No experience can match the trauma of losing a loved one unexpectedly. In addition to the emotional grief, survivors may face monetary challenges if the victim was a primary source of income.
Unfortunately, unexpected deaths are more common than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 130,557 unintentional injury deaths in the United States in 2013.
Auto accidents are the main causes of wrongful deaths, but other cases result from surgical errors, pharmaceutical mistakes and other acts of negligence. If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, then you may be entitled to compensation for health-care expenses, funeral costs, loss of future earnings and other damages.
Recovering compensation from a wrongful death claim can be a legally complex process. Sometimes the at-fault party denies liability. If you intend to make a claim, it is important to act quickly because certain evidence may become unavailable over time.
A New Orleans personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC can evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn about the damages that might be available in a wrongful death case:
Recovering Wrongful Death Damages in Louisiana
According to the Louisiana State Legislature, if a person dies due to the fault or negligence of another individual or organization, then certain people may bring a suit in order to recover damages that they sustained due to the death. The specific facts of the case will determine who may be entitled to benefits.
There are four types of people who may be able to claim wrongful death compensation:
- The surviving spouse and children of the deceased;
- The surviving father and mother of the deceased;
- The surviving brothers and sisters of the deceased;
- Or the surviving grandfathers and grandmothers of the deceased.
What Damages Might I Be Able to Claim?
As a surviving family member, you may be eligible to claim damages to cover both economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses may include:
- Medical bills related to the illness or injury that caused the death;
- Lost wages;
- Lost benefits;
- Funeral expenses;
- Lost household services;
- And damage to property.
Noneconomic losses are more subjective. In wrongful death cases, noneconomic losses usually include pain and suffering, the loss of care and companionship, and any loss of emotional support as a result of the unexpected death.
Although no amount of money can bring back your loved one, a successful claim may help your family avoid debt and potential bankruptcy. Also, taking action may save other victims from the same negligence.
If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, contact a New Orleans personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. We can handle the legal side of your case so you can focus on your personal well-being. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.