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Were you injured due to someone else’s carelessness? At The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux, we know how overwhelming being injured in an accident can be, especially when your injuries result in piling medical bills and prevent you from working.

Our mission is to help you through this difficult time. From the moment you call our office, we’ll strive to provide compassionate care while aggressively representing your legal interests.

Recovering from an accident is stressful but obtaining the compensation you deserve shouldn’t be. Please don’t hesitate to call our experienced personal injury lawyers today for help.

Personal Injury Cases Our Firm Handles

Personal injury law allows an injured person to receive “damages” for their losses (physical and/or emotional) that stemmed from an accident. In other words, you may be compensated financially after suffering harm due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions.

Personal injury cases can arise from a number of situations. Our law firm handles cases including but not limited to:

The Differences Between a Personal Injury Claim and Lawsuit

“Do I have to go to court?”

This is a very common question among people who decide they want to seek damages after an accident that wasn’t their fault.

In most cases, you will file a personal injury claim against the insurance company of the other party involved. The majority of personal injury claims are settled, meaning you NEVER have to go to court.

However, if a settlement cannot be reached, the best course of action may be to file a lawsuit and take your case to court.

Even though most personal injury cases are settled outside of the courtroom, the threat of going to trial alone is important. When you have a tough, experienced lawyer on your side, insurance companies know that you mean business and aren’t afraid to file a lawsuit, if necessary. Many times, this will push them to offer you a fair settlement.

This is one of the biggest benefits of hiring an attorney. Our legal team will fight for your interests in and out of the courtroom to ensure the insurance company isn’t taking advantage of you.

Tips to Consider After an Accident

Were you or a loved one just involved in an accident? We know how chaotic and stressful the moments following an accident can be but it’s important that you know how to proceed. This is because your actions can actually damage your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries.

With this in mind, consider these actions after being involved in an accident:

Even if you believe you don’t need to see a doctor for your injuries, it’s important that you do so. Furthermore, you should always follow your doctor’s orders and treatment recommendations.

If you file a claim after an accident that wasn’t your fault but you fail to seek medical attention or ignore your doctor’s orders, this will be a red flag to the insurance company. An insurance adjuster might assume that your injuries aren’t that serious or weren’t actually a result of the accident, both of which can reduce or destroy your chances of obtaining compensation.

After an accident, it’s important to remember that the insurance company isn’t your friend. They are all businesses looking to make a profit year after year to appease their shareholders. Insurance adjusters are trained experts whose main goal is to save their company money.

With this in mind, they may use tactics to push you into accepting the lowest settlement possible.

They may even ask you to sign paperwork that devalues your claim or even releases the company from liability entirely. If you were harmed in an accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t sign anything from the other party’s insurance company unless you have consulted a knowledgeable lawyer first.

Another important tip is to keep detailed records of everything related to your accident. This can include photographs of your injuries, copies of your medical records, any bills, receipts, or property repairs associated with the accident, and the amount of time you’ve missed from work due to your injuries.

Information such as this can act as crucial evidence to prove the nature of your injuries and, ultimately, support the validity of your claim.

Lastly, call personal injury attorney Blaine Barrilleaux. Having an experienced attorney on your side will not only make the difficult legal process less stressful but also improve your chances of a successful claim. Our legal team will help you gather all the paperwork and evidence needed, as well as negotiate with the insurance company so you don’t have to.

Timeline for Personal Injury Cases: Four Things You Need to Know

Personal injury cases are complex. If you’re wondering about the timeline of your case, here are four things you should know about navigating the personal injury system:

The first step of any personal injury case should be to call a knowledgeable attorney. At the Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux, we provide case evaluations that are always 100% FREE. That means you never have to worry about hourly or hidden fees.

In your initial consultation, we’ll evaluate all the details of your accident and strive to answer each and every question you have. It’s our goal to make sure your story is heard. After taking a close look at your case, we’ll inform you of your legal options and whether we’re able to help.

After gathering all the necessary information and paperwork, we’ll begin to argue your case to the other party’s insurance carrier. Settlement negotiations can range from phone calls to a formal demand letter asking that a specific amount of compensation be awarded for your damages.

If a fair settlement is reached during the negotiations, you and the other party involved will sign a formal settlement agreement that details the amount and terms of the compensation you will receive.

If no settlement agreement is made, then we may recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit. At this point, your case will go through the civil court system. Keep in mind that your case can still be settled at any time during the court processes. If your case does go to trial, our attorneys will present your case in front of a jury that will decide whether or not the other party is responsible for the accident and your injuries.

Comparative Fault: What Does it Mean?

The state of Louisiana abides by what is known as comparative fault. This law dictates how an accident will be considered when more than one person is determined to be at fault.

Personal injury law allows you to take action to recover damages from any individual who played a role in the accident that caused you harm. However, if it is determined that you also contributed to the collision, the amount you’re able to recover may be reduced by the percentage of your own fault, according to Louisiana’s comparative fault laws (Civil Code 2323).

Statute of Limitations: How the Time Limits Can Impact Your Case

There are time limits for filing a lawsuit known as statutes of limitations. These statutes are not the same in every state, so it’s important to understand how much time you have to file and how it can impact your case.

In the state of Louisiana, most civil actions have a one-year statute of limitations. This means an injured person has exactly one year from the date of their accident or the date their injury is discovered to file a lawsuit against the other party.

Louisiana’s deadlines when it comes to filing a civil lawsuit can be difficult to understand. If you’re dealing with a personal injury, please contact our law office as soon as possible so you don’t miss the filing deadline and your chance to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Do I Have a Claim for My Personal Injury?

Many people hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer after an accident because they aren’t sure if they have a case.

If you suffered serious injuries and/or property damage as a direct result of someone else’s carelessness, you likely have a valid claim.

While every situation is different and it can be difficult to know whether or not you have a claim that is worth pursuing, you have nothing to lose by consulting an attorney.

When you call The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux, our team will take a close look at every aspect of your accident and inform you of your options. Don’t wait to find out whether or not you have a case. All you have to do is call, and we’ll take it from there!

Types of Compensation Available for Personal Injury Cases

If you’re seeking damages through a personal injury case, there are typically two types of compensation available:

Any monetary costs associated with your accident are considered economic damages. This can include things like medical bills, rehabilitation and ongoing treatment costs, lost wages, property repairs or replacement, and more.

Many times, victims of a personal injury are not only dealing with financial hardships, like medical bills, but also emotional trauma. This is known as noneconomic damages and can include mental anguish, pain, loss of enjoyment of life, humiliation, and more.

Noneconomic damages can be some of the biggest losses after a tragic accident. However, unlike economic damages, it can be tricky to assign a dollar amount to an individual’s pain and suffering.

In Pain? Call Blaine.

If you’re suffering from a personal injury that wasn’t your fault, you don’t have to deal with the legal system alone. With over 20 years of experience, Blaine Barrilleaux has dedicated his legal career to helping injured victims and their families in New Orleans, Lafayette, Metairie, and other neighboring communities in Louisiana get the compensation they deserve after an accident.

It only takes one call or click to get help from Blaine and his legal team. Don’t wait. Call The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux at 337-221-4910 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation today.

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