When a person is killed in an accident through the fault of another, surviving family members may file a lawsuit to gain compensation for their loss. The attorneys at the LaGarde Law Firm are highly experienced in wrongful death claims. When you speak to us about your situation, we can advise you of your rights and take any appropriate legal action on your behalf.
If your loved one was killed in an automobile or truck accident, a workplace accident, or in any other circumstances caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another, then you may be entitled to compensation.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiffs must prove that they are statutory beneficiaries of the deceased, which typically includes spouses, children and parents. Further, they must prove that the defendant’s wrongful act caused your loved one’s death. A wrongful death lawsuit may seek monetary damages for mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of earning capacity and loss of inheritance. Funeral expenses and medical expenses are also taken into consideration. In cases involving gross negligence, willful acts or omission by the defendant, exemplary or punitive damages may be available. These are additional damages that are meant to punish the defendant for the wrongful act.
Survival claims constitute a separate, but related, type of lawsuit. In these suits, a deceased person’s estate or heir files a personal injury lawsuit that the deceased person would have been able to file had he or she survived.
There are important time limitations on wrongful death claims, so it is important to speak with a qualified wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights.
The LaGarde Law Firm is a family firm that will treat you like family. We know that the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life, even more so if his or her death was the result of a wrongful act. You can trust the attorneys at our firm to treat you with compassion and respect as we zealously represent your interests.