Nothing is more devastating than losing a loved one, but it can be especially heartbreaking when one loses their life through negligence. It isn’t uncommon, though. Throughout history, families have lost loved ones due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another human being. While this type of unfortunate occurrence is nothing new, it doesn’t make the tragic incident any less devastating.
If you have lost someone in your life due to negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bush Law Firm. We’re keenly focused on our efforts in helping families receive the compensation they deserve for the wrongful death of a family member.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
When a third party is responsible for the death of another individual, they can be held liable. While a person suffering from an accident can file a personal injury claim, a person, who is no longer with us, is unable to do the same. Therefore, if someone you love has lost their life due to the negligent behavior of another individual, you’re entitled to legal compensation on their behalf.
Family members can seek retribution by filing a wrongful death claim. Examples of designated beneficiaries include: immediate or distant family members, domestic or life partners, or financial dependents of the deceased. Even if the particular individual has been prosecuted for murder or manslaughter already, a civil suit can still be filed. This way, families can receive the compensation they deserve, whether they plan to put the money towards residual funeral costs, living expenses, or other money-related matters.
What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death Claim?
If you’re unsure as to what qualifies as a wrongful death claim, remember this general rule of thumb: whenever a negligent act leads to the death of another, you have the right to legal recourse. That’s why these laws exist in the first place! It’s important that the family members, who suffered the loss of a loved one, are entitled to some semblance of justice.
Every state, including Louisiana, allows a qualifying plaintiff to file a wrongful death claim. Bush Law Firm has the expertise necessary to assist families in fighting for what is rightfully theirs. Our attorneys can review your case and determine your eligibility, based on your relationship to the deceased and the cause of death. With the following incidents, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim:
- Car accidents caused by drunk driving, texting, or other negligent behavior
- Workplace accidents that occurred because of supervision issues or lack of necessary training
- Assault or attack that lead to the death of an individual
- Drowning accident that was caused by a premise liability
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product that resulted in death
If someone close to you has lost their life due to the negligence of another, contact Bush Law Firm. Our Gonzales location can be reached at (225) 800-8008 or our New Orleans office at (504) 900-9009.