If a negligent party causes you to sustain an injury and damages in an accident, you can get financially compensated. Never pay for any of your expenses out of pocket. By filing a claim, you can win a settlement that can help you recover.
The New Iberia personal injury lawyers at Morris Bart, LLC can help you get started. Let us guide you through the claims process and help you win the settlement you rightfully deserve. Contact us to learn more about how we can assist you.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in New Iberia?
Many personal injury victims mistakenly believe that winning a settlement is easy and won’t require a lawyer. While some cases can get resolved with little to no hindrance, the truth is that those are extremely rare, and the vast majority of cases require a personal injury lawyer to help you. Our New Iberia personal injury lawyers will help you win a settlement in various ways.
Representing Your Best Interests
Your injury should take priority over anything else. While you heal and recover from your accident, you shouldn’t divide attention from your health to your legal affairs. If you have little to no knowledge of New Iberia’s personal injury laws, trying to get involved while you’re injured can cause a lot of harm to your case.
Thus, a New Iberia personal injury lawyer will not only answer all of your legal questions and provide legal advice to you but can also handle all of the legal work for you. In addition, they will represent your best interests at negotiations or during the trial to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
For any personal injury case, evidence is the most important thing when establishing fault and showing how much your damages are worth. If you don’t have any evidence to support your claim, you won’t win anything from the defense or the insurance company.
Our New Iberia personal injury lawyers have experience gathering evidence and building strong cases for all types of personal injury victims. We will get police reports, medical records, financial documents, expert and witness testimony, and surveillance footage. In short, we will compile anything and everything related to your case for your claim.
Going to Trial
Most personal injury cases will resolve out of court. However, unlike other law firms, our personal injury lawyers here at Morris Bart, LLC will never run away from your case if things get complicated. Even though going to trial is time-consuming, we won’t hesitate to do so if it means winning you fair compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving New Iberia, call 800-537-8185
What Cases Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Handle?
We handle a wide variety of personal injury cases:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Premises liability
- Dog and animal bite
- Jones’ Act
- Workers’ compensation
We hear all cases, even the ones that aren’t on this list. So as long as a negligent party was involved in your accident, we can review your case and let you know all of the legal options you have available to you.
What Damages Can I Be Compensated for?
You can receive compensation for many types of damages. While we can’t list every single one of them out, here are some of the most common that our personal injury lawyers in New Iberia encounter.
By far, the most common damage most personal injury victims file a claim for is their medical expenses. You can recover compensation for various medical expenses such as:
- Physical therapy
- Psychological services
- Hospital visits
- Emergency room visits
- Medical equipment
Medical costs in New Iberia can be extremely expensive. Don’t put yourself into financial trouble just for seeking out quality medical care. Always be sure to include medical expenses in your settlement.
Lost wages refer to the pay you missed out on because you got injured in an accident. Injuries often leave personal injury victims unable to work either permanently or for an extended period of time. This can often cause them to fall behind on financial obligations.
You shouldn’t get punished due to an accident that wasn’t your fault to begin with. Giving your body time to recover shouldn’t result in eviction or getting your utilities cut off. Our lawyers will work to ensure that you get paid for your work through your settlement.
Non-economic damages refer to damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or disability
- Wrongful death
These damages don’t have any fixed economic value and fluctuate depending on their severity and how much they’ve impacted your life. Therefore, we use a formula to accurately calculate how much these damages are worth in your settlement.
We know that dealing with the death of a loved one or permanent negative impacts from an injury is extremely hard. While a settlement can’t fix everything, we hope that the money you receive can give you the financial stability to move forward with your life.
The La. Civ. Code Art. 3546 allows personal injury victims to obtain a reward for punitive damages under specific circumstances. Typically, you can only get a reward for punitive damages if the at-fault party was highly negligent, trying to harm you, or committing a crime. However, if you can qualify for an award for punitive damages, we will fight to ensure that you get them.
How Much Will My Settlement Amount Be?
The truth is that there’s no easy way to tell you how much your settlement will be unless you get a case review from one of our personal injury lawyers. There are so many different types of personal injury cases that providing a general average won’t be of any help to you. Some cases can settle for several thousand, others for several million. It will all depend on the context and circumstances of your case.
When Should I File My Personal Injury Claim?
