brown RN Work with Us From Start to Finish

  • Accessible Attorneys that are Involved in Each Case

A Record of Success

Put Our Experience on Your Side

Attorneys Leland Dempsey and Robert Kingsland have achieved results that have set both national and state records. In 2007, Leland Dempsey secured an award of $43,000,000 for an injured child who was rendered a quadriplegic after receiving a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination. This award is commonly recognized as the largest vaccination award in U.S. history. Also in 2007, Robert Kingsland obtained a $5,000,000 settlement in a case involving a death caused when the driver of an over-the-road truck collided with a disabled motor vehicle on a Kansas City highway.

We invite you to review the verdicts and settlements of the many cases that we have resolved over the years. These cases reflect our commitment to excellence that has not gone unnoticed within the legal community. The quality of our legal work has earned us national recognition. Whether you have been injured in a car accident or suffered brain injuries as a result of a physician error, you will note that we have the experience, the resources, and the staffing to provide you with the comprehensive representation you need. Our Kansas City injury attorneys look forward to representing you in your case.

Meet Our Legal Team

  • Leland F. Dempsey
    Leland F. Dempsey Founding Member and Partner
  • Robert D. Kingsland Jr
    Robert D. Kingsland Jr Founding Member and Partner
  • Jason P. Osteen
    Jason P. Osteen Associate Attorney
  • Kyle C. McRae
    Kyle C. McRae Associate Attorney
  • Alison L. Stephens
    Alison L. Stephens Associate Attorney
  • Leland F. Dempsey Founding Member and Partner
    Leland F. Dempsey

    Attorney Dempsey, a founding partner of Dempsey & Kingsland, is an accomplished medical malpractice and personal injury attorney admitted to both the Missouri and Kansas State Bars. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School, where he earned his J.D. Mr. Dempsey has been recognized locally and nationally for his legal services in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury. One of Mr. Dempsey’s most notable accomplishments is the award of $43,000,000 he secured for a child injured by a vaccination. This award is considered the largest vaccination award in our country’s history. Meet Leland

  • Robert D. Kingsland Jr Founding Member and Partner
    Robert D. Kingsland Jr

    Attorney Kingsland is a founding partner of Dempsey & Kingsland, focusing his practice on medical malpractice and personal injury – particularly cases involving automobile accidents, child abuse, and product liability. Mr. Kingsland is admitted to the Missouri and Kansas State Bars and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a nationally recognized attorney who frequently speaks at events and summits on the topics of personal injury and medical malpractice. One of Mr. Kingsland’s most notable accomplishments is a $5,000,000 settlement he obtained in a truck accident case, which was noted as the fifth largest settlement in Missouri in 2007. Meet Robert

  • Jason P. Osteen Associate Attorney
    Jason P. Osteen

    Mr. Osteen has been with the firm for more than ten years. He focuses his practice on medical malpractice and personal injury, with particular interest in cases involving trucking and motor vehicle collisions, nursing home negligence, premises liability, and vaccine injuries. Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Mr. Osteen attended the University of Kansas both for his undergraduate years and for law school. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas as well as the United States District Courts for Kansas and the Western District of Missouri and the United States Court of Claims. Meet Jason

  • Kyle C. McRae Associate Attorney
    Kyle C. McRae

    A graduate of Washburn University School of Law and University of Kansas, Kyle C. McRae is an associate attorney at Dempsey & Kingsland. His areas of practice include medical malpractice and personal injury. Mr. McRae is admitted to practice law in Missouri and is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Meet Kyle

  • Alison L. Stephens Associate Attorney
    Alison L. Stephens

    A graduate with an emphasis in advocacy from the University of Missouri, Alison Stephens is a member of the firm’s tort litigation practice, focusing on medical malpractice and personal injury cases. While in law school, Ms. Stephens interned for Judge Alok Ahuja of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District and for Judge Joel Fahnestock of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County. She served as the research editor for UMKC’s Law Review and frequently participated in mock trial and moot court competitions. Meet Alison

Our Experienced Medical Consulting Team

Our doctor and nurse consultants actively participate in the evaluation and preparation of our cases from start to finish.
Very few law firms have the accessible medical expertise that our firm possesses.

Client Testimonials

When We Make the Case for Our Clients
They Make the Case For Us
  • “Your reputation for being the best was certainly demonstrated throughout this whole process.”

    Kaye H.

  • “I would recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney for representation in a medical malpractice case or a personal injury case.”

    Gina R.

  • “From our initial encounter to the day of settlement, I was extremely impressed by his professionalism.”

    J. Mattonen

  • “Mr. Kingsland and his staff were very thorough and stayed with my case for a prompt resolution.”

    Jennifer B.

  • “You Mr. Kingsland personally demonstrated courage, candor, and legal ability to achieve this result on my behalf.”

    Reith B.

  • “I would always recommend Bob to anyone with a serious injury who needed an attorney.”

    Mary A.

  • “We were very pleased with the way we were kept informed and guided through every step, all the way to the settlement date.”

