Gonzales Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Lawsuit Representation
An unexpected injury can leave you with piles of medical bills, weeks (or months) of missed wages, and physical pain that cannot be easily valuated. When the accident that caused your injuries was caused due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
At Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys, we leverage our extensive skills, resources, and experience to put our clients back on top. Founded on strong Christian values, our firm’s track record speaks for itself, with billions of dollars recovered for thousands of clients.
Our Gonzales personal injury lawyers have what it takes to win all types of cases and can provide the attentive-yet-aggressive representation needed to put money in your pocket. We handle these matters on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we win. You can rest assured you will always come first, and we will do everything possible to maximize your recovery.
Our legal professionals are available to discuss your case 24/7, so call (225) 230-3110 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
On This Page:
- Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Team Handles
- What Is a Personal Injury Case?
- What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do in Louisiana?
- What You Need to Prove in a Louisiana Personal Injury Case
- Do I Have a Personal Injury Case If I Do Not Feel Hurt?
- Do I Still Have a Personal Injury Case If My Insurance Paid My Medical Bills?
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Personal injury laws apply to a wide spectrum of situations. Certain types of cases rely on specific statutes and standards of proof, so it is important that you retain a legal professional that is familiar with your situation and knows what it takes to prevail. Our team at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys can represent you in cases involving:
- Car Accidents. Car accidents are unfortunately frequent occurrences on Louisiana roadways, and collisions are often caused by distracted, intoxicated, or rule-breaking drivers. A motorist is liable when their negligent driving results in an injury-causing crash.
- Truck Accidents. Truck accidents can be especially terrifying if an enormous 18-wheeler collides with a smaller, more vulnerable vehicle. Liability is not always as clear in these cases, as parties other than (or in addition to) the truck’s driver may also be legally responsible for injuries caused by a crash.
- Motorcycle Accidents. Motorcyclists face incredible dangerous whenever a negligent driver’s conduct leads to a collision. Even with a helmet, a motorcyclist can sustain many types of devastating injuries that often require extensive medical care.
- Premises Liability. Whenever you visit a home or facility, the property owner has a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to keep you safe. That includes warning you about known hazards and working to quickly resolve any dangerous defects the owner learns about. You may have a case if you slip and fell on a slick or uneven surface the property owner knew or should have known about, for example. Dog bites also fall under premises liability law.
- Catastrophic Injuries. A catastrophic injury confers life-altering consequences and typically leaves a victim partially or completely disabled. Recovering compensation for medical expenses (as well as non-monetary losses) becomes especially crucial if you have sustained a catastrophic injury, such as a brain or spinal injury.
- Bicycle Accidents. Some drivers are hostile to bicyclists, who have the right to travel alongside traditional vehicles on Louisiana roadways. Cyclists are vulnerable in collisions with cars and trucks, potentially resulting in severe outcomes.
- Pedestrian Accidents. Pedestrians do not always have the right-of-way in Louisiana, but drivers must make every effort to avoid hitting them. Partial liability often comes into play in these cases, as a driver may be partially responsible for a pedestrian’s injuries even if the pedestrian did not have the right-of-way.
- Product Liability. If you were injured due to a product’s dangerous flaw, you can potentially hold the manufacturer of that product accountable through a product liability lawsuit.
- Wrongful Death. When a victim sustains fatal injuries in any kind of accident, qualifying family members have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
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Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, elbow, arm, wrist, rib, back, and leg injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.
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Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered headaches, neck, back, and various soft-tissue injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.
A personal injury case is a type of litigation in which an injured party sues a negligent party in an effort to recover compensation for damages. Many personal injury cases are pursued on the basis of negligence, meaning the defendant did something reckless (or failed to do something prudent) that a reasonable person would not do (or would do) in the same situation. Injury victims often turn to personal injury litigation after suffering injuries in vehicular accidents, premises liability incidents, and other situations where a person or company appears to be at-fault.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do in Louisiana?
It is not in a victim’s best interest to pursue a personal injury claim alone. Depending on the nature of the case, they may be going up against a large company with comprehensive legal resources. They may also not be equipped to adequately manage the involved insurance company.
A Gonzales personal injury attorney will guide you through each step of the legal process. That typically starts with a thorough review of your case’s circumstances and a review of your legal options. They will also help you understand what your claim may be worth.
Next, your lawyer will handle communications with the defendant’s insurance company (if applicable) and legal representatives. They will also get to work on your case by gathering evidence, including police reports, medical records, witness testimony, and other elements that support your case.
A seasoned attorney will then develop a compelling, persuasive case that puts you in the best possible position. They may be able to help you avoid a drawn-out trial by negotiating a fair settlement that covers your losses. If a trial does become unavoidable, your lawyer will fiercely advocate for you in and out of the courtroom and will work to maximize your compensation.
Winning a personal injury claim is not as simple as showing evidence that someone was responsible for your injuries. Though demonstrating fault is pivotal, there are other important factors that you must be able to prove in court. Our Gonzales personal injury lawyers have a complete understanding of the laws that apply to these matters and will work closely with you to build a strong case.
In many personal injury claims, you must establish the following four elements:
- Duty. You must show the defendant owed a duty of care to you at the time of an accident. Drivers owe a duty of care to other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians whenever they get behind the wheel. Property owners typically owe visitors and patrons a duty of care. Manufacturers and distributors owe a duty of a care to consumers who use their products.
- Breach. Next, you must demonstrate that the defendant breached that duty of care through an act of negligence. In many personal injury cases, a breach constitutes an action (or a failure to take an action) that a reasonable person would not have taken (or would have taken) in the same scenario. In other cases, specific statutes define what is considered a breach.
- Causation. Proving a breach of duty is not enough to win. You must also prove the breach specifically caused your injuries. For example, a motorist who texts while driving is arguably breaching their duty of care to other people on the road, but if their misconduct does not lead to an accident, there is no case. If a motorist’s texting while driving causes a collision that results in injury, there is a causal link between the breach and the accident.
- Damages. Finally, you must show that you sustained physical injuries (and potentially other losses) as a direct result of the breach. You can provide evidence of how you the breach affected you financially, physically, and emotionally.
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Possibly. You should not assume you have not sustained any injuries after an accident, even if you do not feel pain or notice any symptoms in the immediate aftermath. You should always get a full medical evaluation as soon as possible after an accident, as some conditions are not readily apparent and may only be able to be detected by a doctor. Other conditions may have delayed symptoms that you only begin to deal with in the days, weeks, or even months after an accident.
Even if you were fortunate enough to not sustain any major injuries, you could still have a case if the accident caused significant property damage. A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the compensation needed to cover damage to your car and its contents after a vehicular accident, for example.
Do I Still Have a Personal Injury Case If My Insurance Paid My Medical Bills?
In many cases, yes. Recovery in a personal injury claim is not limited to medical bills. It can also help you obtain compensation for lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering, none of which will typically be covered by your insurance company. Additionally, you may be forced to cover a co-pay or deductible before receiving an insurance payout. A successful personal injury claim can get you money for these out-of-pocket expenses.
Our Gonzales personal injury lawyers are ready to put you back on top. Call (225) 230-3110 or contact us online today.
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!
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.
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
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).
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.
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