We don’t recommend that you blindly rush into filing a claim. However, on the flip side, it’s not good to wait too long to file your claim either. If you wait too long to file your claim, the insurance company may see that your injury is not as severe as you claim it to be.
The best time to file depends from case to case. Some cases are ready to go soon after getting medical treatment. Others are ready to go after a few more considerations. Instead of playing a guessing game with when you should file, having a lawyer go over your case and figuring out the best course of action is much better.
What Is the Statute of Limitations to File a Personal Injury Claim in Louisiana?
The statute of limitations to file a claim is only one year under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492. Louisiana has one of the shortest statutes of limitations. People tend to underestimate just how fast one year can pass. Never let yourself get caught off guard. Prepare your case as soon as possible and don’t delay. The more you let time pass, the less likely you will be to win a fair settlement.
Never Trust the Insurance Companies
Insurance companies may try to present themselves as being on your side. The reality is that insurance companies are businesses that are always looking to pay you the bare minimum. Never assume that they have your best interests at heart. There are several ways insurance companies get personal injury victims to settle for less.
Convincing You that You don’t Need a Lawyer
Many insurance companies try to convince you that hiring a lawyer is a costly mistake and that you don’t need to hire a lawyer to resolve any claim you file or issues you may have. While it’s true that there’s no requirement in New Iberia to hire a lawyer, this is just a way for insurance companies to try and make it easier for them to get you to settle on their terms.
Insurance companies know that once you hire a lawyer, it’s extremely difficult for them to try and get you to settle cheaply. However, hiring a lawyer is often enough to get you a settlement offer for an amount higher than what the insurance company was initially willing to pay.
Contacting You Right After the Accident
Right after your accident, an insurance adjuster may try to contact you regarding what happened. Whatever you do, don’t speak to the adjuster. If you can’t avoid speaking with them, try to be as vague as possible. Don’t give any concrete details or talk out of turn.
Anything you say can and will get used against you. If you say anything that seems like an apology or admission of negligence, it can negatively affect your chances of getting financial compensation. Always stay silent and never open up a dialogue with the insurance company until you retain assistance from one of our personal injury lawyers first.
Following You After an Accident
Insurance companies have been known to follow personal injury victims around. They claim it’s to protect themselves from liars trying to commit insurance fraud. While this is true, they just try to nitpick your daily habits and connect them to your claim in most cases.
If you act normal or do day-to-day activities that seem like you’re not severely hurt, they will use that as evidence against you. So while you shouldn’t walk around in fear of being watched, just be mindful of how you decide to act in public while you fight for your claim.
Offering a Quick Settlement for Your Injuries and Damages
The most common way insurance companies trick personal injury victims is by giving them a fast settlement offer. Unfortunately, these settlement offers are typically way below what you really should get based on your damages. A golden rule is that if the settlement offer seems too good to be true, it most definitely is.
Before you sign or verbally agree to any settlement offer made by the insurance company, please talk to our personal injury lawyers first. We will review all the deals and offers made on your behalf. If the settlement offer doesn’t accurately reflect your damages, we will negotiate to ensure that it does.
Our Lawyers Will Fight Hard for You
Our lawyers have years of experience handling even the most complex and toughest of cases. We have always stood our ground against insurance companies and ensured that our clients got the best settlements possible for years. With thousands of cases won and millions recovered, you can rest easy knowing that our legal team will fight hard for you without hesitation.
We understand that there are lots of shady and untrustworthy law firms out there. However, we hope that our case results and client testimonials are enough to show you that we genuinely care about the people we represent. Our goal isn’t to cheat you out of any settlement. It’s to ensure that you get justice and a settlement that allows you to reclaim your life after an injury.
No Upfront Fees or Hidden Costs
There are no fees or charges when you talk to one of our lawyers. In fact, we don’t charge anything upfront, even if we take on your case. Because we operate on a contingency fee basis, you only have to pay us when we win a settlement for you. After that, a portion of your compensation gets used to pay us. If we don’t win compensation for you, you don’t have to pay us any attorneys fees in return.
Get Your Free Consultation Today
When you reach out to the New Iberia personal injury lawyers at Morris Bart, LLC, you are getting years of experience and dedication on your side. But, you don’t have to go through this challenging time alone. Fight against the insurance companies and never settle for anything less than what you rightfully need to cover your damages. You can call us or fill out our online contact form to learn more. We are here to help 24/7.
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