If you lost a loved one due to another party's negligence, it is understandable that you would want to know if taking legal action to seek relief would be of benefit to your situation. Pursuing a wrongful death claim is not for the faint of heart, but in some instances, it may just be for the best. If this type of claim is successfully negotiated out of court or litigated in a Louisiana civil court, maximum relief may be achieved that can help you cover your monetary losses and have the funds necessary to seek the assistance you need as you try to move forward.
Earlier this spring, a Louisiana court awarded close to $200,000 in damages to a man injured while repairing a stern line in 2017. The plaintiff, Andrew Lee Knight, sued his former employer, Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC, for negligence under the Jones Act and unseaworthiness under general maritime law, according to the Louisiana Record. The original calculation of damages was nearly double Knight’s final award, but the court found Knight’s own negligence also contributed to the accident.
Road construction is commonly seen in Louisiana and many drivers are to the point where they go through it like it is no different than any other stretch of road. A prime example of this is the I -210 bridge construction in the Lake Charles area. Police say that an uptick in motor vehicle accidents on that stretch of road has been noticed -- some of them involving multiple automobiles.
Near the end of May, a box truck driver struck a pedestrian in Metairie. Louisiana State Police responded to the scene and found the victim had suffered fatal injuries. Following truck accidents like this one, the surviving family members of the victims may be entitled to pursue compensation for their losses by filing civil claims against all parties who may be deemed legally responsible -- such as the driver and his or her employer, among others.
In 2015, a couple in another state welcomed a son into their family after a long, grueling labor and delivery process. A number of things went wrong, however, and the child suffered a birth injury that left him with permanent impairments. His parents are now seeking compensation for their losses and his. Louisiana residents who have similar stories may, like this couple, seek relief through legal means.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, you may receive benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, those benefits may not cover all your wages or any of the pain and suffering you’ve gone through.