    Martha H.

  • “He does everything within His power to go above the call of duty to ensure your case is handled only in the most professional/productive manner with the your quality life always in the forefront.”

    Christopher P.

  • “Mr. Kingsland and his staff were exceptionally prepared. He removed a major burden from my life.”

    Joseph Z.

  • “Mr. Kingsland and Mr. Akins were able to get me fully compensated for my injuries.”

    Edmund S.

  • “His firm has excellent service when you are there in the office or over the phone.”

    Erica J.

  • “Fast Resolution”


  • “"Wonderful results"”

    Louie Caskey

  • “I will never hesitate to refer Mr. Kingsland to anyone who is in need of a professional attorney and law firm.”

    John J.

  • “I am very grateful.”

    Cindy P.

Verdicts & Settlements

  • $43.1 Million Settlement Vaccine leads to Paralysis/Quadriplegia

    It is believed that this case is the single largest recovery for an individual for a vaccine injury in the United States. The case arises from a devastating adverse reaction to a measles, mumps & rubella (MMR) vaccine administered at a local pediatric clinic in Kansas City, Missouri To the then one (1) year old child.


  • $7,326,934.00 Recovery Vaccine leads to cardiac/respiratory arrest and brain damage

    This case arises out of a devastating adverse reaction by a Missouri resident to a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. This vaccine had been administered to the then fifty-eight (58) year old financial planner who had formerly served as mayor of the small community where she lived. The plaintiff sustained encephalopathy and profound, irreversible brain injury.


  • $7.25 Million Settlement $7.25 million awarded family of worker who fell to his death from high rise building

    $7.25 million was awarded to the family of a twenty-five year old worker who fell to his death from a high rise building. The young man left behind a wife and three daughters. The worker was untrained and inexperienced and was in his first hour on the job when he was caused to fall to his death. This case was litigated in Jackson County.

  • $7 Million Settlement Breach of Policy Coverage/Bad Faith Claim
    In this case, an insurer failed to pay its policy limits thus exposing its insured to liability well beyond that sum. A $7 million settlement was eventually reached for the death of a young man. The underlying claim centered upon the insurer’s refusal to pay its $1 million in coverage. The settlement demand was repeatedly renewed but the carrier repeatedly refused to pay. After a Judgment well in excess of its coverage limits against its insured, a bad faith case ensued.
  • $5 Million Settlement Truck-Car Fatality Collision

    The insurance company for the truck driver and trucking company defendants initially offered $375,000 to settle this case. After we filed suit and took depositions of the truck driver and the President of the trucking company and its Safety Director, the defendants requested a mediation which accomplished settlement in the sum of $5,000,000. Missouri Lawyers Weekly cited this case as the 5th largest settlement in the state of Missouri in 2008.


  • $4 Million Settlement Head-on Collision

    Our client sustained multiple, serious injuries from a head-on collision that happened on the highway in Southeast Kansas. We settled this case without needing to file suit after we obtained a life care plan from a certified life care planner who itemized and priced all of the future care needs of the client.


  • $2.69 Million Combined Settlements Elective Surgery Fraud/Malpractice

    John and Jane Does v. __________, M.D. et al.

    A local Kansas City surgeon committed fraud when he advertised on the local television station that he performing a new and improved elective surgery procedure right here in the Kansas City area that would change his patients’ lives forever. Previously this new and revolutionary elective procedure was only being performed in locations distant from Kansas City.


  • $2.3 million cumulative settlements Bariatric surgeries

    Several patients underwent what they believed was a new type of bariatric surgery previously available only in distant locations and at great cost. But, instead the surgery offered was an old and relatively dated surgery seldom offered due to a variety of reasons. This group of plaintiffs suffered an array of surgical complications in the months and years following their surgeries. Cumulatively, these cases settled at $2.3 million. All were litigated in the conservative jurisdiction of Johnson County, Kansas.

  • $1.85 million settlement Worker Crushed by Forklift While Visiting Industrial Plant

    A middle aged worker was horribly crushed by a forklift while visiting an industrial plant. His orthopedic fractures were magnified by terrible internal injuries.

  • $1.83 million recovery Vaccine Leads to Spinal Injury

    A Kansas City area resident was awarded $1.83 million after she developed transverse myelitis within 24 hours of receiving a flu vaccine. The patient lived and worked with her husband in good health until she received a flu shot at her annual physical exam. The following morning, she experienced severe sensory loss and numbness in both legs and feet. Her husband rushed her to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis – a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of a segment of the spinal cord.


Reach Out Today

If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor’s negligence or by some other type of serious accident, we want to hear from you. Consultations with our firm are free and you owe no attorney’s fee unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. Our Kansas City medical malpractice and serious personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to get to know you. We are confident that we can win your trust and obtain the results that you deserve.

Our Commitment to Excellence

  • Keenan Trial Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • MATA - Helping to Balance the Scales of Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Best of the Bar
  • AV Peer Review Rated - AV - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers