Georgetown Wrongful Death Lawyer
Negligent actions that lead to accidents don’t always lead to injuries alone—sometimes accident victims lose their lives. When you lose your loved one in an accident that could have been prevented, not only are you grieving your loss, you’re likely also wanting justice for the wrongful death that occurred. Hiring a Georgetown wrongful death lawyer can help you through this difficult time.
Many different situations could lead to the death of your loved one, but what makes it a wrongful death is when someone’s negligence was the direct cause of their passing. When your loved one was in a car accident, a truck accident caused by a distracted driver, or was killed by a doctor’s negligence, then you could use the help of a wrongful death attorney.
At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we understand that this is a vulnerable time in your life and you’re grieving the unnecessary death of a loved one. That’s why we’re prepared to fully dedicate the time and care needed to look into your case and help you fight to get the justice you deserve for your family member.
What Expenses Can You Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Losing your loved one to someone else’s negligence can be devastating. You likely feel like their death could have been prevented, and that the at-fault party needs to be held responsible for their actions. When you file a claim so that you can hold them liable and financially recover from your loss, then you might be wondering what you might be able to be compensated for.
Compensation for wrongful death can help you keep your life afloat. If your loved one was in the hospital and incurred medical bills prior to their passing, you could recover the cost of care. Medical bills, treatment costs, and any other costs that your loved one was charged for their medical care before they died could be recovered so that you don’t have to worry about paying off their medical bills.
If the loved one you lost was the head of your household or the one who mainly supported your family and ran the house, then you could recover any lost wages that they might have missed before their passing due to hospital stays or serious injuries. You also might be able to be compensated for their loss of earning, meaning the money they would have kept making if they hadn’t died.
Since you’re dealing with the death of your loved one, it’s likely you’re planning services and a burial to celebrate their life and put them to rest. The problem is that burials can get costly quickly because expenses add up. Hiring a Georgetown wrongful death lawyer can help you get compensation for all of the costs that have accumulated from your loved one’s passing, including burial and funeral costs, so that you can focus on grieving and giving them a proper goodbye.
Who Can Recover Damages?
Before you decide to try to get compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death, your lawyer will be able to tell you if you’re eligible to receive those damages. There are only specific people who can recover damages for the wrongful loss of a loved one, and those people are:
- The deceased person’s spouse.
- The deceased person’s children.
- The deceased person’s parents.
Working with a wrongful death lawyer will help you be fully informed about what you can and can’t recover, and they will be able to guide you through the legal process with extreme care and experience. They’ll also be able to tell you if you’re filing within the correct time limit.
The statute of limitations will be essential to your claim. If you do not file within the correct amount of time, you will not be able to recover any compensation for the loss that you have suffered. In Kentucky, the statute of limitations allows one year after the wrongful death to bring a claim forward. An attorney will be able to tell you if you are within that amount of time or not.
The Law Office of Todd W. Burris Can Help You
When you’re grieving the loss of your loved one and suffering from the financial damages that their injuries and death caused, you shouldn’t have to deal with it all on your own. Our Georgetown wrongful death lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris in Kentucky can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
With the help of one of our experienced attorneys, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will handle your case with diligence and care. We understand that this is a tough time in your life, which is why we will handle the legal side of things for you. That way, you can focus on grieving your loss and making any arrangements you need to. Reach out to our office today so that we can begin helping as soon as possible.