In This Section

Thinking about filing a wrongful death claim?

Lose a loved one due to another person's negligence? Wondering if it is possible to seek compensation? According to the state of Louisiana it may be possible. To do it, though, -- if it is deemed appropriate -- it is necessary to file a wrongful death claim in civil court.

Wrongful death lawsuits are not appropriate in every situation. In order for such an action to be taken seriously in court, two specific elements must exist in one's case. These are:

  • Loss of life resulting from another person's negligence, deliberate act or recklessness
  • Measurable damages suffered by surviving family members as a result of the loss of life

Wrongful death claims may be filed by immediate family members -- usually a spouse, children or parents. It may also be possible for grandparents, siblings or legal guardians to pursue such legal actions. If a wrongful death claim is appropriate, damages may be sought for various losses, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other compensatory damages

Understandably, it may take time before one decides to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party deemed responsible for the loss of a loved one's life. It is okay to take time to grieve. However, the state of Louisiana, just like all other states, has set a statute of limitations on such legal filings. Those who are thinking about filing this type of claim may want to talk to legal counsel as soon as possible in order to make sure they do not miss the allotted window. It may not be possible to seek compensation after the statute of limitations has passed.

Source: thebalance.com, "How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit", Julie Garber, Accessed on Jan. 10. 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Life Member Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • JUDICIAL EDITION AV Preeminent-Joseph F.Gaar-2013
Email Us For A Response

Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Gaar Law Firm
617 S. Buchanan Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Toll Free: 800-549-1083
Phone: 337-366-0982
Fax: 337-233-0690
Lafayette Law Office Map

Gaar Law Firm
Get A Free Initial Consultation