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QUESTIONS OUR ALEXANDRIA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HEARS FROM CLIENTS

How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?

Is it worth hiring a personal injury attorney? Some personal injury attorneys charge a retainer or an hourly rate. We charge a contingency fee, which means that you will pay us a percentage of what we collect for you at the end of your case, and only if we win. If we are not successful in obtaining damages for you, you owe us nothing.

What Is the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?

Your complimentary consultation should shed some light on how much your claim is worth.  All injury claims/cases are different, however, even if they’re of the same type. Do not trust anyone who tells you what your claim is worth before they know the details.

How Are Successful Personal Injury Lawsuits Achieved in Louisiana?

Though no two personal injury claims or cases are alike, they do share three basic characteristics in order to be successful.

Obviously, there must be clear liability by the defendant for the accident: a ticket for driving recklessly if you were hit, a witness to a slip-and-fall accident, or medical records to support a malpractice claim.

Second, there need to be real injuries and other legal damages: not just medical bills, but also lost income, pain and suffering and other non-economic harm done to the injured victim. And finally, you must have a defendant with liability insurance coverage and/or other financial assets which can be liquidated if your proven damages are more than their policy’s financial limits.

What Is a Settlement, and How Does it Work?

Your lawyer will investigate the accident, compute the financial value of your treatment, pain, lost income and other damages, and submit a demand letter to the liability insurer of the negligent person or company. Then both sides will engage in negotiations.  If your case is strong, there is a good chance that a fair settlement amount will be agreed upon. Your opponents don’t want to end up in court and take a chance on being forced to pay more than they would from a settlement.

What Happens in a Personal Injury Trial?

If settlement negotiations fail, the matter is settled at trial. Both sides’ legal representatives argue their client’s cases before a judge and jury. The jury then determines whether the injured party is owed compensation and, if so, how much.

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What Should I Say if Contacted by Insurance Companies?

When you have been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault, your obligation is to talk to (and work with) only your insurance company.

If you are contacted by the insurance company for the other party, say as little as possible and refer them to your attorney.

Why Do People Hire Personal Injury Attorneys?

Attorneys perform virtually all necessary tasks involved with a personal injury claim, relieving the injured victim from the burden of having to file paperwork, conduct investigations, consult expert witnesses, research relevant laws and deal with the opponent’s representatives. A seasoned lawyer can also give you the best chance of receiving compensation amounts which meet all your financial needs.

How Can I Tell if I Have an Injury Claim?

If you’ve been in a serious accident for which another party was responsible and have suffered costly, painful injuries, it is your right to pursue compensation from that negligent party. Consult with an attorney to learn your case’s potential for success.

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ASKED OF OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury?

The statute for virtually all personal injury and medical malpractice claims in Louisiana is one year from the date of accident, injury, or when the victim knew of the accident or injury. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule which your attorney can explain.

What Qualities Should I Look for in an Alexandria Personal Injury Attorney?

Experience, skill and access to resources are all traits which one should look for in their lawyer. And the best way to gauge that is by observing their track record. Has this lawyer handled cases like yours? Did they achieve thoroughly positive results for their clients?

Who Can Be Sued for My Injuries?

Anyone who is found to be at fault in any way for causing your injury may be held liable for your injuries. Your attorney will investigate your accident and ultimately identify all of the parties who should be named defendants in your lawsuit.

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad about Naming Someone in an Injury Lawsuit

You didn’t ask to be injured by someone who was negligent, careless or willful. We all have a duty to care for others. When that duty is breached through someone’s negligence and you end up missing work (and a paycheck), must also pay for medical treatment, and deal with pain and suffering, you should not feel bad about demanding compensation from the guilty party’s insurance company.

What Are Damages in Personal Injury Claims?

Damages are what someone who causes an accident owes the injured victim. They are broken down into two basic categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are easy to compute as they deal with the injured victim’s medical bills and lost income as he or she recovers (or disability, if full recovery is impossible). Non-economic damages involve pain and suffering and other harm the injured plaintiff (and their family) suffers as a result of the accident or if a wrongful death arises from the accident.

What Is Negligence?

Negligence is one’s failure to take reasonable care to avoid causing injury or loss to another person. In order to prove negligence, the injured plaintiff must prove that:

  • The one who caused the injury owed a duty of care to the injured victim.
  • The defendant’s behavior or actions did not meet the reasonable standard of care owed to the victim; this is called breach of duty.
  • A reasonable person in the same circumstances could have been expected to foresee how their actions could be injurious. That they did not is negligence.
  • And because of that negligence, it is the defendant’s breach of duty which caused the accident and makes him/her legally liable.

How Is Fault Determined in Louisiana for a Personal Injury Case?

Your negligence claim is a legal way of assigning blame for your injuries from an accident. Louisiana law, however, recognizes the doctrine of “comparative fault” in negligence cases. This means that liability is assigned to everyone who contributed to the accident, in equal proportion to their proven fault.

In applying comparative fault, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, you are entitled to only 80 percent of the total damage amount.

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What You Should Do after Being Injured

The most important thing is to get treatment immediately for your injuries. If you are contacted by anyone else’s insurance company, say nothing, and contact an Alexandria personal injury attorney if you wish to file a claim or lawsuit against the negligent defendant and his/her insurance company. You should also begin keeping a journal of your experiences (and events) surrounding your medical care and recovery, including your pain and suffering. Follow your prescribed treatment regimen completely in order to document that your injuries are serious and that your recovery is important to you. And follow all instructions your Alexandria personal injury lawyer gives you for the duration of your claim or lawsuit.

Why Seeking Medical Attention for Your Injury Is So Important

Medical evidence is the foundation for any personal injury claim or case. So getting treatment is paramount to not only your recovery, but to creating compelling evidence which justifies your insurance claim or case. Even if you don’t “feel” injured, you need to see a doctor; if you delay, your condition could suddenly worsen and treatment can cost more. Plus, by being attended to immediately and following your treatment program, you are demonstrating that your health is important.  Not doing so could expose your claim to being disputed by the defendant’s insurance company and hobble any civil case your personal injury lawyer may file.

How Alexandria Personal Injury Lawyer Chris Roy Can Help

First, if you retain Chris, you get Chris. He handles every case personally. Chris has been representing injured central Louisianans for over 30 years. As a third-generation personal injury lawyer, he has been around Louisiana law all his life. He is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 25th District, and his time on the House’s Insurance Committee gave him an even better understanding of insurance company behaviors relative to personal injury law. As a member of that committee he fought for consumer rights against the big insurance companies on all health insurance issues and insurance bad faith laws. His “fight” as an Alexandria personal injury lawyer continues today, exemplified by his aggressive no-nonsense dealings with liability insurers on behalf of his injured clients.

Please call us at (318) 487-9537 or use our online form to find out if you have a case.

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