If your loved one dies as the result of someone’s negligence or misconduct in Louisiana, you can sue that person for your loved one’s wrongful death. Wrongful death lawsuits are civil suits that usually follow a person’s death after a motor vehicle accident or a medical malpractice situation, according to FindLaw. They can, however, also arise when a person dies because someone else allegedly murdered or deliberately injured him or her, whether or not a jury finds the alleged perpetrator guilty of the criminal charge.
If you prevail in your wrongful death suit, you can recover monetary damages such as the following:
In addition, should the jury find that the defendant’s actions were particularly egregous, it could award you punitive damages on top of your actual damages.
Wrongful death elements
You must prove all four of the following to win your wrongful death suit:
While no amount of money can compensate you for the loss of your loved one, many people who win wrongful death lawsuits say that their win gives them not only a sense of closure, but also a sense of justice.
This information is not legal advice but it can help you understand the wrongful death process and what to expect.