If you are recovering from an injury or accident that someone else caused in Henry, Louisiana, you could file an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover your damages. You have the legal right to take action if you have been harmed and can link your injuries to someone else’s negligence. A Henry personal injury lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you pursue the financial compensation you may be entitled to collect from an at-fault party.
Negligence is a key aspect of any personal injury lawsuit. Proving negligence involves showing how the defendant’s actions or inactions were careless and directly led to your injury. Whether you suffered an injury after a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident, our lawyer can help you investigate your injury and accident to determine who was at fault and if the defendant was negligent. You can learn more during a free consultation.
Recoverable Damages You Could Pursue in a Personal Injury Case
Before you can file an injury insurance claim or lawsuit, you must assess the damages you experienced. Determining the financial and non-financial losses you suffered will help you figure out how much you or an attorney can request from the liable party.
The severity of your injuries and losses and how they will affect you in the interim and long-term will affect the amount of compensation you can ask for. When you look to build a case and present it to the defendant’s legal team or insurance company, you may present a demand letter that includes the total extent of your damages.
We will Review the Damages That Cost You Money and More
When reviewing your damages, you can begin to monetize them and include this figure into your compensation demands. After a personal injury, you may be left with economic (financial) and non-economic (non-financial) damages. We will review all compensatory damages in your case.
Economic damages cost you money and can be documented with receipts, invoices, medical records, and other written records. These damages include:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills for ongoing care
- Lost wages
- Limited or lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Other injury-related damages
We will Assess Damages That are Difficult to Measure
Non-economic damages do not have a fixed dollar amount but affect your life in ways that must be considered when weighing what awards you can seek. The most widely recognized damage of this type is pain and suffering. In addition to this one, we will review your situation to see if you suffered:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of life enjoyment
Depending on your unique injury lawsuit, you may require additional forms of evidence to prove the defendant’s negligence. For instance, you may consider obtaining a police report, surveillance footage, photographs, and eyewitness testimonies to support your position.
Wrongful Death Damages May Also Be Recoverable in Your Case
Some personal injuries lead to a loss of life. If a loved one’s injuries caused their demise, please know we are sorry for your loss and offer our deepest condolences. We know this is a hard time for you and your family. We are here when you need us. Some people in your situation decide to pursue wrongful death damages on behalf of a deceased loved one. This enables them to hold the liable party accountable and seek compensation that helps them cover:
- The deceased’s paid and outstanding medical bills
- Funeral, burial, and cremation services
- Loss of their loved one’s financial contributions
Our personal injury lawyer serving Henry will explain Louisiana’s laws regarding wrongful death actions during a free consultation.
Laborde Earles injury was great for me they took care of me very fast and professional. If for any reason I need legal help they will be who I use.Client
Our Henry Personal Injury Lawyer will Manage Your Case for You
We understand that taking action in an injury case can be challenging for a person who is injured, unable to work, and fretting about how their accident affects their future. We will take over your case for you, making it easier to file a claim or lawsuit. Hiring our attorney will ensure:
- Your legal rights are protected
- You have someone always looking out for your interests
- You have a legal advocate working toward negotiations with an insurer
- You get your time back to take care of yourself and your family and other matters
Our legal team collectively has more than 350 years of experience handling various kinds of personal injury cases for Louisiana’s injured. To date, we have recovered more than $200 million in cash settlements and verdicts, and we work diligently to win the maximum recovery we can for the people we serve. We take our clients’ recovery seriously, and we give each case the care and attention it deserves.
We will do all the following and more in your case:
- Meet with you and listen to your side of the story
- Investigate the facts, details, and circumstances to document your case
- Collect and review all evidence we can use to support your position (e.g., your relevant medical records, police report, video footage, photos, etc.)
