Wrongful Death Attorneys
in Louisville, Kentucky

Statistics from the Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts report indicate that a total of 732 people were killed in fatal traffic collisions on public roads statewide in 2019. The death of a family member can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. If you believe that someone else's actions caused your loved one's death, you are within your rights to seek fair compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the liable party.

At Grossman Green PLLC, we're committed to providing comprehensive legal guidance, support, and representation to families of wrongful death victims. As your legal counsel, our attorneys will help you file a wrongful death action in an attempt to pursue fair financial compensation to cover outstanding medical expenses, burial costs, funeral expenses, lost income and benefits, and to help you recover for loss of consortium (loss of love and affection). Our experienced Kentucky personal injury attorneys will fight to protect your loved ones' rights and hold the responsible party accountable.

At Grossman Green PLLC, we are proud to represent clients in Louisville, as well as surrounding communities throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Losing a family member or close relative is among the most heartbreaking incidents anyone can deal with in life. A wrongful death is an avoidable death that occurred due to the carelessness or wrongful act of another person.

The purpose of the wrongful death claim is to hold the responsible party accountable and compensate the decedent's surviving family members for a preventable accident that caused their loved one's death.

While a wrongful death action won't bring the person back, it can help ensure that such an incident doesn't happen to other families. Additionally, it can mean a much-needed financial boost for the decedent's family members to cover burial expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, or medical expenses incurred before the person's death.

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What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Kentucky?

Pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes Section 411.130 (1),

"Whenever the death of a person results from an injury inflicted by the negligence or wrongful act of another, damages may be recovered for the death from the person who caused it, or whose agent or servant caused it. If the act was willful or the negligence gross, punitive damages may be recovered. The action shall be prosecuted by the personal representative of the deceased."

To establish a wrongful death claim in Kentucky, the plaintiff must show that:

  • The at-fault party owed a legal duty of care to the decedent
  • There was a breach of the legal duty of care
  • A death has occurred as a result of this breach
  • The surviving loved ones suffered actual damages as a result of the death

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Under Kentucky law, the following people may file a wrongful death claim:

  • The personal representative of the decedent’s estate
  • A court-appointed individual (if one is not otherwise specified)

While only the personal representative of the estate is allowed to file a wrongful death claim, the damages recovered will be distributed to the estate and certain surviving family members according to Kentucky law.

Time Limits for Filing

You should speak to a lawyer about the time limits for filing a wrongful death claim because it depends on many things.  It generally must be filed within one year of the date that a personal representative of the estate is appointed by the Court but not longer than two (2) years.  However, a claim for loss of consortium (loss of love and affection) must be filed within one year of the date of the death.  Accordingly, it is very important in the context of wrongful death to discuss important dates with a lawyer.  

Potential Damages Available

The following damages may be recovered from a Kentucky wrongful death claim:

  • Medical costs incurred before the victim's death
  • Lost income/wages and benefits
  • Burial expenses and funeral expenses
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost care, guidance, support, or counsel
  • Punitive damages, in certain cases. 

You or a member of your family may also have a claim for loss of consortium (loss of love and affection).  

Hire an Experienced Attorney Today

The death of a loved one can have devastating, long-lasting consequences on your financial, emotional, and mental health. You don't have to face these challenges all alone. It is important to retain knowledgeable attorneys to help protect your rights and pursue rightful compensation for your loss.

At Grossman Green PLLC, our attorneys can offer you the experienced legal guidance, assistance, and support you need during this difficult period. As your legal counsel, we will review and investigate every detail of your case, gather evidence and documentation, and work to prove that the defendant's wrongful actions caused the death of your loved one.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight aggressively on your behalf to protect your rights. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance and compassionate representation you need to navigate key decisions in your wrongful death lawsuit. Having our team on your side can improve your chances of receiving deserved compensation for your loss.

Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Louisville, Kentucky

If you have lost a spouse, parent, child, or close relative to another person's negligent actions, you can seek to hold the responsible party accountable. Contact us at Grossman Green PLLC today to schedule a free consultation. Our team is proud to serve individuals and families in Louisville, as well as the surrounding communities throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.