If you suffered injuries due to another person or entity’s actions (or lack of action), you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Our team at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys understands how to strategically approach and prevail in these cases, having obtained billions of dollars for thousands of clients. Our personal injury services in Baton Rouge and Gonzales include compassionate, attentive representation driven by our strong Christian values. We care about your well-being and will provide the aggressive advocacy you need to hold negligent parties accountable and secure the compensation you need to move forward. Our lawyers will make every effort to maximize the money you recover, and you pay nothing unless we win.
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- Car Accidents. If another driver causes a collision after failing to follow any rule of the road, they may be liable for the injuries and damages they cause.
- Motorcycle Accidents. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to serious injuries and are often not paid appropriate attention on the road.
- Truck Accidents. Truck accidents can quickly become catastrophic, but liability may not be as cut or dry as a typical vehicular accident. Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties may be liable for damages.
- Uber/Lyft Accidents. Liability is less clear in accidents involving a rideshare app, especially if certain insurance policies are not triggered. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you need after sustaining injuries while riding in an Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare vehicle.
- Pedestrian Accidents. Drivers are required by law to yield to pedestrians in marked areas and make every effort to avoid colliding with them in all other areas, yet crashes are still unfortunately frequent. Injured pedestrians will often rely on personal injury cases to recover compensation for medical expenses and other losses.
- Premises Liability. Property owners are required to take reasonable steps to keep their premises free of hazards that might injure visitors and patrons. We can assist you with many types of premises liability incidents, including dog bites and slip and fall accidents.
- Wrongful Death. Should someone die in an accident, qualifying family members have the right to take legal action against a negligent party and attempt to recover damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Product Liability. Manufacturers, including pharmaceutical companies that produce dangerous drugs, can be held accountable for making and distributing products whose defects harm consumers.
- Bicycle Accidents. Bicyclists are often forced to navigate Louisiana roads without bike loans or other biker-friendly infrastructure, raising the possibility of collisions with vehicles.
- Catastrophic Injuries. Especially severe accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that dramatically affect a person’s ability to function and enjoy their life. Examples include brain injuries and spinal injuries.
Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, elbow, arm, wrist, rib, back, and leg injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Side-Swiped: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, and back injuries in a car wreck in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered headaches, neck, back, and various soft-tissue injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.
In a personal injury case, a victim contends that a defendant’s conduct caused them physical harm and seeks compensation for injury-related losses. The defendant typically has a different view and defends against the victim’s claims.
Perhaps the most pivotal word in these cases is “fault.” “Fault” means doing something a reasonable person would not have done (or failing to do something a reasonable person would have done). The law regards those actions as being below the standard which applies to the defendant’s activities.
The standard that applies to the defendant’s actions will depend on the surrounding circumstances. These standards are sometimes set by the legislatures in statutes, while in other circumstances they are set by the courts via precedent. One of our legal professionals will explain the standards that apply in your case.
Negligence is the most common basis for personal injury claims. There are four elements of negligence that you and your legal representation must establish to have a chance of recovering compensation for damages. Specifically, you must demonstrate that each element of the case is more likely to be true than not true.
There are many facts or circumstances which may enable a person to bring an action for personal injury based on negligence. For example:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boat accidents
- Uber or Lyft accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Product defect accidents
- Medical malpractice
In terms of causation, the victim must establish a causal link between the defendant’s actions and their injuries and damages. They must show that the claimed injury was caused in whole or in part by the conduct of the defendant. For example, if a victim has neck pain and a herniated disc following a car accident, the victim will need to prove that the accident was the cause. Here the defendants will almost always claim the victim’s injuries are the results of a preexisting medical condition or other injury.
Although the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions were a cause of his injury, this does not mean that the law recognizes only one cause of an injury. For cases in which there is only one alleged defendant, the victim must show that they would not have suffered injury if the defendant had not done what they did. For cases in which there are two or more alleged defendants, a determination will be made as to each defendant and whether their individual conduct was a contributing factor in causing this incident.
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Another part of the plaintiff’s case is proof of personal injury and damages. Personal injury include every variety of injuries to a person’s body, mind, and emotions, as opposed to injury to property rights. A victim must provide evidence of injury and how the injury affected her/him financially, physically, and emotionally.
If the victim is successful, they will be paid compensation. Ultimately, the value of a victim’s case or the amount of compensation depends on many factors, including the amount of available insurance coverage. The biggest determinant behind case value is how much you could get in “damages”. Damages include: (1) past medical bills; (2) future medical bills; (3) past and future lost wages; (4) loss of earning capacity; (5) loss of benefits, including health insurance benefits; (6) loss of enjoyment of life; (7) pain and suffering; (8) permanent scarring; (9) household assistance; (10) travel expenses; and (11) mental anguish and emotional distress.
Some of those considerations might not have a clearly articulated value at first. However, based on our experience, we can offer an estimated case value after assessing your medical records, police records, statements, and other evidence, such as the progression or regression of your physical and mental state after an accident. The whole picture can provide a window into what to expect from a personal injury case.
What Injuries Are Common in Personal Injury Lawsuits?
In personal injury lawsuits, people often seek damages for a wide range of physical and psychological injuries. Common personal injury lawsuit claims include:
- Whiplash – This is a common personal injury that happens in car accidents and can lead to neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and other issues.
