Dettman Law

Who Is Entitled To Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim?

I can unfortunately report that my office has handled numerous wrongful death claims.  I say unfortunately because the loss of a loved one due to a tragic event is horrific.  However, the sums recovered through our work have been substantial.  This blog post discusses wrongful death claims in Kentucky and who is entitled to pursue. …
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How Long Can I Wait Before I Make A Claim?

The statute of limitations on a Kentucky personal injury lawsuit is one year.  The statute of limitations on a Kentucky car crash is two years.  This can be extended by personal injury protection benefits.  This blog post discusses how long you can wait to make a claim in Kentucky. Do Not Wait. It is a …
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Can I Sue For More Compensation If I Don’t Get The Amount I Want?

You can sue someone for more compensation if you disagree with the amount offered as a settlement.  However, if you have accepted a settlement the insurance company on the other side won’t agree to give you money AND allow you to sue the defendant for more money.  It is important to make sure you know …
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What Is The Best Way To Handle An Insurance Settlement Dispute?

The best way to handle an insurance settlement dispute in Kentucky is to hire a personal injury lawyer.  The right representation could be the difference between significant sums of money.  I have worked cases where the insurance company pays fifty times the initial offer.  That isn’t every case, but it representative of how bad an …
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Is A Lawyer Resolving Your Injury Case For Less Than Full Value?

Something clients do not really think about is how their lawyer compensated by his or her law firm.  Big firms have plenty of associates.  This type of lawyer is often paid by an “eat what you kill” method or percentage of the fee.  Think salesperson.  The question is whether or not this compensation structure leads …
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Who can sue for wrongful death in Kentucky?

In a Kentucky wrongful death case you sue all possible defendants. This means the person, people, or business responsible for the death. The goal of an injury lawyer is to recover damages. This means the person you sue must have insurance or assets to eventually recover. An experienced wrongful death lawyer or personal injury lawyer …
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How do you prove fault in a wrongful death case?

You prove fault in a wrongful death case by evidence. This can be the evidence of the parties in the form of testimony or direct evidence (like pictures). It can also be in the form of expert opinion. In prior wrongful death cases I have worked on we hire an accident reconstructionist, toxicologist, or medical …
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Can I sue for loss of companionship in a wrongful death case?

You can sue for loss of companionship in a wrongful death case. To do so you must qualify per statute and/or case law. In Kentucky this means the husband/wife and/or children for the loss of a husband. I have successfully argued for and been paid on parental loss of children consortium as well. That is …
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