Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

The worst-case scenario is the last thing you ever imagined happening. The wrongful death of your loved one due to the negligence of another person or company is devastating. Our New Orleans, Louisiana staff and lawyers are here to help.


Louisiana Wrongful death claims

Louisiana Civil Code 2512.2 covers the families seeking compensation after the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another. The surviving family and dependents may file a wrongful death claim. There are many circumstances that may cause a death due to the negligence of another. These reasons can include:


  • Construction site accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Automotive accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Commercial automotive accidents
  • Defective products


It is important to seek justice, no matter the cause of the accident. The level of your income does not have to prevent you from getting the help of a lawyer. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess operates on a no win/no fee basis. So, you can afford to contact us.

New Orleans Wrongful Death Attorney


After any accident were the loss of a family member occurs, emotions will be running high. The grief and shock make it almost impossible to function. In a wrongful death, trauma will make pursuing a case very difficult. A trained and experienced legal team will make this process far less stressful for you and your family.


Wrongful death claims are civil matters and the evidence must do all the talking. Your lawyer should have expertise and experience to gather that evidence. They will prove, in court if need be, that you lost your family member due to the negligence of another. An experienced lawyer will also be able to help with the complex task of calculating appropriate damages.


Each section of this website has information on the various types of law we practice. These sections will have valuable information on what kind of evidence we will need and how we use it. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have over 20 years of experience in dealing with a wide range of cases.


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Don’t Delay! You may have a valid claim! Let us help you get your compensation before the statute of limitations expires!

The wrongful death of your loved one due to the negligence of another can be devastating.

Don’t wait to contact your New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney.


In a wrongful death claim, damages are financial and non-financial. Economic damages are direct financial impacts on your life. Non-financial damages may not be as apparent, but may be worth even more to you than plain dollars and cents.

Financial damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Value of lost household services
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Property

Non-financial damages include:

  • Loss of consortium from a deceased spouse
  • Loss of the love and companionship from the deceased
  • Expenses for grief counseling
  • Pain and suffering/mental anguish

These damages are the hardest to quantify monetarily, because they cut the deepest. As such, punitive damages may also be included. Such damages are meant to punish the defendant for their wrong doing. Most corporations and companies have really deep pockets. That is why it is important to have a legal team willing to go the extra mile to dig deep into those pockets for retribution.

Statute of Limitations

Another important factor to consider is time in a wrongful death claim. A claim must be filed usually within one year of an accident. While it may be difficult, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible if you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death.


It may be very hard to pursue a claim after the passing of a loved one. Grief and mental anguish can be paralyzing. The last thing you want to think about is a lengthy court battle. But, the longer the claim is put off, the more likely it is it will be pushed back beyond the statute of limitations. So, it is important to gather evidence and contact your New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible.


The process of dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult, painful, and trying. But, our first priority must always be family. Ensuring your family is cared for emotionally and financially may seem impossible, but dealing with a wrongful death claim does not have to be.


The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help you to ensure that you do not lose your standard of living. We will be there during every step of the process. Don’t put off contacting our offices because you think you can’t afford it. We operate on a no win/no pay basis. So, don’t hesitate to call for a consultation about your case.