If you sustained an injury or illness you believe somebody else caused, call our team today to learn how our Arnaudville personal injury lawyer can help you can hold that party responsible. There are many ways that someone else’s careless or negligent behavior can cause physical and financial harm.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, the initial consultation is free. You can learn about your legal options for financial recovery today during a complimentary review. You can count on our team for accurate legal advice and to fight for the compensation you deserve based on the circumstances of your accident and injuries.
Our Lafayette Personal Injury Team Can Start Work on Your Case as Soon as Possible
If you suspect or are certain that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, we encourage you to call us as soon as possible. This will allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries while we build your case for compensation.
Some of the ways our personal injury team serving Arnaudville will help you include:
- Creating an official record of your injuries based on your own and others’ accounts of what occurred
- Filing the necessary documentation to get your case started in court
- Obtaining police reports from an auto accident, especially documentation proving the defendant was driving dangerously
- Collecting and organizing all evidence that is relevant to your case
- Interviewing witnesses who can attest to what happened and the defendant’s negligence
- Speaking with appropriate medical professionals to get documentation for your injuries, as well as any testimony of how those injuries have and will impact you
- Completing every step necessary so that your case can reach a judgment or settlement
- Defending your rights throughout the legal process
Our team’s primary goal will be to prove that the defendant or defendants in your case:
- Acted negligently; and
- Their negligent actions caused or contributed to your injuries
If we can prove this, then you could collect compensation for your expenses and losses, including any intangible damages you experienced. We handle these cases based on contingent fees. You will not need to pay us a retainer or other upfront costs to start or work on your case. We encourage you to start the process as soon with your free case evaluation as soon as you can. We may only have up to one year to file suit under CC Art. 3492.
Estimating Awards in an Arnaudville Negligence Claim or Civil Suit
Every injury accident is subject to unique circumstances, so there is never a guarantee of how much money a case might be worth. With this in mind, previous cases give an idea of the sort of damages you may collect. Some common examples include:
- Emergency transportation that you took from the accident scene
- Care you received in the emergency department (ED)
- Any diagnostic tests, scans, or other medical procedures
- Any additional medical costs stemming from your injuries
- Income that you lost
- Any long-term disability or health problems the incident caused
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of mental and physical rehabilitation
Other types of damages may also be recoverable, although they are not as common. This includes punitive damages against the defendant in your case. These damages are rare but often substantial when awarded by a judge and jury.
Before we file your claim and begin settlement negotiations, we will formulate an acceptable settlement range for your case. This gives us a goal, to secure this compensation to cover your losses.
Personal Injuries Can Occur in Many Ways in St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes
Almost any type of situation that allows one person’s careless actions to hurt another could support a personal injury claim or civil lawsuit. Some examples include:
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Defective drugs or device
- Maritime injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Swimming pool accidents
- Other premises liability injuries
- Truck accidents
- Birth injuries
- Dog bites
- Pedestrian accident
- Defective products
If you were in any of these types of incidents and suffered injuries, contact our team, and let us review your case to determine your rights for compensation. If the victim of a personal injury dies, as a result, their immediate family members may be able to recover wrongful death damages, as well.
Under CC Art. 2315.2, the spouse and children usually recover this compensation. If the victim was not married and had no children, their parents can seek damages.
Distracted Driving is a Common Way Negligence Occurs on Louisiana’s Roads
Car accidents are among the most common personal injury accidents, and many accidents today occur because of distractions inside and outside the vehicle. Thanks to modern technology, more drivers than ever before engage in behaviors that put other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians in harm’s way.
The World Health Organization (WHO) now recognizes mobile phone use while driving as a threat to public safety. Yet texting or talking are not the only forms of distracted driving that cause accidents and injuries. Some of the most common forms of distracted driving include:
- Making a phone call while driving without using hands-free technology
- Texting while driving, which is illegal under CC Art. 300.5 but continues to be prevalent
- Checking or posting on social media
- Eating or drinking a beverage while driving
- Talking to others in the car while driving
- Dealing with children or pets in the vehicle
- Adjusting the car’s entertainment system
- Reaching down to pick something up that has fallen
You do not have to prove another party’s distracted driving to recover compensation, though. You will only need to prove the bad driving behavior that caused the crash, such as running a red light or crossing the centerline.
Additional Ways a Motorist’s Negligence Can Cause a Traffic Accident
While distracted driving may be one of the most modern forms of motorist negligence today, it is far from the only behavior that puts others at risk. Even before cell phones, drivers were engaging in dangerous actions that caused crashes, such as:
- Driving above the posted speed limit
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Swerving between lanes or failing to remain in their lane
- Being drunk or under the influence of drugs while driving
- Driving in rain or darkness without proper headlights
- Following too closely
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Failing to stop at red lights or stop signs
- Failing to obey other road signs.
These are only a few of the behaviors that could have been a factor in your accident. If our team can prove the other driver’s actions caused your injuries, then they are likely guilty of negligence and responsible for your losses.
Call an Arnaudville Personal Injury Lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our team understands that your injuries cost you a lot of pain, time, and money. We know how important compensation can be for an accident victim during this trying time.
Call an Arnaudville personal injury lawyer from our Lafayette team today at (337) 777-7777 to discuss your case at no cost. We may be able to go to work today to pursue compensation for you right away.