Wrongful Death

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  • Wrongful death lawsuits allow grieving family members to seek justice for their loved ones when negligence or intentional harm leads to a tragic loss. 
  • Damages for wrongful death can compensate for financial hardships for the surviving family members, such as the loss of current and future income and funeral expenses. In some cases, damages for the emotional trauma and the void left by the departed family member are awarded.
  • Wrongful death lawsuits are bound by statutes of limitations, which are essentially time limits that vary depending on where you live. Taking timely action is crucial to protect your right to seek compensation for losing a loved one, making it all the more important to act promptly.

Why Hire HHK for Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Herman Herman Katz is a renowned law firm with a long-standing reputation for excellence in handling wrongful death cases. Our team of experienced attorneys specializing in these sensitive matters brings knowledge, compassion, and dedication to your lawsuit. Our track record of securing substantial compensation for our clients, combined with our personalized approach, ensures that you’ll have strong, compassionate advocates by your side during this challenging time. When you choose Herman Herman Katz, you’re entrusting your wrongful death case to legal professionals committed to fighting for justice and helping you and your family find closure and financial relief.

attorney talking with a widowed spouse at her family home about her legal options for a wrongful death lawsuit

“There is no experience quite as stunning as when there is nothing where something has always been. To try and imagine the absence of something is to imagine the thing itself, not the hole left behind. Especially when that thing has the first face you probably ever saw, spoke the first words you ever heard, and whose touch has comforted and guided and corrected and made you safe since the beginning of time.” —The Orphaned Adult by Alexander Levy.

Dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one can be excruciating. Taking legal action may not be a priority for a grieving family. However, it is important for family members of a lost loved one to retain a New Orleans wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Unfortunately, potential corporate defendants quickly got to law firms to protect their interests following a wrongful death. These lawyers are charged with interviewing key witnesses and accumulating evidence as soon after the wrongful death as possible. Much of this work is done even before families have had an opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones with a formal funeral or memorial service.

In addition to the feelings of profound grief and sadness, families often face substantial financial hardships without the support of the deceased family member. The compensation recovered from a wrongful death lawsuit can help ease this financial burden and put the family back on a more stable path.

Our New Orleans wrongful death attorneys have extensive experience recovering compensation that recognizes the value of your lost loved one and helps relieve the financial burden associated with their loss. We are proud of the fact that we have some of the highest recorded verdicts in the state of Louisiana for wrongful death cases.

We also handle other types of personal injury cases, including:

Sadly wrongful death occurs more often than one would think. If you have lost a loved one as a result of wrongful death, learn about your legal rights from an experienced wrongful death attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website.

Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Sue a Division of the State Government for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death?2023-10-03T17:01:40+00:00

Government agencies are entitled to sovereign immunity (they cannot be sued unless they allow themselves to be sued). The reason for this is that any compensation must be taken from taxpayer-provided funds. Louisiana allows itself (and its local governments) to be sued for personal injury under certain circumstances, but it places a  500,000 limit on non-economic damages (compensation for pain and suffering, for example).

What Is Wrongful Death Lawsuit?2023-10-03T18:04:28+00:00

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil legal action taken by the loved ones or beneficiaries of someone who has passed away due to another party’s carelessness or harmful actions.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Louisiana?2023-10-03T18:05:14+00:00

In Louisiana, the surviving spouse, spouse and children, and children alone (if no surviving spouse) can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Similarly, the surviving parents can file if the deceased didn’t leave behind a surviving spouse or children.

What Types of Compensation Can Be Awarded in a Wrongful Death Claim?2023-10-03T18:06:05+00:00

Compensation varies on a case-by-case basis. A wrongful death attorney can determine what types of payment you should seek. Some examples include medical expenses before the loved one’s death, funeral costs, and intangible losses like emotional pain, the loss of companionship, and suffering.

What’s the Time Limit for Filing a Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawsuit?2023-10-03T18:06:46+00:00

In Louisiana, surviving family members have only one year from the date of the person’s passing to file a wrongful death claim.

What Should I Do if I Think I Have a Wrongful Death Case?2023-10-03T18:07:28+00:00

Contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can thoroughly examine your situation, provide guidance through the legal process, and help you decide the best way to pursue justice and compensation for your loss.

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