Kentucky Wrongful Death Lawyer
We Can Help You Seek Justice & Peace of Mind
There are few things more heartbreaking than having to deal with the death of a loved one. But when your dear friend or family member has been taken from you due to the negligent actions of someone else, the grief that you must be experiencing can be excruciating.
If you have lost your loved one due to someone else's misconduct, we reassure you that our compassionate Kentucky wrongful death lawyers are here to be of assistance during this time. We understand the emotional and sensitive nature of these types of cases, and we recognize that you may need time or space to gather your senses. Fortunately, with the right help from an understanding and caring professional at Kirk Law Firm, PLLC, you could get the closure that you and your family may need after such an act of injustice has been done.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We can help you get peace of mind after a tragedy.
Personal & Compassionate Representation
We know that there is no paycheck large enough and no lawsuit big enough to replace the person who was taken from you. For many, however, receiving some sort of financial compensation after a loss is extremely helpful during the grieving process. For example, family members no longer have to worry about making ends meet just to pay for emergency medical expenses. Financial stability can allow a family to concentrate on what’s important: healing and remembering their loved one.
Your financial compensation can also include:
- Loss of wages, or future loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Medical bills due to injuries sustained prior to death
- Funeral costs and burial expenses
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Kentucky?
Kentucky law is specific when it comes to wrongful death actions. An individual family member cannot come forward with a wrongful death suit – it must be the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. The personal representative may file the wrongful death action on behalf of the estate, and the proceeds of the lawsuit may be distributed among family members, as dictated by Kentucky law.
If a wrongful death case is successful, damages may be distributed as follows:
- If the decedent was married and had no children, the surviving spouse would receive all damages.
- If the decedent was married with children, the spouse and children would be entitled to equal amounts of the damages.
- If the decedent did not have a spouse but had children, the children would receive all damages.
- If the decedent had no spouse and no children, his or her parent/parents would receive all damages.
- If the decedent had no spouse, children, or parents, the damages would go toward his or her estate.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Kentucky, there is a one-year limit on the filing of a wrongful death claim. A claim must be filed within one year of the person’s death or within one year of the appointment of a personal representative to the decedent’s estate. Failing to adhere to this statute of limitations could mean that you relinquish your right to take legal action against the party that caused your loss, so we recommend moving quickly and discussing your options with an attorney at our firm.
Skilled Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving Clients Since 1971
At Kirk Law Firm, PLLC, we proudly represent surviving family members of wrongful death victims. We take every step necessary to honor your loved one's life by providing relentless representation to your family during this time. We can personally advocate on behalf of your loved one's rights so that they are given the respect they deserve, and by extension, you are given the peace of mind that you need.
Our team is standing by to help with any type of wrongful death claim, offering the experienced counsel and compassionate support you need during this challenging time. This includes:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Defective and dangerous products
- Workplace accidents
- Bus accidents
- Accidents on another’s property
Your rights and your loved one's rights are protected under the law. If your pain and suffering has been caused by the wrongdoing or negligence of another, do not wait another moment to call our firm.