New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer
Being injured in an accident is a horrible experience. When someone else is responsible for causing the accident you were involved in, you can bring them to justice when you file a claim in civil court. Get help from a New Orleans personal injury attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
After suffering a serious injury, you could wind up in dire financial straits if you are unable to continue working to support yourself and your family. With household bills that can’t be paid and thousands of dollars in medical bills piling up, the impact of your involvement in an accident can far exceed your injuries.
With this in mind, a New Orleans personal injury lawyer at Braud & Gallagher is prepared to build a compelling case in your favor against the at-fault party. This way, you can secure the money you need to pick up the pieces of your life.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents and Associated Liability
There are many different types of accidents that warrant the pursuit of a personal injury claim. The key point in each case is that you were injured at the hands of another. More often than not, our clients have suffered injuries in the following types of accidents:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Truck wrecks
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Work injuries
- Interactions with defective products
If the kind of accident you were involved in isn’t listed above, that doesn’t mean we can’t represent you. Reach out to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in New Orleans to see if we can help you bring a claim against the person or persons liable for your injuries.
Injuries Common in Civil Claims
You may be interested in pursuing a civil lawsuit if you suffered a serious injury in your accident. The more severe your injuries were, the greater your medical expenses will be, and you shouldn’t be forced to cover these costs. Some of the most common types of injuries our clients have endured include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
You could be facing an extended period of time out of work, along with months or even years of physical and/or occupational therapy so that you can learn to live with any permanent injuries you might’ve suffered. Your attorney will be able to help you put this trying time in your life behind you.
Laws in New Orleans That Could Impact Your Case
Before you move forward with your claim, it’s important that you are aware of certain laws that may impact your case, including the statute of limitations and contributory negligence laws.
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file a claim. You’ll need to file within one year of the date the accident occurred in order to have your case heard in court. The statute of limitations could also begin running from the date you were diagnosed with an injury relating to your accident if you discovered your injury at a later date.
Unfortunately, if the statute of limitations expires, Louisiana courts will no longer hear your case, and you will not be able to pursue your claim.
Contributory negligence laws also need to be kept in mind. They were designed to help those who played a part in the cause of their accident.
Many injury victims don’t pursue their claims because they don’t think they’ll be entitled to compensation since they contributed to the cause of the accident. However, the negligence law is clear: Comparative negligence states that you can still obtain compensation for your damages, but the amount you’ll receive will be reduced based on your percentage of fault.
For example, if you were awarded $100,000 but you were 10 percent liable for the cause of the accident, you’ll come away with $90,000.
Your lawyer will be knowledgeable in each of these areas and will advise you accordingly based on the details of your case.
Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
The main purpose in filing your personal injury claim is to get full compensation for your losses. You’ll be working with your lawyer to determine every single way your life has been impacted by your injuries. Some of the most frequently sought damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Damage to your earning capacity
- The effects of disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of household services
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of a loved one
It’s difficult to say overall how much your case will be worth, but generally speaking, the more influential your injuries were on your life, the more you can expect to recover in your claim. Your injury lawyer will quantify your damages accordingly so that you can get the most out of your New Orleans personal injury lawsuit.
Personal Injury FAQ
If your head wasn’t already spinning from your involvement in an accident, it might be once you decide to take on a civil lawsuit. The process can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, below we’ve got the answers to all the most important personal injury questions you’ve been asking yourself. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, feel free to reach our office directly so that you can speak with a seasoned personal injury attorney.
Should I plan to go to court?
You should always plan for the possibility of going to court; however, we hope to avoid this by successfully negotiating with the insurance company. If we can get the insurer to provide you with a reasonable settlement offer, then we won’t have to bring your case to court—but this is, in some cases, unlikely.
The insurance company isn’t going to be anxious to settle for what you deserve, because that means they’re losing money. We’ll fight for the money you need to move forward with your life, even if that means bringing your case to court, where an impartial judge can hear your case.
What should I do if I can’t afford an attorney?
At our firm, you don’t need to worry about not having the money to hire an attorney. We work with injury victims based on an attorney contingency fee. This means that you don’t have to pay anything up front. You’ll only be obligated to pay our fee if we win your case.
At that point, the fee can be deducted straight from your winnings so you don’t have to concern yourself with paying us back after the fact.
Can I file a claim for my injured child?
Yes, you can file a claim for your injured child, and as the parent of a child, it’s up to you to be your child’s advocate. Just because your child is a minor and therefore unable to pursue a civil suit on their own doesn’t mean that they aren’t entitled to recovering damages. You can represent your injured child in court so that they can obtain the compensation that’s rightfully theirs.
Schedule Your Free Claim Review Today
When you’re ready to hold whomever is responsible for causing your accident and subsequent injuries accountable for their negligent actions, get in touch with a highly trained New Orleans personal injury lawyer at Braud & Gallagher.
We are pleased to be able to offer injury victims a free case review where we can further discuss the circumstances of your accident. You can take advantage of this opportunity by giving our office a call at 1-800-256-5674 or by completing the quick contact form provided below to schedule your consultation today.