St. Tammany Parish Wrongful Death Attorneys
Herrin Kervin helps families recover damages and hold liable parties accountable through wrongful death claims.
Louisiana Wrongful Death Attorneys
Losing a loved one is one of the most devastating events you will ever go through. As hard as it is, it’s made even more difficult when your loved one was taken due to someone else’s actions or negligence. You can’t help but think of how it all could have been avoided if the other party had acted responsibly.
You can hold that other party accountable by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a way for you to honor the life you lost while also recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Herrin Kervin advocates for those lost due to wrongful death and is here to help you with your case.
Herrin Kervin helps families recover economic and non-economic damages through wrongful death claims. Potential damages include:
- Medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Funeral expenses
- Physical pain and suffering experienced by the deceased
- Loss of love and affection
These damages can help you make a financial recovery after the loss of your loved one. They also allow you to get justice after the wrongful death.
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COMMON TYPES OF WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS
Wrongful deaths occur due to various circumstances. However, these cases generally fall into one of the common categories. Motor vehicle accidents, including truck and motorcycle accidents, are quite common in the state. Louisiana’s roadways are dangerous, and fatal accidents happen far too often. People also spend lots of time in the water in Louisiana, leading to fatal boating accidents.
Medical malpractice can also lead to wrongful death, as can workplace and construction accidents. Finally, defective products can lead to death.
While these are the most common cause of these cases, they are only a snapshot of the types of claims Herrin Kervin handles. Regardless of the cause of death, contact us to discuss your claim.
SETTLING WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY
Insurance companies want to settle wrongful death claims as quickly and easily as possible. They also want to settle cases for as little as they can. If you try to deal with the company yourself, it will likely use your grief to manipulate you into taking a lowball settlement offer. Once you agree to settle, you cannot file another claim.
When you hire a Louisiana wrongful death attorney, you won’t have to deal with the insurance company at all. Your attorney will handle all communications, so you won’t have to worry about agreeing to a settlement that’s not in your best interest. Instead, you can hold the responsible party accountable as a way to honor your loved one.
WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is one year from the date of the death. You can file the paperwork up to the date, but once it passes, you no longer have a valid claim. That means you won’t be able to collect compensation for the death of your loved one or hold anyone responsible. Because these cases are time-sensitive, you are encouraged to contact a Louisiana wrongful death attorney immediately. It is hard to focus on legal strategies immediately following a death, but your attorney will handle everything for you so you can grieve the loss of your loved one.
WHO CAN FILE A CLAIM?
Louisiana law only allows specific relatives to file a claim after a wrongful death. First, the surviving spouse and children can file a claim. If the deceased did not have a spouse or children, his or her parents could file a claim. Siblings are next in line, followed by grandparents. Finally, if the deceased did not leave any of these relatives behind, the estate can sue for wrongful death. This can be confusing, so contact a Louisiana wrongful death attorney if you have questions and to find out if you are eligible to file a lawsuit.