Personal Injury Lawyers in Baton Rouge, LA
Personal injury attorneys may remedy negative consequences of an accident in Louisiana.
The Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers at Miller, Hamptom & Hilgendorf are familiar with the mechanisms utilized by insurance carriers after an accident results in personal injury loss. Many insurance companies have cost containment protocols that serve the business. Carrier actions may include approaching an injured victim with a settlement offer before the victim has time to assess the true extent of bodily injury and property damage suffered. Consultation with personal injury lawyers in Baton Rouge Louisiana may benefit victims who do not fully understand how their harms will be valued and an attorney may be able to recover an amount higher than the insurance company’s initial offer.
After seeking medical evaluation, it is important to contact experienced Louisiana personal injury attorneys so they can utilize their resources to build a case on behalf of injured victims. They will initiate a variety of activities including:
- Sending investigators to the accident scene,
- Reviewing police reports, witness testimony and medical reports,
- Hiring appropriate financial personnel to make valuations of loss,
- Determining the cause of the personal injury,
- Acting as an intermediary to communicate victim’s rights against aggressive insurance companies,
- Drafting and filing complicated insurance and legal documents.
Did negligence cause personal injury?
Individuals who suffer from harmful losses because of the action, or inaction of another person, or entity may be able to recover compensation when fault and/or liability is proven for the resultant harm, referred to as damages. Injury attorneys are instrumental in the recovery of damages as they build legal cases to prove that the individual, or entity was negligent and caused the harm and owed a duty of care to the injured party.
Timely action to address personal injury loss.
Because the State of Louisiana has a set time to file a legal action against negligent parties, it is important to seek the professional advice of Louisiana injury lawyers. Louisiana statute requires that personal injury lawsuits for injuries caused by negligence, misconduct, or malpractice must be filed within one year from when the injury was sustained, discovered or should have been discovered through reasonable care. An injury attorney in Baton Rouge can inform a claimant of any deviations from that timeline based on their individual case.
A personal injury can have a significant impact on your financial life. In addition to the physical injury you’ve suffered, you will have medical expenses, costs of rehabilitation, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Your spouse and children may claim additional damages through loss of consortium and companionship. Our experienced legal team will utilize their skill and experience to ensure that you are adequately compensated for your financial losses.
Damage compensation for personal injury.
Compensatory damages are an award of money in compensation for actual economic losses, injury, and property damage, not including punitive damages. The award of money is meant to address damages related to present and future lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, household expenses and those that include pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium, or companionship.
Punitive damages are addressed under Louisiana law, referred to as “exemplary damages,” which are sometimes awarded on a case-by-case basis, where the acts of a defendant are egregious, intentional, and significantly harmful to another person.
Paying for legal services.
We handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We will not charge attorneys fees unless we recover damages on your behalf through a settlement or a jury verdict.
A contingency fee is common in personal injury lawsuits because the cases are usually associated with a damage valuation that will require monetary compensation from the negligent parties. Because injury lawyers anticipate a financial judgment, attorneys’ fees are not addressed until the case has been settled in the injured client’s favor and payment for services will be figured into the final settlement or award.
Many people often fail to appreciate how adept and effective the insurance industry has been in manipulating injured persons and the public in general.
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The insurance industry has one of the most powerful public relations & media marketing groups to convince citizens that there are too many lawsuits being filed.
In fact there are simply too many safety corners being cut or ignored in the name of profit and inattentive and negligent acts committed. If the industry would really focus on safety there would simply be less injured persons and claims to deal with.
While it seems counterintuitive, it is cheaper for the insurance business to pay claims that are made than to make businesses safer.
In order to increase profits, they place the blame on innocent victims and make them feel guilty about even thinking about making a claim for compensation. They take in more than enough money to pay these claims, but by crying wolf & claiming too many “frivolous” lawsuits they effectively trick people into not filing them, as a result every year they make new record profits.
Don’t fall into their money-making trap! Call or fill out our contact form for a free case evaluation today!