When Should I File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

Losing a loved one is never easy, and when their death was caused by the negligence of someone else, that can make the healing process much more painful. Our firm understands that you need to take the time to grieve with your loved ones and properly heal, so the burden of paying for funeral costs should fall on the responsible party. However, you will also want to make sure that you are filing your claim in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations.

Statute of Limitations

If you are looking to file a wrongful death claim, you will have to observe the statute of limitations associated, which can vary depending on the type of claim, although it is generally between one to three years. However, for most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations.

It is also important to know what can be recovered for your loved one’s specific incidence, as it also can vary.

Damages That Can Be Recovered

Filing a wrongful death claim can help you recover economic and non-economic damages associated with the incident. These can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral/burial costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium (companionship)

There may also be instances in which your family can recover lost wages if you were financially dependent on the deceased.

How Hiring an Attorney Can Help

Although it may seem easier for your family to take the time to grieve before filing your claim, seeking legal representation may benefit you sooner rather than later. Along with this, working with the right attorney can help you understand the process of filing and ensure that the claim is pursued in the right time frame.

Our Kentucky firm has helped several families recover damages following the death of their loved one, and we can help you through the process too. If you are seeking representation for a wrongful death case, call to get in contact with our team today.