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Who can bring a claim for wrongful death?

| Feb 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A wrongful death claim is a legal claim that can help surviving families who have suffered the loss of a loved one with some of the damages they may face. When a loved one has been wrongfully killed, who can bring a claim for wrongful death to obtain damages is information surviving family members and loved ones can have.

Who may bring a wrongful death claim in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, a a wrongful death claim can be brought by:

  • The surviving spouse of the victim;
  • The surviving children or child of the victim;
  • The surviving father and mother of the victim, if the victim left no surviving spouse or children;
  • The surviving siblings, including brothers and sisters, of the victim, if the victim left no surviving spouse, children or parents;
  • The surviving grandparents of the victim, including grandfather and grandmother, of the victim left no surviving spouse, children, parents or siblings.

There are also time limits associated with bringing a claim for wrongful death damages that surviving family members should be familiar with. A wrongful death claim for damages is a legal remedy that can be brought against a negligent party responsible for the wrongful death of the victim or lost loved one.

Wrongful death damages can help surviving family members with some of the harm they are likely to unexpectedly experience when their loved one has been killed in an unexpected accident such as a car accident. A wrongful death claim may be able to help surviving loved ones with the financial and emotional harm they have suffered associated with their loss. For that reason, surviving family members should be familiar with who can bring a wrongful death claim when one is needed.