Why Hiring A Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyer Is Important
At Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, we realize that the time after the sudden loss of a loved one is a uniquely painful challenge following a wrongful death. This is an extreme loss for family. Our Louisiana wrongful death lawyers are experienced in these painful matters, and we are on your side. Hiring an attorney is the most important step in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death cases often involve many parties and several insurance claims. Families can be left with bills and funeral costs, in addition to the costs of children, family and education with one less source of income in the household. Not to mention the loss of companionship and the anguish you experience after losing a family member.
These are all very real hardships that survivors of a wrongful death must navigate, and those responsible for a wrongful death should be held responsible for their actions.
A wrongful death claim seeks compensation when a person dies due to the fault of another. The death may be caused by another human, or it may be caused by a business or organization as the result of wrongdoing. A wrongful death can be caused by accident – such as a car accident or truck accident – or negligent or intentional actions.
If a loved one is involved in a car accident, truck accident, maritime accident or accident at work that involves a wrongful death, our law firm has the expertise and resources to conduct investigations all aspects of the case. All records and medical reports will be evaluated, as will any reports from witnesses and others involved to fully understand the event and its causes.
In Louisiana, there are specific categories for individuals who can bring a wrongful death claim to court. These include:
- The surviving spouse or children of the deceased person.
- If there are no surviving children or spouse, the surviving parent or parents.
- If there are no parents, the surviving siblings of the deceased person.
- If there are no surviving siblings, the surviving grandparents of the deceased person.
Family members who are related to the deceased by adoption may file a wrongful death claim just as those related by marriage or blood. If there are no surviving family members, a personal representative or executor of the deceased person’s estate may bring a claim to seek damages suffered by the estate.
While a family member’s claim may seek to recover both economic damages, such as loss of earnings and support, and non-economic damages, anguish and loss of companionship, any claim brought by the estate can legally seek to recover economic damages only.
Louisiana’s statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim gives surviving family members one year to file a wrongful death claim in court, starting from the date of the deceased person’s death. After a traumatic loss, it can be stressful for family members to consider the additional stress of hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit.
It’s always a tragedy when someone dies in a vehicle accident, in a maritime accident, in the workplace or particularly if someone was driving drunk.
The law firm of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards has decades of experience representing those who have been injured, and families of those who have been wrongfully killed. We have a strong track record of success helping people in these difficult situations. We can help you.
Learn more about our practice areas helping people in Louisiana communities and beyond:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Maritime Accidents
- Personal Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
Contact Our Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyers
In Louisiana, you have one year to file a lawsuit in most situations following an accident. Our law firm has helped people in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Iberia, Lake Charles and other communities over the last 60 years. We can help you set up and file your claim for compensation. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. Call us today at 337-291-HURT, or statewide at 800-375-6186.
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