A sudden death due to another party's negligence can turn your world upside down, leaving unanswered questions and a host of financial difficulties in addition to immense emotional pain. Knowledgeable legal counsel can fight for your rights as a victim, helping you to collect the compensation necessary to cover funeral costs, ongoing loss of income, and other losses. The Lohman Law Offices offers a free consultation in our downtown office, or, if necessary, an attorney can meet you at home. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with a wrongful death attorney from our Louisville, KY, practice.
With dedication and diligent work, we will do all we can to ensure your family receives maximum compensation following a tragic loss.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
Many types of negligent or grievous acts can lead to serious injury that results in wrongful death. The acts can be intentional or unintentional, and may cause an accident or deadly disease. Careless or compromised driving, substandard healthcare, faulty construction site equipment, or a criminal attack are just a few examples.
Alongside criminal prosecution, the civil courts allow victims to fight for their right to just compensation when negligent or malicious behavior results in the loss of a loved one. Some wrongful death cases go before a jury, but many are settled out of court.
In Kentucky, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by an appointed representative of the estate within one year of the date of passing. The first beneficiaries of the suit are the spouse and children of the victim. If the deceased was unmarried with no children, parents or other heirs of the estate are entitled to receive the awarded compensation.
Damages and Compensation
Damages are the monetary expenses and emotional losses experienced by personal injury or wrongful death victims. Compensation is awarded to cover costs and help family members move forward and rebuild their lives.
In wrongful death, compensation awards are meant to address:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance for children
- Loss of care for household and family
- Emotional pain and suffering of survivors
Kentucky allows punitive damages in these cases, and places no cap on jury awards. Punitive damages are reserved for cases in which an intentional act or gross negligence caused the victim’s death. Meant to punish grievous conduct and deter others from acting similarly, these types of damages have been awarded in cases such as those involving a driver with multiple previous DUIs who causes a deadly auto accident.
Lohman Law Offices has practiced personal injury law for four decades. Our compassionate attorneys have vast experience and success in wrongful death cases. With dedication and diligent work, we will do all we can to ensure your family receives maximum compensation following a tragic loss.
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We offer a free consultation, and work on a contingency basis. Clients pay no up-front fees, and we only receive our payment when you receive your settlement or jury award. Please contact us today.