Wrongful Death Claims in Louisiana
Have you lost a loved one in a wrongful death caused by the negligence, recklessness, or the deliberate actions of someone else? Losing a family member is one of the most heartbreaking experiences anyone can endure.
When such a loss is unexpected and never should have happened in the first place, it is doubly devastating, leaving family members in shock, grief, and uncertainty about how to move forward without the love, attention, and support of their loved one taken from them.
At Anderson Traylor Edwards, we understand that nothing can ever make up for a loss of this kind. Yet, in an effort to provide some type of justice for such an event, Louisiana law provides you with the legal right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
If you have suffered a wrongful death in Hammond, you can turn to our experienced legal team dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to clients throughout the greater Hammond area. We focus on compassionate help to the families of wrongful death victims with an aggressive approach in pursuing claims and lawsuits against those responsible.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death can occur in many ways, including the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal attacks
- Industrial accidents
- Dog attacks
- Airplane, helicopter, train, and bus accidents
- Through the use of defective or dangerous products, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, car parts, spoiled food, and more
Causes of Traffic Accidents That Can Result in Wrongful Death
In the U.S., traffic accidents are the leading cause of negligence-based wrongful deaths.
These types of accidents are commonly caused by:
- Drunk or drug-impaired driving
- Texting while driving
- Inattentive driving
- Breaking traffic laws
- Driving while fatigued
- Defective vehicles or component parts
- And other distracted driving behaviors
Reach out to a Hammond wrongful death attorney by calling us at (985) 244-3070 or contact us online to discuss your case in a complimentary consultation. You pay nothing upfront until we win your case.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, wrongful death law is covered under Louisiana Civil Code Section 2512.2 which refers to it as a death caused by the fault of another individual or by an entity or corporation. The fault may be unintentional as well as intentional, as in the case of a malicious criminal attack.
If the person who has died had survived, he or she would have had the legal right to pursue compensation for a personal injury claim. Since this is not possible, family survivors are given the right to seek damages.
Those who can file a wrongful death claim in Louisiana are as follows:
- Surviving spouses and children
- If none of the above, the surviving parents
- If none of the above, the surviving siblings
- If none of the above, the surviving grandparents
If no family members are available to file the claim, it may be filed by a representative for the deceased person’s estate.
What Potential Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Case?
Compensation that may be awarded in a wrongful death case can include those for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills incurred prior to death
- Lost wages or income
- Damaged property
- The pain and suffering endured by the deceased prior to death
- And the loss of care, comfort, companionship, household services, and support suffered by surviving family
What Is the Statute of Limitation for Wrongful Death Claims in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, you have one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. Failure to do so will result in forfeiting your right to compensation.
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