If another person caused you to suffer injuries in Terrebonne Parish, you may have a legal case against them. It may be possible to hold them accountable and recover compensation for your expenses and losses. A Houma personal injury attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can help.
Our team provides complimentary consultations and case assessments for accident victims. If someone else’s negligent behavior caused you injury, we will evaluate your case, explain your legal rights, and discuss how we could help you get justice in your case.
We Help Injured Victims Recover Monetary Damages for Their Losses and Expenses
The Morris Bart law firm seeks compensation for clients who suffered injuries because of someone else’s bad behavior in Houma, Louisiana. Under state statutes, victims can hold others legally liable for their carelessness or recklessness when it costs them money and causes harm.
When we build a case to prove negligence and liability, we also gather evidence to show the types and value of our client’s damages. This could include:
- Medical bills
- Receipts for related expenses
- Proof of time away from work
- Documentation of income before injuries
- Estimates for car repairs
- Receipts for replaced property, such as a smartphone or eyeglasses
- Expert testimony to prove future costs
This evidence allows us to recover damages for clients that could include:
- Medical treatment and related expenses
- Future healthcare needs due to their injuries
- Ongoing care and support needs
- Medical or mobility equipment
- Lost wages, benefits, and other income while out of work
- Diminished earning capacity if they cannot return to their previous position
- Property damages, including vehicle repairs or replacement
- Miscellaneous related expenses with receipts
We also seek non-economic damages in these cases. Non-economic damages stem from the psychological harm our clients suffered. This includes pain and suffering, mental anguish, reduced quality of life, loss of life enjoyment, and more.
Wrongful Death Damages May Be Available for Qualifying Family Members
Louisiana law supports family members seeking justice if their loved one died from their personal injuries. If your immediate family member would have had a valid case, had they survived, you can likely take action and recover compensation under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2.
This statute allows certain relatives to seek and secure a financial recovery. These relatives generally are:
- The surviving spouse and children
- The spouse or children, if only one or the other
- The victim’s parents or one parent
- The victim’s siblings, in the absence of surviving parents, spouse, and children
- Their grandparents or a grandparent if there are no other immediate relatives
The costs and losses we pursue for clients in these cases include:
- Medical bills from their loved one’s injuries
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income
- Lost benefits, such as health insurance costs and missed retirement
- Loss of services previously performed by the decedent at home
- Intangible losses experienced by the surviving family members because of their loved one’s death
Our team will review your case for free if your loved one died in a negligence accident in Terrebonne Parish. We can help you understand your options for holding the at-fault parties accountable and getting justice for your family.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Houma, call (985) 900-1195
Understanding the Insurance Claims Process in a Houma Personal Injury Case
When an injured party works with the Houma personal injury lawyers from the Morris Bart law office, we handle their claim and navigate the entire process on their behalf. In most cases, this requires us to:
- Determine what happened
- Assign fault
- Review the insurance policies, if available
- Value the case
- Prepare a claim
- Demand just compensation
- Negotiate with the insurer
- Agree to compensation that is the appropriate range
Under most circumstances, this is how the case concludes. Often it will not be necessary to sue the liable party or parties. However, there are times when you may need to sue to protect your right to seek compensation. This can happen when:
- The insurance company does not believe its policyholder is responsible.
- It claims our client contributed to their injuries.
- It does not think the claim is worth the amount we demand.
Why do We File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
One reason we sue in civil court is to protect our client’s right to do so. If the deadline that was set by La. Civ. Code Art. 3492 approaches, and we are not close to a settlement with the insurer, we may need to prepare the paperwork so that we can sue. This prevents us from running out of time. Louisiana generally only gives you up to one year from the injury date to sue.
Suing often shows the insurance company that we are serious. It may increase its offer immediately or after it learns more about the case we have against its policyholder. Most lawsuits never go to trial. If yours does go before a judge and jury, you will have our trial attorneys on your side, fighting for your best interests.
Morris Bart, LLC, Helps Victims Injured in Many Types of Houma Incidents
While our attorneys handle a lot of auto accidents and slip and fall cases, negligence causes injuries in many ways. We manage various kinds of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck crashes
- Motorcycle collisions
- DUI and DWI wrecks
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Boating collisions
- Slip and fall
- Trip and fall
- Pool accidents
- Other premises liability injuries
- Workers’ compensation
- Offshore injury and Jones Act
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product
- Dangerous drugs
We Have 40-Plus Years of Personal Injury Law Experience in Louisiana
Attorney Morris Bart and his team have practiced personal injury law in Louisiana since 1980. We know how to protect our clients’ rights and recover cash compensation on their behalf, either through a settlement or court award. We had 6,500 wins for our clients in 2019 alone.
