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People who have lost a loved one due to the negligence, neglect or wrongful act of another, are often paralyzed with anger and anguish. When a loved one dies as a result of another’s careless actions or negligence, the law does not take this situation lightly. Victim’s families can receive compensation for the wrongful death of another individual to care for those who are suffering and facing heartache as a result of the accident, with the help of a wrongful death lawyer.
WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
Wrongful death is defined as “the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.” It covers cases of:
- unintentional actions leading to death—which will be the case with the vast majority of car accidents, and
- intentional actions leading to death.
Wrongful death is an area of tort law. Wrongful death suits are civil actions filed by the family of the person who was wrongly killed, whether or not criminal charges were made and/or successfully prosecuted.
MY LOVED ONE WAS PARTIALLY AT FAULT FOR THE INCIDENT. DO I STILL HAVE A CLAIM?
In the State of Louisiana, the courts operate under a comparative fault rule. The state may reduce the amount of damages awarded based on the percentage of fault your loved one bore, but the circumstances will not preclude you from filing a claim or securing some damages. A St Tammany Parish wrongful death lawyer at our firm can help determine if moving forward with a wrongful death claim would offer the compensation you need to start healing after your loved one’s death.
CONTACT OUR WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS
No other pain comes close to pain of losing a loved one. Often while you are dealing with your grief and pain, you may not even think about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The financial burden that results in the aftermath of a death can lead to debt or a change in your standard of living. If another party is at-fault for your loved one’s death, consider contacting Rene Frederick & Associates discuss your legal options.