Wrongful Death

Chalmette Wrongful Death Lawyers

Representing Family Survivors in St. Bernard Parish & Surrounding Areas

The loss of a loved one is one of the most stressful and emotionally challenging of life events. It creates a void that can never truly be filled. Such losses can leave families devastated by grief. When it involves a breadwinner or stay-at-home parent, dependent survivors additionally suffer the loss of financial resources or family care services. Nothing can replace the person you loved, and emotional recovery can take years to overcome. 

This intense experience is often more profound when the loss is sudden, unexpected, and unjust. Other types of family deaths may come with a measure of preparation or acceptance. Wrongful deaths are those that could have been prevented. These incidents can leave families grappling with grief while facing potentially complex legal issues, financial instability, and psychological struggle.

At Tonry & Giraud, our legal team understands the trauma of wrongful death for those left behind. We are committed to providing the human support and compassion you need at such a painful time, combined with aggressive and staunch advocacy in pursuing the compensation you need and deserve under the Louisiana wrongful death law. 

Request a free initial consultation with a Chalmette wrongful death attorney. Call us at (504) 470-0738 or reach us via our online contact form

Wrongful Death in Louisiana

Wrongful death is a legal term used when someone loses their life due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual or entity. In Louisiana, these claims are a civil action distinct from criminal charges and can be brought forward when a death occurs that should have been preventable.

Examples of wrongful death include a pedestrian being killed by a drunk driver or a person dying from a gunshot wound in an attempted robbery in the parking structure of a sports arena. 

Common causes of wrongful deaths include: 

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Potential Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

The damages available in wrongful death cases are meant to compensate family survivors for their loss. These damages are generally categorized as economic and noneconomic. 

Economic damages are quantifiable. They can include funeral and burial costs, the medical bills incurred before the decedent’s death, lost wages/earnings, lost benefits, and the value of their services to the family. 

Noneconomic damages are more difficult to quantify as they have no bills, invoices, or other physical documentation to represent them. These include damages to the survivors for their pain and suffering and the loss of companionship, emotional support, care, and consortium due to their family member’s death.

The potential damages you may be awarded in a wrongful death claim will depend on the specifics of your case. 

Wrongful Death vs. Criminal Case

A wrongful death action is a civil lawsuit aimed at awarding damages to the survivors, while a criminal charge seeks to punish the wrongdoer. A wrongful death lawsuit can proceed parallel to any criminal proceedings related to the same incident. 

While the state pursues criminal cases and requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict, wrongful death claims are civil actions brought by the deceased’s family or estate, necessitating a lower burden of proof for liability. The outcome of one does not necessarily determine the result of the other. 

Family survivors must engage a law firm like Tonry & Giraud that is adept in navigating these complex legal matters, ensuring that the civil pursuit of compensation is not only unimpeded by the criminal case but positioned to proceed on the strongest possible grounds.

Contact us online or at (504) 470-0738 to consult a Chalmette wrongful death lawyer today.

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Put a Proven Legal Team on Your Side

At Tonry & Giraud, our dedicated attorneys understand the emotional and financial toll of losing a loved one. We are committed to helping you navigate the complex process of filing a wrongful death claim. 

Our firm offers compassionate yet aggressive representation in fighting for the compensation to which you are entitled. Our approach is tailored to each case, offering personal attention and an in-depth understanding of Louisiana law. We can stand by your side every step of the way, striving for justice and fulfilling your legal rights.

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