Wrongful Death Background


Wrongful Death Lawyer | Covington, LA Attorney

The wrongful death of a loved one as a result of an accident is never easy. The sudden loss can strike you in multiple ways – including financially. It can lead to a dramatic loss in household income and companionship, as well as leave the future unknown and full of worry.

You should not have to endure this burden alone. You need to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney who can guide you through this process. At McGinity Law Firm, we want to make this process as simple as possible because we understand what you are going through. Douglas McGinity is a wrongful death lawyer who has over 15 years of experience. Stop by our Covington, LA office or call 504-581-2222 to set up a free consultation.

To help you understand more about the process of filing a wrongful death claim, here is some important information to consider.

Do you have a case?
The situation of wrongful death arises as a result of the actions of a negligent, or intentional, party attributing to the death of another. These actions of negligence or intentional misconduct can arise from car or truck accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, chemical exposure, etc.. In order for a claim to be justified, beneficiaries must have incurred suffering as a result of the victim’s death. In New Orleans, LA, wrongful death sufferings include loss of companionship, mental, affection, love, support, services, future support, and medical expenses. As per Louisiana’s statute of limitations, a claim must be filed within one year of the date of the victim’s death.

Who can recover?
In the state of Louisiana, the parties with exclusive right to bring a suit for damages to court are the victim’s named beneficiaries. Specifically, successively exclusive members of the victim such as spouse and children. If the victim does not have successively exclusive family, then the immediate family, parents of the victim, can pursue the claim.