You might think that there are no legal remedies available if you get hurt in a collision in a parking lot, but that is not necessarily true. People can be held accountable when their negligence hurts others, even on private property like most parking lots.
These cases can be tricky, so you will want to work with a Forked Island parking lot accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers on your injury claim. Also, hundreds of people lose their lives in parking lot crashes annually. If your close relative died because of a collision in a parking lot, we might be able to go after additional compensation for your family.
Pursuing Damages for a Parking Lot Car Accident
Even though they might not get a ticket from the police, a driver can be liable when their careless conduct in a parking lot causes a collision that injures someone. For example, if someone was performing reckless driving maneuvers, like “donuts,” and this behavior caused them to hit someone else and harm them, the reckless driver can be liable.
For a free legal consultation with a parking lot accident lawyer serving Forked Island, call (337) 777-7777
Common Causes of Accidents in Parking Lots
You might be surprised how many people admit to distracted driving in parking lots. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), people engage in these behaviors while operating vehicles in parking lots:
- 66% of drivers make phone calls
- 56% of drivers text
- 63% program GPS systems
- 49% watch videos or take photographs
- 52% use social media
This information makes it easy to see why there are so many collisions in parking lots, despite the relatively slow speeds. The NSC also warns that distraction increases during holiday seasons as people rush to complete their errands and check the next thing off their to-do lists.
A parking lot accident lawyer in Forked Island, LA, can investigate the cause of your collision and search for evidence to prove your case against the negligent party.
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Recoverable Compensation in Parking Lot Accidents
The amount and types of money damages you might be able to recover will depend on the unique facts of your situation. A parking lot accident attorney in Forked Island, LA, can explore the various types of compensation available to you.
Here are some examples of common categories of money damages we have won for our clients:
The economic losses a person experiences after getting injured in a parking lot accident include out-of-pocket expenses or financial harm. For example:
- Lost wages. You have an economic loss if you cannot work while recuperating from your injuries and are not paid. When you return to work, if you cannot make as much money as before because of lingering problems from your injuries, that is also an economic loss that we can add to your injury claim.
- Medical bills. The medical treatment needed for your injuries can include the ambulance, emergency room or trauma center, hospital, doctors, imaging studies like MRIs, blood transfusions, surgery, diagnostic procedures, physical therapy, and prescription medication.
Non-economic losses have a monetary value and are often part of your settlement or jury verdict. They get called non-economic because they do not always have direct out-of-pocket expenses or simple ways to measure them in terms of dollars, like receipts or bills.
One of the more common categories of non-economic losses is an award of damages for pain and suffering. This is because the physical discomfort and emotional distress of getting injured are in addition to paying your medical bills.
Damages for disfigurement can be appropriate if the injured person has extensive scars from their wounds. Also, the injured individual might experience a loss of enjoyment of life if they can no longer perform certain activities they used to enjoy before getting hurt, like going for walks or playing with their children. Our lawyers can answer your questions about money damages.
There is a Time Limit to File a Parking Lot Accident Lawsuit in Louisiana
Some people try to negotiate a settlement on their own with the at-fault party’s insurance company. They only intend to talk to an attorney if the case does not settle. The problem with this plan is that the delay could cost you your entire injury claim. In addition, Louisiana gives you little time to file a lawsuit in these cases.
If you miss the filing deadline, the defendant and insurance company will not owe you any money. People often discover that the deadline has expired when the insurance company stops returning their calls. They will not negotiate with you after the statute of limitation passes because they no longer have legal liability for the accident.
Under CC Art. 3492, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within one year if the case has not been settled. CC Art. 2315.2 gives you only one year to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died in a parking lot accident. Filing deadlines can be tricky, so contact our parking lot accident attorneys even if you think the deadline might have already passed.
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No Upfront Fees or Costs to Retain Our Parking Lot Accident Lawyers
You do not have to pay a retainer for us to handle your parking lot accident case. We take these claims on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not have to pay us any upfront legal fees. Instead, we work through the entire case without getting paid until the end.
We receive a percentage of the settlement or court award for our attorney fees. Unlike other cases, like divorces, we do not charge our personal injury or wrongful death clients hourly fees. Also, you will not get a bill for legal fees if you do not win. We follow a “no fee until you win” policy on these cases.
Let a Forked Island Parking Lot Accident Attorney Get Started on Your Claim Today
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we treat our clients like family. When we handle your claim, you get to relax, knowing that we are taking care of your legal matters. Getting started is a simple matter. Contact our Forked Island parking lot accident lawyer for a free consultation.