Every day families here in Louisiana and across the country unexpectedly lose loved ones to car crashes, medical malpractice and other tragedies. As they deal with their grief and search for answers regarding what happened, many of those families discover that it was the negligence of another that took their family members from them. Surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties believed to be responsible.
Losing a loved one can have a devastating effect on a family, and not just emotionally. Final medical bills, if any, funeral and burial expenses and the loss of an income can create significant financial burdens. Those left behind are not limited to just their financial damages when going to court. Louisiana law provides for less tangible damages to be sought by surviving family members such as pain and suffering.
When the dust settles and the true financial impact of the victim's death becomes more clear, many people seek the advice and guidance of an attorney. You have rights, and you deserve to explore the possibility of filing a claim asking a court for restitution for your losses. Doing so is not only about helping restore your financial life. It is also about accountability of the party or parties who bear either direct or indirect responsibility for the death of your loved one.
A successful wrongful death claim can help by assigning legal responsibility to the party or parties responsible for the death of your loved one. Like many other people, you might need closure and need to feel as though you achieved some justice on the victim's behalf as well. You only have a certain amount of time to file such a claim, so contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine whether filing a lawsuit is appropriate in your case.