Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyers
There are few experiences in life more difficult than losing a loved one. When the death of a loved one is caused by the negligent or wrongful acts of another, the grieving process can be even more troubling. At Murphy Law Firm, our Louisiana wrongful death attorneys are prepared to advocate for the rights of your family. We understand that what you are going through is extremely difficult, but with decades of experience and millions of dollars in recoveries, you can trust that your case will be in good hands at Murphy Law Firm.
Louisiana Wrongful Death Laws
Instead of the courts lumping them in with personal injury cases, wrongful death claims abide by their own laws and regulations in Louisiana. If a loved one has died in a car accident, workplace incident, animal attack, hospital, on someone else’s property, or because of a defective product, consult with one of our attorneys to see if you meet the elements of a wrongful death claim. Peyton Murphy and his associates can make sure your family does not miss any important deadlines or other requirements. Louisiana wrongful death laws to know include:
- Who can file. Initial filing rights go to the surviving spouse or children of the deceased person. If these parties do not exist, surviving parents get the right to file. Then, the rights fall to surviving siblings or surviving grandparents. Family members related to the decedent via adoption have the same rights to file as blood relatives. The decedent’s estate may bring the claim if there are no surviving family members.
- Damages available. The damages, or forms of compensation, differ from other personal injury claims. The plaintiff can recover for the loved one’s pain and suffering, medical bills, property damage, and lost wages, but the courts can also award damages such as funeral and burial expenses, the lost value of household services, and the loss of the loved one’s love, care, support, guidance, and companionship.
- Time limit for filing. Louisiana has a shorter time limit for filing than most other states. While most states grant two to five years after the date of death, in Louisiana you only have one year from the date your loved one passes away to bring your claim to the local civil courts. If you try to file after this deadline, the courts will most likely dismiss your claim.
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The unexpected death of your spouse, child, parent, or sibling caused because of someone else’s negligence can be impossible to come to terms with. At Murphy Law Firm, we can help you and your family in the face of wrongful death litigation. You need a strong, aggressive confidant to uphold your rights and fight for maximum compensation. If a loved one recently passed away and you suspect someone could – and should – have prevented the death, talk to our attorneys before it is too late. Call (225) 928-8800 or get in touch online. Our consultations are always 100% confidential and come with no fee or obligation to retain our firm.