Accidents happen every day across the U.S., with an estimated 31 million people every year seeking medical attention for accident injuries and approximately 162,000 dying as a result of their accidents.
When you’ve suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you have a legal right under Louisiana law to seek reimbursement from the responsible party for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
The New Orleans personal injury attorneys at Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix can provide skilled legal assistance with any type of accident claim.
Some of the most common claims we see include:
Auto Accidents: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car accident happens every 10 seconds on American roads. If you are the victim of an accident, an experienced car accident attorney can help you get compensation for injuries and damages.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks: Pet owners have an obligation to Attacks by dogs and other animals can result in permanent and catastrophic injuries, as well as long-term emotional trauma.
Motorcycle Accidents: When motorcycle riders are involved in accidents, much of the time it’s because another driver was not paying attention and did not see the rider. Additionally, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident and 5 times more likely to be injured than those in passenger cars.
Premises Liability: If you were injured at a business or on private property because of unsafe conditions, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries through a premises liability lawsuit.
Product Liability: Any type of product can cause injuries if the product is defectively made or fails to offer proper warnings. Common product liability claims come from defective car parts, dangerous toys, and harmful prescription drugs and medical devices.
Truck Accidents: A fully loaded 18-wheeler is approximately 25 times larger than the average passenger vehicle. This size disparity can cause critical and quite often fatal injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Work Accidents: Workers can get injured at any job, but some industries carry far more danger than others, including the oil and gas, construction and maritime industries. Depending on the industry you work in and the circumstances of your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation through worker’s compensation or a personal injury claim.
Wrongful Death: When your loved one is killed because of someone else’s negligence, a wrongful death claim can help you to recover compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills and other damages. The claims can arise from any type of accident, including auto accidents, work accidents, product liability cases and more.
Whether you’ve been injured on the job or in an automobile accident, there are some steps we recommend taking:
Seek Medical Attention: In any kind of accident, it’s important to take care of your health first. If you’re in an accident and an ambulance comes to the scene, let them check you out even if you feel your injuries are minor. If no ambulance comes, head to the emergency room as soon as possible for a full evaluation as soon as possible. Some serious injuries may not show up immediately after an accident and can become more serious the longer they go untreated.
File a Report: If you’re injured in a car accident, be sure to report the accident to the police and get a copy of the report filed. If it’s a work accident, always report the injury to your supervisor in writing and get a copy of that report as well. Documentation is key in the event that a lawsuit becomes necessary later.
Document Everything: It’s easy for the details of an accident to become less clear in your mind as time goes on. As soon as you’re able to, write down everything you can remember about the accident, such as where and when the accident occurred, what happened in the moments before, during and after the accident, who was involved, and any other details you can gather. Take down the names and phone numbers of the parties involved and any witnesses, and write down license plate numbers if it’s an auto accident. Take pictures of the accident scene, even if it’s just with a cell phone camera, including pictures of injuries and property damage.
Talk to an Attorney: Before you speak to an insurance agent or attorney representing the negligent party, ALWAYS speak with a personal injury lawyer first. Know your rights and get the right information from someone representing your interests. Do not sign any documents from the other party’s representatives, do not give a statement and do not accept a settlement before taking this step.
Louisiana personal injury law follows the “pure comparative negligence” standard. This means that when deciding on compensation in an accident lawsuit, the jury will assign a percentage of fault to each party and the compensation will be awarded according to that percentage.
For example, if a jury finds you to be 10% at fault for the injuries you sustained, you may still be able to recover compensation for 90% of the total amount of your damages. So, if your damages were determined to be $100,000 and you were found to be 10% at fault, then you could recover $90,000.
At Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, we strongly believe in being relentless advocates for our clients’ legal rights. Your goals become our goals. As we guide you through the legal maze of personal injury law, we’ll always make sure that you understand the complexities of your case, know what your options are, know your legal rights, and are informed and up-to-date on what’s happening with your case at every stage.
For more than 35 years, we’ve helped clients in New Orleans, throughout Louisiana and across the United States. We follow one simple philosophy: The client comes first. Contact us today to get the experience, skill and personalized attention you deserve from an injury attorney.