Car accident injuries can range from minor to fatal, from temporary to chronic. No matter what injuries you or your loved one sustained, a Metairie car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover much-needed monetary compensation. Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 if you would like to learn more.
Each Car Accident Is Different
Car accidents can and do happen everywhere, including in both urban and rural areas. According to Louisiana State University (LSU), there were over 27,500 urban injury accidents in Louisiana in 2019. That same year, there were just over 17,000 rural injury accidents. By contrast, fatalities were more common in rural areas than in urban ones.
Every accident is different. Some are “fender benders” that, while scary and inconvenient, do not cause any lasting injuries. Others may cost you your health, your career, or even the life of a loved one. No matter where you fall on this scale, you may be able to receive compensation from the liable party’s insurance company.
How can you tell for sure if your injuries qualify you for compensation? One quick call to Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you figure it all out. Contact us at (337) 777-7777 to let a member of our team evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.
For a free legal consultation with a car accident lawyer serving Metairie, call (337) 777-7777
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
There are two types of lawsuits you may file after an accident. Which one you file will depend on your circumstances. Both are discussed briefly below.
As the name suggests, personal injury lawsuits are those filed by people who were injured in an accident. You can seek compensation for your own injuries and for damage done to your vehicle, as well as any expenses generated by these things. More specific examples are discussed in the following section.
Things work slightly differently with wrongful death cases. Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2315.2, if someone passes away from their car accident injuries, their surviving spouse and children could file a lawsuit on their behalf. If the deceased left behind neither spouse nor children, then other relatives may file the lawsuit instead.
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Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Regardless of the type of lawsuit you file, you may be eligible to collect non-economic damages, economic damages, or a combination of the two.
The term “non-economic damages” refers to any and all physical, mental, and emotional suffering you endured because of your accident. Here is a partial list of what that may include in your case.
- Disability: Your (or your loved one’s) injuries resulted in the loss of use of a body part, including intellectual capabilities.
- Diminished quality of life: You or your loved one had to give up or get help with certain activities (e.g., running for exercise, putting on shoes).
- Pain and suffering: This can refer to both the physical and emotional anguish that you or your loved one went through.
- Loss of companionship: After your loved one’s passing, you had to learn to live without their presence, support, and affection.
“Economic damages” are designed to cover any financial harm you and your family sustained because of your accident. Examples frequently include:
- Medical expenses: You or your loved one needed medical attention, either immediate or long-term, after the accident.
- Funeral expenses: You were financially responsible for your loved one’s burial, estate settlement, and so on.
- Loss of wages: You could not work for a period of time after the accident, depriving you and your family of necessary income.
- Loss of financial support: Your loved one was a primary breadwinner in your household, so their passing has caused you serious financial hardship.
What a Metairie Car Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
If you decide that you want to file a lawsuit, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers first. We would be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation case assessment. This service can save you a lot of time by letting you know whether you have a viable case in just one quick phone call.
The next step is up to you: you can either file and fight your lawsuit alone or let us shoulder your legal burden. Among other things, we can:
- Explore your options: Personal injury cases are not a “one size fits all” situation. Your lawyer will go over all your options and advise you as to which one may be best for you.
- Investigate your case: This often involves looking for documentary evidence (e.g., police reports) and eyewitnesses to corroborate your version of events.
- Submit paperwork: This may include notifying the liable party about your suit, filing your case with the court, and much more.
- Manage communications: Do not speak with the liable party or their representatives; they may find a way to use your words to withhold compensation. Let your lawyer talk to them instead.
- Work out a settlement agreement: If the liable party’s insurance company is willing to negotiate (and they often are), your lawyer will fight hard to get them to agree to a settlement that includes everything you need.
- Represent you in court: In the event that the insurance company will not negotiate, your lawyer will schedule a trial date and advocate for you in the courtroom.
You do not have to let financial worries stop you from hiring the legal representation you want. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers charges no upfront fees. Instead, we work for a percentage of any awarded compensation, and we only collect once you receive your money.
If you or a loved one was the victim of a car accident in Metairie, Louisiana, let a Metairie car accident lawyer fight for you. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 for a free case assessment.