- Broken Bones – A broken bone can occur due to blunt force trauma and can require surgery or physical therapy.
- Lacerations & Contusions– Cuts and bruises are very common personal injuries that may require stitches or antibiotics depending on the severity of the wound.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – These often happen with falls from great heights, motor vehicle collisions, diving accidents, sports-related injuries, etc., causing serious damage to the vertebral column and spinal cord resulting in paralysis or loss of feeling below the site of injury; this requires medical attention as soon as possible for recovery chances increase significantly if treatment starts early enough after an accident occurs.
- Burns– Burns come in all different shapes sizes ranging from first-degree burns (causing just redness) to fourth-degree (causing severe disfigurement). Depending on how severe a burn is, it might need professional medical care to ensure proper healing. Scars may remain even after such treatments take place but should be minimal when compared to not getting help from medical professionals specializing in burn wounds.
- Head Injuries– Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an umbrella term for a wide range of personal injury resulting from head trauma and can cause both physical and psychological damage to victims. Common signs include confusion, dizziness, nausea, headaches, memory loss, speech impediment or change in personality.
A personal injury lawyer may be able to help seek compensation for costs associated with long-term care due to these types of injuries.
No matter what type of personal injury you have suffered as the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Baton Rouge who will fight for your rights and ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys are here to help, contact our personal injury lawyers in Baton Rouge today for a free consultation. We will fight for you and get you the compensation that you deserve. Call us now at (225) 230-3110 or fill out an online form for more information.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in Louisiana?
At Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys, we do not charge hourly rates or any fees upfront. Instead, we are paid on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that we only get paid if we put money in your pocket. This is an extremely beneficial arrangement for individuals who were injured through no fault of their own, as it allows people from all walks of life to access quality legal representation that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
In many types of personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents, the injured victim is usually up against a sophisticated insurance company that uses cutthroat tactics to save money at their expense. The contingency fee structure at our firm levels the playing field. It gives you the opportunity to work with an attorney who has the skills, knowledge, experience, and resources required to cut craven insurance companies down to size and put you back on top.
How Do you Win A Personal Injury Case?
The four elements you must prove to win a personal injury case are:
- Duty. The defendant must have owed the victim a “duty of care.” Generally, individuals have a duty to act with a certain level or standard of care. The standard of care is not that of an extraordinarily cautious individual or an exceptionally skilled person. For purposes of personal injury liability, individuals are supposed to act as a reasonably prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances.
- Breach. A defendant is generally considered to have “breached” their duty of care when their actions fall below an adequate standard of care. An act of negligence, such as texting while driving or driving while intoxicated in the case of a vehicular accident, would likely constitute a breach. In some cases, there are specific statutory laws that may apply. In these instances, a determination may also be made as to whether a reasonably prudent person in the defendant’s situation would have also violated the statute in question.
- Causation. The victim must establish a causal link between the defendant’s negligent actions and their injuries and damages. Specifically, they must show that the claimed injury was in whole or in part the result of the defendant’s misconduct. For example, if a victim has neck pain or a herniated disc following a vehicular accident, they will need to demonstrate the accident was the cause of those injuries through medical records, testimony, and other evidence. The defendant might claim the victim’s injuries as the result of a preexisting medical condition or some other injury.
- Damages. Finally, the victim must show proof of personal injury and related damages. “Personal injuries” include every variety of injury to someone’s body, mind, and emotions. A victim will need to provide evidence of how the injury or injuries affected them physically, emotionally, and financially.
If the victim is successful in proving these four elements, they will be paid compensation. Ultimately, the value of the victim’s claim (which determines the amount of compensation recovered) will depend on many factors, including the amount of available insurance coverage.
Our personal injury services in Baton Rouge include a full assessment of the circumstances surrounding your accident. Our attorneys will advise whether you have a strong claim, including its potential value, and walk you through what it will take to win.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
To obtain compensation for your injuries and losses after an accident, you will need to identify the at-fault parties and prove their liability. This is no small task, especially if you are unfamiliar with the legal process and are up against someone with considerable resources.
When you choose our firm, we will thoroughly investigate your case and gather physical evidence, police reports, medical records, witness testimony, and other proof to build the most compelling case possible. We will also work to proactively ensure that insurance companies provide the full extent of any available coverage.
Although some personal injury cases will inevitably go to trial, we have had significant success helping many of our clients get compensation and move on with their lives without having to go to court. If a trial is needed, our lawyers are well-equipped to fight and will do everything in our power to avoid a long, drawn-out court battle.
Our attorneys never settle for less, and neither should you. Contact us online or call (225) 230-3110 to learn more about how our personal injury services in Baton Rouge can help you secure just compensation.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
When contemplating whether to take legal action against a negligent party, you may fairly be wondering whether a personal injury claim is worth the trouble. Specifically, you will want to understand how much you stand to recover if you win. Under the law, personal injury victims can obtain compensation for monetary (calculable) and non-monetary (non-calculable) losses. Our personal injury services in Baton Rouge include an estimated case value after we carefully review your circumstances.
The value of your personal injury claim will depend on several key factors, including:
- The circumstances of your accident
- The severity of your injuries
- The amount of available insurance coverage
Damages you may be able to recover in a Louisiana personal injury case include:
- Past, current, and future medical bills related to your injuries
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering