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Compensation for emotional distress in wrongful death

No matter what people in Louisiana do for their health, at some point, everyone will pass away. It is a fact of life. However, how people pass away can vary greatly. People hope that they will live a long, full life and simply pass away peacefully in their sleep, but this is not always what happens. People can develop diseases, like cancer, and die much younger than they would like. They also could be involved in a fatal accident, which could occur while they are driving or in other situations.

When people die in fatal accidents, it can be particularly devastating for the family and friends of the victim. All deaths are difficult, but when people do not have time to prepare, it can be even more difficult.

They must suddenly figure out how to move through life without the love and support of the loved one, but will also lose their income, which they may have been relying on. So, in addition to grieving their loss, the family may also be trying to figure out how they will keep paying their bills.

In certain situations though, people may be able to receive compensation for emotional distress. If a spouse, sibling, parent or grandparent of the person who died witnessed the loved one die, and they saw injuries, which are of a nature that would cause emotional distress, they could receive compensation for it. This would be in addition to other damages.

Unfortunately, many people die in fatal accidents far too young. These people may leave behind spouses, children, parents and siblings mourning their deaths. These same individuals may have also been present when the accident occurred, which would be horrific to see. This can cause emotional distress others will not experience. These individuals may be entitled to compensation for this emotional distress.

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