What is Lawsuit Deadline for the Wrongful Death of a Family Member?

A wrongful death claim in Louisiana compensates certain individuals for the losses they sustain, resulting from the death of a family member that was caused by another person’s fault. The person causing the death may be a human being or an entity, like a corporation. The wrongful death claim covers all types of wrongful conduct. In other words, whether a family member was killed by someone else’s negligence (accident), recklessness, or intentional conduct, the wrongful death claim applies. However, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed against the person(s) responsible for the death, within the time allowed by law. In Louisiana, such a lawsuit must be filed within one (1) year from the date of the family member’s death.** If the lawsuit is not filed within that time period, the claimant can lose his or her rights to compensation forever.   **There may be exceptions to the to one year time limitation to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. If you believe you have a wrongful death claim, immediately contact an attorney to review your case. He or she can help you understand the timeline for bringing a wrongful death claim and approximately how long the process will take. Building a viable case takes time, and that is why it is recommended that you immediately speak with an attorney. The Russell Law Firm, LLC represents clients in wrongful death cases throughout the State of Louisiana, including the parishes of East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Charles Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Assumption Parish, Lafayette Parish, Lafourche Parish, Lafayette Parish, St. Landry Parish, Evangeline Parish; and the cities of Baton Rouge, Livingston, Denham Springs, Walker, Gonzales, Donaldsonville, Port Allen, Brusly, Addis, Lafayette, Napoleonville, Kenner, Harvey, Marrero, Estelle, Gretna, Metairie, New Orleans, Terrytown, Westwego, Ville Platte, Eunice, Opelousas, Thibodaux, Houma, Belle Chasse, and Hahnville. Our firm is experienced and highly skilled in handling wrongful death cases. If you have suffered the death of a loved one, contact the Russell Law Firm, LLC. We will take a hands on and aggressive approach at compensating you for your losses.

By: Danny Russell, Esq.

Information furnished herein is only general and not a substitute for personalized legal advice. ****The photograph above is not a depiction of any actual event or scene, but merely a dramatization.

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