Claiborne Parish Personal Injury Lawyer
Most “accidents” aren’t accidents at all as they are one or more parties’ fault. For example, nearly every car accident could’ve been avoided if someone had obeyed traffic laws, paid more attention to the road, didn’t get behind the wheel after drinking, or got regular maintenance done on their vehicle. Personal injury law encompasses much more than just auto accidents, though. Defective products, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and workers’ compensation are just a few of the types of cases that can fall under personal injury law.
To understand how liability works in personal injury cases, you need to show the other party owed you some type of duty. With an auto accident, it’s relatively simple as all drivers owe other drivers a duty. Nursing homes owe their residents a duty of care, and property owners have a duty to keep their premises relatively safe for customers and guests, etc. When someone owes you a duty, and they breach that duty, you could have the legal right to file a personal injury claim against them. To learn more about your legal options and whether you have a case, contact a Claiborne Parish personal injury lawyer at Rice & Kendig as soon as possible.
Understanding Liability in a Personal Injury Case
As the plaintiff, you have the burden of proof in personal injury cases. You need to show the defendant owed you some type of duty and that they breached that duty. You also need to show that the breach of duty was the direct cause of your injuries. And finally, you have to show some damages: financial losses like medical expenses or lost wages.
The entire time you’re working to show the defendant is responsible for your injuries, the defendant’s insurance company is building a case against you. They will look for any evidence possible that can put any percentage of liability back on you. Their goal is to save the company money and minimize any payout. They may say your own negligence contributed to the accident or that your injuries are not as severe as you allege.
Another possible tactic is to get you to settle in the early days of the claim so they can cap their exposure. If you have serious injuries that could require future treatment, they want to get you to settle before a doctor’s report says you need future treatment, surgery, etc. Once you agree to settle and sign a release of all claims, they are not obligated to offer you any additional money.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Some of the most common types of personal injury matters we handle include:
- Auto Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Distracted Driving Auto Accidents
- Dog Bites
- DUI Accidents
- Mass Torts
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Oilfield Workplace Injuries
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Rollover Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Spine Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
- Uninsured Motorist Accidents
- Wrongful Death Claims
Contact a Claiborne Parish Personal Injury Lawyer
If you sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, it’s essential to contact a Claiborne Parish personal injury lawyer. Louisiana has a $50,000 threshold that you must meet before you can ask for a jury trial. You need a legal advocate on your side who can ensure your rights are protected. Contact Rice & Kendig today to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about how we can help.