What Is Wrongful Death?

Some of the worst accidents in our state could have been prevented. In 2018, for example, there were more than 700 fatal car crashes in Louisiana. More than 40 percent of these accidents involved alcohol.

If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident or following an injury, you may have questions about how to recover financially.

At Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson, we’re here to answer your questions and help you understand Louisiana laws about wrongful death. 

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

 Wrongful death is a death that results from a person or organization’s negligence. This could include deaths from a vehicle accident, workplace injury, an offshore accident, or from hazardous chemical exposure.

To prove the death was wrongful in Louisiana, you don’t need to prove malicious intent. You just need to show that negligence caused it and that your family has suffered financially.

While no amount of money can replace your loss, compensation can help ensure obligations are fulfilled throughout the grieving process and beyond. 

If you lost a loved one, schedule a free consultation to tell us your story and explore your legal options.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim? 

The family members who can file a wrongful death claim in Louisiana include:

  • The victim’s spouse or children
  • The victim’s parents, if there is no spouse or children
  • The victim’s siblings, if there are no parents
  • The victim’s grandparents, if there is no sibling

What Damages Can Family Members Sue for?

 Surviving family members can sue to recover damages for economic and noneconomic losses. Noneconomic damages include loss of companionship, loss of care, and emotional suffering. Economic damages include lost wages, medical bills, funeral costs, or property damage. 

How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?

 According to Louisiana statute, family members have one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

At Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson, we recommend contacting an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

If you have questions about a potential wrongful death claim, call our Lake Charles office location at 800-836-3702 or contact us online.

What to Do Next

While money can never make up for the loss of a loved one, it can help your family recover throughout the healing process.

When you’re grieving, it can be challenging to navigate insurance policies, understand your rights, or negotiate a settlement.

Our law firm has decades of experience fighting for those who’ve lost loved ones; we’ll work tirelessly to ensure surviving family members receive a comprehensive settlement.

If you’ve lost a loved one to wrongful death, contact Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson to learn more about your legal options. Our attorneys can handle all the heavy lifting while you and your loved ones focus on recovery.

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