The loss of a loved one is always a tragic event. If you have lost a loved one suddenly and suspect that they died due to the fault or negligence of another person, it is very likely you are looking for answers. When someone dies in an accident, in an attack, or in prison, for example, the investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding their death by the police or the coroner can take much longer, and we have found that families are often kept in the dark during this investigation, compounding their grief. Consulting or hiring a wrongful death lawyer can help you and your family to perform an investigation and to preserve evidence immediately
A wrongful death action provides compensation to the loved ones for the loss they suffered as a result of the deceased victim's death. Recoverable damages include the loss of love, affection and companionship of the deceased victim as well as the past and future grief and anguish of the surviving family members. Additionally, the family members can recover the loss of support from the deceased victim. The wrongful death action also allows recovery for the funeral and burial expenses incurred for the deceased victim.
Our attorneys have handled many Metairie wrongful death cases and New Orleans wrongful death cases. We have handled wrongful death actions where a loved one was killed in a car accident and Metairie wrongful death cases where a loved one died in jail. These cases can be very complicated, so it is important to consult an experienced Metairie wrongful death attorney or New Orleans wrongful death attorney to investigate any potential claim that you may have.
Metairie Wrongful Death Law
Under Louisiana law, the following parties may file a wrongful death or survival action, depending on the circumstances:
1. Surviving spouse or children of the deceased victim;
2. The surviving parent or parents;
3. The deceased victim's surviving siblings;
4. The surviving grandparents of the deceased victim
5. The victim's estate may file a claim
For both of these actions, a claim must be made within one year of the victim's death.
- Megan C. Kiefer is a partner at Kiefer & Kiefer. She is a personal injury lawyer who has handled Metairie wrongful death cases and New Orleans wrongful death cases.
This is provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.