Wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana can generally only be brought by the person or persons that the law considers their designated beneficiary. If the victim was married, then the spouse and/or children will be the designated beneficiaries.
Children may also file a separate suit in cases where a parent has died. If the victim was unmarried, then parents have the right to bring an action to recover damages for wrongful death. If the victim has no surviving spouse or parents, then siblings may bring an action against the responsible party.
There are complexities to most areas of law, and wrongful death suits are no exception. Who is eligible to file, and under what circumstances, can be confusing, especially in large, close-knit families, where the desire to punish a negligent party can run deep.
When your family has lost a loved one to another person’s negligence, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney who can help evaluate your situation and offer sound advice on how to proceed.
Because of the high stakes of these kinds of actions, it’s important that you act promptly after the facts of the matter are known. Louisiana allows a one-year filing window for wrongful death suits, starting at the time of your loved one’s death.
Money is not a fair way to value your loved one’s life and legacy, but when it comes to protecting your family’s future when it has suffered a profound loss through a negligent but accidental death, financial damages are the best our legal system can offer.
The Gertler Law Firm works closely with families during this difficult time to see that they get the resources they need to move forward after a loss. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney.