Some people, upon hearing of a drowning death, have the tendency to stigmatize the victim, or in the case of a child drowning, to blame the parents of the drowned child. It's beyond cruel to read the comments accompanying some news stories shared on social media.
Now that it's summer, one popular pastime is to go boating. South Louisiana is full of lakes, rivers and bayous for recreational boaters and fishers to while away a summer afternoon with family and friends along for the ride.
As spring gives way to summer here in South Louisiana and social distancing rules are relaxing, it's a given that residents will be flocking to backyard and public pools and spas to get some relief from the unrelenting heat and humidity.
After a loved one's untimely death in an accident, their surviving family members may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. But they need to take action quickly, as here in Louisiana, the claims will proscribe after one year.
You kissed your spouse good-bye for work and they headed out the door. You never dreamed that would be the last time that you ever saw them alive again.
As the weather gets warmer each spring, Louisiana residents take to the waterways in their boats. Whether it's the love of fishing or sailing or just bobbing over the waves on a sunny day, recreational boating is a fun pastime for many in the Bayou State.
It's hard to accept the death of a loved one even if you know that it has been expected. But when a death happens suddenly as a result of another person's negligence, it can be even harder to accept the loss.
One of the hardest experiences to endure is the death of a loved one. But what can make it even harder is when another person's negligent actions resulted in the demise of your spouse, sibling, child or parent.
When people die young in fatal accidents, it can be more difficult for family members since there is no time to prepare for what life may be like without the loved one around. Such an unexpected death can also be very costly for the family as well. When people are younger they can be responsible for providing financially for their family members. So, in addition to suddenly losing their love and support, the family can also suddenly lose income they rely on to meet their monthly obligations. The loss of income is also permanent, unlike when people are injured for a period of time. Over the years that lost income will add up. This can make life difficult for the family for a long period of time.
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.