If someone’s negligence, misconduct, or inaction results in the death of another person in Slidell, this falls into the wrongful death category. The family of the victim in Slidell can file a lawsuit against the party liable for the death claiming damages.
At The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we assist the families of wrongful death victims by filing lawsuits. Our lawyers work toward holding irresponsible drivers accountable and getting damages from them.
Causes behind wrongful death
A wrongful death may be the outcome of a string of factors. If someone has acted in a negligent and reckless manner, resulting in the death of another person, this falls in the purview of wrongful death. Industrial accidents, use of dangerous medical products, drunken driving accidents, maritime accidents – all fall under the category of wrongful death.
The statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor reveals that a majority of fatal work accidents involved transportation incidents (40%), violence or injuries caused by humans/animals (17%), contact with objects and equipment (16%), falls/slips/trips (16%), and fires/exposure to harmful substances (10%).
In case you’re one of the victims of wrongful death cases in Slidell and a dear family member of yours has died untimely due to the negligence of another person, you should consider filing a lawsuit against the person or company responsible for the death and claim compensation. And you should hurry as you cannot delay the lawsuit forever. The law has set a time limit for filing such cases and you’ve to abide by it.
Who are survivors?
The law allows the survivors to file a lawsuit in the case of wrongful death. The law regards adoptive parents, grandparents, and siblings as survivors. However, a parent who abandoned the deceased when they were minor isn’t considered a survivor. A convicted family member or one who is found to be involved in the wrongful death of a person is not eligible as well.
How we proceed in wrongful death litigation
When you schedule a meeting with an attorney working with The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, they lend a patient ear to you before suggesting whether the case indeed falls under the category of wrongful death and recommend a course of action that is advisable. When you’re willing to go to court, we further work on the case and consider all the factors that may influence the lawsuit. When our research and homework is done, we file a wrongful death lawsuit. Now, it’s our job to prove that the cause of the death was negligence, recklessness, an error, or a crime.
Damages included in lawsuit
Generally a wrongful death lawsuit demands damages for medical expenses before/after death, the suffering of the deceased, funeral/burial expenses, the anguish of the survivors, loss of income because of the death of the deceased, loss of parental guidance, loss of consortium etc. Our seasoned lawyers would quantify the damages sought under all these heads.
In wrongful death claims in Louisiana, the judge may award additional compensation if it is proved the defendant was under the influence of liquor or if the case involves child pornography.
The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess will provide you close support at every step. We’ll do what it takes to seek justice and financial security for you.