Getting the phone call that a family member has been involved in a car accident is one of the scariest calls someone can receive. It is infinitely worse when the news is that the family member has been killed in a fatal drunk driving accident.
This was the unfortunate case for one Louisiana family. According to State Police, a 21-year-old Berwick man was killed in the car accident. Authorities say the other driver was drunk at the time of the accident. The slain victim also had his girlfriend in the car with him and she suffered minor injuries.
When a fatal car accident takes a loved one, that person can never be replaced. However, a wrongful death case may be a way to help begin the healing and provide some financial support at a time of crisis. In la wrongful death case, several types of monetary damages may be recoverable.
Wrongful death damages that it may be possible to claim in Louisiana include those related to loss of support, funeral expenses and medical expenses. Even if the deceased never held a job, the family might be able to bring a suit. If the lost loved one stayed at home, they may nonetheless have contributed services such as child care, cooking and cleaning, and damages for the loss of these services can be recovered.
If a drunk driver caused the death, then punitive damages, which are designed not to compensate but to punish and deter wrongdoing, may also be recoverable. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help the surviving family members obtain a fair and just settlement for the loss of their loved one.
Source: KATC-TV, "Berwick man dies from injuries sustained in wreck," Melissa Canone, Oct. 29, 2012