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When a loved one dies, the emotional toll can be overwhelming. When that death is the result of someone else’s negligence, the pain can be even more difficult to bear. In addition to the emotional trauma, you may be facing financial hardship due to the loss of your loved one’s income and the expenses associated with their death.
At Grand Law Firm, we understand the pain and suffering you are going through. Our Louisiana wrongful death lawyers are here to help you seek justice and recover the compensation you are owed. We have a proven track record of success in these types of cases, and we are prepared to fight for you.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim that is brought by the surviving family members of a person who was killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct. These claims are intended to compensate the surviving family members for their losses, including the loss of their loved one’s income, companionship, and support.
Under Louisiana law, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the following individuals:
- The deceased person’s surviving spouse and children
- The deceased person’s surviving parents, if there is no surviving spouse or children
- The deceased person’s surviving siblings, if there is no surviving spouse, children, or parents
- The deceased person’s surviving grandparents, if there is no surviving spouse, children, parents, or siblings
If the deceased person has no surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, or grandparents, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the deceased person’s surviving family members “who suffer actual loss as a result of the death.”
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is one year from the date of the deceased person’s death. This means that you have just one year to file a claim and seek compensation for your losses. If you fail to file a claim within this time frame, you will be permanently barred from doing so.
There are very few exceptions to this rule, so it is important that you act quickly. Our Louisiana wrongful death attorneys can help you understand the statute of limitations and ensure that your claim is filed on time.
What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims are intended to compensate the surviving family members for their losses. These losses are both economic and non-economic in nature.
Some of the most common types of damages available in a wrongful death claim include:
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of the deceased person’s final injury or illness
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- The value of the deceased person’s lost love, companionship, and support
- The surviving family members’ mental anguish and emotional distress
It is important to note that, in Louisiana, punitive damages are not available in wrongful death claims. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for particularly egregious conduct and are not available in any type of personal injury claim in Louisiana.
How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help?
When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the last thing you want to do is deal with a complicated legal claim. However, it is important that you take action as soon as possible to protect your rights and your family’s future.
By hiring a Louisiana wrongful death attorney, you can focus on your family and your own well-being while your lawyer handles all the legal aspects of your claim. Your lawyer can investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, gather evidence of liability, and help you understand your legal options.
If you decide to move forward with a claim, your lawyer can help you calculate the full value of your losses and aggressively advocate for you in settlement negotiations or at trial. At Grand Law Firm, we are committed to providing compassionate, personalized legal services to each and every client. We will be there for you every step of the way, fighting for the justice and fair recovery you are owed.
Discuss Your Case with Our Team Today
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Louisiana wrongful death lawyers can help you understand your legal options and fight for the justice you and your family deserve.
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