There may be nothing more difficult in this life than losing a loved one. At Justice Law Office, we know how difficult a time this can be—especially when caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another. We are here to ease your burden as much as possible. Our Louisville wrongful death attorney takes an invested interest in our clients’ cases and strives to help them find closure while regaining financial stability.
What Can Be Considered Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death occurs when one or more individuals are killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another. It's not a criminal charge, as the civilian is usually the one who seeks the claim against the defendant. Further, the offender is punished by owing financial compensation to the bereaved rather than serving jail time. In addition to a wrongful death claim, a defendant may also face criminal charges.
Instances that may be involved in a wrongful death claim:
- Faulty machinery or appliances
- Unsafe working conditions
- Medical malpractice
- Automobile or airplane accidents
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
In order to pursue a wrongful death claim, a representative of the deceased’s estate must be appointed by a probate court. The representative holds the right to pursue a claim if they believe wrongful death has occurred. Damages from the case will be distributed to family members of the deceased as determined by the court.
Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death in Kentucky?
In Kentucky, wrongful death claims can only be brought by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. This will generally be a surviving spouse, parent or adult child of the deceased.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death in Kentucky?
You have just one year to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If it does take longer than two years get a personal representative appointed that statue of limitations is extended for two years.
What Kind of Compensation Can Plaintiffs in Wrongful Death Cases Can Recover?
- All funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering the deceased experienced
- Loss of income suffered by dependents
- Medical costs / bills, if applicable
- Loss of companionship and love
- Various other expenses
Get the Legal Help You Deserve
This is not a battle you want to fight alone. Having experienced counsel in this matter is invaluable. Many companies have attorneys on retainer who are prepared for this kind of incident, which is why having your own legal team is so important. Also note that courts will accept wrongful death cases for up to one year after the passing of the deceased.
At Justice Law Office, our wrongful death lawyer in Louisville personally reaches out to all clients on a regular basis. We take a personalized approach, working closely with our clients to resolve their cases and provide them the peace of mind and closure they deserve.
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