Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, contact Dettman Law to discuss your wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death case in Kentucky occurs when someone is killed through the negligence of another person. For example, if a drunk driver kills somebody that is a wrongful death. If a doctor commits malpractice resulting in death it is considered wrongful. The technical definition is contained in Kentucky Revised Statute 411.130. It reads, “Whenever the death of a person results from an injury inflicted by the negligent or wrongful act of another, damages may be recovered for the death of the person who caused it, or whose agent or servant caused it.” If the act was willful or the negligence was gross, punitive damages may be recoverable. The action shall be prosecuted by the personal representative of the deceased. Wrongful death and personal injury cases are handled by injury lawyers.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death

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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You can sue a landlord for a wrongful death caused by lack of building maintenance. I have seen this on fire cases. Garbage compiles on the property and the landlord doesn’t do anything to clean it up. If someone comes by and lights fire to the garbage than the landlord can be sued for damages. …
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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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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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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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You can sue the jail for the wrongful death of an inmate. The jail must take adequate steps to prevent death. Failing to do so means they are liable for damages. For example, if a person is put into detox and left for a few days that can be dangerous. If the person passes away …
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