The loss of a loved one is a devastating event which stays with you the rest of your life. Your loved one played a huge role in your life, and their loss is indicative throughout many parts of your day. While it is important to take the time to grieve and come to terms with your loss, it is equally important to ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim
Louisiana’s wrongful death statute provides survivors with a sense of recourse after an accident takes their loved one from them. Louisiana law allows certain survivors to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent, including the spouse or children. In situations where a deceased does not have either a spouse or children, the parents or siblings may bring an action. A wrongful death action may be brought after an auto accident, truck accident, medical malpractice claim, or any other accident that resulted from the negligence or wrongful act of another person.
Louisiana is a state with one of the shortest limitations periods. Survivors have one year from the date of the accident when the family of the deceased individual can bring a claim for damages. This is not a long time, and the year can pass quickly, despite the ominous sense of dread each day brings after the accident. However, it is important to contact a law firm as soon as you are able to, since the clock starts ticking from the day of your loved one’s death.
Types of Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
A claim stemming from a wrongful death action may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages (future earnings that the survivor will be unable to receive)
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress of the survivors
The loss of a loved one has more than just an emotional impact on your family, but can also have financial repercussions. If your loved one was the sole provider for the family, their loss could have an immediate impact. An insurance company may try to coerce a settlement to provide funds to your family immediately. However, it is important to keep in mind that insurance companies will often settle for far less than your claim is worth.
How Jones & Hill Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
Many of the general damages are difficult to put a price on, which is where an experienced personal injury attorney comes in. The attorneys of Jones & Hill have years of experience in handling wrongful death claims. Our law firm will work closely with you through each step of the proceedings. We understand what a difficult time this is for you and your family, and we will handle all the legal paperwork while you focus on your memories and your grief. This is a difficult time in anyone’s life, but it is important that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions leading to the loss of your loved one. In severely negligent behaviors, it is further important that these individuals are appropriately held accountable to prevent future tragic accidents from occurring.
Contact our Oakdale or Oberlin offices today for your initial free consultation.