If someone else’s negligence hurts you or a loved one in Cade Coteau, LA, a personal injury attorney with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will review your situation and advise you of your legal options, including seeking compensation for your damages. Financial awards can help you cover your medical expenses, property damage, and other damages.
Whether you were in a motor vehicle accident, experienced a slip and fall on someone’s property, or were harmed after using a defective or dangerous product, we can help you file a claim with an insurer or take legal action. Our Cade Coteau personal injury lawyer will protect your rights and determine if you have an injury case. You can learn more about your next steps during a free consultation today.
We May Be Able to Start on Your Personal Injury Case Today
Our legal team collectively has 100 years of legal experience, and we are ready to put it to work for you. To date, we have recovered more than $200 million in cash settlements and verdicts as we fight for our clients’ recovery. We handle various kinds of personal injury cases, including those that involve tough circumstances.
We Don’t Require Payment to Start Working on Your Case
We work on contingency, which means we don’t charge our clients any upfront attorney’s fees. We know that money may be tight after an accident, so we don’t want it to be a reason why you don’t get the legal help that could benefit your case. We don’t get paid unless or until you do. We collect our payment only if we recover financial awards for you. Our payment would be an agreed-upon percentage of your settlement or court-ordered award, and we move forward only if both sides agree to the payment arrangement.
You Can Reach Out to us at Anytime
When we speak with you during your free consultation, we will listen intently and ask questions to learn more about what happened to you or your loved one. We will review the severity of your injuries and losses and determine what damages you can request from the liable party. We encourage you to explore your legal options as soon as you can with our Cade Coteau personal injury lawyer. It takes time to build a solid case that supports your request, so we want to give your case the attention it deserves.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Cade Coteau, call 337-221-9907
Recoverable Damages in Your Personal Injury Case
Damages in personal injury cases are usually split into two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are the losses that cost you money, such as:
- Medical treatment expenses (this includes emergency and ongoing care and rehabilitation)
- Lost income, work benefits, or tips
- Reduced or lost earning ability if your injuries make you change jobs or stop working
- Repair or replacement for damaged property
You also may be eligible for non-economic damages, which don’t have an attached dollar amount but still cost you in non-financial ways. These damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Loss of life enjoyment
We will take all damages from your injury case into consideration. We will also look at all documentation that proves the losses you suffered and determine how much you can seek for damages that have no dollar amount. You can also show us any evidence you have that can help your case.
Wrongful Death Damages Under Louisiana Law
If you are pursuing wrongful death damages on behalf of a loved one who died in a personal injury accident, you could seek compensation under the law for both types of damages. Recoverable wrongful death actions can help pay for:
- The decedent’s final medical bills
- Funeral, burial, and cremation services
- End-of-life expenses
- Loss of the decedent’s household income
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How Our Cade Coteau Personal Injury Lawyer will Help You
When you hire us, we will manage your case from beginning to end. This would save you time so that you can heal and focus on your family’s needs. We will do all the following in your case and more:
- Examine all the facts and thoroughly investigate to understand what happened
- Collect and review case-supporting evidence (examples include your medical records, police report, video footage, and photos)
- Identify all liable parties and establish their fault and negligence
- Assess and assign values to all damages in your case
- Interview witnesses and expert witnesses who can support your case
- Notify liable parties of your intent to seek an insurance claim or legal action
- Represent you in all legal proceedings
- Negotiate with all parties to settle your case for an appropriate award
- File your case with the court within Louisiana’s statute of limitations
- Represent you at trial if a settlement is unreachable
- Answer your questions or concerns promptly
- Explain all case-related laws
- Regularly update you on your case
In Louisiana, You Have One Year to File a Personal Injury Action
In general, Louisiana allows injured victims one year to seek financial recovery for their losses from the date of injury, as outlined in CC Art. 3492. If you lost a loved one in a Cade Coteau accident, we offer our sincerest condolences. We can help you pursue legal action on behalf of your loved one so that the victim’s family members can recover monetary damages.
You have only one year to pursue a wrongful death action on behalf of a deceased loved one, under CC Art. 2315.2. If you miss the deadline, you will likely be barred from seeking awards. We will ensure you have your case in before the deadline if time permits.
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We Must Prove Liability in Your Personal Injury Claim
We must show that the defendant is legally liable to the plaintiff. To establish liability, we must prove all four of these elements in your case:
- Duty of care. The defendant must have owed you a legal obligation. For example, a landowner has a responsibility to keep the property reasonably safe for invited guests.
