Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Owensboro, KY Wrongful Death Lawyer

The loss of a loved one is always shocking. When someone else’s negligence played a role in their death, the law allows the surviving family members to take legal action in an attempt to hold the at-fault party accountable and seek compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with the loss. If you find yourself in a situation like this, an Owensboro, KY wrongful death lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

A number of situations have the potential to result in wrongful death, but some are more common than others. In the past, we’ve seen clients with cases involving the following:

  • Auto Accidents. Anytime a driver is negligent behind the wheel, they are putting others’ lives at risk. Examples of negligence, regardless of whether someone is operating a car or truck, include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, and disobeying traffic laws.
  • Medical Malpractice. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are supposed to provide us with the care we need to get better. When that doesn’t happen because of a medical error and someone dies, the at-fault physician should be held accountable.
  • Product Liability. New products, devices, and medications are released into the market every day. Not all of those products, however, are safe to use. When poor planning or cost-cutting happens and results in a defective product, it could cause serious harm to a consumer.
  • Nursing Home Abuse. When a long-term care facility fails to provide our loved ones with the care and attention they need and deserve, there’s a chance they could develop fatal injuries or conditions.

If you don’t see your loved one’s accident discussed above, it doesn’t mean you do not have a valid injury claim. Thomas Law Offices can evaluate your family’s situation and determine how best to proceed.

Don't let time slip by. Contact us today.
Call us at 502.473.6540 or fill out this form.

What to Do After the Loss of a Loved One

It’s normal to be in a state of shock for days or hours after you’ve learned your loved one has passed. Depending on the circumstances, you may be dealing with funeral and burial plans or planning a celebration of life. When you’re dealing with those matters, you don’t want to have to worry about insurance companies or paperwork. Fortunately, that’s what we’re here for.

If you are at the accident scene, talk with police officers and potential witnesses, if possible. Whatever information you can get can help your lawyer at a later date. Within the first days or weeks of your loved one’s passing, you may start to get phone calls from insurance companies. If that happens, do not give a statement or sign anything. A statement could jeopardize your chance at financial recovery, as could signing something.

Get in touch with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. We understand how difficult this time is, but we’re also aware of the time limits in place when it comes to taking legal action. If someone’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, they should be held accountable.

In addition to holding them accountable for the faulty actions or inactions, filing a claim will also allow you to seek compensation. While we know the money will not bring your loved one back, it could secure your family’s future.

Compensation for a Wrongful Death

Damages for a wrongful death lawsuit typically fall into two broad categories. Your lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and determine what it should be valued at and how to pursue that compensation best.

The first category permits recovery of damages your loved one experienced from the moment their accident occurred until the time of their death. If, for example, your loved one was in a car accident and was hospitalized for a period of days or weeks, that time and the related expenses are compensable. The particular losses your attorney might look to include are medical costs, mental or physical pain and suffering, lost wages, and funeral and burial expenses.

The second category of damages covers the losses experienced by the next of kin. This is meant to compensate the family survivors for their financial losses. Typically, this means replacing the value of money the deceased would have earned if not for their untimely death. In addition to those lost wages, anticipated retirement and benefits can be included as well. In some cases, loss of consortium may also be awarded if the spouse, children, or immediate family members are deprived of the deceased’s love and companionship. This is most often granted when an adult parent dies and leaves behind minor children.

Regardless of your claim’s value, an Owensboro wrongful death attorney will fight for your right to the fair compensation that will give your family the ability to move forward together.

Seek Justice for Your Loved One With Thomas Law Offices 

No matter what your family has been through, you deserve the chance at a secure future. The loss of a loved one can put holes in many parts of your life, but an Owensboro, KY wrongful death lawyer can help you manage the financial losses so you can find ways to honor your family member and not worry about the ability to pay bills or put food on the table. To learn more about the claims process, contact us today.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

What You Need to Know About Business Litigation and Contingency Fees

If your business has ever been involved in a legal matter, you may be surprised to hear the two phrases together: business litigation and contingency fees. Traditionally, it has been more common to associate a contingency fee model with personal injury law involving individual parties rather than businesses. But this is no longer always the […]

Read More

Signs of PTSD in Military Service Members

It’s estimated that up to one-third of military service members suffer from PTSD. PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that can develop following a traumatic event. This usually means an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, or abuse. People who have seen combat, witnessed death, or experienced a life-threatening situation […]

Read More

AAA Conducts Study Examining Travel Before and During COVID-19

In 2021, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey revealed shifts in driving, traveling, and commuting patterns in the United States. The statistics gathered between July 2019 and December 2020 cannot be analyzed without consideration of COVID-19’s unignorable impact on the numbers—numbers showing marked differences from previous years’ findings.

Read More