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Pike County, KY Wrongful Death Lawyer

Losing a loved one under any circumstances is devastating, even if they lived a long and fulfilling life. Even worse, however, is when we unexpectedly lose a loved one due to the careless or intentional act of another. If your loved one was killed in such circumstances, our compassionate yet aggressive legal team is here to help you fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Contact a wrongful death lawyer from Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.

Wrongful Death Lawyer | Getting Justice for You and Your Family

Unfortunately, it only takes a split second for a person to lose their life in an accident. Whether your loved one was killed in an auto accident, a slip or trip and fall, or at the hands of a careless medical professional, you can turn to a Pikeville, KY personal injury lawyer from our legal team to provide you with the steadfast guidance you deserve and need. We are dedicated to helping victims of negligence and their families move on with their lives.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Kentucky?

Not everyone affected by the loss of a loved one is technically allowed to recover compensation in a wrongful death claim in the state of Kentucky. After the decedent’s estate administrator (who will be appointed by the probate court), the order of which family members may receive additional compensation in Kentucky are as follows:

  • If the decedent has a spouse but no children, the spouse may receive compensation.
  • If the decedent has a spouse and children, half goes to the spouse and half goes to the children.
  • If the decedent was not married but has a child, the entire compensation will go to the child .
  • If the decedent does not have a spouse or children, the compensation will go to their parents.
  • If the decedent has no spouse, children, or parents, the compensation will go to the estate of the deceased and will be distributed to other family members in accordance with the law of descent and distribution.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Claims in KY

To recover compensation, you must first satisfy the burden of proof in your wrongful death claim. This means that you must prove your loved one lost their life as a result of another party’s negligence and that had he or she lived, they would have had a valid personal injury claim against the negligent party. As long as your wrongful death claim is successful, you should receive compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred as a result of the untimely death of your loved one. Some of these damages are as follows:

  • Medical expenses incurred prior to your loved one’s death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of wages provided by your loved one
  • Court costs

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in KY

In most cases, you will have one year from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit against the liable party. However, if you didn’t discover the cause of death until after your loved one passed away, you will have one year from the date you discovered the cause of death to file a wrongful death claim.

Contact Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC Today

We believe in justice. Though no amount of compensation can take the place of your loved one, we can help ensure the person responsible for your loved one’s death faces justice. Contact Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC today to schedule your free case evaluation with our dedicated legal team.

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