My husband died in a boating accident. The boat he was on was owned and operated by his brother. Will I have to go to court and confront my brother-in-law?

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I’m so sorry to hear about the loss your husband. You have been put in a situation that you could have never imagined the morning your husband set out to enjoy the day on the Ohio River, fish on Lake Cumberland, or boat on another Kentucky waterway. Now, as you grieve, you have to decide how best to protect yourself and your children.

What Can You Do?

You likely want to keep a relationship with your husband’s family. You want your kids to know their uncle and aunt and enjoy their cousins. The last thing that any of you need to experience is further loss.

Yet, at the same time, you are concerned about the future. How are you going to maintain your standard of living without your husband’s income? How are you going to pay for his funeral costs?

You may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. While that lawsuit will technically be filed against your brother in law as owner and operator of the boat involved in the accident, it is probably not your brother in law who will pay you. Instead, it is his insurance company.

Many cases settle without going to court. You may never have to confront your brother in law in court, and you may be able to recover the damages that you need.

For more information about your rights, about the wrongful death lawsuit process in Kentucky, and about handling this tricky family situation, please use our online contact form to request a free initial consultation with us. We will go over your case with you and help you better understand your rights.

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