Alexandria Wrongful Death Lawyers
Honoring Your Lost Loved One
When you lose a loved one to a violent accident or the negligent mistake of another person, the grief you feel can be overwhelming. It might become difficult to do most anything in your day-to-day life. Pursuing a legal claim against the party that fatally harmed your loved one can feel downright impossible because there is just so much to do.
Rather than stressing yourself out by attempting to work on a legal case by yourself, come to Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers in Alexandria. We can manage all parts of your wrongful death claim for you, so you can feel free to grieve as you need. You are going through so much already, it would be our honor to help shoulder some of your burdens by managing your case. We will fight like we lost a loved one, which means we don’t back down just because a case gets tough.
Dial (888) 492-5532 to request a free consultation with our firm whenever you are ready.
What is a Wrongful Death?
Louisiana law regarding wrongful death is fairly straightforward. Louisiana Civil Code Section 2315.2 states that a death caused by the “fault of another” can be categorized as wrongful death. For example, if someone causes a fatal car accident or a doctor’s mistake in the surgery room causes a fatal complication, then a wrongful death has happened. Another way to see it is as such: If the deceased person had not passed away and could have filed a personal injury claim, then their loved ones can file a wrongful death claim because they did not.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
People who can file a wrongful death claim in Louisiana include the deceased person’s:
- Spouse and adult children
The order of this list is intentional. The right to file a wrongful death claim first belongs to the spouse of the deceased and any adult children. If no spouse or child can file a claim, then the right is passed onto their parents, and then their siblings, and, finally, their grandparents. If there is no family member available to file the claim, then a court can appoint someone as the executor of the deceased’s estate, who will then be able to sue on behalf of the estate.
What Damages are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
When someone passes away in an untimely and preventable way, it can cause significant financial harm to their family. Of course, it will also cause serious emotional harm and distress that can weigh upon the family for years. The damages available through a wrongful death claim are meant to pay the claimants for both economic and non-economic harm.
In an average wrongful death claim in Louisiana, the claimants can demand money for:
- Cost of the deceased’s final medical care.
- Income and benefits the deceased would have earned in life.
- Value of day-to-day and household care often provided by the deceased.
- Funeral and burial costs.
- Emotional suffering experienced by the claimants.
- Loss of companionship experienced by the claimants.
We Offer Moral Support During Tough Times
Louisiana has a short one-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. When you’re grieving, the weeks and months can seem to fly by. Don’t lose the option to seek compensation and justice from the party or parties that caused so much harm to your family by failing to take action.
Pick up the phone and dial (888) 492-5532 today. Our Alexandria wrongful death attorneys are standing by to help you start your claim before the one-year statute of limitations expires. We are careful to approach your case with sensitivity, too, because we know that rushing you will only add stress that you don’t need.
For legal help and moral support, contact us today.