An accident can happen at any time or place, whether you are driving down the road or walking through the grocery store. At times, there may be no one at fault for such accidents. However, if you suffered injuries because of another person’s negligence, you have the right to hold them responsible for your losses.
A Destrehan personal injury lawyer can support you through the process and help you build a strong case. The team at the Morris Bart law firm works on a wide range of personal injury accident cases. We operate on a contingency fee basis only, which means that we never ask our clients to pay out-of-pocket for our help. We only earn attorneys fees if we succeed in your case. For a free, no-obligation case review, contact the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents
There are a wide variety of accidents that can lead to serious injuries, including birth injuries from medical malpractice, vehicle collisions, slip and falls, and dog bites. Learn more about these and other types of accidents below.
We like to think that our physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are always going to keep us safe. However, accidents happen, especially due to poorly coordinated care or understaffing. Nonetheless, it can still be surprising to hear that a Johns Hopkins study suggests that medical error surpasses respiratory disease as the third leading cause of death in the United States, with over 250,000 deaths each year attributed to medical mistakes.
Car accidents are another common cause of injuries and fatalities across the country. These accidents can occur due to a wide variety of negligent behaviors, including distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and aggressive driving.
While many bites do not cause serious damage to the skin and tissue, they can create a serious risk for infection and disease.
While you might assume that workplace injuries are relatively common, it can be shocking to realize the sheer number of them that happen every day. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a workplace injury occurs every seven seconds. Those injuries added up to an estimated 4,600,000 injured in one year alone.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are another extremely common type of accident. While they often do not produce serious injuries, in some cases—especially among older adults—they can lead to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or even death. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that three million older adults are treated in emergency rooms each year because of accidents related to falls.
Manufacturers and other parties who are involved in helping products reach consumers can be held liable if a product injures someone. There are generally three types of product defects for which manufacturers and suppliers can be held responsible:
- Design defects: These involve problems with the actual design, which means every product manufactured will have this defect.
- Manufacturing defects: This type of defect happens when the product is in production and usually will affect only one or a specific batch of products.
- Marketing defects: This is when a company fails to warn consumers about a potential danger or does not provide adequate instruction for using the product.
Regardless of what type of accident you experienced, if it was caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to hold them liable. A Destrehan personal injury lawyer can help. Contact the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771 for a free consultation.
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What You Need to Know About Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations
Every state places a limit on the amount of time that plaintiffs have to pursue compensation after any type of personal injury accident. In many states, the statute of limitations allows accident victims three to five years to take action. However, Louisiana is different. According to the Louisiana statute of limitations outlined in Civil Code (CC) § 3492, you must file your claim within one year of the date of your accident. Otherwise, you are typically barred from recovering any compensation.
Types of Recoverable Damages
There are many damages you could potentially recover after a personal injury accident. Ultimately, the types of recoverable damages depend on the details of your case. For example, whether or not you suffered severe or permanent injuries, sustained property damage, or lost loved one lost in the accident.
While we cannot estimate your damages without first examining the details of your situation, recoverable compensation can often include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Doctor’s examinations
- Hospital stays
- Surgical procedures
- Lost wages
- Future wages
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Assistive devices like wheelchairs
- Property damage
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How a Destrehan Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Depending on the type of personal injury accident you were involved in, these cases can be complex. You also do not have an enormous amount of time to decide whether you want to pursue damages, as the statute of limitations in Louisiana limits you to just one year. We understand how overwhelming it can be to think about taking legal action after an accident.
To make this easier, our team can guide you through the process every step of the way. Some specific ways that the team at the Morris Bart law firm can help include:
- Explaining your rights and options after an accident.
- Answering your questions and offering legal guidance.
- Gathering evidence like video footage, witness statements, and police reports.
- Working with accident scene reconstruction experts to determine liability, depending on the nature of your case.
- Consulting with experts.
- Calculating the full value of your case, including the cost of your pain and suffering.
- Negotiating for a settlement.
You do not have to go through this alone. Our team can help you hold the liable party responsible to get you the compensation you need to cover your losses. Contact the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771.
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