New Orleans Wrongful Death Attorney
Compassionate Justice for Your Loved One
When a loved one dies, the devastation is the result. When the death is the result of negligence on the part of another person or entity, the devastation increases. When a person is injured due to negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, a personal injury claim can be filed against the responsible party. That person or entity’s insurance then pays the medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering of the victim. If the victim of a personal injury then dies, the claim becomes a wrongful death claim. It can be extremely beneficial for the family members of the deceased to speak to a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney.
Wrongful death attorney Peter Diiorio at New Orleans Legal, LLC, can help family members of the deceased obtain an equitable settlement. This settlement can cover all medical expenses of the deceased related to the accident as well as: lost wages and lost future earnings, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering of the deceased, lost guidance for children, lost inheritance, and lost consortium for spouses. While we fully understand that money will never bring back your loved one, it can help you and your family move forward.
Perhaps your loved one was the primary breadwinner in your family. If so, then his or her wrongful death has likely left you and your family in a very vulnerable situation. You have regular, monthly bills to pay and perhaps children to raise. The New Orleans Legal attorneys will determine what your loved one would have been paid for future work, based on his or her education and job history. We believe you deserve one less thing to worry about during this difficult time, therefore, we will take care of the legal issues associated with your loved one’s wrongful death.
How Can a Wrongful Death Attorney Help?
There are many benefits that come with hiring a wrongful death attorney following your loss. As you go through this trying time, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you navigate the legal intricacies. Attorneys that work with wrongful death cases have detailed knowledge that is valuable to your claim. There are a number of deadlines associated with a wrongful death claim; failing to meet one of these deadlines can potentially derail your entire case. Many legal documents must be properly completed and correctly filed—a very time-consuming process for those who attempt to do it themselves.
A wrongful death attorney knows the real value of your claim. He or she will complete a comprehensive evaluation of all the facts surrounding the wrongful death. An assessment will be made of all the many ways you and your family have been impacted by the loss of your loved one. Your wrongful death attorney can be a great source of support for you and your family during this time of grief. Finally, your wrongful death attorney will be both a highly skilled negotiator as well as an experienced litigator. This means if your wrongful death claim should go to trial, your attorney will present the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Louisiana?
Each state has its own set of laws that govern wrongful death claims, including defining who can file a wrongful death claim. In the state of Louisiana, the following parties may file a wrongful death claim:
- The surviving spouse or children of the deceased;
- The surviving parents if there are no surviving children or a surviving spouse;
- The surviving siblings, if there are no surviving children, spouse, or parents, or
- The surviving grandparents, if there are no surviving siblings, children, parents, or spouse.
If you have the right to file a wrongful death claim in the state of Louisiana for the death of a loved one due to the negligence of another in a car, truck, motorcycle, or another personal injury accident, New Orleans Legal, LLC, can help you through the process. We will ensure all paperwork is filed in a timely manner to ensure you receive a fair settlement for your wrongful death damages.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death in Louisiana?
Every state also has its own statutes of limitations—the amount of time in which an individual or individuals have to file the wrongful death claim. The wrongful death statutes of limitations in the state of Louisiana are especially short. In general, a Louisiana wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within one year of the death of the decedent. In some cases, the facts surrounding the wrongful death of your loved one could affect the window of time available to file a wrongful death claim.
How Long Could My Wrongful Death Lawsuit Take?
Although some wrongful death claims may settle quickly—even in a matter of months—others can take up to a year or longer to resolve. Even cases that do not go to trial can take time to settle, as your attorney will want to perform a thorough investigation of your wrongful death claim. The primary thing to keep in mind is that you never want your claim to settle quickly because the insurance company offered you an extremely low settlement amount.
Your attorney will make sure you receive the maximum value for your loss. Even when a settlement agreement has been reached, completing the process can take weeks. All the documents must be processed, then the funds divided out. Every wrongful death claim is unique, and your wrongful death attorney will treat it as such.
How Will Contacting an Attorney from New Orleans Legal Benefit Me?
When you contact a wrongful death attorney from New Orleans Legal, you have taken the first step in healing. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of the negligence of another will appreciate the dedication of the New Orleans Legal attorneys. Our tagline is “Solving Problems, Making Things Right,” and we believe deeply in that concept. We will work hard to determine what your needs are—and how those needs can be met. Contact New Orleans Legal today for a free, confidential wrongful death consultation.