If you have suffered the loss of a relative as a result of an injury inflicted by the negligence or wrongful act of another and you feel you have a wrongful death case, it is imperative that you contact an experienced lawyer immediately to protect your rights. Wrongful death cases are often complex, and are subject to a statute of limitations – in Kentucky this is one year from the date the decedent passed away.
Whether the wrongful behavior that causes death may be unintentional, such as negligence or recklessness, or intentional, such as assault, the emotional and financial hardship for the family is often devastating. Winton and Hiestand understand this and will work aggressively and efficiently to recover appropriate damages, such as loss of future net income, loss of companionship and support, as well as pursuing punitive damages in cases caused by an intentional act or by gross negligence. Examples of wrongful death cases may include:
- Car accidents
- Defective products
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Other reckless and/or careless conduct
Injured parties may be able to receive compensation for past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages from time off work, diminished capacity to earn, and past and future pain and suffering.
In some instances, Kentucky law ALSO allows juries to award punitive damages.
Punitive damages are meant to punish behavior that is intentional and/or grossly negligent to dissuade others from the same behavior.