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Russellville, KY Logan County Wrongful Death Lawyer

flora templeton stuartOne of our biggest fears is losing a loved one, suddenly and unexpectedly.

The pain and loss can be even more traumatic when it is the result of someone else’s negligence.

Our Russellville, Logan County wrongful death attorneys understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one without warning.

You need time and space to grieve, and the freedom of not having to worry about incoming medical bills, funeral cost, or dealing with insurance adjusters.

That is why you need to contact an experienced Russellville, Logan County wrongful death lawyer. We know that while no amount of money can ever replace your lost loved one, it is important to hold the negligent party responsible and receive justice on behalf of your loved one.

We are local with an office right in the heart of Russellville, located at 252 N. Main Street, Russellville, KY 42276.

Fatal Road Traffic Accident Statistics for Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky.

Unfortunately, traffic accidents account for many of the wrongful deaths in Kentucky and in Russellville, Logan County specifically. Data collected between 1975 and 2017 indicates the following:

  • There have been 31 vehicles involved in fatal accidents in Russellville, KY between 1975 and 2017.
  • There have been 9 fatal accidents involving drunk drivers in Russellville, KY during that time period.
  • There have been 24 total fatalities in Russellville, KY during that time period.
  • There have been 55 total people “involved” in fatal accidents in Russellville, KY during that time period.
  • The total “fatal accident count” in Russellville, KY between 1975 and 2017 is 21 people.

Other types of wrongful death actions can stem from:

If you believe your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence, call our experienced wrongful death attorneys at Flora Templeton Stuart today by calling (888) 782-9090 for a free consultation.

Who Can Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim in Russellville, Logan County Kentucky?

russellville ky wrongful death lawyerFiling a wrongful death claim isn’t as simple as making a phone call to the insurance company. To initiate the claim, you’ll need to meet the state’s requirements and file the appropriate forms in the local district court where the deceased resided.

Our Russellville, Logan County wrongful death attorneys will help you every step of the way.

We start working immediately to get the appropriate family member, spouse, or next of kin appointed in court, without any additional attorney’s fees.

Who Can Be Appointed as Representative to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Russellville, Logan County Kentucky?

If the deceased dies with a will, the will typically specifies who the deceased intended for the Executor/Executrix to be over the estate.

If the will is silent, or if the deceased died without a will, then the surviving spouse, parent, or other next of kin has preference to file for, and be appointed, Administrator/Administratrix.

Our Russellville, Logan County Wrongful Death attorneys will file for the administrator appointment free of charge to our clients. After appointment, the personal representative can prosecute the wrongful death action and can hold the at-fault parties financially responsible.

Once the case is finalized, the administrator of the estate can petition the court for an administrative fee for the services rendered on behalf of the estate.

No amount of financial compensation will bring your loved one back, but a Russellville, Logan county wrongful death lawsuit can help you recover damages that will assist with the loss of financial and emotional support.

How Our Russellville, Logan County Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help:

Our wrongful death attorneys get to work immediately by doing the following:

  • Hire investigators and reconstructionist to do a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your loss, including photographing the scene, vehicles, and obtaining statements from any witnesses and at-fault parties.
  • File the necessary court documents for appointment over the Estate of the deceased.
  • Setup all insurance claims and investigate coverage.
  • Request all medical records and bills
  • Help finalize any liens against the deceased estate
  • Establish liability against the at-fault party and negotiate a settlement or file suit in the appropriate venue.

What Happens to the Settlement Funds or Recovery in a Wrongful Death Action?

Kentucky law provides the specific order in which the wrongful death recovery passes, after funeral expenses, attorneys fees, and cost of administration:

  • Surviving spouse with no children will get the entire recovery.
  • When there is a surviving spouse and surviving children, the spouse with receive 50% of the recovery, with the surviving children to split the remaining 50%.
  • If there is no surviving spouse, then the surviving children will split the entire recovery.
  • If the deceased did not have a surviving spouse or children, the recovery will pass to the surviving parents.
  • If there is no surviving spouse, children, or parents, then the recovery will pass to the deceased estate.

What Type of Damages Can You Recover from a Wrongful Death Claim?

The purpose of a wrongful death claim is not only to give the survivors monetary compensation, but also to bring about a sense of closure and justice. Damages in a wrongful death claim will vary. Some of the potential damages you may be entitled to include:

  • Funeral and burial costs;
  • Future lost wages of the deceased;
  • Loss of household services;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • PIP benefits;
  • Loss of consortium (limited to a spouse, minor child, or parents of a deceased minor child); and
  • Punitive damages (in select circumstances where the at-fault party acted intentionally or with gross negligence).

How Long Do You Have to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Russellville, Logan County Kentucky?

It is important to speak to a Russellville, Logan County wrongful death attorney as soon as possible because time is limited when it comes to filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Kentucky.

In many cases, you may have only a year from when your family member passed away to bring a claim for damages. That may also be extended by the date of appointment of the personal representative.

If a loved one died as a result of an automobile collision, that statute may also be extended to two years from the date of the collision.

Pursuing a wrongful death claim is complicated. Failure to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations period could mean you and your family are barred from recovery.

That is one reason why it’s so important to retain a Russellville, Logan County wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible so they can start working on your case.

How Much Does a Russellville, Logan County Wrongful Death Lawyer Cost?

If you are concerned about the cost of retaining a Russellville, Logan County, KY wrongful death lawyer, you might be surprised to learn that our wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.

That means we won’t receive payment unless you do. As with other personal injury cases, attorneys typically take a percentage of your settlement or jury award as payment for legal fees. You won’t need to advance costs upfront or worry about paying hourly fees.

Why Choose Us?

wrongful death lawyerOur legal team has over four decades of experience helping Logan County families with all their personal injury needs, including wrongful death lawsuits. We are local and we are involved in the Logan County Community.

We offer compassionate yet aggressive representation, and we are here to provide you peace of mind during an otherwise traumatic and stressful experience.

We understand what a difficult time this is for your family, and our priority is to help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible.

We have a proven success rate, recovering millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you lost a loved one and wonder whether you have grounds to bring a wrongful death lawsuit, let us assist you.

Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today by calling (888) 782-9090 to schedule a free initial consultation. We’re local and we care. We have offices in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Greenville and right in the heart of Russellville, Kentucky, but we travel throughout Kentucky and Tennessee to meet with our injured clients.