Perhaps the saddest of all personal injury cases is wrongful death. Wrongful death occurs when a person’s life is taken due to someone else’s negligence, intent or reckless behavior. The sad thing is the person is unable to file a claim for himself or herself, so the person’s representative, whether a family member or a personal representative of the estate, must do so. The representative can get help to resolve the unfinished business of the deceased loved one by hiring a wrongful death attorney in Baton Rouge to help recover damages. These are some things that should be understood about pursuing a wrongful death claim.
When trying to initiate a lawsuit for a wrongful death claim or any personal injury in the State of Louisiana, the client should realize that the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the incident. If the client fails to get the lawsuit in before this time frame, surely the defendant in the case will ask for the court to dismiss the case. The client will not be able to recover any damages from the case, no matter how valid.
Not everyone can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased. The decedent’s surviving spouse or domestic partner, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, or the children of the deceased can file the claim. If there are no children, the deceased person’s parent or parents can file the claim. The damages that can be received include, but are not limited to, expenses for the deceased loved one’s funeral, medical expenses resulting from the wrongful death, loss of wages and other benefits the deceased might have earned, and loss of companionship of the loved one.
Babcock Injury Lawyers has been providing legal solutions to clients in Baton Rouge, and the surrounding areas. If clients are suffering because of a wrongful death to their loved one, they can get help recovering what is rightfully theirs. The law firm is committed to serving clients with all sorts of personal injury cases. If a client is in need of a wrongful death attorney, the law firm is available.