Gretna Wrongful Death Lawyer
Nothing is worse than learning that a loved one has died due to someone’s negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior. These deaths are often unexpected and can leave a family reeling. A grieving family may feel hopeless, like there is nothing they can do.
In these situations, you need to understand your legal options. You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party. Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the fault of another. Even if the person did not mean to cause your loved one to die, they can still be sued and forced to give you compensation for the damages you have suffered due to the death.
Not all deaths qualify for wrongful death claims, but some do. Does your loved one’s death qualify? Discuss your case with the Gretna wrongful death lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm. We’ll help you understand your legal rights
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Louisiana law specifies that after a wrongful death, one of these family members (in this order, based on who is still surviving) may file a lawsuit to recover damages:
- Surviving spouse
- Children of the deceased
- Surviving parents of the deceased
- Surviving siblings of the deceased
- Surviving grandparents of the deceased
Keep in mind that the family members listed above do not need to be blood relatives. Family members by adoption are also included and can file a claim as well.
When filing a claim, make sure you understand the deadlines involved. When bringing a wrongful death claim, there is a statute of limitations of just one year. This is a lot shorter than other states, which may have time limits of up to four years.
Therefore, you need to act quickly. Don’t delay in filing your claim or you won’t be able to recover compensation for economic damages such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of inheritance and future income. You could also lose out on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death can happen in a number of ways. Some common causes include:
- Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Defective products
- Childbirth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Premises accidents, such as slips and falls
- Occupational hazards or exposure
- Construction accidents
- Neglect and abuse in nursing homes
- Criminal acts, such as assault, stabbings, or shootings
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Losing a loved one can be a tragic experience. It can be hard to find closure, but if your family member was killed by someone else’s negligence, then you do have legal options.
While money can’t bring back your loved one, it can pay bills, bring closure, and bring about justice. Palazzo Law Firm can help you with the process of filing a claim. Schedule a free consultation with our Gretna wrongful death lawyer by calling 504-433-1442 or filling out the online form.