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Did You Lose a Loved One in an Accident?

Your family deserves justice. Our Baton Rouge wrongful death lawyers are here to help you fight for the compensation you are rightfully owed. Let us help you during this difficult time. Speak to the Go2Lawyers for free today.

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Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is a devastating experience. In such tragic times, a wrongful death lawyer in Baton Rouge can help you seek justice and financial compensation. Understanding your rights and the legal processes involved can be overwhelming, but our experienced attorneys are here to guide you every step of the way. We offer free case reviews and no upfront fees, so you don’t have to worry about any out-of-pocket costs.

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Grieving the loss of a loved one can be unbelievably difficult, but getting the legal help you need is just a phone call away.

You Deserve Compensation

If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you deserve compensation. We’re ready to be your Go2Lawyers.

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You shouldn’t have to worry about costly upfront legal fees. Starting with a free case review, you won’t owe us anything unless we win for you.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the legal fault of another individual or entity. Louisiana law dictates that a wrongful death claim can be filed if the deceased could have pursued a personal injury claim had they survived. This legal avenue allows the family members to seek compensation for their loss and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Catastrophic Injury vs. Wrongful Death

While both catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths result from severe accidents or negligence, they differ significantly. Catastrophic injuries refer to severe, life-altering injuries that do not result in death, whereas wrongful death pertains to cases where the injuries sustained lead to the victim’s death. Both require different legal approaches and have distinct impacts on the victim’s family.

 

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If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, never forget that you have rights. You deserve justice, and you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings potential, and the emotional damage you’ve suffered. That’s why our team at Gauthier Amedee is here for you.

If you’re looking for a law firm that truly understands what you’re going through while bringing years of experience to the table, we are ready to help. We’ve seen too many people come through our doors who are suffering because someone else was irresponsible, and we’ve dedicated our lives to fighting for the justice they deserve. We are your Go2Lawyers. All it takes is a simple phone call — you don’t even have to leave your house! Just reach out to us at 225-222-2222 and we’ll start your case review right away.

Common Wrongful Death Causes

Wrongful death can occur as a result of many different types of accidents. These are a few of the most common accidents that cause wrongful death:

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of wrongful deaths in Louisiana. When a driver’s negligence, such as driving under the influence or reckless driving, leads to a fatal accident, the driver can be held liable.

Slip and fall accidents can result in fatal injuries, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly. Property owners have a legal duty to maintain safe premises, and failure to do so can lead to a wrongful death claim under Louisiana premises liability laws.

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s negligence results in a patient’s death. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, or failure to provide appropriate treatment.

Work environments can be full of hazards, and it’s the employer’s responsibility to keep their employees safe. When hazards in the workplace cause an accident resulting in the death of an employee, the employer could be liable for damages.

When To File a Wrongful Death Claim

Understanding the timing for filing a wrongful death claim is crucial. In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is one year from the date of death. Failing to file within this period can result in losing the right to pursue compensation.

Who Can File?

Under Louisiana law, the following parties can file a wrongful death claim:

  • The surviving spouse and children of the deceased
  • If there are no surviving spouses or children, the surviving parents can file
  • In the absence of surviving parents, the siblings of the deceased can file
  • If there are no surviving siblings, the grandparents of the deceased may file

If you think you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one, discuss your case with a Baton Rouge wrongful death lawyer at Gauthier Amedee.

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What Compensation Is Available?

The amount of compensation the decedent’s family can receive depends on the damages the family incurred as a result of the accident that caused their death. In a wrongful death claim, various types of compensation can be sought, including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Loss of companionship and support
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
  • Medical expenses related to the deceased’s final injury or illness

Your attorney can estimate the value of your case by considering all the damages your family suffered, and the potential monetary value associated with those damages.

Our results speak for themselves!

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Seven Figures

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$5 Million

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$4.4 Million

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$4 Million

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$1.5 Million

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$1.2 Million

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$1.175 Million

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$1 Million

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$830,000

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$825,400

 

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How To Win Your Case

To win a wrongful death case, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence directly caused the death. This involves demonstrating:

  • Duty of Care: The defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased
  • Breach of Duty: The defendant breached that duty through action or inaction
  • Causation: The breach directly caused the death
  • Damages: The death resulted in quantifiable damages to the family

Proving negligence can be difficult depending on the circumstances of your case. That’s why it is always best to seek the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney in Baton Rouge. Their knowledge of the legal system will enable them to identify the most compelling evidence, avoid common legal pitfalls, and negotiate a fair settlement.

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Wrongful Death FAQs

Generally, wrongful death settlements are not taxable under federal or state law, as they are considered compensatory for the victim’s loss. However, any interest earned on the settlement may be taxable.

In Louisiana, there is no general cap on wrongful death damages. However, medical malpractice claims have a cap of $500,000 on non-economic damages.

Our wrongful death lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we win your case. There are no upfront costs.

Speak to a Baton Rouge Wrongful Death Attorney for Free

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, our compassionate and experienced wrongful death attorneys in Baton Rouge are here to help. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and determine the best course of action. Contact us today to get started.