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:
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.