Anyone who has ever suffered a personal injury knows how much the injury can affect not only them, but everyone around them. Loss of wages can lead to a loss in standard of living creating hardship for an entire family. It can also lead to long term physical and emotional trauma. In order to avoid bearing the burden of an accident caused by someone else it is important to file a lawsuit in order to be compensated for your suffering. While every personal injury claim in Louisiana is different there are three things you can do to help ensure your success.
|Louisiana Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Lost wages, property damage, medical expenses, future earning ability, pain and suffering, cost of household help|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Each defendant liable for percent of damages as determined by court|
|Contributory Negligence||Pure Comparative Negligence: Damages may be awarded even if plantiff is 99% at fault, but are reduced in proportion to plaintiff's own negligence.|
It is important that you act as quickly as possible! Do not hesitate or wait in hopes that the situation will get better or the person who caused your misery will act on their own accord to resolve the situation. In the state of Louisiana anyone suffering from a personal injury has only one, single, year to file a claim. A year, twelve months, can fly by quickly especially if you are constantly struggling financially or suffering physically. In order to avoid being caught in a situation where you have waited to long to file a claim it is important to start the process as soon as you are injured.
Get everything you can together that proves the defendants fault. Find anything that can prove that the individual was negligent and, as a result, you were injured. Evidence can come in many forms. Photographs of a wrecked car or of a wound or injury; any clothing worn at the time of the injury; and witnesses that were present at the time of your injury. Do not forget the medical staff that treated you. Any nurse or doctor that saw you when you were injured can act as your witness. The medical reports and x-rays taken can also be used as evidence.
While it is tempting to handle a personal injury case without the help of a lawyer in order to get the entire settlement amount or award with spending anything for a fee this isn't always in your best interest. Unless you have extensive experience dealing with corporate lawyers, insurance representatives, and courts you might be overwhelmed by the process. Even if you have a good idea of what to do hiring a professional who will present your case clearly you will be able to receive thousands more than you would if you acted on your own.
For more information on your specific case, contact a Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyer.