If you were injured in an incident that was not your fault, you have rights. This includes the right to seek compensation for your damages. You would not have injuries and the resulting expenses if the other party did not act negligently, so you should not have to pay the bills.
A Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help with your case. Our lawyers work closely with victims and their families to help them recover damages for their losses. We are here to take the burden off of your shoulders. We provide free case reviews so you can learn more.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me with My Case?
Even if you aren’t sure if you have a case, it is worth talking to a law firm about your injuries. Our law firm provides free initial consultations. Discussing your case with an attorney will give you an idea of the options available to you, allowing you to make informed decisions about what to do.
If you decide to take action against the liable party in your case, we can represent you throughout this process. This could include:
- Building a case
- Filing an insurance claim
- Preparing for trial, if necessary
- Presenting your case in court
- Handling your settlement or court award and dispersing it to you
We fight for the compensation our clients deserve based on the facts of their personal injury cases. We believe you should not be left holding any bills or financial losses to cover out of your pocket if you did nothing to cause your accident or injuries. Instead, we seek justice for you by holding the at-fault party legally responsible. As a result, we may be able to recover damages for you that include:
- Related medical care costs, now and in the future
- Lost income, current, and future
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other expenses and losses
We also represent clients in wrongful death cases. These claims stem from deadly personal injury accidents where the victim passes away, and their family or other representative seeks damages.
How Much do I Need to Pay for a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Our law firm works based on contingency fees. We do not ask our clients to pay us upfront fees for our services and representation. Instead, our lawyers get paid from the settlement or other monetary award we recover for you.
If we do not win your case, we will not get paid. This allows injured victims to pursue damages even if they do not have the money to pay us out of their pocket. We believe every accident victim deserves an attorney on their side, fighting to protect their rights and recover appropriate compensation. This is why we believe strongly in working based on contingency.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call (337) 777-7777
Do I Have a Valid Claim Based on Injuries I Suffered in Baton Rouge?
To sue for personal injury, you must show that you have a valid case. This means your attorney will need to prove that:
- You suffered injuries
- You incurred financial losses as a result of your injury
- The negligent party owed you a duty of care
- The at-fault party breached that duty of care, and this caused your injury.
These are the four elements of negligence. By proving all four, you can show that the other party acted in a careless, reckless, or irresponsible manner and is liable. If you and your legal team can gather evidence to confirm all of these factors, you may have a strong enough claim to recover an out-of-court settlement or take the case to trial and receive a favorable verdict.
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What Is “Duty of Care” in a Personal Injury Claim?
In different situations, individuals have different obligations. This is known as a “duty of care.” For instance:
- Drivers must follow the law, avoid drinking or distracted driving, and take precautions to prevent accidents.
- Property owners must keep their premises in working order for those who legally access the property.
- Employers must ensure a safe working environment and conditions for their employees.
You suffered a personal injury if you were hurt on another party’s property or in a car accident due to another person’s error or neglect. This means you may be able to file an insurance claim or sue for damages. Our attorneys know how to build a case based on a wide range of circumstances and recover compensation for our clients.
Let us know if you believe another party caused your injuries or hurt your loved one. Our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys may be able to help. At the very least, we can assess your case for free and explain your options to you based on the details you provide to us.
How Long do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Louisiana?
If you suffered injuries, you only have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim in Baton Rouge. According to CC Art. 3492, you generally have one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in Louisiana. However, because you do not want to lose the right to sue before your case is closed, this limits how long you can wait to file a claim.
You likely also want to act quickly, especially if you face high medical expenses or cannot return to work to earn your previous wages. You will need money as soon as possible. While acting early does not guarantee the earliest settlement, it can help.
There are exceptions to this rule, as well. If the victim is a child, you may have longer to file. If the liable party is a municipality or government agency, you could have less time. Act quickly to ensure you meet all applicable deadlines. If we represent you, we will ensure you meet all required timelines as long as we have time to do so.
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What Types of Personal Injury Cases does Your Law Firm Handle?
Our personal injury lawyers serving Baton Rouge represent injured parties and surviving family members of fatal accident victims in many types of cases. This includes car accidents and workers’ compensation claims.
Other types of personal injury cases we manage include:
- Truck accidents
- Product liability
- Pharmaceuticals and dangerous medical devices
- Toxic torts
- Maritime injury
- Premises liability
- Dangerous drugs
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall
- Wrongful death
If you are unsure if you have a valid personal injury claim, let us assess it for free. Then, we will speak to you on the phone or face to face to discuss your options.
We Fight for Our Clients’ Personal Injury Settlements
Insurance companies are not in the business of making sure injury victims recover what they need. They are in business for their own bottom line, and they hold on to as much of their profit as possible by using a variety of tactics to devalue your settlement. We understand these tactics and know how to counter them throughout the claims process.
The Insurance Company May Undervalue Your Injury Claim
If you were hurt, you might need to work with insurance companies and adjusters to receive the financial recovery you need. These insurance companies may use special formulas or make their own estimates of the value of your claim. Unfortunately, these estimates are generally far lower than the value we put on our clients’ claims.
Insurance adjusters may ask you to make statements or try to find information to reduce the value of your claim. They may even use truthful statements you make out of context to hurt your case.
Unfortunately, insurers often offer a recovery that doesn’t reflect the actual value of a victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Therefore, it is essential to protect your rights. We encourage you not to speak with the insurance companies until you talk to us first. We handle all communication with the insurer for our clients.
How Our Injury Lawyers Determine Your Settlement Value
Our firm understands how insurance companies work, and we also take the time to understand your case and estimate a fair value for your recovery. During this process, we will:
- Review your insurance policy
- Estimate the value of your claim based on medical costs, lost wages, and other damages
- Speak to insurance adjusters
- Write demand letters
- Pursue a fair settlement or take your case to trial
Our attorneys will help you fight for a fair and just recovery based on the facts of your case. We will even pursue justice and compensation for you at trial, if necessary.
How a Lawyer Can Help When There Are Multiple Liable Parties
If multiple parties were involved in your accident, you might have to work with many stakeholders, insurance adjusters, and responsible parties. This can be a job in itself.
We can help you identify stakeholders, fight for insurance companies to meet their obligations to you and protect your rights.
Our firm can review the details of each policy, holding insurance adjusters accountable for meeting their companies’ obligations to you. If an insurance adjuster made an offer, contact our office today before you sign anything.
Let Us Review Your Baton Rouge Personal Injury Claim and Legal Options Today
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers protects individuals facing a fight for compensation after suffering personal injuries caused by a negligent party. If you were hurt, you have important rights under the law. We will seek justice on your behalf. However, you do not have to face this alone.
Call (337) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation today. We will offer you an honest assessment and a clear roadmap forward.