When a loved one dies unexpectedly, family members must deal with pain and grief from the loss. When the death results from the negligence of another party, the loss was avoidable and unnecessary; this fact only worsens the pain and suffering of the loss. Over the years, wrongful death laws have been enacted as a way to compensate living family members for financial damages resulting from a victim’s unnecessary and untimely death. When someone is killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, a civil claim can be filed on behalf of the victim by the surviving family members. This is known as a wrongful death claim.
Louisiana law makes a distinction between persons who can file a wrongful death suit and persons who are beneficiaries. Only certain individuals can file wrongful death claims, and those who are allowed to sue do so on behalf of others. In Louisiana, a surviving spouse, child, parent, guardian, sibling, or grandparents may file a suit for wrongful death. Next of kin beyond siblings and grandparents of the decedent do not have the right of recovery. If there is no surviving spouse, child or parent, a sibling may file the suit on behalf of the deceased’s estate and may participate in the recovery through the estate.
If someone close to you has died due to the negligent, reckless or intentional behavior of another party, it is essential that you contact Attorney Juan LaFonta & Associates. We will help you through all of the pain and suffering with the support and care to get the verdict or settlement that you deserve.
At Juan Lafonta & Associates, we understand the trauma and emotional pain that a wrongful death can have on the family and loved ones of the deceased. Having years of experience in representing families and loved ones in wrongful death cases gives us the leverage and skills to fight for the compensation that you deserve. During the legal process, we treat each of our clients as an individual: respect, compassion, and empathy. Although we have successfully achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, we remain committed to focusing on you and your unique situation. We’ll fight for you.
We’ll fight hard to get you the maximum compensation when you are the most vulnerable. Let us sort out the facts and details of the case and protect your rights, while you focus on grieving.