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Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death.


According to Art. 2315.2 in Louisiana Civil Code:

  1. If a person dies due to the fault of another, suit may be brought by the following persons to recover damages which they sustained as a result of the death:
    1. The surviving spouse and child or children of the deceased, or either the spouse or the child or children.
    2. The surviving father and mother of the deceased, or either of them if he left no spouse or child surviving.
    3. The surviving brothers and sisters of the deceased, or any of them, if he left no spouse, child, or parent surviving.
    4. The surviving grandfathers and grandmothers of the deceased, or any of them, if he left no spouse, child, parent, or sibling surviving.
  2. The right of action granted by this Article prescribes one year from the death of the deceased.
  3. The right of action granted under this Article is heritable, but the inheritance of it neither interrupts nor prolongs the prescriptive period defined in this Article.
  4. As used in this Article, the words "child", "brother", "sister", "father", "mother", "grandfather", and "grandmother" include a child, brother, sister, father, mother, grandfather, and grandmother by adoption, respectively.
  5. For purposes of this Article, a father or mother who has abandoned the deceased during his minority is deemed not to have survived him.

Acts 1986, No. 211, §2; Acts 1997, No. 1317, §1, eff. July 15, 1997.


There are many factors to consider in a wrongful death case including who may file, what types of damages are available and what the time limits are for filing a lawsuit. If you have a family member that has suffered a wrongful death, contact the Mumphrey Law Firm and let our experienced attorneys fight for the proper compensation you deserve during this trying time. 

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