Injuries from a bicycle accident can upend your life, keeping you in a hospital or at home to recover, which means you can’t work or do other things you need to do. Navigating through the legal issues of obtaining compensation can be hard. It’s even harder if serious injuries compromise your ability to restore what you lost. A Broussard bicycle accident lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can work to get you a fair settlement.
Our injury attorney can determine the legal avenues you have in filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. When we meet with you, we can assess your injuries and pain and suffering and request a dollar amount from the person who caused your accident. We can work with the other party’s insurer to come up with an agreement that is fair to you. If not, we can seek your recovery at trial. You can get started with a free case review with us today.
How Our Broussard Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
It is challenging to manage an injury case on your own when you don’t feel well and are possibly distracted by how you are going to pay your medical bills. Our injury lawyer handling bicycle accident cases in Broussard can lead your case and handle the process from beginning to end.
If you hire us to represent you, you will take care of:
- Gathering the evidence to prove your case
- Identifying your financial and non-financial damages
- Determining how much your case is worth
- Identifying who is responsible for your Broussard bike accident
- Establishing the liable party’s negligence
- Communicating with all parties in your case
- Negotiating with an insurer for a fair settlement
- Preparing your injury case for trial
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Broussard, call (337) 777-7777
Recoverable Damages in a Broussard Bicycle Accident
The injuries you suffer are directly related to the monetary damages you could recover. Most likely, you have accumulated some bills because of your accident and deficits because you were not working. Our Broussard bicycle accident lawyer can provide you with a case assessment to determine the value of these damages.
Keep in mind that not all damages are economic. You can also seek compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Some economic damages a Broussard bicycle accident lawyer can help you claim are:
- Doctor’s bills
- Hospital costs
- Ambulance transportation
- Medical equipment
- Income loss due to being out of work
- Loss of work benefits with a monetary value
- Therapy expenses
- Property damage
In addition to pain and suffering, our attorney could file other non-economic damages for you, such as:
- Mental anguish
- Lack of life enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Disability, scarring, disfigurement
- Wrongful death (This compensation can help you pay a late loved one’s medical expenses and their funeral and burial costs.)
You may have other damages not specified here, so be sure to talk to our Broussard bicycle accident lawyer about any other costs associated with the bicycle accident.
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Statute of Limitations in Broussard Bicycle Accident Claims
Every state also has its statute of limitation laws, which limits how long injured parties can legally hold liable parties accountable for their damages. Louisiana’s statute of limitations, outlined in CC Art. 3492, allows plaintiffs to file a lawsuit up to one year from the accident date. If you are filing a wrongful death action, you also have one year, per CC Art. 2315.2.
The earlier you start on your case, the more time our attorney will have to help you. If you miss the state’s deadline for your case, you risk forever losing your chance to seek compensation. You can consult with our Broussard bicycle accident attorney about filing a prompt lawsuit for compensation.
Proving Negligence in a Broussard Bicycle Accident
Since every percentage of fault attributed can reduce your award, per Louisiana’s comparative negligence law (CC Art. 2323), our Broussard bicycle accident lawyer will present evidence that makes a case for why the other party is liable for the accident.
The state’s comparative negligence rule allows plaintiffs to still recover damages despite having shared responsibility for the accident. Louisiana specifically adopts the pure comparative negligence law, which states that you can be 99 percent at fault and still collect damages. However, your award amount will decrease by your percentage of fault.
Your Injury Case Must Have Four Elements to Prove Negligence
We can gather information and interview witnesses whose accounts can support your version of events. The goal is to show how the other party breached their duty of care to you. There are four elements of negligence that we must prove:
Duty of Care
Drivers owe everyone on the road a duty of care to keep them safe. When drivers obey the traffic laws, drive responsibly, and pay attention, they are showing this duty of care to other drivers. We must show how the driver’s action or inaction violated this duty.
Breach of Duty
We must show how the driver did not meet this duty. We can use a police report, witness statements, video footage and photos, and other evidence to prove their negligence.
We must show how the driver’s breach directly caused or led to the crash and your injuries.
We must show how your injuries made you suffer physical, emotional, mental, and/or financial harm and why you should receive compensation for the losses you endured.
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Our Broussard Bicycle Accident Lawyer Is Ready to Work for You
A Broussard injury attorney with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage your case while you rest and concentrate on restoring your health after your bike accident. We will negotiate with the parties in your case on your behalf and aim to recover a fair settlement.
Call us today for a free case assessment and find out where you stand on your case. Our injury attorney will work with you on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to pay anything upfront. Reach out now for more information.