Compensation To Save All That You’ve Worked For
A wrongful death lawsuit can’t bring your loved one back, but it can help reduce the economic impact of your loss. Beyond the immediate expenses related to funeral and burial costs, property damages and medical bills, there is also the loss of future income. If your loved one died because of the negligence of another, you shouldn’t lose everything that the two of you built together.
Steven T. Collins has more than three decades of experience helping families who are dealing with the anguish of losing a loved one. He knows how to hold the person responsible for your loved one’s death accountable and get your family the compensation it deserves. A wrongful death settlement can help cover losses and costs including:
- Expenses related to the funeral and burial
- Emergency care and medical bills
- The loss of future wages and benefits
- Bills and expenses linked to damaged property
A wrongful death claim can also seek compensation for noneconomic losses including pain and suffering, loss of companionship and loss of emotional support.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Louisiana?
Louisiana has very specific laws concerning who has the legal authority to file a wrongful death lawsuit. There is a structured order to when each member of the immediate family may file a claim. However, the specific family members and situations in which they may file a wrongful death claim are as follows:
- The law names the surviving spouse or children as having the first right to file a claim.
- If the deceased has no surviving spouse or children, surviving parents may file a claim.
- If the deceased has no surviving spouse, children or parents, surviving siblings may file a claim.
- If the deceased has no surviving spouse, children, parents or siblings, surviving grandparents may file a claim.
If the deceased was abandoned by a parent as a child, that parent is not allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In a case where there is no surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings or grandparents, the state allows the deceased person’s estate to file a claim to settle debts and expenses.
To Learn More About Filing A Wrongful Death Claim, Contact Collins Law
Louisiana has a statute of limitations of one year on filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you believe your loved one was the victim of wrongful death, you need to contact us now before it’s too late. Call us at 318-626-7300 or fill out our online contact form.