Wrongful Death Laws in Louisiana
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If you have lost a loved one because of another person’s actions, you may be wondering what your options are for recovery. While the grieving process may be lengthy and difficult, a wrongful death claim may allow you to worry less financially during this stressful time.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Louisiana?
If your loved one passed away due to the fault of another, you might be able to file a wrongful death suit. Wrongful death suits allow the surviving family members to recover for the actions of another that resulted in a death.
It may be difficult, or it may be easy, depending on the facts of your case, to prove that the other party did, in fact, cause your loved one’s death. Speaking with an experienced wrongful death attorney about your case may help you decide whether or not you have a strong wrongful death case that you want to go forward with.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Louisiana?
Louisiana allows the surviving loved ones to file a wrongful death claim. A surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling, or grandparent may bring a lawsuit, depending on what the decedent’s familial situation was.
To elaborate, if the decedent left a surviving spouse, then the siblings, parents, and grandparents of the decedent would not be able to file a wrongful death claim. If the decedent did not leave a spouse, child, or parent, then the siblings would be able to file a wrongful death claim. While these rules may seem complicated, an experienced wrongful death attorney may be able to help you determine whether or not you are able to file a wrongful death claim.
What Damages Are Available in a Louisiana Wrongful Death Claim?
Louisiana recognizes that the damage done to a loved one after they lose their loved one through the fault of another is a recoverable offense unto itself. If you recently lost a loved one, you may be able to recover damages for the loss of love, affection, and companionship you have suffered.
Additionally, you may also be able to recover for the financial support that you lost as a result of the decedent’s passing. This means that not only is it possible for you be compensated for your loss, but you also may be able to receive the amount of financial support you would have received from your loved one had they survived their injury.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Louisiana?
Louisiana’s statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is one year from the date of death. Bringing a suit after one year will result in it being thrown out. One year is not a lot of time to prepare a lawsuit, and will likely feel even shorter while you are grieving the loss of your loved one.
Although there are likely a lot of different issues and dilemmas you are currently dealing with, it might be beneficial to speak with an attorney as soon as possible about filing a wrongful death claim. This way, you will likely be able to focus your attention on your family and possibly worry less about your financial situation.
How Can I Learn More?
At Zinda Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys have helped thousands nationwide get their lives back on track after losing a loved one. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for your loss.
Our firm also believes that you should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation while grieving. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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