What is the process for filing a wrongful death claim for a family member in Kentucky? Who is able to bring a valid wrongful death claim under Kentucky law.
Generally speaking, a wrongful death in Kentucky occurs when a person loses their life due to the negligence of another person, party or company. Kentucky law establishes compensation for the family of a wrongful death while setting specific guidelines on who has the right to bring a valid wrongful death claim.
The wrongful death lawsuit should be brought by the executor of your loved one’s estate or the victim’s “personal representative.” The personal representative may be named in family legal documents or appointed by the Court. There is a limited time for the family to approach the Court to seek this designation and to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
The proceeds of a wrongful death lawsuit must be distributed to specific surviving relatives, described in the law as “beneficiaries.” This is usually immediate family including children, spouses or parents of the victim. The issue of which family members qualify as a beneficiary can become quite legally complex, especially in cases involving prior marriages or blended families.
The personal injury attorneys at Hargadon, Lenihan & Herrington, PLLC have represented executors and personal representatives in wrongful death cases here in Louisville and across Kentucky since 1924. Our experienced and highly recommended attorneys have the legal knowledge, proven trial skills and resources to pursue those who are responsible for your family’s loss and hold them financially accountable.
There is nothing which can replace the loss of your beloved family member. Our attorneys work to seek full and fair compensation for the loss of financial support, future wages, the loss of the parent-child relationship as well as the intimate connection between spouses. We also pursue compensation for any conscious pain or suffering your loved one was forced to endure during or after the accident.
If you are responsible for or have questions about filing a wrongful death claim for a family member in Kentucky we invite you to contact HLH or call (502) 583-9701 to speak personally with one of our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.