In order to prove a wrongful death case, plaintiffs generally need to prove the following four facts:
- The death was caused by the defendant’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional act
- The defendant owed the victim a duty of care, and they breached that duty through their actions or inactions. This duty can include a doctor’s responsibility to their patients’ health, for example, or a driver’s responsibility to follow the rules of the road.
- The defendant’s breach of duty contributed, either in whole or in part, to the victim’s death
- The victim’s death generated damages that must be recovered
However, every wrongful death case is different. Make sure to consult with an experienced Louisiana wrongful death lawyer if you’ve lost a loved one due to negligence.
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