No one enjoys opening their mailbox to find a stack of bills, or receiving continuous phone calls from a debt collector. However, these scenarios become even more burdensome and stressful when they pertain to debts owed by a deceased loved one. Especially so when it involves a wrongful death. So, who is liable for these claims, and how do they get paid?
In some cases, criminal charges may be presented as evidence in support of a wrongful death claim. In a 2015 accident in New Orleans, a 33-year-old woman drove her car directly into the path of an 18-wheeler hauling a large crane. When the truck driver was forced to slam on his brakes, the crane shifted forwards, crushing the cab and killing the driver.
Death is an expected part of life, but for most New Orleans residents death is not anticipated until they have reached a happy and fulfilled old age. Unfortunately, not every person is able to live out their days, and some perish in accidents when they are young. Regardless of a person's age, if they lose their life in an accident or incident caused by another person's negligence, their family may have a host of unexpected end-of-life costs to cover to provide their lost loved one with an appropriate funeral and burial.
Doctors and other medical professionals proclaim oaths that they will do no harm in the diagnosing and treating of their patients. However, as many New Orleans residents know, medical professionals are not infallible, and they can make devastating mistakes when providing their expertise and care. Sometimes when a doctor makes a grievous error in the treatment of a patient that they serve, the patient may succumb to their ailments or die from the treatments prescribed when their condition may have otherwise been remedied.
Many vehicle collisions occur on the highways and roads that connect communities all throughout the state of Louisiana. While some collisions occur while vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed, other accidents occur when motorists are performing relatively straightforward maneuvers with their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. A simple turn that is not executed with consideration and care can create a hazard on a road. Just recently a fatal accident claimed the life of a Louisiana motorcyclist when he was struck by a turning car.
There is no amount of money that can replace a Louisianan loved one whose life is cut short by another person's negligence. However, when a tragic loss happens, there are legal options for the victim's surviving relatives to pursue. These options can help them recoup their losses and damages through wrongful death litigation.
Hospitalizations and in-patient surgeries can be overwhelmingly scary for patients and their family members. Individuals who suffer from ailments must spend time away from their loved ones to undergo treatments and procedures that are intended to make them well. However, not all New Orleans residents who must stay in hospitals get better. Unfortunately, some hospital patients die while under their medical personnel's care, but not all pass on due to complications from their underlying illnesses.
Obeying traffic signals is an important part of safely operating one's vehicle on Louisiana roads. Whether a person is driving a personal car or a work vehicle it is important that they follow the rules of the road to keep themselves safe and give other drivers information about what they are going to do. When individuals fail to drive in accordance with the legal mandates of the state then dangerous and sometimes deadly accidents can occur.
Whether in Orleans Parish or elsewhere, traveling in a car can be a dangerous undertaking. Automobile travel is one of the most dangerous modes of travel, statistically more hazardous than traveling by airplane, train or riverboat. For example, over 3,100 deaths in 2014 were in crashes blamed on distracted drivers.
When a Louisiana family successfully proves liability in a wrongful death lawsuit against a party responsible for the death of their loved one, the family is entitled to an award of damages, to be paid by the defendant or the defendant's insurance company. What factors go into calculating the amount of the damages awarded? This question may seem a bit too direct for someone still recovering from the loss of a loved one; still, it is an important question. This blog post will be a quick attempt at an answer to the question.