Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
Wrongful death is a term used for claims filed against a party responsible for the untimely death of another person. A wrongful death lawsuit typically seeks financial compensation for spouses and dependent children who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to another’s negligence.
The wrongful death attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office are proud to help families from the Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas pursue the financial security they need when an act of negligence claims the life of a loved one.
What types of damages does a wrongful death lawsuit seek?
Damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit may include hospital and funeral expenses incurred by the family in addition to projected lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.
How is financial compensation determined in wrongful death cases?
There are a number of elements of a claim that the court considers when establishing damages in wrongful death cases, including:
- The extent of lost earnings and benefits
- The cost of medical, funeral and burial expenses
- The extent of pain and suffering related to the fatal injuries
- The defendant’s degree of negligence
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Laws vary from state to state, but in both Kentucky and Indiana, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by surviving spouses and dependent children, including stepchildren and adopted children. In some cases, parents and grandparents may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can answer your questions and help you determine if you have the grounds for a successful wrongful death lawsuit.
Please call us in Louisville (502) 222-2222 or 812-282-8500 to arrange a free consultation. The Karl Truman Law Office serves clients throughout Kentucky, as well as Indianan from our office in Jeffersonville.