Wrongful Death Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA
If your loved one loses his or her life in an accident, a lawsuit is likely the last thing on your mind. Although a financial settlement can never replace a beloved family member, compensation for death caused by negligence can help secure your family's economic well-being after a tragedy. That's why it's so important to hire a wrongful death attorney like the ones on the experienced, compassionate team at Smith Shanklin Sosa. We are prepared to advocate for your legal rights during this difficult time.
When to Consider a Wrongful Death Claim
When an accident results in serious injury or death, comprehensive investigations are conducted by state and federal agencies, insurance companies, corporate investigators, and third-party investigators. You need legal representation to ensure that these parties protect your rights and that your interests are accounted for during the investigations. This includes uncovering possible negligence that may have contributed to the death of your family member.
It's also important that your attorney is mindful of the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits. In Louisiana, you only have one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit, so having an attorney in your corner can prevent delays that may jeopardize your ability to seek a legal remedy.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Although the word "accident" is most commonly associated with vehicular collisions, that is only one of many types of accidents that can result in a wrongful death lawsuit. The full list includes but is not limited to the following:
Medical malpractice, in which a death is directly or indirectly caused by the actions of a medical provider during diagnosis or treatment
Workplace accidents or toxic exposure
Unsafe consumer products
Accidents involving a tractor-trailer
Aviation accidents (plane crashes)
Nursing home neglect
Prescription drug accidents
Regardless of the type of accident, the person who files the wrongful death suit must prove that careless action, willful action, or the failure to act caused the fatality. Depending on the type of lawsuit, the negligent party could be another driver, a doctor or nurse, a government agency, an auto manufacturer, or any other party who had a hand in the incident. We can examine the facts and determine whether you have a case.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney
If your spouse, parent, child, or other immediate family member has fallen victim to wrongful death, Smith Shanklin Sosa can serve as your trusted lawyer in Baton Rouge. Speak directly to an attorney on our team by calling 225-223-6333 or complete our online contact form for assistance. You may be eligible for compensation to cover funeral expenses, the lost future earnings of the deceased, pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost companionship and quality of life.