Louisville Wrongful Death Lawyers
Providing Counsel for Kentucky Families Since 2002
Nothing is more difficult or heartbreaking than losing a loved one. When it occurs unexpectedly through the negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing of another, it's even harder to accept. At Walker Wallace PLC, we understand how difficult it can be for you and your family in the wake of a wrongful death. You may be facing not only the pain of your emotional loss but the loss of financial support along with the other expenses incurred as a result of the death.
At such a time, the legal support and guidance of a caring and knowledgeable personal injury attorney with experience in these types of cases can be indispensable. Our Louisville wrongful death attorneys are here to help you find closure and the financial resources you need to move forward.
Set up a free consultation to discuss your case by calling (502) 937-1125 today. Don’t wait – time can be a limiting factor for your maximum possible compensation for damages.
Wrongful Death Cases in Kentucky
Under Kentucky law, a wrongful death occurs when someone dies from injuries caused by someone else or an entity that engaged in negligent or wrongful behavior. This behavior could have been reckless or intentional.
Wrongful death can occur through:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Accidents on others’ property
- Negligent security
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
In such instances, the person or entity that caused the death can be held liable for damages through a civil action. Where gross negligence has occurred, they may also be sued for punitive damages.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims in Kentucky are filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. Damages in the form of compensation are distributed to the estate for funerary and burial expenses, and to surviving family members for their loss of companionship and support.
Family members eligible to receive wrongful death compensation may include spouses, children, or parents. If none of these exist, the remainder of the damages will go to the estate and to any heirs or beneficiaries according to the deceased person’s will. These claims are subject to a statute of limitations that requires them to be filed within one year of the date of the death.