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Seeking recovery for pain and suffering when a loved one dies

When one files a wrongful death claim, they may seek compensation for a variety of damages. For example, depending on the circumstances a person might seek compensation for funeral costs, loss of future income or loss of companionship, among other damages. One type of damage that a victim's survivors might also want to seek is compensation for the victim's pain and suffering. In Louisiana, this type of action is a separate cause of action from a wrongful death claim. It is known as a survival action.

What are the elements of a wrongful death suit?

The loss of a loved one can be a life-changing event. People in Houma who lose a loved one due to an illness or old age will experience a great deal of grief and in some cases financial hardships as they move on without their loved one in their life. However, this transition may be especially difficult if their loved one's passing came not from natural means, but due to the actions of another person.

How long do you have to file a wrongful death suit in Louisiana?

When it comes to filing a wrongful death suit in Louisiana, there is such a thing as "too little, too late." That is because, like other civil lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits are subjected to the statute of limitations. This phrase refers to the period of time in which a person has to file a lawsuit. Once that time period has passed, a person can no longer file a lawsuit even if the lawsuit otherwise would have been valid.

Louisiana statutes outline who can bring a wrongful death suit

It is never easy to lose a loved one. Sometimes, this cannot be helped, such as when a person has a terminal illness or simply dies due to old age. However, a person's grief may be amplified if their loved one died due to the actions of another. For example, losing a loved one in a car crash caused by a drunk driver can be difficult since, but for the actions of the negligent party, the victim need not have died.

What kind of damages might be awarded in a wrongful death suit?

The death of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when the loved one was killed due to the actions of another person. For example, a person in Louisiana could be killed by a negligent driver in a car crash, through an act of medical malpractice by a physician or even due to a criminal act. When this happens, the victim's family may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the victim's death. Through this type of lawsuit, the victim's family can pursue damages, specifically, pecuniary damages.

Houma man killed in boating accident

Many people in the Houma area enjoy getting out in local waters. Whether they're fishing, relaxing, or enjoying other water activities, they know that Louisiana offers many water adventures. Most of the time these are enjoyed safely by everyone, but occasionally a serious accident occurs.

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