The unexpected death of a loved one is a devastating event that no one prepares for. The emotional toll of such a tragedy can be much harder to bear when another person or entity is to blame for your loss. Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC has successfully secured significant financial compensation for the loved ones of victims of fatal injuries and accidents.

In Louisiana, when someone’s death is the result of wrongful behavior or negligence, surviving family members can file what is known as a “wrongful death” lawsuit in civil court. If your lost loved one made significant economic contributions to your household, compensation through a wrongful death case can help you plan for your family’s financial future and alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty you may be feeling in the wake of your loss. Contact us today for a free consultation (504) 605-0777.

What Is A Wrongful Death Case?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of civil legal action that can be brought by the survivors of a deceased person who died as a result of a wrongful act or negligence. In Louisiana, the personal representative of the deceased can pursue legal action against the person or entity that caused the death through negligence or wrongful actions. The personal representative files the wrongful death action on behalf of the deceased’s next of kin.

If You Prevail In A Wrongful Death Case, You May Be Able To Recover Compensation For:

  • Lost earnings the deceased would have contributed to the beneficiaries, particularly if the deceased was the sole source of monetary income

  • If the decedent was married, a surviving spouse may be able to recover compensation for the loss of community, companionship, and care

  • Lost benefits, like insurance and savings, the deceased would have provided to any beneficiaries

  • Pain, despair, grief, sorrow, mental suffering, and anguish suffered by the relatives of the deceased.

There Are Generally Two Types Of Cases You Might Pursue In Louisiana When You’ve Lost A Beloved Family Member To The Negligence, Recklessness, Or Intentional Actions Of Another.

  • Wrongful Death Claims — The Wrongful Death Act, Art. 2315.2., creates the legal basis for a wrongful death lawsuit and states who can benefit from such a lawsuit. Our personal injury attorneys can discuss how this statute applies to your situation and the types of compensation you may be able to recover.

  • Survival Actions — Another law, Art. 2315.1., allows for what is known as survival actions. In a survival action, you may be able to recover compensation for certain types of personal injury damages not available under the wrongful death statute. Survival actions generally apply when your loved one survived for some period of time after the accident. In essence, you can pursue compensation your loved one may have been entitled to if he or she had survived the accident and been able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Our counselors can explain this type of action in more detail.

How Our Forrest, Cressy & James Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help

Wrongful death is a category into which various types of causes of action may fall. Our attorneys are prepared to assist you in wrongful death actions as a result of many different kinds of negligence or wrongdoing, including:

  • Asbestos Exposure / Mesothelioma

  • Battery

  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

  • Product Defects

  • Car Accidents

  • Truck Accidents

  • Aviation Accidents

  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • Pedestrian Accidents

  • Workplace Accidents

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Defective Drugs

  • Toxic Exposures


The loss of a loved one due to the actions or inactions, or malpractice of another person or entity can be overwhelming. Our team of skilled and experienced trial attorneys is dedicated to assisting you in determining whether you have the basis for a lawsuit and in helping you see that action through to the best possible outcome.


Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can explain your rights and help you and your family seek justice for the pain you are experiencing. Contact us today at