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Wrongful Death Lawyer

If your loved one lost their life due to a car accident, medical malpractice, or another form of negligence, we are truly sorry.

Nothing can replace what you have lost. But a wrongful death lawyer can build a case to help you achieve compensation and closure.

The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy in Lafayette, LA, can provide you with an attorney to help your family right this wrong.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim falls under the category of a personal injury lawsuit. When someone dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity, their family members have the right to file a claim for wrongful death if they're suffering monetary injury as a result. Different incidents can lead to a wrongful death case, including:

If your loved one lost their life due to the negligence of another person or organization in New Iberia, Lafayette, or a surrounding area, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can allow you to seek financial compensation for your loved one's lost wages, funeral expenses, and other losses.


Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help

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Our wrongful death attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy in Lafayette, LA, can help ease the pain of your loved one's passing by representing your case and helping to secure compensation for your family in their time of need. Our personal injury lawyers can figure out what damages you're eligible for and how much they're worth.

Our law firm has worked on wrongful death cases for nearly half a century, so we know that nothing can reverse the damage that has been done. However, our attorneys will do everything in their power to help you and your family achieve justice in this difficult time. We will treat you with the care and compassion you deserve while you try to heal from the sudden loss of your loved one.

If you're in the New Iberia, Louisiana, area, and you want to discuss filing a wrongful death claim, request a free consultation at our law firm in Lafayette. Fill out our online contact form or call:

(337) 232-1934


A wrongful death claim must be filed by one of the victim's surviving family members. The closer your familial relationship to the deceased person, the more likely you are to be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. As stated in Art. 2315.2 of the Louisiana statutes, the family members who are eligible to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from the offending party include:

  • Surviving spouse and/or children
  • Surviving mother and/or father, if there are no surviving spouse or children
  • Surviving siblings, if there are no surviving spouse, children, or parents
  • Surviving grandparents, if there are no surviving spouse, children, parents, or siblings
  • The deceased's estate, if there are no surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, or grandparents

Family members by adoption are also included in this Article. If a parent abandoned the victim when they were a minor, the parent is not eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Honest, straight forward attorney that explained everything about the legal process concerning my case. I never felt pressured to accept any offer that was made on my case, I was allowed to decide what I would accept. If I ever needed an attorney again, he would be the one I would choose. I trust him so much I have recommended him to others that I know.

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Louisiana has a statute of limitations of one year for wrongful death lawsuits, meaning you have one year from the date of the passing of your loved one to file your claim. However, it's important to file your wrongful death suit as soon as you can because it can take several months to investigate and build your case. After the statute of limitations is up, you may lose the right to recover compensation for the wrongful death forever.

Common Damages Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Fight For

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In order to file a claim for a wrongful death, there have to be financial losses. If your loved one lost their life because of an accident, we are ready to do everything possible to obtain compensation for:

  • Memorial and burial expenses
  • Injury to the deceased
  • Injury to the deceased person's family
  • Property damage, like in the case of a car accident
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages
  • Medical services that were necessary as a result of the accident that led to the wrongful death
  • Lost earnings and benefits the victim would have earned if they survived

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The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy

Richard R. Kennedy and Richard R. Kennedy III can help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve after a personal injury. Our attorneys have been recognized by:

  • Super Lawyers®
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent® Rating)

You can schedule a consultation at our office in Lafayette, LA, by contacting us online or by calling (337) 232-1934.

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