What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?

What is a wrongful death claim?Under Louisiana law, a wrongful death claim is a civil action asserted by a deceased person’s family against a party whose negligence or misconduct caused the death of their loved one.  A wrongful death claim compensates certain family members for their own individual injuries that occur at the moment of the decedent’s death and thereafter.  

A survival claim is a separate civil action asserted by a deceased person’s loved ones on behalf of the deceased person.  The survival claim permits the family to recover the damages for the deceased person’s pre-death pain and suffering.  

Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:

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There is a time limit for filing wrongful death/survival lawsuits in Louisiana; failure to file within this time limit can prohibit the potential claimant from ever seeking compensation for their losses.

If you have lost a loved one unexpectedly, pursue your legal rights immediately with help from an experienced Louisiana wrongful death lawyer by calling 504-581-4892 or by filling out our free, no obligation case review form.