Catastrophic injuries can permanently change your life or the life of someone you love. The limitations they force on your mobility may affect more than just you—they can create change for your family as well.
In the days immediately after suffering a catastrophic injury, you likely will be focused on your physical and emotional recovery or the recovery of a loved one. If you believe another party’s negligence caused your accident, you can seek to hold them accountable and collect damages that can help you pay your medical bills and other losses. You can learn more about your legal options from a Laborde and Earles Injury Lawyers team member during a free consultation today.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries and Why They Happen
Various accidents can cause life-changing catastrophic injuries. Among them are:
- Spinal cord damage that could cause temporary, permanent, full, or partial paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that might cause cognitive delays or leave accident victims in a persistent vegetative state
- Limb loss that can lead to prosthetic limbs and long-term physical and occupational therapy
- Severe burns that can lead to skin grafts and a permanent change in your physical appearance and ability
- Internal organ damage
- Eye injuries, vision loss
Recovering from the physical damage of a catastrophic injury can be a lifelong pursuit. In many cases, recovery may mean learning to live with, and cope with, a new set of limitations. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is there every step of the way for our clients who find themselves facing new challenges to restore their lives as fully as they can.
Accidents That Can Cause Severe Injuries
We represent victims who suffered catastrophic injuries in a wide range of accident types, including:
- Car and truck accidents
- Maritime accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Defective product accidents (product liability)
- Slip and fall, trip and fall accidents
- Other types of premises liability accidents
Even injuries that are less-than-catastrophic, such as broken bones or whiplash, may qualify you for compensation in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury, you may be forced to make adjustments to your lifestyle and even to your home.
For a free legal consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 777-7777
How Our Lawyer Can Help Your Catastrophic Injury Case
Laborde and Earles Injury Lawyers has recovered more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements by representing victims just like you. While you work to restore your health, our New Orleans-based attorney can start building your case against the liable party to seek compensation for your catastrophic injuries. We want you to receive the maximum financial recovery you deserve that can help you rebuild your life.
We Will Seek Fair Compensation From the Liable Party’s Insurer
Once we prepare your case, we will negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement on your behalf. Insurance companies often offer the lowest settlement, so we are prepared for that possibility. We will continue to work on compensation that meets your needs. If negotiations fall flat, we can take your case to civil court and seek fair compensation there.
Recoverable Damages in Your Case
Catastrophic injuries can lead to long-term, sometimes permanent, treatment plans. The recoverable damages in a personal injury case may cover the financial impact of your injuries as well as compensation for lost income streams and emotional trauma.
If you have evidence proving that an at-fault party was negligent in causing your life-changing injuries, we can help you seek compensation for damages such as:
- Medical care, both current and future
- Assistive medical devices and in-home support
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Mental anguish
- And more
Some of these damages are easy to prove with receipts, pay stubs, invoices, and other similar documents. Others, such as pain and suffering and physical disability, are not. We can calculate the monetary value of these kinds of damages and determine a value for your case.
You May Be Able to Seek Wrongful Death Damages
We can also help you recover wrongful death damages if your loved one died from fatal catastrophic injuries due to another’s negligence. We can determine if you are eligible to bring this legal action forward under CC Art. 2315.2.
State law allows only designated individuals to recover damages that could help them pay for their loved one’s final medical expenses, funeral and burial arrangements, and other losses. We can answer your questions about wrongful death actions during a free consultation.
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You Will Need Evidence to Prove Your Case
A catastrophic injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can identify your damages and collect evidence of their value when we represent you in New Orleans. This evidence can include:
- Medical records and bills
- Employment records, such as pay stubs
- Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses
- Testimony from medical experts on your future costs of care
How We Can Help You Prove Negligence Caused Your Injuries
If another party’s negligence caused your injuries, they may owe you compensation. We can review the details of and evidence from your accident to do the following:
- Define the negligence that led to your current medical condition
- Identify and pursue the at-fault party
- Fight for the compensation you may be entitled to
Whether your injuries were caused by a car accident, a collision with a large truck, a slip and fall accident, or something else, our team can compile the evidentiary items that help show the cause of your accident and injuries. Evidence can include:
- Police reports
- Incident reports
- Crash report
- Injury photos
- Witness statements
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- And more
How Comparative Negligence Could Affect Your Case’s Outcome
Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your damages, per CC Art. 2323, Louisiana’s comparative negligence law. Under this law, you could recover partial damages from your accident.
For example, if you are supposed to receive $25,000 but are found to be 30 percent responsible for your injuries, your award would be reduced by $7,500. This means you would collect $17,500.
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Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations Deadline Applies to Your Case
The time to recover compensation may be limited by Louisiana’s statute of limitations. Per CC Art. 3492, there is a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana. This means that you generally have a year from the date of your injuries to file a lawsuit. If exceptions to the deadline apply to your case, we can discuss them with you.
If time runs out before you act, you may put your right to pursue compensation via a lawsuit at risk. With early intervention, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can make sure your personal injury lawsuit is filed on time.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
You do not need to face the legal process alone; we can help you. A New Orleans-based lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf to compensate you for damages for your catastrophic injuries.
For a free consultation on your case, contact the personal injury team today at (504) 777-7777. We offer representation on a contingency-fee basis with no upfront payments due. In this payment arrangement, our clients do not owe us attorney’s fees unless they recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.