Lafayette Personal Injury Attorneys

We Help Victims in Lafayette with the following:
Car Accidents | Truck Accidents | Offshore Accidents | Medical Malpractice

 
To most people, the term “personal injury” means that someone was injured in a motor vehicle accident. However, “personal injury” is a legal term that refers to any physical or mental injury caused by either intent or negligence of another person. Negligence is when a person fails to act in a reasonable or careful way when they are required by law to exercise a certain level of care. Whether that negligence is behaving in a certain way or failing to safeguard something within their control, that person can be held legally responsible for any injuries resulting from their actions or inactions.

Personal injury lawsuits are an attempt by the victim or the victim’s family to recover financial damages from the negligent person. In order to have a personal injury claim, a party must be proven liable and there must be evidence of negligence on the part of the liable party. There also must be an evaluation of the degree of personal injury to be compensated for. If the injuries are minor and temporary, there likely will not be a cause to file a personal injury lawsuit.

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Categories of Personal Injury

Many categories of personal injury cover a variety of injuries. Severe trauma is not necessary to file a personal injury claim; even a simple injury can result in permanent or long-lasting injury or impairment.

Personal Injury Categories include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: These may involve cars, motorcycles, buses or tractor trailers. The accidents need not be severe to cause injury to victims. Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash or concussions can be severe enough to impact basic life functions.
  • Assault: Anytime you are injured due to no fault of your own, it can be legally classified as a personal injury. During a physical altercation, if the other party causes damage beyond what a reasonable and careful person would, the victim may have a personal injury claim.
  • Premises Liability: Property owners are held responsible for the safe condition of their property. This includes maintaining public areas so people do not slip and fall, have things fall on them, or become injured from any hazardous condition that could have been avoided with proper maintenance and control from the owner.
  • Product Liability: Manufacturers of products have a responsibility to the end-user of their products. Malfunctioning products or equipment can cause serious injury to consumers. Drug companies also face product liability if their end-product causes injury that could have been avoided.
  • Medical Malpractice: Doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to their patients based on their training and experience. When a doctor, hospital or other health care provider causes injury to a patient through errors in health management, diagnosis, treatment or aftercare, they are committing medical malpractice.
  • Residential Care: Any residence that takes responsibility either temporarily or permanently for the day-to-day care of a person can be held liable for injuries sustained by that person in their care. This includes nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and group homes for disabled or incapacitated persons, whether private or state-run facilities.
  • Wrongful Death: When the negligence of another person causes the death of someone, the family of the deceased may have a personal injury claim based on the loss of their loved one.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the categories and injuries that could be suffered through someone else’s negligence. People have been injured through other non-vehicular accidents such as injuries surrounding birth, constructions defects and dog bites, to name a few.

Monetary Damages

A personal injury can strike at any minute. It can leave you and your family with physical, emotional and financial distress. Lost income and expensive medical bills can wreak havoc financially, and the physical and emotional recovery can be devastating. When someone else’s negligence causes the injury or death, it is especially heart-wrenching for those who must deal with the aftermath. The monetary compensation will never be a comfort; adequate compensation can relieve the financial worries that accompany such unexpected situations.

Insurance Companies

Victims often feel pressured to settle with the insurance company after an injury. The reality is that insurance companies, both those representing the negligent party and those representing the victim, are trying to minimize their financial exposure. The representatives are trained to give you the impression that they are working in your best interest, but they do not always act in good faith when it comes to a payout. Their goal is to settle and close the matter as quickly as possible – unfortunately, injuries cannot be recovered from quickly.

Trial vs. Settlement

Many personal injury cases settle out of court because the attorneys, insurance companies and parties involved can negotiate a reasonable outcome for all involved. There is no guarantee that the injured party will win a court case, and the court case itself is time-consuming and costly for all parties.

Depending on the severity of the injuries, settlements can range from five to seven figures or more. However, the amount of compensation takes into account medical bills, continued medical care, continued life care, employment damages, and attorneys’ fees. Plaintiffs do not become “rich” from personal injury settlements, but they are monetarily compensated for their injuries and financial losses.

Consult with an Experienced Lafayette Personal Injury Attorney

Regardless of the degree of injury, if you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They will be able to determine whether you have a case and what should be done to make sure you or your loved one receives the compensation you deserve. This could mean settling out of court or taking the case to trial. Often, the initial consultation is free, and experienced counsel also can help you find the help you need for a more comprehensive recovery from your injuries.

Personal injury victims often feel as if their life is suddenly out of their control. Experienced legal professionals recognize this and will help you through this difficult time. By taking charge of the legal aspect of the personal injury, the attorney can provide you with peace of mind so you can concentrate on your recovery. Past clients have stated that “it’s like a weight has been lifted” and “I feel like I’m gaining control of my life again.”

If you or a family member has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call the experienced and professional Lafayette, LA personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC. Our knowledge of personal injury law and the case studies used to determine adequate compensation can help you maximize the compensation package you receive. Call Broussard & Hart, LLC or fill out a form to make an appointment for a free consultation.

We Also Help Victims of Personal Injury in these Areas of Louisiana
Alexandria | Baton Rouge | Lake Charles

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Broussard & Hart, L.L.C. Personal Injury Attorneys serving Lafayette, LA - Steven Broussard, Randall Hart, Kathleen Romero, Aaron Broussard

WE HAVE THE EXPERIENCE

The personal injury lawyers at Broussard & Hart, L.L.C. have, case by case, trial by trial, recovered over $100 million in compensation through personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits. They have the experience to quickly and accurately assess the essential elements that lead to success in the negotiating arena and the courtroom.

WE HAVE THE RESOURCES

Our well-established Lake Charles law firm has the resources to give our clients’ cases the attention necessary to get the best results. Our Personal Injury Lawyers prepare every case as if it will go to trial, assembling a legal team that may include medical, economic, and scientific experts. Often, the resources of a law firm will determine the firm’s ability to wage battle on your behalf.

WE HAVE THE COMMITMENT

We will give every case we handle the attention it deserves, personally handling every negotiation, hearing, trial, and appeal. We are accessible, having a goal of returning every phone call within one business day, and regularly communicating with our clients regarding the status of their cases.