- Name all parties liable in your case, establishing their negligence
- Assign monetary values to your damages so we can pursue compensation
- Collect witness testimony and specialists who can weigh in with a professional opinion
- Notify liable parties that you intend to file an insurance claim or take legal action
- Represent you in all meetings and case-related communications
- Negotiate with the aim to settle your case with an appropriate settlement
- File your action within Louisiana’s personal injury cases deadline
- Take our recovery efforts to trial if a settlement is unreachable
- Promptly and thoroughly answer your questions or concerns
- Explain all laws that apply to your case
- Give you updates on all case developments
I thank God for Digger & David. I don’t know what we would have done if it hadn’t have been for them.Rick Smith | Client
You Must Meet Louisiana’s Deadline for Your Injury Lawsuit
If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit in Henry, it is helpful to keep in mind that your personal injury case is on a tight deadline from the day it occurs. This state-imposed deadline is Louisiana’s statute of limitations, and it governs the timetable you have to bring a lawsuit. Statutes of limitations vary by state and the type of lawsuit you want to bring.
In Louisiana, you generally have up to one year to file a lawsuit about an injury you suffered at the hands of someone else, as outlined in CC Art. 3492. You also have a year to file a wrongful death action, per CC Art. 2315.2. If you miss this deadline, you likely will forfeit your right to seek compensation for your injury and losses. We encourage you to act sooner rather than later if you want to file legal action.
Some Timeline Exceptions Could Apply to Your Case
However, there are exceptions, which we can review with you if they apply to your case. According to the statute, if you are younger than age 18 or dealing with a defective product injury case, you may be able to file your action beyond the one-year statute of limitations.
Because you may only have one year to file legal action, you must gather as much evidence as possible within that time frame. If you have not yet received medical attention for your injury, it is important you do so for your health and to potentially protect your legal interests. Without medical documentation, you could have a challenging time proving you suffered an injury.
The reassurance from Digger and his staff gave me that renewed hope that it’s going to be okay down the road.Client
Plaintiffs Must Prove Negligence Occurred in Their Case
If you believe negligence caused your accident or injuries, our legal team will help you build a case that proves, based on the available evidence, that negligence caused your injury and led to harmful consequences.
Four elements of negligence must be proven when making your case for negligence. These elements include:
- A duty of care was owed to the plaintiff. For example, if a person hits another motorist or pedestrian after failing to stop at a stop sign, they violated their duty to exercise care while operating a motor vehicle.
- The defendant breached their duty of care. The driver failing to heed the stop sign is viewed as violating the law and their duty to follow it.
- The defendant’s breach resulted in the plaintiff suffering injuries. If the motorist or pedestrian they hit while running the stop sign sustains physical wounds or mental and emotional health complications after being hit, this is proof that they were harmed when the motorist struck them with a vehicle.
- The breach caused the plaintiff to suffer damages. The plaintiff’s medical bills, lost income, and other financial and non-financial expenses directly resulted from the defendant’s actions. The plaintiff is legally able to seek compensation for the hardship from the accident.
All these elements must be present for us to prove that injury and/or loss occurred. We will thoroughly review your situation and advise you on whether you can legally move forward with your injury case.
They treated us like no other people would. Whenever we needed something they were there for us. I put my trust in them and I don’t regret it.Client
Various Injuries or Conditions Can Lead to Personal Injury Claims
Many people seek legal action after experiencing a personal injury after a car accident or a slip and fall. However, someone else’s negligence can cause other accidents or unfortunate situations, and legal remedies are available in those situations, too. These examples may include, but are not limited to:
- Truck accidents
- Maritime injuries
- Defective products
- Dog bites (or animal attacks)
- Dangerous or defective drugs
- Slip and fall, or trip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
This is not a comprehensive list, so please reach out to us if you don’t see your case type here. We will review your situation and advise you of your legal options.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Case Review
You can speak with a member of our team today for free about how your accident occurred and what injuries you suffered, including the subsequent damages you incurred. We want to make sure the compensation we fight for on your behalf appropriately accounts for all the losses you have suffered.
Our Henry personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation after reviewing your damages and identifying liable parties in your case. To begin a free consultation with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, call us today at (337) 777-7777.