Motor Vehicle Accidents
What Should I do After Being Involved in a Vehicle Accident in Baton Rouge?
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or anyone else has been injured or if one or more cars cannot be safely moved from oncoming traffic.
Louisiana law also requires you to report an accident to local police if there are any injuries or at least $500 in vehicle damage resulting from the crash. In addition, some insurance policies require policyholders to notify the police any time they are involved in a crash.
When possible, it is helpful to use your phone to take photos of the crash scene. That includes documenting any damage to your vehicle and others, paint from other vehicles on your car, the surrounding area, traffic signs and lights where the accident happened, and further details.
Make sure you exchange information with the other party (in case the police do not give their information to you).
Who Will Pay My Medical Bills For My Personal Injuries After a Wreck?
Anyone injured in a crash in Louisiana has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision, whether it was a rear-end, T-bone, or sideswipe accident. If you were injured in a wreck, you might attempt to get compensation from the negligent driver (and their insurer) or the driver’s employer if the accident involved a commercial vehicle, for example.
In certain situations, you may have the option to seek compensation from your own insurer. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is designed to kick in for policyholders involved in an accident caused by a driver who has no or insufficient coverage for bodily injury and property damage caused by a collision. The law prohibits these insurers from raising your premiums simply because you make an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim. The decision of whether you wish to exercise this option is up to you.
You must understand that insurance companies typically go to great lengths to minimize or avoid payouts. Many skilled insurance adjusters are bonused or otherwise incentivized to save their employers money, even if it means getting you less than what you are owed. The insurance company is not concerned with your well-being and will not act in your best interest. That is why it is essential to have a seasoned legal advocate in your corner.
I Was Injured in a Vehicle or Big Truck Accident in Baton Rouge. How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys, we don’t charge hourly rates or any fees at all up front. Instead, we are paid on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that we only get paid if we win your case. This is an ideal arrangement for individuals injured by no fault of their own. It allows injured people to gain access to a quality attorney they might not have otherwise be able to afford.
In car wrecks or big truck accidents, the injured victim is usually up against a sophisticated insurance company who uses cutthroat tactics to save money at your expense. The contingency-fee structure at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys levels the playing field. It gives you access to a firm that has the skills, knowledge, experience, resources and expertise to cut them down to size and help get you back on top.
If you or a loved one were injured in a wreck, contact Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys today for a free, no-risk case evaluation. You can’t and shouldn’t have to fight this battle alone. We don’t settle for less and neither should you!
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
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