Dealing with the death of a close family member or loved-one is always difficult and painful. The pain is compounded when the death is premature due to others’ negligence. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, the experienced team at Meinhart, Smith & Manning is there for you. We want to help you through this difficult time, and we think you should know your options and your rights.
Typically a family member of the deceased, such as a surviving spouse, child, parent, or sibling, is appointed by the court to handle the estate (administrator, administratrix, executor, executrix). This person may make a claim on behalf of the estate in order compensate the family members for losses sustained as a result of the wrongful death.In order for surviving family members to be compensated for a wrongful death claim, a court must determine that the death was caused by negligence.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
The claimants may recover damages for physical pain, suffering, property damage or loss, medical expenses, funeral bills and the loss of income and benefits over the life of the deceased. For a surviving spouse, damages may also be sought for mental anguish, loss of companionship, reasonably anticipated future financial contributions and other intangibles lost due to the wrongful death. In some cases, claimants are able to recover punitive damages as well.
At Meinhart, Smith & Manning we do our best to minimize the suffering of families who have suffered tragedies. We believe that we are excellent at what we do, and pride ourselves in doing best possible job as Kentucky wrongful death lawyers . We assist families throughout the entire legal process to ensure that they have the best opportunity for recovery and renewal in the wake of their tragic loss.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula ensuring adequate reimbursement or legal success for a grieving family. Retaining a lawyer, although necessary, can be quite daunting. The most important consideration is whether or not the attorney you choose is right for your family.
It is critical to find a wrongful death attorney who has successfully handled past wrongful death cases so that legal knowledge and experience will never be an issue. We feel it is far too easy to mislead a grieving family into believing they should bring a claim when no claim is warranted, and that’s a mistake. Use your instincts. Is the advice you’re getting honest and straightforward?
Families who have suffered a wrongful death must be able to trust that they’re getting completely honest answers – good or bad – from the attorney they consult. When the answers you’re getting make sense and present a clear view of the legal process to come, you’ve found the right attorney to hire. You need to know that your attorney can ably assist your family to resolve all affairs following an untimely death.
We find helping people very rewarding, and we take great pride in our efforts to ease the pain of families who have suffered unspeakable tragedies. At Meinhart, Smith & Manning not only do we believe that we are excellent at pursuing legal matters, but we continue to aid families in every part of the legal process to ensure that they get the chance for renewal in the wake of loss. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.