Car accidents are an inescapable reality, and many people across the country face the aftermath of devastating crashes each day. The impact of a car, motorcycle or truck collision can be extensive—both physically and emotionally—especially when a negligent driver causes serious injuries. According to Louisiana State University, thousands of motor-vehicle accidents pepper The Pelican State each year. In 2015 alone, there have already more than 65,000 crashes, of which 18,000 caused injuries. In fact, more than 28 percent of collisions result in physical harm, which is one reason why all road users should know their rights in the event of an accident. Medical treatment after a crash can be expensive, but victims of negligent drivers may be able to seek damages to pay for health-care costs. If you were in a crash that was not your fault, it may be wise to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or organization. At Morris Bart, LLC, we can assist you with the process of recovering compensation after a car accident. Our expansive team of attorneys and legal support staff understand the intricacies of Louisiana personal-injury lawsuits, and we can guide you through the process. There are many ways to approach settlement negotiations after a collision, and a Baton Rouge personal-injury lawyer from our firm can help you identify the best way forward. If we cannot reach a fair payout during settlement negotiations, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. To schedule a consultation and discuss your options, call our office today at 1-800-537-8185. In the meantime, here is a breakdown of the two general approaches for recovering compensation after an injury:
Many personal-injury claims will follow a civil lawsuit route, and the Louisiana Civil Code governs this process—particularly in regard to determining fault and liability. It is important to remember that a civil lawsuit is different from a criminal trial, and as the victim of an accident, you will need to initiate your claim—even if there is an ongoing criminal trial related to your case. During a formal lawsuit, a judge will attempt to identify the cause of the crash and who was at fault. These and other factors will determine the final judgment.
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Many personal-injury claims do not reach the civil lawsuit stage. Instead, the injured party will take the claim directly to the negligent driver or the insurance company, typically with a lawyer’s assistance. There is likely to be lengthy negotiations, and when both parties are satisfied, they will enter into an agreement that neither can continue with any additional legal action. If you are in a car crash and you wish to speak with an experienced Baton Rouge personal injury attorney, contact Morris Bart, LLC. We will evaluate the circumstances of your crash, explain your options and discuss the potential outcomes of your case. Call us today at 1-800-537-8185 to get started.
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