Negligence is often the cause of accidents. In some cases, the accidents can also be fatal. Receiving the news that a loved one has died in an accident is tragic and you may not know what to do next. If you believe someone’s negligent actions cost your loved one their life, then you may be able to seek justice. A Frankfort wrongful death lawyer from Golden Law Office can help you file your claim.
Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for families who have lost their loved ones. We’ll help you hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. We cannot take away what happened, but we can help give your family the solace that your loved one’s rights were protected.
A loss from an accident is often sudden and can turn a family’s life upside down. You’re faced with many responsibilities—taking care of yourself, others, and handling your loved one’s affairs. It can be overwhelming to think about adding a legal matter to the list. However, this compensation can give you and your family the financial security you deserve so you can properly grieve for your loved one.
Before looking into your case, let’s go over Kentucky’s wrongful death laws.
Wrongful Death Law in Kentucky
When you’re seeking a wrongful death claim in Kentucky, it’s important to know the laws that will apply to your case. Your Frankfort wrongful death lawyer will be able to explain these laws to you if you have any questions.
You may be wondering who can recover compensation with the claim. The law in Kentucky states that if the deceased has a widow or husband and no children or further descendants, then they can recover the full damages. If there are children, then the deceased’s widow or husband gets half, and the other half is given to the deceased’s children. If there isn’t a widow or husband, then the children will recover all the damages.
In circumstances where the deceased wasn’t married and didn’t have children, then their parents can recover the compensation. This also goes for adoptive parents.
If none of those parties are available, then the damages become part of the deceased’s estate. After all debts have been paid, the remaining compensation will be based to their kindred, which falls under the law of descent and distribution.
You can recover the following with a wrongful death claim:
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Companionship
Your recovery can be split into your financial losses and emotional losses. While our wrongful death attorneys can determine your financial losses by looking at medical records, bills from the funeral, and calculating what your loved one would have made had they been able to continue working, your emotional losses may not be as obvious.
Losing a loved one can impact a family in ways that are indescribable. We’ll seek for your compensation to cover these losses. Losing a person you’d turn to for guidance, help in running a household, raising children, or the person you were spending your life with are all parts of the noneconomic damages you’ve suffered.
If there was gross negligence or willful intent involved in your loved one’s death, you may also be able to seek punitive damages. These types of damages can be difficult to prove, but if your Frankfort lawyer believes these damages apply to your case, then we’ll find as much evidence as possible to support that claim.
What Accidents Can Cause Wrongful Death?
When you’re filing a wrongful death claim, you can think of it as the personal injury claim your loved one would have filed had they survived the accident. They’d seek compensation for injuries and damages that arose from someone else’s negligence. Accidents that can cause wrongful death include:
- Car and Truck Accidents. A negligent driver, whether they were drunk or distracted, could have caused a fatal accident. We’ll investigate the case to find the negligent party.
- Work Accidents. When there’s negligence in the workplace, employees are at risk of injuries. This can become deadly, especially in areas of work like construction and manufacturing.
- Medical Negligence. A negligent doctor could make a mistake that caused your loved one to lose their life. We’ll stand up for you.
- Nursing Home Abuse. If your loved one passed away because of abuse or neglect in their nursing home, we can help you hold the nursing home accountable.
If you don’t recognize the incident that caused your loved one’s accident above, you should still get in touch with our Frankfort wrongful death lawyer. Each case will have its own set of circumstances and deserves careful investigation. We’re here to help you find answers about what happened to your loved one and why.
Golden Law Office Can Help You
You deserve to have the chance to advocate for your loved one’s rights. Golden Law Office can help you do that. Our experienced Frankfort wrongful death lawyers will fight on behalf of your loved one. We’ll seek maximum compensation for you and your family so you can go through the mourning process without worrying about how you’re going to pay off your loved one’s medical bills.
The sooner you contact our law office, the sooner we can give you a free case evaluation and go over your options. You also won’t have to worry about filing a claim outside of the statute of limitations. In Kentucky, you have one year from the date of your loved one’s death. This may seem like a lot of time, but a year can pass by quickly. You don’t want to miss your chance of recovering compensation that could provide a great amount of financial relief.
Golden Law Office will be at your side every step of the way. While the legal process can be complex and confusing, we’ll be here to answer your questions, go over the process, and build a strong claim on your behalf so you can get justice for your loved one.