Everyone Deserves The Chance To Move On
While every accidental death is tragic, losing someone through the fault of another can leave you devastated. On top of covering medical expenses and funeral costs, planning for a future without the financial and emotional support of your loved one can strike fear in your heart. How can you expect to move on with bills and stress as a constant reminder of the trauma?
Louisiana Wrongful Death Attorneys
Nothing can bring back your loved one, but you don’t have to go through this alone. Coping with loss is an extremely emotional and stressful time in your life. All you want to do is move on. We’re here to help.
The wrongful death attorneys of MGM Attorneys, in Baton Rouge, have helped countless families pick up the pieces after an unimaginable loss. We are committed to holding those responsible for tragic and premature deaths accountable and to helping you recover the damages you need to rebuild your lives. While a wrongful death claim could never take away your sorrow, we can help you secure the financial future of those who depended on your loved one.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death refers to a situation where a person dies because of the negligence or intentional act of another. Louisiana wrongful death cases may arise from a variety of situations, including:
- Car and truck accidents
- On-the-job accidents
- Offshore accidents
- Airplane and helicopter crashes
- Dangerous products
- Medical malpractice
- Medication errors and overdoses
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Dangerous prescription drugs
- Preventable suicides
- Inadequate security leading to an assault
Filing Action For Wrongful Death in Louisiana
In Louisiana, wrongful death actions must be filed by the person or persons designated by law as the proper beneficiary. It must be filed within one calendar year of the date of the death. If the deceased person leaves behind a spouse and/or children, they have the first right to bring wrongful death actions. If there is no surviving spouse or children, the person’s parents have the right to bring an action for their child’s death. Lastly, if there is no spouse, children or parents, then the living siblings of the deceased have the right to bring actions for wrongful death.
The claim seeks compensation for financial losses (known as loss of support) and the loss of love, affection, services and companionship of the deceased. Negligent death recovery may also include medical costs and funeral expenses.
There are two essential elements to a successful wrongful death claim: proving the liability of the negligent party, and demonstrating the full extent of the loss to survivors. Our experienced Louisiana wrongful death lawyers will prepare your case for presentation to a jury by thoroughly examining the evidence, identifying possible sources of compensation, interviewing witnesses and assembling a powerful team of experts and legal professionals to support your case.
It is also very important to know why your loved one died. Many times, the cause of death is obvious. Sometimes an autopsy must be performed to determine the cause and manner of someone’s unexpected death. You should always agree to do an autopsy if one is suggested by your loved one’s treating physician or the local coroner.