DeSoto Parish Auto Accident Lawyer
Car accidents range widely in severity. Most people will suffer a fender-bender at some point in their life, but the majority will walk away unscathed. Unfortunately, thousands of people are involved in more serious accidents in Louisiana every year, suffering painful personal injuries and a drop in income.
If you were hurt in an auto accident, please contact Rice & Kendig, LLC. Our team of DeSoto Parish auto accident lawyers will analyze the situation and appraise you of your rights. Call us today for a free consultation.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
Our lawyers possess the necessary experience to help anyone injured in a car accident. Our experience is deep and includes:
- Intersection accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone or side-impact collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Hit & Run accidents
- Multi-car pileups
- Injured passengers
In many accidents, a negligent motorist is to blame. Motorists routinely fail to yield, speed, or drive distracted. Drivers who fail to use reasonable care must pay compensation to anyone they hurt in a crash.
In a small subset of cases, however, someone else is to blame. For example, a hazardous road could cause a driver to lose control or a defect in the car’s design or manufacture could make it dangerous. Our lawyers always investigate a collision to uncover all possible parties that share liability.
Compensation for Your Injuries
The purpose of filing an insurance claim or lawsuit is to receive compensation to cover all our client’s financial and non-financial losses. Obtaining sufficient funds is difficult. Some insurers deny claims for frivolous reasons, or they delay a necessary investigation. We can hold their feet to the fire to ensure they fairly compensate our clients for the following losses.
Economic Losses (Special Damages)
Any financial loss attributed to the accident is an economic loss, which you can receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses to treat your injuries
- Future medical expenses if your injuries are long-lasting or permanent
- Loss of income or wages, including self-employment income
- Loss of future earning capacity for disability
- Property damage, including damage to your vehicle
Non-economic Losses (General Damages)
Car accidents do more than cost our clients money. These accidents also dramatically reduce the quality of life a person enjoys. Louisiana law allows accident victims to receive compensation for certain non-economic losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish or emotional distress
- Disfigurement (scarring, amputation, etc.)
The amount our clients can receive will vary by the injury. For example, a disfiguring injury to a person’s face would be worth a considerable sum of money. Temporary pain or inconvenience, by contrast, would be worth less.
If a drunk driver injured you, then Louisiana Civil Code Article 2315.4 allows a victim to seek punitive damages. These damages represent a sum of money awarded to a victim to punish the defendant for terrible conduct. Our clients get to keep the punitive damages along with the compensatory damages listed above.
Speak with a Seasoned DeSoto Parish Auto Accident Attorney
Recovery from a car accident is difficult, but legal help can ease the process. At Rice & Kendig, we will fight to ensure that responsible parties pay our clients what they are owed. For assistance, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.