Louisiana law states that dependents and immediate family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes the deceased's spouse, children or parents.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members must prove that the death of their loved one was a result of the responsible party's negligence. In order to do so, the family must be able to show that:
As the result of a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages for medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings or potential earnings, loss of health and medical benefits, loss of goods and services that could have been provided by the victim, loss of inheritance, loss of care, protection, and companionship.