Wrongful Death Attorneys
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Isaacs and Isaacs is one of Kentucky’s best-known wrongful death and personal injury law firms. We have a tradition of obtaining superior results and the dedication to battle insurance companies and large corporations. Our attorneys skillfully represent and obtain justice for clients through mediation, arbitration and jury trial.
A wrongful death is a loss of life caused by the negligence of an individual group or company. Our firm has successfully handled a broad range of wrongful death cases including automobile, bike and pedestrian collisions, trucking accidents, product liability and mass torts.
If your family has experienced a wrongful death, it may be a difficult time to focus on logistics, but you have the right to be compensated for your loss. A wrongful death claim may include reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred as a result of negligence, reimbursement for property damage and compensation for the loss of any future income. A claim can also entail reimbursement for any future services normally provided to you by the person who has died, compensation for loss of consortium (meaning a spouse’s right to the companionship, help and affection from the person who has died), and reimbursement for any punitive damages.
Be aware that every state has a “statute of limitations,” which dictates the amount of time allotted to file a claim for negligence. It is crucial that you preserve any supporting evidence and file your claim within the legal time limits.
Isaacs and Isaacs selects its wrongful death cases carefully and each case gets the focused attention necessary for a successful outcome. If you have lost a loved one and feel you may have a claim for wrongful death, contact us for a free consultation.
Why Hire Our Wrongful Death Attorneys?
Have you recently lost a loved one due to negligence? If so, you may have a wrongful death claim which could entitle you to money due to the fact that your loved one passed away from someone’s negligence. If you are not sure if this is the case, you may be asking yourself what would constitute this type of death of a loved one?
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
According to lawbrain.com, wrongful death is defined as, “the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.” When your loved one passes away in this way, you and your family may be eligible for retribution from the offender because of his or her negligence.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Deaths?
Where you reside determines who may sue for wrongful death cases. Typically, spouses, next of kin or children are able to sue for negligence. Some states allow for a surviving spouse to file a lawsuit related to negligence in the death of their former spouse even in the event of separation.
Typically, children can sue based on the negligent death of their parents and parents may also sue based on the negligent death of their children.
In these types of cases, there are several types of damages which can be awarded depending on the circumstances. The laws of each state determine the type and amount awarded in these types of cases, but damages typically fall in two categories:
- Compensatory damages – These are the most common type of damages awarded for wrongful death. These damages are meant to repay family members for the amount of money lost due to the death of a loved one. These damages typically include medical, funeral, lost wages and potentially pain and suffering if applicable
- Punitive damages – These types of damages are typically only awarded if the defendant in the case was blatantly reckless in his or her actions. These damages are used to punish the defendant. Depending on the case, punitive damages can be quite large
One famous example of this type of case where a defendant was acquitted of murder, but was convicted of wrongful death is the O.J. Simpson case. Even though Simpson was not convicted of the murder of his ex-wife, he was convicted in a subsequent wrongful death case which resulted in him having to pay over $30 million dollars to the estates of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice – Medical malpractice occurs when health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and caregivers are negligent in someone’s death. When the result of medical malpractice is death, families are able to file a lawsuit to attempt to receive retribution for the death of their loved one. According to the US Department of Justice, over 90% of medical malpractice lawsuits result in either debilitating injury or death.
Product Liability – These types of cases revolve around negligence on the part of product manufacturers which can potentially cause serious injury or even death. In the event of death, family members are able to sue product manufacturers for negligence. There are typically three types of product liabilities which are defined as a manufacturing defect, a design defect or not warning customers of a known defect.
Workplace Accidents – Unfortunately cases that involve death at work are all too common. Accidents such as explosions, and equipment issues can lead to death. Lawsuits can be filed against a company if an employee is killed while on the job. Some of the most common sites for this type of death include construction sites, mining areas and large manufacturing plants. Companies should always take safety seriously to prevent employee injury or death at all costs.
Automobile Accidents – Automobiles are very powerful machines which can easily inflict serious injury or death if not used properly. If a family member has died as the result of an automobile accident, you may have a case for wrongful death. Automobile accidents are thought to be the most common type of death by negligence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 40,000 people are killed in automobile accidents in the United States each year. Unfortunately, far too many of these accidents occur due to negligence on the part of individuals behind the wheel.
Airplane Accidents – As the use of private planes increase, so does the number of plane accidents. While planes are still seen to be a safer form of travel than automobiles, this does not include small private planes which make up the large majority of plane crashes. If your family member was killed in an airplane accident due to equipment failure or negligence on the part of the pilot, you can file a lawsuit against either the airline company or equipment manufacturers.
Should You Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney?
If your loved one has died due to negligence, you may have a case for wrongful death. When a loved one passes away tragically, the last thing that you want to think about is hiring a lawyer, but unfortunately it is important to get what could rightfully be yours. While there are many lawyers that claim to be experts in this field, Isaacs and Isaacs has been fighting for the rights of loved ones for many years and would be more than happy to sit down with you for a no obligation consultation.
Do yourself a favor and give the professionals at Isaacs and Isaacs a call today at (800) 529-0000 to discuss your case. Proving a wrongful death case can be complicated and often requires a law firm with plenty of experience in this field. Isaacs and Isaacs has several case studies available online which show their experience and should give you the confidence that you need when it comes to fighting for the rights of your loved one that has passed away unexpectedly.