Wrongful Death Attorney

Wrongful Death

We never imagine that we’ll lose a loved one because of the negligence or carelessness of someone else. It is unthinkable and devastating.


On top of the sorrow and mourning you and your family are going through, there are medical bills, funeral expenses, and other costs that will pile up.


Our Lake Charles, Louisiana staff and lawyers are here to help.


After the loss of a loved one in an accident, the shock and grief make it almost impossible to function. In a wrongful death, trauma will make pursuing a case very difficult. A trained and experienced legal team will make this process far less stressful for you and your family.


It is important to seek justice, no matter the cause of the accident. The level of your income does not have to prevent you from getting the help of a lawyer. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess operates on a no win/no fee basis and personal injury consultations are free. So, you can afford to contact us and discuss your case.


Louisiana Wrongful Death Claims

Families seeking compensation after the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another have coverage under Louisiana Civil Code 2512.2.


A wrongful death claim can be filed on behalf of the deceased by their surviving family and dependents.

There are many circumstances that may cause a death due to the negligence of another. These reasons can include:


  • Construction site accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Automotive accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Commercial automotive accidents
  • Defective products


Lake Charles Wrongful Death Attorney


Wrongful death claims are civil matters and the evidence must do all the talking. Your lawyer should have expertise and experience to gather that evidence.


They will prove, in court if need be, that you lost your family member due to the negligence of another.


An experienced lawyer will also be able to help with the complex task of calculating appropriate damages.


Call our Lake Charles, Louisiana office today for a FREE review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.


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In a wrongful death claim, damages can be financial and non-financial. Economic damages are the direct financial impacts on your life. Non-financial damages are not as cut and dry and worth more to you than plain dollars and cents.

Financial damages can include:

  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Property
  • Value of lost household services

Non-financial damages can include:

  • Expenses for grief counseling
  • Loss of consortium from a deceased spouse
  • Pain and suffering/mental anguish
  • Loss of the love and companionship from the deceased

Monetarily, these damages are difficult to quantify, because they cut the deepest. As such, punitive damages may also be included. Such damages are meant to punish the defendant for their wrong doing. Most corporations and companies have really deep pockets. That is why it is important to have a legal team willing to go the extra mile to dig deep into those pockets for retribution.

Statute of Limitations

Time is a really important factor in a wrongful death claim. In most cases, claims must be filed within one year of an accident. While it may be difficult, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible if you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death.


It may be very hard to pursue a claim after the passing of a loved one. Grief and mental anguish can be paralyzing. The last thing you want to think about is a lengthy court battle. But, the longer the claim is put off, the more likely it is it will be pushed back beyond the statute of limitations. So, it is important to gather evidence and contact your Lake Charles personal injury attorney as soon as possible.


The process of dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult, painful, and trying. But, our first priority must always be family. Ensuring your family is cared for emotionally and financially may seem impossible, but dealing with a wrongful death claim does not have to be.


The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help to ensure that you do not lose your standard of living. We will be there during every step of the process. Don’t put off contacting our offices because you think you can’t afford it. We operate on a no win/no pay basis. So, don’t hesitate to call for a consultation about your case.