How Our Kentucky Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help You
Determining exactly what happened and who is responsible. The experienced legal team at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer will immediately commence a thorough investigation into your loved one’s death. We will identify who precisely was responsible and collect evidence to prove that their negligence was to blame. It is not unusual for multiple parties to be at fault for someone’s untimely death (particularly in the case of commercial vehicle accidents or product liability cases), and our team will demand justice from anyone who contributed to the accident in any way.
Managing all communication with insurance companies. Our understanding wrongful death attorneys know what families go through in the aftermath of a loved ones’ untimely death. Surviving family members need time to grieve and heal, and they should not have to worry about finances and insurance company representatives pressuring them during this challenging time. Unfortunately, dealing with insurance companies after a fatal accident is usually necessary, but our wrongful death lawyers will handle all discussions and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf.
Demanding full compensation for your family. Because we know how wrongful death claims work and the tactics insurance companies will use to deny or underpay valid claims, we will aggressively fight for the full compensation your family is owed. We are known for being tenacious litigators both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, and we will not accept anything less than what your family needs to be able to grieve, heal, and move forward with your lives.
Don’t try to handle a wrongful death claim on your own. Instead, turn to Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer for the qualified, experienced legal assistance that you need and deserve. You can also know more on how you can protect your future after a family member’s death on the job.
Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Kentucky
An action to recover damages for wrongful death in Kentucky has to be brought within one year of the date of a person’s death. When a person who could bring a personal injury claim dies before the statute of limitations expires, the cause of action will survive, and a lawsuit can still be brought by a personal representative within one year of being appointed personal representative.
One important exception in a wrongful death case could concern an actual cause of death being discovered later. For example, a death originally considered an accident could be determined to be a murder. In these types of cases, the family would have one year to file from the date they learned of the true cause of death.
Another possible complication to the statute of limitations could concern a liable party that is a governmental entity. Claims against the state government in Kentucky also have a one-year statute of limitations, but local governments in certain cities or counties could have much stricter limitations.
Because the laws regarding pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit are so complex, you will want to get a lawyer involved right away so you can be sure you take the necessary action within the allotted time.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
A wrongful death can be the result of many different kinds of accidents. Some people are killed instantaneously, while others may die from their injuries several days or weeks later.
Some of the most frequent causes of wrongful death include:
Some wrongful deaths are also the result of criminal acts such as homicides. The state may pursue criminal charges against the offenders in such cases, but criminal cases do not seek compensation for victims. The state will only seek to impose punishments such as fines and/or imprisonment.
It is important to remember that you can pursue a civil case in addition to the criminal case. And, even if a person is not convicted of a criminal offense in connection with your loved one’s death, he or she can still be held civilly liable because a criminal case is completely separate from a wrongful death action.
Talk to a Kentucky Wrongful Death Attorney Now
The attorneys at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer provide compassionate and experienced representation for Kentucky families who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act. We know how devastating the untimely loss of a family member can be, and we will do everything in our power to help your family get answers and justice.
Our caring lawyers are here to provide support and counsel to you during your time of need. We will explain your legal options, handle communication with the insurance companies, and make sure that you are not pressured into accepting less than what you are rightfully owed.
We believe that every family deserves high-quality legal representation, and you should not have to worry about how you will afford our services. That is why we represent clients with wrongful death claims on a contingency fee basis, which means we will not get paid until we secure a settlement or a verdict for you. Our consultations are 100 percent free and confidential, and you will not have to pay us anything upfront to represent you.
Please call us or contact us online now to receive your free consultation, and let us help you demand justice for your loved one.