Frequently Asked Questions about Louisiana Personal Injury Claims
All cases are unique, but these are common questions about filing personal injury claims. Take a look below and if you do not see your question answered already, you can contact the Thomas V. Alonzo Law Firm directly at (337) 704-2615.
I’ve been injured, do I have a personal injury claim?
If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence and you have suffered actual losses as a result of the injury, you may have a claim for compensation.
What can I recover for?
Depending on the case, you can recover for any or all of the following: present medical bills, future medical bills, emotional and psychological losses, wage loss, future wage loss, and damage to property.
Do I really need a lawyer?
The insurance company representative may tell you that you can settle directly with them and do not need a lawyer. The fact is that the adjuster is working for the insurance company, not for you. Their goal is to pay the least amount possible to settle your claim. What may seem to be a large settlement offer may not actually be enough to cover many years of medical bills and loss of earning capacity. Especially for serious injuries, it is easy to underestimate the amount of money needed for your future.
What is my case worth?
The amount that you could receive from a settlement or jury award depends on several factors: type of injury, severity of injury, current and future medical bills, wage loss, other losses and also the degree of negligence of each party. We will have a general idea of what a particular case is worth based on many years of experience litigating personal injury claims. However, each case is unique, so past results are only a guide to determine the value of your specific claim.
I’m injured, can you come to me?
Yes, we are available to meet with you at your home, work, hospital room, or wherever is most convenient for you.
Can we meet outside of business hours?
Absolutely, we can arrange a meeting at any time, even after business hours or on weekends. We can also be available on short notice. Our regular office hours are 8:30 – 5:00, Monday through Thursday and 9:00 – 1:00 on Friday, but we monitor calls evenings and on weekends, so please leave a message and we will return your call promptly.
How much will you charge to take my case?
There is no charge for an initial consultation. Once a lawsuit is filed, we work on a contingency basis and will receive a percentage of the amount recovered. If there is no recovery, there is no charge.
I’ve been in an accident, but I’m not sure if I’m injured. Can I file a claim later?
In Louisiana, you may file a claim within 1 year of the accident. So if you find that you are injured during the year period, you may still file a claim. In Mississippi, you have three years to file your claim from the date of the accident.
How long will it take to conclude my lawsuit?
The time necessary to file and litigate a personal injury lawsuit varies greatly. If the case is not very complex and the defendant acknowledges fault, the lawsuit may be settled fairly quickly. On the other hand, complex cases — with multiple plaintiffs or defendants, or situations where fault must be proven — can take a long time to resolve. Generally speaking, if a lawsuit goes to trial, it will take longer to resolve than cases that are settled.
Need More Help?
If your question is not answered here, please all our office at (337) 704-2615 for more information. You may also visit our Legal Blog for information about filing personal injury claims in Louisiana. Here are some blog posts about personal injury:
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