Wrongful Death

Negligence Claims in Fatal Accidents

In Kentucky, the personal representative can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a family member who died because of the negligent actions or intentional acts of another person or entity.

John G. Rice, P.L.C., a Winchester, Kentucky personal injury law firm, stands ready to provide compassionate support and vigorous pursuit of your wrongful death claim.

About Wrongful Death

To win compensation, the estate of the deceased must prove liability (that the negligence was connected to the death) and damages (that the death caused financial impact and/or emotional harm to survivors). Any compensation is distributed to heirs identified in the will, or by decree of a probate judge.

I have represented clients in all types of accidents on behalf of clients throughout central Kentucky and eastern Kentucky, including auto, truck or motorcycle crashes, and deaths stemming from dangerous premises. I have also worked for defendants in wrongful death litigation, providing valuable insight into how the defense thinks in countering claims.

In the suit, we seek:

  • Economic damages—Medical expenses, funeral expenses, and replacement of the lost earning potential
  • Non-economic damages—Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death, and punitive damages in cases involving gross negligence or willful conduct


The state of Kentucky does not place a cap on damages that plaintiffs may be awarded by a jury or that plaintiffs may seek in an insurance demand. A statute of limitations usually applies for filing a lawsuit, generally one year from the appointment of a personal representative for the estate. I can advise you of the time frame for your particular case.

The sooner you contact an attorney in a wrongful death case, the better. A trial or settlement negotiations may require extensive accident investigation, deposing of witnesses, medical specialist testimony, and other preparation.

Call us at 859-759-4404 or 1-866-542-2293 or use our online form to contact John G. Rice, P.L.C. today.

29 South Main St.
Winchester, Kentucky 40391
Phone 859-759-4404
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