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.

Simple Answer: the administrator of the estate on behalf of the heirs.

That is a fancy way of saying the wrongful death case is pursued by whoever the court appoints to administer (make sure all assets go where they are suppose to go) the decedents estate.  Usually that is a family member.  This person is entitled to a small sum of money for acting as administrator.

The “real” money goes to the persons that are takers of the estate.  Usually this means spouse and kids.  If spouse and kids aren’t in the picture the Kentucky statutes delineate who can be provided assets.  If the person that passed had a will that will spell out who makes a recovery.

I get calls from boyfriends and girlfriends of someone that a wrongful death case.  These people, unless the family agrees aren’t usually takers of the estate.  Aunts, Uncles, family friends, best friends and alike usually don’t have “standing” to bring a wrongful death claim, but every case is different.

If a loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death case Dettman Law provides free consultations. There is also a no fee guarantee on all cases (like 99% of injury law firms).  I will do what I can to help you.

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