It is heart breaking and highly emotional anytime someone loses a loved one. But, there are different feelings when you unexpectedly lose a loved one to the negligence and unsafe acts of another. The last thing you think about after a loss is hiring a wrongful death attorney. Unfortunately, under Kentucky law, a wrongful death claim must be filed with the appropriate court sooner than other types of cases.
Also, the person or company that caused the death may deny responsibility for your loss. Even worse, the insurance carrier for the responsible party may not fairly evaluate your loss. Critical evidence may need to be examined quickly. It is therefore imperative that you contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as practicable.
At Golden Law Office, our Lexington wrongful death lawyers have handled many claims. We know the urgency of investigating this devastating claim and the importance of hiring the appropriate experts whether they are accident reconstructionist, engineers, economist or medical experts. We’ll get your loved one the justice they deserve.
What Do You Need in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Your wrongful death lawyer will know what your claim needs for it to be successful. Your claim will need to show the following:
- The Defendant Didn’t Show a Duty of Care. Whether the defendant was driving a car or performing surgery, they owed your loved one a duty of care and not act negligently.
- This Caused the Wrongful Death. Then you need to show that their negligence directly caused the death of your loved one.
- Wrongful Death Caused Damages. Your claim will include damages you’re trying to get compensation for. You also need to show that the wrongful death caused these damages.
Wrongful death claims in Kentucky have a statute of limitations. You have one year from when your loved one passed away to file a wrongful death claim. One year isn’t a lot of time so it’s important to meet with your attorney as soon as possible.
What Damages Can You Seek with a Wrongful Death Claim?
You may have depended on your loved one for different types of support: financial, emotional, and division of household labor. Suddenly losing that person could possibly mean losing your way of life. When you file a wrongful death claim, your settlement can help you with the following:
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earnings
- Medical Expenses
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Punitive Damages
While these damages won’t undo what was done, it will give you peace of mind that you have financial support for the future. You won’t have to worry about bills or paychecks and can focus on grieving for your loved one.
Get Help from a Lexington Wrongful Death Lawyer
At Golden Law Office we will handle the claim on behalf of your loved one with compassion, diligence and urgency. We have obtained millions of dollars from at-fault parties and insurance companies as a result of a loved one’s wrongful death.
When you need a wrongful death lawyer in Lexington, KY call us at (859) 469-5000 for a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you receive a settlement or collect a final verdict.