Wrongful Death Overview
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Here are some common questions that everyone asks in a wrongful death case:
Beginning a Wrongful Death Case
Resources at Burman Law
Contact me as soon as possible. Quick action is usually required. Save all the information you hear or see. Take pictures. Write down the names of witnesses. Make notes. Look for a Last Will and Testament. Save all important papers. As the case progresses, I will ask the probate Court to appoint a legal representative for the wrongful death estate and to handle other probate matters. Be careful about social media content that could hurt the case.
I will immediately head up a thorough investigation. This investigation will work with you, focusing on: (1) what happened, (2) why it happened, (3) who caused it, and (4) the preservation of evidence. I will engage experts as needed to secure any evidence that might otherwise be lost. My experience helps me find hidden clues less experienced lawyers might miss.
As your lawyer, I will discuss practical solutions to the responsibilities and realities faced by the survivors of “wrongful death.” You can contact me anytime, day or night. If you join the Burman Law Client Portal, you will have 24/7 access to important information and documentation. Communication across the portal is prompt and secure.
A case for “wrongful death” recovers money to make up for the harms and losses caused to the deceased and to certain survivors of the deceased. As an experienced lawyer, I know how to document these harms and losses. Pain and suffering, loss of love and affection, medical and funeral expenses, and lost income and earnings make up some of the harms and losses but each type of harm and loss is documented differently. If the death is caused by extreme carelessness, then special damages for punitive conduct can be recovered. I will explain to you how to find the evidence and prove all wrongful death damages.
In Kentucky and Tennessee, you generally have one year from the date of death. Do not wait until the last minute to contact a lawyer about pursuing a wrongful death case.
You do not need any up front money for fees or costs. Burman Law fees are based on a percentage of 1/3 if the case is settled without a lawsuit, 35% if the case is settled during a lawsuit, and 40% if a trial starts. We can make immediate arrangements to visit at your kitchen table, in the hospital, or at the office within 24 hours of your contact.
For more than 25 years, I have used technology and innovation to win wrongful death cases. I have the staff and financial resources to tackle wrongful death cases. From the first time you and I talk, you will feel that your case is being handled by someone with years of experience in bringing a case together and getting things done.