Wrongful Death Attorneys in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Losing a loved one can be one of the most emotional and difficult times of your life, especially when they pass unexpectedly, like in a car or motorcycle accident. On top of the emotional cost of losing a family member, their end-of-life medical care, funeral costs, and burial expenses can run upwards of $20,000 in Kentucky, according to GOBankingRates, a personal finance publication.

Dealing with the financial and emotional burden of losing someone close to you can cause unnecessary stress. Our law firm — Bland & Birdwhistell, PLLC — has attorneys with the combined experience of more than 70 years working with clients in situations similar to yours. If you live in Elizabethtown or a surrounding area of Kentucky and your loved one was killed or passed away due to the negligence or misconduct of an individual, you may be entitled to compensation.

We will build a strong case in an effort to reach a settlement for you and your family.

How to Know If You Have a Wrongful Death Case

Just because your loved one has passed doesn’t mean you can file a lawsuit to receive compensation. All of the following conditions must be met in order for a wrongful death lawsuit to be valid:

  • It must be a human who passed away
  • The death must have been caused by another’s negligence or intent to harm
  • The family must be suffering financially as a direct result of the loss
  • A personal representative of the deceased’s estate must be present

If you're unsure whether your case will hold up in court, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

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Events Associated with Wrongful Death Claims

There are several categories of wrongful death claims that may apply to your situation:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car or motorcycle accidents
  • Exposure to dangerous conditions at work
  • Criminal activities like muggings or robberies
  • Supervised activities resulting in death

If you meet the requirements but aren’t sure how to prove it to the court, hire an experienced wrongful death attorney. We can help you gather the necessary evidence to present an argument and pursue compensation for your pain and suffering. 

Our office is located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and we serve all of the following communities: Radcliff, Shepherdsville, Bardstown, Brandenburg, Leitchfield, Hodgenville, Louisville, and everywhere in between. 

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

In order for a wrongful death lawsuit to commence, a representative of the surviving family members must file a claim. That representative, typically the executor of the decedent’s estate, must be appointed by the probate court to be valid. This person may be related to the deceased in any of the following ways:

  • Immediate family members — parents, siblings, and children. Parents of a fetus can also file.
  • Partners — i.e. financial dependents, life partners, spouses, or cohabitating putative spouses
  • Distant family members — cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, nieces, nephews, and so on
  • Anyone who suffers financially — people who were financially relying on the deceased, regardless of relation

Again, you don't have to figure out your case all on your own. We are here to guide you through the legal process and fight fiercely on behalf of your lost loved one.

Deadline to File a Claim

According to the Kentucky Statute of Limitations on wrongful death claims, the representative must file the claim within two years of the date of death or within one year after the representative has been appointed in probate court. Call our Elizabethtown, Kentucky wrongful death attorneys immediately so you can avoid the risk of missing your opportunity for compensation.

Compassionate & Experienced Representation

We understand that you are going through a very difficult time in your life. Though we recognize the importance of a swift conclusion to your legal matters, we will be sensitive to your timeline while you grieve. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve several Kentucky counties: Hardin, Meade, Grayson, Breckinridge, Nelson, LaRue, Hart, Bullitt, and Jefferson.