You might be eligible to recover money from a minor car accident in Louisiana. Although it is impossible to know how much your car accident claim is worth without conducting a detailed case evaluation, many car accident victims who pursue damages end up recovering far more than they expected.
A Louisiana car accident lawyer can evaluate your case, discuss liability, tabulate the damages you have incurred, and give you a closer estimate of how much money from a minor car accident you might be able to recover.
A lawyer may be able to get Louisiana car accident victims noneconomic damages that they may not have known about prior to speaking with them. Noneconomic damages are those that do not involve actual monetary loss—things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Economic damages, by contrast, are losses to which you can assign a specific dollar value.
Getting Compensation for a Minor Car Accident in Louisiana
Many car accident victims in Louisiana make the mistake of not pursuing compensation unless the crash was severe. After a minor car accident, especially one in which the physical injuries are not severe, victims often feel it is not worth their time to contact a lawyer and try to go after the other driver or their insurance company.
The problem with such a course of action is that it ignores noneconomic damages, a source of significant compensation for many Louisiana car accident victims, including some in minor collisions.
Only after evaluating your case can a Louisiana car accident lawyer let you know how much money you might be eligible to receive and whether it is worth your time to pursue damages from the other driver and their insurer.
With that said, it is always worth your time to speak with an attorney after a car accident and run your situation by them. After all, many car accident lawyers only charge a fee when you get paid, so you have nothing to lose but a few minutes of your time.
For a free legal consultation, call (337) 777-7777
Why You May Want to Hire a Lawyer
You should speak with a lawyer after any car accident just to be aware of your legal options.
A Lawyer May Be Able to Help You Pursue Economic Damages
Car accident victims in Louisiana are eligible to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. The state has no caps on either form of damages, meaning there is no limit to how much you can earn. If your lawyer can make a successful case that you incurred a certain damage worth a certain dollar amount, then you can recover that amount from the other driver or their insurance company.
Economic damages refer to losses involving actual monetary depletion. They include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Prescription drug costs
- Physical therapy costs
And other forms of losses that actually cost you money.
Noneconomic damages are referred to this way because they refer to losses that cannot be quantified in dollar terms. In Louisiana, however, the state takes noneconomic damages seriously, which is why it does not cap them. Noneconomic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Your lawyer can evaluate your case and tabulate your total economic and noneconomic damages. Once you know what your case is worth, you can decide whether you want to move forward with pursuing compensation.
For a Free Car Accident Case Evaluation, Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers
If you recently suffered a minor car accident in Louisiana, you may be eligible for compensation, and a lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers help you get it. We fight for the rights of accident victims and want to put our resources to work for you. We are prepared to:
- Gather and analyze evidence like police and accident reports, witness testimony, photos and video of the scene
- Work with accident reconstructionists and expert witnesses
- Handle all communication with relevant parties
- File all paperwork within imposed timelines and statutes of limitations
- Valuate your damages
- Answer any questions you may have
- Guide you through your legal options
We never charge a fee until our clients get paid. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call our team at (337) 777-7777.