Accidents happen every day in Kentucky. These accidents are often unexpected and sometimes cause serious injuries and even death. When a fatal accident occurs because of another person's negligence, they may be able to be held liable for wrongful death.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the victim by the victim's family. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, there are elements that need to be present. These include the death of a person, which was caused by another person's negligence, the surviving family members need to have suffered a financial loss because of the death and there is a personal representative for the victim's estate.
A wrongful death case can come from many different accidents. It could be a car accident, a pedestrian killed while crossing the road, criminal behavior, the victim of a medical mistake and countless other situations. If a family is facing the unexpected loss of a loved one, they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in personal injury law. An attorney can help the family get the answers they deserve as to what happened to cause the accident and who is at fault. An attorney understands the family is facing unexpected financial and emotional trauma. If the accident was the result of another person's negligence, compensation may be available for funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
No one expects their loved one will die because of another person's negligence. These are devastating events that can negatively affect a family for years. A wrongful death lawsuit can help a family get back on their feet and move on with their lives.
Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Wrongful death", accessed on Feb. 25, 2018