The crux is in the name—wrongful deaths occur when a beloved family member loses their life due to the wrongful actions of someone else. If this happened to you, a Radcliff wrongful death lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can file your claim or lawsuit.
We will handle all aspects of your case while you and your family take care of one another.
What Families Can Receive After a Wrongful Death
Losing a family member to a tragedy is not only an emotional struggle but also a financial one. Damages can help mitigate those struggles, paying:
- Healthcare costs
- Funeral and burial
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Loss of companionship and guidance
Damages don’t just reimburse expenses that you incur after a death. If the deceased received medical care prior to their passing, you could receive damages for those bills. Likewise, funeral and burial expenses can be covered. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a list of common costs that could be part of your loved one’s final services.
Lost income refers to the financial support your loved one provided and would have provided in the future.
Working with financial experts, we analyze the lifetime revenue the deceased would have earned and include that in your case’s value. Finally, compensation includes the more invisible consequences of wrongful death. The pain your loved one suffered, as well as the pain your family has been through from this experience, can be acknowledged through compensatory and punitive damages. Our personal injury attorneys can explain more.
Specific Damages for Specific Family Members
The law recognizes that the relationship between spouses or a parent and child carries special significance. When that relationship is cut short, victims can pursue damages that compensate for that loss.
Depending on how you were related, you could receive compensation for the loss of:
- Parental guidance
- Parental affection
- Spousal support
Your Radcliff wrongful death lawyer can elaborate on how your compensation can relate to the unique losses you experienced due to your relationship with the deceased.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Radcliff, call 800-333-9999
What Our Firm’s Wrongful Death Attorneys Do for Radcliff Families
Dealing with an insurance claim or lawsuit is a multi-step, multi-pronged process. For that reason, you could use a team that can handle the many responsibilities without losing sight of the ultimate priority: justice for your family. Our attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and support staff work together to reduce your labor and produce results.
We take care of:
- Emails, calls, and other communication
- Accident investigation
- Evidence gathering
- Paperwork drafting and filing
- Explanation of your rights
- Case analysis and valuation
- Settlement negotiations
- Deadline information
- Consistent updates
If you’re worried about the cost of these logistics, we make our clients a promise: you’re charged nothing unless we win or settle your case. We don’t want you to worry about anything beyond comforting your family.
Helping You File a Claim or Lawsuit
Having to understand the technical parts of a wrongful death case can be exhausting, especially when the terminology can be deliberately obfuscating. Leave the parsing and legalese to us. At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys can take over the particulars of your Radcliff wrongful death case.
It can be difficult to know when to transition from insurance negotiations to a lawsuit filing. We can identify when to take that step, especially when an insurance company is dragging their feet or unwilling to acknowledge the full scope of the liable party’s negligence.
We can also help you understand Kentucky’s laws. Only the personal representative for the deceased’s estate can file. This could be someone named in your loved one’s will or someone appointed by the court. We can help your family understand the personal representative’s responsibilities and help them file. We will never leave you confused about your role or ours.
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Who Receives What Damages After a Loss?
Kentucky clearly states how compensation is disbursed to surviving family members (Ky. Rev. Stat. § 411.130). Damages are typically distributed depending on the surviving family’s structure:
- If married with no children, the widow or widower receives damages
- If married with children, half goes to the widow/widower and a half to children
- If unmarried with children, children receive damages
- If unmarried with no children, parents receive damages
- If unmarried with no children and deceased parents, damages go to the estate
It may seem straightforward in theory, but in practice, families can be complicated. For help in understanding what damages your family members could receive, our firm can speak with you free of charge and go over the particulars.
What Negligence Means in Wrongful Death Cases
To pursue a case like this in Radcliff, our lawyers need evidence that connects someone’s careless action or inaction to your loved one’s passing; that’s the basis of negligence. Negligence in wrongful death accidents can take many forms:
- Motor vehicle accidents – drunk driving, texting while driving, speeding
- Truck accidents – drowsy driving, tailgating, improper turns
- Slip and fall accidents – loose flooring, puddles, insufficient lighting
- Premises liability – lack of security, unrestrained dogs, defective equipment
- Defective products – faulty medical devices, installation errors, tire design flaws
The careless act at the heart of your case could be different from these. Perhaps your loved one was a victim of a commercial truck driver abusing drugs, a too-common occurrence. Maybe they were fatally injured by falling debris in a building undergoing renovation. Regardless, if their passing was preventable had someone taken precautions, we can explore your compensation options.
When Is the Deadline to File a Lawsuit?
Kentucky’s wrongful death statute of limitations is up to two years from the date of the death (Ky. Rev. Stats. § 304.39-230(6)). During that time, we can gather evidence and work on settling your case without going to trial.
However, the timeline depends on the circumstances. You either have one year from the death or one year from the appointment of a personal representative for the estate to file. In other words, if the personal representative is appointed a year after the death, you still have another year to file a lawsuit, but no more.
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If you lost a loved one in Hardin County to wrongful death, our lawyers can get started on your case today at no cost to you. Get in touch with Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more.