Military Personnel Can Suffer Personal Injuries
Vernon Parish derives its name from President George Washington’s beloved home, Mt. Vernon. Given his lengthy military service, it seems fitting that Vernon Parish is home to the fifth largest military installation in the country. Covering almost 200,000 acres, Fort Polk was one of the Army’s major World War II training camps and is currently the only Combat Training Center that also deploys combat units. There are approximately 11,000 troops stationed at this “Home of Heroes.” At the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, we appreciate and respect U.S. military personnel and are honored to be able to help all members of the Armed Forces (and their families) take legal action after a serious injury.
When injuries happen outside the line of duty and are someone else’s fault, it may be possible to recover damages. Along with duty, breach, and causation, damages is one of the four essential elements of nearly every personal injury suit.
To be successful, a plaintiff has to show:
- The defendant had a duty or an obligation to the plaintiff
- The duty was violated or breached
- The violation or breach caused damage to the plaintiff
- There are actual damages for which the plaintiff can be compensated
Compensation for lost income, medical expenses (including TRICARE and CHAMPVA), future medical bills, and pain and suffering are commonly recouped losses in negligence actions. Claims involving the military can be more complex than those limited to civilians due to additional economic benefits.
For example, a service member who is hurt in a motor vehicle accident may be permanently unable to resume his or her duties, resulting in an enormous financial loss due to the entitlements awarded by the government to those who protect our country. These benefits must be correctly calculated to ensure that the victim is properly compensated for the loss. Considerations include basic pay (based on rank, years of service), special/incentive pay (aviators, hardship duties), non-taxable allowances (food, housing), retirement pay, and low/no cost medical insurance.
Accidents happen to everyone, even service members, military personnel, military families, and veterans. It’s been estimated that 2.35 million people are injured or disabled in motor vehicle crashes each year, and there are an additional 37,000 fatalities. Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents are just a few of the areas from which personal injury lawsuits develop. Bicycle and boating accidents are common, as are those that result from defective products. Slipping, tripping, or falling on someone’s else property due to a dangerous condition can lead to serious injuries, as can inadequate security. Medical professionals or nursing home facilities which negligently care for a patient can also be held responsible for injuries or wrongful death.
If you have any questions about this topic, or if you suspect that you have been the victim of negligence, contact experienced Louisiana military personal injury attorney Chris Roy Jr. to find out your rights. Having practiced law for nearly 30 years, he takes pride in helping people in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, Avoyelles Parish, Allen Parish, Vernon Parish, and throughout Central Louisiana. Benefit from his assistance and knowledge by contacting the firm for a free initial consultation. Call 1-318-487-9537 to get help today.