Each year, numerous Louisiana families lose loved ones in accidents in vehicles, at medical facilities or under other circumstances caused or contributed to by someone else. As they deal with the emotional impact of the death of their loved ones, the economic impact might not be seen right away. However, at some point, the financial losses associated with the unexpected loss of a loved one will become apparent.
Many people might not know what their rights and responsibilities are in these situations. Louisiana law allows for surviving family members to seek restitution from the person or persons believed to be responsible. A variety of damages can be sought, such as last medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and future lost wages, among others, such as the pain and suffering of a victim.
However, there is no guarantee that you will receive any restitution if you do not present the appropriate evidence to the court. The sooner that the relevant evidence is gathered, the better off you will be. Therefore, it would be beneficial to enlist the services of an attorney as soon as possible. One of the first things that most attorneys will do is conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one. If the evidence supports it, a wrongful death claim could be filed.
Having an attorney to advocate for you after the unexpected loss of a loved one could give you the freedom to grieve and work toward finding a new normal without your deceased family member. Numerous deadlines, legal filings and other issues can be complex, and you do not need that type of stress at this time. If your claim is successfully litigated, you could receive the restitution you deserve to help with the financial losses you incurred, and could continue to incur, due to the unexpected absence of your family member.