Wrongful Death Attorney in Covington300 Madison Avenue Suite 200,
Covington, KY 41011
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Wrongful Death Attorney in Covington
Death is guaranteed in life. But you shouldn't have to lose a loved one because of someone else's negligence. That's not how we visualize our loved one's final moments on earth.
At Morgan and Morgan, we understand your pain, and that comes from over three decades of experience handling such claims. We've won many wrongful death cases in the past, including a $19 million verdict for the family of a 76-year-old man who was killed in a car accident caused by a Comcast van driver.
You, too, might be entitled to compensation for the death of your loved one. Contact us today to have your case reviewed for free by a wrongful death expert.
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What Are the Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim in Covington requires proving specific elements. Here, the plaintiff's attorney must show that:
- The defendant owed your loved one a duty of care
- The defendant breached this duty
- Your loved one died because of the breach of the duty of care owed to them
- The plaintiff (you or other eligible family members) suffered damages as a result
If your case satisfies all these four elements, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
What Evidence Can Help Prove Wrongful Death?
Important evidence in wrongful death claims includes medical reports, eyewitness testimony, photos or videos of the incident, police reports, and expert testimony. Also, records showing a link between the death and the accused party's actions or negligence can help add more weight to the case brought against the defendant.
Keep in mind that wrongful death is an umbrella term that covers many different scenarios, each requiring a unique set of evidence to prove. For example, in cases involving product liability, evidence of defective products may be required.
What Entities Can Be Held Responsible for Wrongful Death?
Since these cases occur due to different reasons, various entities can be held responsible. These include individuals, like drivers in car accidents, medical practitioners in cases of medical malpractice, companies or employers, particularly in workplace accidents or product liability cases, and sometimes government agencies if the death involved public infrastructure or employees.
Can I Sue a Hospital for Wrongful Death If My Loved One Signed a Waiver?
Yes, you can still sue a hospital for wrongful death in Covington, even if your loved one signed a waiver. Waivers do not absolve hospitals of liability in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
What Damages Are Available If I Win?
If you win a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be entitled to damages such as medical and funeral expenses, lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned, loss of companionship and support, and potentially punitive damages if the defendant's actions were especially egregious. These damages aim to compensate for the financial and emotional impact of your loss.
Who Gets Compensation for Wrongful Death?
Compensation usually goes to the deceased's immediate family members. This may include spouses, children, and sometimes parents. The distribution of these funds is determined either by the court or based on the deceased's will, focusing on those financially or emotionally affected by the death.
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If you still have more questions about wrongful death claims or need someone to review your case for free with no obligations, please go ahead and contact us today. Besides the free case evaluation, we might also be able to help you fight for compensation.
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