Covington Wrongful Death Attorneys

If a family member is killed as the result of someone else's actions, it may be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Louisiana law states that the death may be caused by another person or by an entity such as a corporation. An example of the latter would be a product liability lawsuit in which the faulty product caused someone's death.

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought following a fatal accident that resulted from an individual's negligence or following a death that resulted from an intentional or reckless act. The decedent's surviving family members seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation may be recovered for:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical bills stemming from the injury or illness that resulted in death
  • Loss of future wages
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of love, companionship, guidance and emotional support
  • The pain and suffering of the deceased before he or she died

Knowledgeable Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyers

The Truitt Law Firm advocates for clients who have lost a family member as the result of someone else's actions. Because of the high stakes involved, these cases often are extremely complex and aggressively litigated. It is critical that you retain legal counsel that has successfully resolved wrongful death lawsuits, both in and out of court.

A wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within one year of the decedent's death. Contact us if you have questions. We will review the facts during a free consultation and recommend the best course of action. For your convenience, we have offices in Covington and Metairie.

Our attorneys also defend clients who have been named in wrongful death and other personal injury lawsuits. We have the resources necessary to build strong cases and the litigation skills to produce positive outcomes.

Our personalized approach and the high level of attention we provide clients throughout each case are important distinctions between our services and the counsel provided by larger law firms. Our clients are assured of working with the same attorneys from start to finish. We respond to messages promptly and spend as much time as necessary to fully explain all options to our clients.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Louisiana laws state that wrongful death lawsuits must be brought by the decedent's beneficiaries. There is a hierarchy in terms of which family members may bring a wrongful death lawsuit. A spouse and children have the first right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no spouse or children, the deceased's parents may file a wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no spouse, children or parents, the right passes to the deceased's siblings, and finally to the deceased's grandparents.

In the event there are no surviving family members, the executor of a decedent's estate can bring a wrongful death action seeking to recoup losses incurred by the estate.