- Breach of duty. If a landowner has an unreasonably dangerous condition on the property and does not correct the situation, warn guests, or block off the area to prevent harm, they are negligent.
- Causation. This element is the specific event that resulted in harm. Let’s say your neighbor knows of a snake infestation under his back porch. He does not tell people who attend a cookout in his backyard or take precautions to prevent the snakes from harming others. His failure to act is negligence. If someone gets bitten at the event, the property owner can be held responsible for the resulting damages.
- Damages. This element measures the harm you suffered. Merely being frightened by a snake without sustaining a physical injury is not enough to go after compensation. However, if someone gets bitten, there is a physical injury, which satisfies this element of liability. The medical bills, recovery time, and other expenses resulting from this injury are all recoverable compensatory damages.
We will need credible evidence to support all four of these factors. Without them, we can’t prove a personal injury occurred. We will review your situation to help you determine if you can pursue damages in your case.
Personal Injury Lawsuits Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Handles
Our Louisiana-based law firm manages a wide variety of personal injury cases for our clients. Below are some examples:
- Truck accidents. Federal, state, and local laws can apply to the trucking industry. A lawyer who handles truck collision cases understands these rules and knows what evidence to look for to show liability. Multiple parties are typically involved in these cases, which can make determining who’s responsible for the accident challenging. Our lawyer will know what to look for to establish the liable parties in your case.
- Maritime injuries. Louisiana maritime workers face daily hazards on the job. When they get hurt, they cannot get workers’ compensation benefits like other employees in our state, but they could be eligible for other benefit programs. We help our maritime clients determine if they can collect benefits under the Jones Act and other programs.
- Car accidents. Our state requires drivers to carry automobile insurance. If you are uninsured, the first $15,000 of bodily harm and an additional $25,000 of property damage will come directly out of your pocket. You could recover some monetary damages, even if you were partly to blame for the car crash if both drivers have liability insurance.
- Dog bites. Young children are often the victims of dog bite attacks. When a canine attacks a child, the physical scars can be disfiguring, and the emotional harm can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues. Some people lose their lives in dog attacks. You could seek damages from the animal’s owner to cover your expenses.
- Product liability. When a company makes a product that can cause harm when used correctly, the maker can be liable for injuries that result. These manufacturers have a duty of care not to release products onto the market that can harm consumers.
- Dangerous drugs. Many prescription drugs get recalled because they harm or kill patients. You cannot always assume a medication is safe because it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or your doctor prescribed it. Dangerous drugs can cause heart attacks, strokes, cancer, blood clots, and other harm.
- Bike and pedestrian accidents. With distracted driving on the rise, thanks to handheld devices, pedestrians and cyclists have a higher risk than ever before of being hit by a motor vehicle. These collisions can cause devastating personal injuries or death.
- Defective devices. Medical research leads to life-saving technology that can improve life for thousands of people. Sometimes, however, an ill-conceived medical device gets rushed onto the market without adequate safety testing. If you or a loved one suffered harm from a medical device that failed, caused an allergic reaction or caused any other type of injury, you might have a claim for personal injury compensation.
- Mass torts. A mass tort case happens when the individual lawsuits of hundreds or thousands of people who get harmed from a single cause, like a dangerous drug, get merged into one massive case. One judge hears each testimony from the individual claimants. This form of litigation provides consistent court rulings and saves time and expenses.
- Premises liability. When you are hurt on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence, you might be able to go after monetary damages for your losses. Both commercial property and private property can be the subject of a premises liability lawsuit. Whether you are shopping or visiting your neighbor, you might be able to act if you get hurt.
- Wrongful death. Some people do not survive their injuries. If a close relative died as the result of someone else’s negligence, you might be able to seek additional compensation under our state’s wrongful death law. The defendant can be a person or a party like a corporation. We will help you seek damages on your loved one’s behalf.
If your situation is not on this list, please give us a call to find out if we can help you. We will evaluate your situation at no cost.
Our Cade Coteau Personal Injury Lawyer Is Ready to Help You
After getting injured, you should be able to recover and move forward with rebuilding your life. We believe you should not have to fight the responsible party by yourself, which is why we’re here to help. We will take on the liable party’s legal team and prove negligence caused your injuries and losses.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we will negotiate directly with the involved parties, so you do not have to. Don’t delay any longer if you are thinking about making a claim or lawsuit in your injury case. Call us today at (337) 777-7777 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.