A car accident can change you and your family’s life forever. Aside from the physical consequences, you may experience loss of income, a reduction in your future ability to earn, or mental anguish. While there is no way of giving you your old life back, you may be able to receive compensation for the full extent of these damages with the support of a Chalmette car accident lawyer. The Morris Bart law firm can assist you in your legal battle for compensation. Call us today at (504) 613-4771 to speak to a member of our Chalmette team for a free consultation. Our firm operates on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front costs to the clients we represent.
Injuries that Can Occur in Car Accidents
Some car accident victims walk away with minor injuries like cuts and bruises. For others, the impact can cause catastrophic and life-altering injuries. Common injuries from car accidents include:
- Internal bleeding
- Severed limbs
- Upper body and head injuries
- Scarring and burns
- Fractures and broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
Long-term treatment, permanent conditions, and chronic pain are possible outcomes with some of these injuries. The damage caused by a car accident is not limited to physical injury. The psychological impact may be with you for a long time and can be just as distressing as any physical injuries you have sustained. If this has happened to you or someone you love, consider speaking to the Chalmette car accident legal team at the Morris Bart law firm. We can answer your questions and lay out your legal options. Call us at (504) 613-4771 for a free consultation in your case.
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Driver Negligence in Car Accidents
If the driver that caused your accident behaved in a negligent manner, you may be legally entitled to compensation for the injuries their actions caused you. Driver negligence can take many forms. It can include
- Traffic law violation: such as running a red light, speeding, failure to yield, failure to signal, and more.
- Distracted driving: such as talking on the phone, texting, eating, grooming, or handling an unrestrained pet while driving.
- Drowsy driving: when a driver is too tired to focus on driving and may nod-off or fall asleep at the wheel.
- Driving while intoxicated: this can include drunk driving, driving on illegal drugs, or driving with prescription medications whose instructions forbid driving while taking the medication.
In some cases, a non-driver party could have liability for a car accident. This could be a car mechanic who fails to install a working brake system or a municipality that fails to maintain a safe roadway with adequate signage.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries
You can typically seek compensation in a personal injury case in one of two ways: by negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company or by filing a personal injury lawsuit against them. A lawyer can represent you in either pursuit. When it comes to negotiations with the insurance company, a lawyer can present evidence of the full value of your injuries and refuse low-ball offers the insurance company might make. If they are not willing to offer you a fair settlement, a lawyer can take your case to court, where a judge could order the insurance company to pay you if they are found liable for your injuries. Note that Louisiana is a comparative fault state, meaning any insurance settlement will reflect your part in the accident. If you are deemed to be 25% at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced by 25%. Accordingly, the amount of fault each driver possesses could be a key dispute in your quest for compensation.
Types of Compensation You May Receive
The damages you suffered as a result of the other driver’s negligent actions can factor into your settlement or court awards. These may include:
- Costs of current and future medical care
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages, if you are representing a family member who was killed in a car accident
To discuss the specific types of damages that may be available in your case, contact the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771.
Working With a Chalmette Car Accident Lawyer
When you hire a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm to represent you, we immediately go to work to defend your interests. Since we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, there will be no up-front costs to you for this representation. Services our car accident lawyers commonly render include:
- Answering your questions and discussing possible outcomes of your case
- Managing all legal deadlines and paperwork
- Gathering evidence of driver liability and the extent of your injuries
- Getting expert statements and witness statements
- Negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Taking them to court if they do not make you a fair settlement offer
The Morris Bart law firm is ready to work alongside you and your family as we seek compensation for your injuries, their effect on your everyday life, and for the financial consequences of the car accident. Let us manage your case while you concentrate on your recovery.
Time Is Limited in Your Personal Injury Case
Louisiana statutes typically impose a one-year time limit for victims of a personal injury case to file a lawsuit. If this time limit expires without action, you may lose your right to compensation in court and your leverage for a fair settlement from the insurance company. The sooner you contact the Morris Bart law firm, the sooner we can get started on your case. You should not be forced to pay for medical bills, loss of wages, and physical and mental distress that another driver’s negligence caused. For a free consultation, call the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771 today.
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