Do I Have A Wrongful Death Claim?

Someone close to me was killed in an accident. Do I have a wrongful death claim? This can be one of the most sensitive topics in law. Emotions are always high when a person dies and they increase exponentially when the person was in good health or when the death was unexpected due to injury or accident. Legally, a wrongful death claim is specific to the cause of how a person died. Typically, they must have been killed because of someone else’s (a person or business) negligence or intentional act.

When it is determined to be a wrongful death claim, that person’s estate can sue and file a lawsuit against the responsible party who is legally liable for the death. The person’s family or other affected parties are the ones who usually file a lawsuit.

How do I know if I have a wrongful death claim?

Was the person killed intentionally? For example, was the victim targeted and killed specifically?

Was the person a victim of medical malpractice? For example, if the person had a disease that was not diagnosed correctly, did not receive proper care, or if the doctor was careless then this may qualify as medical malpractice making it a wrongful death against the doctor.

Did the person die in an accident where someone was negligent? Examples may include a car accident involving car accident or other personal injury situations. However, for deaths that occur in the workplace, those must usually be handled through the worker’s compensation system and program.

Wrongful death damages include various amounts for compensation which you may be entitled to such as funeral and burial costs, loss of inheritance, loss of care, medical costs related to the injury that resulted in death, etc.

If you are unsure if you have a case, take some time to get a free consultation with an attorney. We can help you determine the facts and see if you do in fact have a wrongful death claim. These can be emotional times where you want yourself and any surviving heirs to be protected financially through the fullest extent of the law.

How do I file a wrongful death lawsuit?

If you feel you lost your loved one as a result of an individual’s recklessness, negligence or intentional harmful actions, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Waitz & Downer can assist you with filing your wrongful death lawsuit, advise you of your legal rights as a close relative of the deceased, and guide you through the wrongful death lawsuit process each step of the way.

Losing a close relative is always a difficult time- the attorneys at Waitz & Downer can make your load a little lighter. Contact Waitz & Downer today to schedule a consultation with a wrongful death attorney in Houma, LA.