Wrongful Death

Gonzales Wrongful Death Attorneys

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Representation

When you lose a loved one because of another person or entity’s actions, you and your family deserve justice. No court order or compensation can make up for what you have lost, but it can bring closure, relieve financial stress, and hold negligent parties accountable.

Our team at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys is here for you if you are navigating this impossibly difficult scenario. Founded on strong Christian values, we are deeply committed to our clients and endeavor to provide compassionate and capable legal representation. 

Our Gonzales wrongful death lawyers understand how to prevail in these cases and have secured billions of dollars for thousands of clients. No matter your circumstances, we will leverage the full extent of our firm’s resources to recover the compensation you and your family need to move forward. We frequently take these cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win.

Call (255) 230-3110 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation with us. We are available 24/7, so do not wait to get in touch.

What Is Wrongful Death?

A person’s death is “wrongful” if it occurs due to the negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct of another person or entity. Surviving relatives have the right to bring a wrongful death claim against the parties responsible for the death of their loved one. Winning a wrongful death lawsuit allows the filing party to recover compensation from the defendant.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Any scenario where someone sustains injuries caused by negligence has the potential to become a wrongful death case. Wrongful death rules apply when injuries sustained in a negligence-related accident prove fatal. 

Our Gonzales wrongful death attorneys are ready to represent you if your loved one perished because of a:

  • Vehicular Accident. Crashes involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles all have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries that can easily become life-threatening, especially if the collision occurred at a high speed. 
  • Slip and Fall. Something as innocuous as a slip and fall can have fatal consequences if the victim’s head, neck, or back strikes a sharp edge or especially hard surface. 
  • Defective Product. Certain defective products, including pharmaceutical drugs, may have dangerous design or manufacturing defects that can in some cases result in death. Inadequate warning labels or instructions can also lead to fatal consequences. 

Damages You Can Recover in a Louisiana Wrongful Death Claim

A wrongful death lawsuit can help you recover monetary and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages are calculable and have a dollar amount associated with them, while non-monetary damages are more nebulous and are meant to cover other consequences that come with a loved one’s untimely passing. In some cases involving especially reckless or malicious conduct, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future. 

Our legal professionals at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys will fight to secure compensation for all pertinent losses, including:

  • The victim’s final medical expenses
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Loss of income and benefits the victim would have earned
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress

How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help

You will need time to process the loss of your loved one in the days, weeks, and months after their passing. You may understandably not have the bandwidth to take on what can be a complex and contentious legal proceeding. A lawyer recognizes what you are going through and can provide the attentive, empathetic guidance needed to move your wrongful death case forward while simultaneously giving you space to grieve.

Depending on the nature of the claim, you may be going up against a company with considerable financial and legal resources. Our Gonzales wrongful death lawyers are prepared to level the playing field. We will investigate what happened, determine liability, and gather the evidence needed to prove the elements of the case. Our team will also work to avoid a drawn-out trial by attempting to negotiate a settlement that covers your losses. If an acceptable settlement is not possible, we will fight for you in court. In either scenario, we always endeavor to maximize the compensation you recover.

Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death in Louisiana

Who Has the Right to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Louisiana?

If one of your family members perishes in a tragic accident, you should not automatically assume you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Louisiana enforces rules on who can bring a claim. Generally, the most immediate surviving relatives have the ability to take legal action.

You likely have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you are:

  • The spouse or child of the deceased
  • The parent of the deceased (if there is no surviving spouse or child)
  • The sibling of the deceased (if there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent)
  • The grandparent of the deceased (if there is no surviving spouse, child, parent, or sibling)
  • The representative of the deceased’s estate (if there is no surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling, or grandparent)

Who Receives Compensation in a Louisiana Wrongful Death Settlement?

The party who brings the wrongful death lawsuit stands to receive any money secured in a settlement. If the deceased’s surviving spouse successfully files a claim, for example, they get the settlement money. Should a representative of the estate win or settle a wrongful death lawsuit, the deceased’s estate will receive the money.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Louisiana?

Qualifying parties only have one year from the date of the victim’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Missing this deadline will likely prevent a person with standing from recovering any compensation. Remember that the important date is the day the victim died, not the day they sustained fatal injuries. 

If a person suffers serious injuries in a motorcycle accident but does not pass away due to them until a month has passed, the latter date is the one that matters for purposes of understanding Louisiana’s statute of limitations.

If you need help understanding your legal options after your loved one was fatally injured in an accident, contact us online or call (255) 230-3110.

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  • Truck Wreck

    Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, elbow, arm, wrist, rib, back, and leg injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.

  • Car Wreck

    Side-Swiped: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, and back injuries in a car wreck in East Baton Rouge Parish.

  • Truck Wreck

    Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered headaches, neck, back, and various soft-tissue injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.