Were you or a loved one injured in a car accident caused by improperly loaded cargo? If so, the responsible party may owe you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
A Lake Charles improperly loaded cargo lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you fight for compensation in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777. If you qualify, we will be happy to seek compensation on your behalf so that you can focus on putting your life back together.
Why Loading Cargo Properly Is Important
Improperly loading cargo can increase the risk of getting into an accident in several ways. If the cargo blocks the driver’s view, they may not be able to see approaching vehicles or pedestrians. Or, if the cargo is not tied down well enough, it could fall onto the road, creating hazards for other drivers or even hitting another vehicle. Even a small piece of debris has the potential to cause a serious accident.
Cargo accidents can be caused by personal vehicles, e.g., a couch or mattress that falls out of the bed of a pickup. They can also be caused by commercial vehicles, e.g., building supplies that fall off a construction truck. No matter how your accident occurred, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you identify the responsible party and pursue them for compensation.
If you believe that another party’s failure to properly load or secure their cargo caused your car accident, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free, no-obligation case review. We can discuss your accident, your injuries, and your legal options during this call.
For a free legal consultation with a improperly loaded cargo lawyer serving Lake Charles, call (337) 777-7777
An Introduction to Damages
In car accident cases, compensation is usually awarded in categories called damages. Damages represent unique expenses or impacts the accident had on your life. Below is a brief explanation of the damages that may be available to accident victims and how you may qualify for each.
Treating and trying to live with car accident injuries can cost a lot of money. The financial effects of an accident are called economic damages. You may be able to recover compensation for economic damages such as:
- Medical expenses: if you were billed for treatment of your accident-related injuries
- Repair bills: if you spent money fixing or replacing your vehicle
- Lost income: if your injuries kept you home from work and unable to earn your regular wages or salary
- Lost employment: if you can no longer perform your job duties and had to either find a new position or leave the job market entirely
Noneconomic damages represent the physical and psychological impacts of the accident on your life. Your potentially recoverable noneconomic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering: if you experienced pain from your wounds or trauma from the accident
- Scarring: if your injuries left disfiguring or otherwise obvious marks
- Disability: if you lost (or lost the use of) of any part of your body
You May Also Need to Prove and Quantify Damages
It is not enough to simply describe how the accident affected you. In an insurance claim or lawsuit, you typically must provide evidence of your damages and request specific dollar amounts for each and every type of damage you are asking for.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you identify your damages and calculate their value when we represent you. We may do so with evidence such as your medical bills, car repair invoices, pay stubs, and estimates of your future accident-related expenses.
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What an Attorney Can Do for You
Is hiring a lawyer legally necessary? No. You have the right to represent yourself. However, because insurance claims and lawsuits may be time-consuming and complicated, you might find it less stressful to put your case in the hands of an attorney.
A Lake Charles improperly loaded cargo lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to fight for you in numerous ways, including the following:
- Identifying liable parties: by investigating your accident, we can figure out who may be legally liable and, therefore, who you should sue for damages.
- Identifying all possible damages: our investigation—in addition to your own lived experiences—can help us figure out what types of damages you may qualify for.
- Handling paperwork: this includes everything from filing your insurance claim and/or lawsuit to reviewing any settlement offers before you sign them.
- Negotiating for a settlement: many lawsuits do not go to trial. We can try to arrive at a fair settlement by negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company.
- Arguing on trial: if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we can and will take your case to trial.
- Being your advisor: making the best legal decisions for you and your family is not always easy. Rely on us to provide prompt, honest updates and information necessary to inform your decision making throughout your case.
If you are concerned about money, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers makes our services more accessible by working on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you do not need to pay us attorney fees unless and until you win your case and are awarded compensation.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers understands that a car accident can take a long time to recover from. Allow us to coordinate your personal injury case while you concentrate on getting better. A Lake Charles improperly loaded cargo lawyer from our firm may be able to represent you, protect your rights, and fight for damages on your behalf.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777. We encourage you to call us as soon as possible after your accident, as Civil Code (CC) §3492 places a general one-year statute of limitation, or legal time limit, on filing a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana.