Losing a loved one to an accident can be extremely difficult. You may have been dependent on this person in your life physically, emotionally, or financially. If you lost your spouse, you might have lost a significant portion of your income as well. If you lost a parent, sibling, or child, you might have lost the person who takes care of you.
If your loved one was fatally injured in an accident caused by someone else, a Jefferson Parish fatal accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers might be able to help you fight for compensation against the responsible party. We can assist you with a wrongful death insurance claim and/or lawsuit.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront payments required.
Accidents Types that May Merit a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s fatal accident, the responsible party might owe you compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we help families pursue compensation for a variety of fatal accident types, including:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Bus accidents
- Boat accidents
- Product liability accidents
- Defective drug accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
These are not the only types of cases we work with. No matter how your loved one’s fatal accident occurred, if you believe someone else’s negligence was the root cause, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you.
For a free legal consultation with a fatal accident lawyer serving Jefferson Parish, call (337) 777-7777
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Louisiana
Whether or not you can file a wrongful death lawsuit after your loved one’s death depends on your relationship with the deceased and the other relationships they had in their life.
In Louisiana, you may be able to file for wrongful death compensation after your loved one’s death if:
- You are their spouse or child.
- You are their parent, and there is no living spouse or children.
- You are their sibling, and there is no spouse, children, or parents living.
- You are their grandparent, and there is no spouse, children, parents, or siblings living.
If you are unsure if you may be able to file a wrongful death claim, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777. A member of our team can discuss the events of your loved one’s death and your legal options during a free, no-obligation case review.
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Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
The types of damages that may be available to you in a wrongful death case may depend on your relationship to the decedent and other factors. In general, these damages may include:
Pre-Death Medical Bills
If your loved one required accident-related medical treatment prior to their death, the responsible party might be required to repay you for these expenses.
Many people do not realize how expensive funerals can be. The cost of a funeral is not often something family members save up for. Your loved one’s funeral and burial costs may be recoverable damage in your wrongful death case.
Loss of Income
If you were financially dependent on your loved one, you might be able to recover compensation for the income that you lost due to their passing.
Loss of Care and Household Services
When you lose someone in your life, you can lose more than financial and emotional support. If they were a part of your immediate household, they most likely contributed to maintaining a household such as cooking, cleaning, lawn care, and anything else they did around the house. They may have even assisted in taking care of you in your daily life. You may be compensated for the loss of services your loved one provided you.
Depending on your relationship with the decedent, there are other types of damages that may be available in a wrongful death case. When you work with a Jefferson Parish fatal accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we can help you identify your potentially recoverable damages and collect evidence of their value.
The Deadline to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Louisiana
If you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you have to make sure to do so within the allowed time frame. According to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you typically have one year from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit. Waiting any longer than this to take legal action could mean that your lawsuit gets dismissed.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers urges you to take immediate action after your loved one’s death if you are considering a wrongful death claim.
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How Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers May Be Able to Help You
If someone else’s negligence caused the death of your loved one, a Jefferson Parish fatal accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you fight for wrongful death compensation. During our work together, we can:
- Manage all communications, paperwork, and deadlines for you
- Identify the responsible party
- Collect evidence of their negligence
- File your wrongful death insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
To learn more about our services in a free case review with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777.
If you qualify, we can work for you on a contingency-fee-basis, where you are not obligated to pay us attorney fees unless you win your case and recover compensation for your damages.