Our case results are evidence that we work diligently to secure the compensation injury victims need and deserve. Some recoveries include:
- $852,845 for a victim with neck, back, and facial injuries after a New Orleans car accident
- $650,000 for a client left with multiple broken bones and punctured lungs after a drunk driver hit them in Monroe, LA
- $640,000 for a worker who hurt their back on a job site in Lafayette, LA
- $580,000 for a car accident victim in Hattiesburg, MS, who required neck surgery
- $550,000 for a hit-and-run collision victim with multiple back injuries who had surgery after a Shreveport, LA, crash
We Will Fight for Your Best Interests
If our attorneys represent you in your Houma personal injury case, you can trust that we have your back throughout the process. We will fight for the best possible outcome based on the facts of what happened. We will not settle for a lowball offer or agree to a payout just to reach a quick resolution.
We protect your right to fair and just compensation from the day you sign your contract with us. We will brief you on the latest case updates, answer your questions, or address any concerns you have 24/7. You can count on our team to update you regularly so that you will know what to expect.
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Morris Bart, LLC, Is a Contingency Fee Law Firm
Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that our attorney’s fees are contingent on the outcome of your case. We never bill for a retainer or other upfront fees. Instead, we use our resources, network, and knowledge to build your case and navigate the claims or lawsuit process.
We will not charge you anything until the conclusion of your case. Then, we only take our attorney’s fees—in the amount we agreed on in your contract—from the compensation sent to us by the insurer or liable party. You never have to worry about paying our fees out of your pocket or writing us a check from your account.
Building a Strong Argument to Support a Settlement or Court Award
A Houma personal injury lawyer’s role is to design a case to support a claim or lawsuit, take action to recover compensation, and represent the client’s best interests throughout this process. While injured victims can do this on their own, it is rarely the best option.
Managing your insurance claim can be extremely stressful and time-consuming, especially while undergoing medical treatment and working on getting your life back to normal. When you trust your case to our team, we will:
Investigate what Happened
At the Morris Bart law firm, our team investigates every case we manage. We will:
- Survey the scene
- Obtain relevant documents
- Gather evidence
- Conduct reconstructions
- Interview witnesses
- Enlist the help of experts
- Watch and analyze video
- Take other steps as necessary
This allows us to better understand what happened, the role each party played, and how we can support your claim or lawsuit. The evidence we identify and collect also allows us to prove negligence and liability.
Prove Negligence in Your Personal Injury Case
There are four elements required to prove negligence that occurred. We will need to gather evidence of all four before moving forward with a claim or lawsuit. They include:
- The at-fault party had a responsibility to do something specific to keep the victim safe.
- They failed to do what they should (or what a reasonable person would do).
- Their failure caused an accident or incident.
- The victim suffered harm as a result.
Identify All Potentially Liable Parties
In most cases, the at-fault person is also the liable party. For example, when a driver runs a red light in their car and crashes into you in the intersection, that other driver is likely the sole liable party in the accident. We will file a claim against their insurance or sue them in court.
However, some cases could have more than one liable party. For example, La. Civ. Code Art. 2320 makes the employer of a driver vicariously liable when an accident involves a commercial vehicle. This means that a trucking company is likely legally responsible for your injuries and damages following a Houma tractor-trailer collision.
Assess Your Damages
One of the most important components of recovering an appropriate payment based on the harm you suffered is putting a fair value on the claim. To do this, we must determine an accurate total cost of the following:
- To-date financial losses
- Current related expenses
- Future costs
- Intangible damages
While much of this requires totaling the bills and receipts, valuing future expenses and intangible damages takes experience, expert testimony, and knowledge of how the local civil courts generally handle this process.
We also need to consider other factors that could alter the client’s financial recovery. For example, under La. Civ. Code Art. 2323, a victim can still recover compensation if they contributed to their injuries. However, it reduces the value of their possible recovery.
Speak with a Morris Bart, LLC, Attorney Serving Houma, LA, Today for Free
The Houma injury attorneys from the Morris Bart law firm provide complimentary consultations. During this free consultation, you can learn more about your rights and options for seeking compensation based on the injuries you suffered.
Visit our Houma office at 1 Church Street, Houma, LA 70364, call, or reach out online. We may be able to hold the liable parties accountable and recover money damages for you. Call (985) 900-1195 now to talk to an attorney today.
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