The pain of losing a loved one is magnified when it is caused by negligence. If you lost a loved one through an accident, injury, or illness that might have been prevented, you could be entitled to recover compensation.
The Morris Bart law firm understands this is a time of mourning and grief for you and your family. While you grieve, a wrongful death lawyer from our firm can protect your rights and seek damages from the at-fault party in your Shreveport wrongful death case. We will work tirelessly in pursuit of compensation and justice on your behalf.
How You Could Be Awarded Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death is caused by the act of another party, either through omission, negligence, or intent. You may have a claim for wrongful death that will compensate for the earnings, benefits, and emotional comfort that your loved one would have provided.
A wrongful death attorney with our firm can help you pursue compensation if the circumstances of your loved one’s death are characterized by these four elements:
- The other party owed your loved one a duty of care, taking reasonable measures in preventing their injury or death.
- The other party failed to uphold this duty of care for some reason, such as omission or carelessness.
- This breach of care caused your loved one to suffer a fatal accident, injury, or illness.
- Your loved one’s death caused you to suffer economic and emotional damages.
There is nothing unseemly about seeking compensation for someone’s wrongful or unlawful act that causes you financial and emotional suffering.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Seek Legal Action
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492, you have one year from the date of the wrongful death to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is not a lot of time when you consider that certain exceptions may apply to your case, leaving you with an even shorter window of opportunity to hold the at-fault party accountable.
For a free legal consultation with a Wrongful Death lawyer serving Shreveport, call (318) 553-5470
Who Can Seek Wrongful Death Damages in Louisiana?
In Shreveport the following individuals are usually permitted to seek a wrongful death action against the at-fault party:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving children (biological and legally adopted)
- Surviving parent(s) if there are no surviving spouse or children
- Surviving siblings if there are no surviving parents; or
- Surviving grandparents if there are no surviving siblings.
We can help you understand how state law applies to you, given the specific nature of your case.
Recoverable Damages for a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death case involves both economic and emotional damages. While nothing can replace your loved one’s love, support, and affection, certain financial considerations, such as compensation for lost income, may apply to your case.
Our wrongful death lawyer serving Shreveport may seek compensatory damages such as:
- Medical bills for your loved one before their death
- Pain and suffering of your loved one before their death
- Final expenses (cremation, burial, and funeral costs)
- Loss of income and benefits, given a normal life expectancy
- Emotional trauma caused by the loss of your loved one’s companionship, consortium, protection, guidance, and support
Your quality of life should not deteriorate financially because of someone’s negligent or intentional act. Let our legal team fight for compensation and justice not only on behalf of your loved one but for you and your surviving family members.
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We Help with All Types of Wrongful Death Cases
The wrongful death lawyers at the Morris Bart law office handle a wide range of cases, including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Uber and Lyft rideshare accidents
- Bus accidents
- 18-wheeler tractor-trailer accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Offshore drilling and Jones Act accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Class action and mass tort for dangerous drugs and products
- Premises liability
- Workers’ compensation
- Medical malpractice
You can learn more about our proactive and compassionate legal services when you contact our Shreveport office today.
Conditions That May Affect Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
There are certain factors that an insurance adjuster or the court may consider when calculating damages for your wrongful death action.
These factors include:
- Your loved one’s age
- Your loved one’s gender
- Your loved one’s health and habits in general
- Your loved one’s income and future earning potential
- Number of surviving family members, such as dependent minor children
Each wrongful death case is different. While our firm has successfully recovered damages for our clients through settlements and judgments, you should know that past results do not guarantee future outcomes.
We Are Lawyers from Your Community Who Are Determined to Win for You
Our firm’s founder, attorney Morris Bart, understands the unique community that lives in the Gulf South. We are proud, engaged neighbors in the four states that we serve (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas).
We believe that no one should have to suffer twice after a wrongful death or personal injury. For this reason, our lawyers work tirelessly to recover money damages from all liable parties.
Here are a few comments from some of our many valued clients:
- “I’m very satisfied with the services that were rendered because of my accident.” (Augustus)
- “He got me my money in a timely manner and if I ever needed an attorney, I would choose Morris Bart again.” (Emily)
Our wrongful death lawyers pursue compensation for you on a contingency basis. We are paid only when we recover a settlement for you and your loved ones.
Call for a Free Consultation Today
If someone’s reckless, careless, or negligent act caused your loved one’s death, a lawyer in our Shreveport office may be able to help you recover compensation for their wrongful death. It is your legal right to speak with an attorney who will protect your rights and seek monetary damages and justice on your behalf.
Call the Morris Bart law office today at (318) 553-5470 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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