Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyer
When you’re injured, your first thought is likely not about hiring a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer. You need to focus on recovery, not on fighting a legal battle. Likewise, if you’ve lost a loved one in a tragic accident, you need someone who can help secure appropriate compensation during this difficult time in your life.
Helping you obtain necessary resources to recover from an injury is a central mission at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown. Baton Rouge clients have relied on our trustworthy legal representation during crises for decades. Before you speak with an insurance company or sign any paperwork, speak to personal injury lawyers at our law firm.
Personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis — this means you only pay attorney fees if we recover financial compensation on your behalf. Call 225-343-1111 to schedule a free consultation with us today.
What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is also known as tort law. Personal injury law allows injured victims to file civil claims against responsible parties in order to receive fair compensation for their personal injuries. The goal of any personal injury case is to help injured parties to get back to the physical, emotional, and financial state they were in before they got into an accident.
Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Ossie Brown have what it takes to litigate any personal injury claim. During your free consultation with us, we will help you determine the best legal course of action in order to get your life back on track.
Personal Injury Law Basics
There are countless ways someone can get hurt. That fact naturally makes tort law a huge legal umbrella that encompasses a wide variety of dangerous accidents and incidents. The most common types of personal injury cases you’ll see are the ones listed below.
- Major Accidents can include car accidents, dog attacks, medical malpractice incidents, slip and fall accidents, and so much more. If someone suffered injuries or wrongful death due to someone’s negligent actions or inactions, then the situation would likely warrant a personal injury claim.
- Intentional Acts can result in both criminal and civil cases. Examples of intentional acts that cause serious injury can include aggravated assault, domestic violence, sex crimes, and so much more. Personal injury cases like this are often very traumatic and can result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses, lost wages, counseling expenses, etc. A personal injury lawyer in Baton Rouge, LA has what it takes to litigate both criminal and civil cases.
- Defective Products and Dangerous Drugs: In the past few months, you have probably seen product recall articles on Facebook or even drug recall commercials on TV. Many of these recalls are precautionary, but some occur because consumers have suffered serious injuries from the defective product or drug. Defective products can include beauty products, toys, food, car parts, baby products, medical devices, and more.
If you or someone you love has suffered major injuries or death from one of the aforementioned reasons, you have grounds to contact a Baton Rouge, LA personal injury attorney. Through a free case evaluation, we can help you determine if your situation is worthy of filing a claim and how much financial compensation you could recover.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
A Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer at our law office can take on cases related to motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, and so much more.
Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Motor vehicle accident cases are possibly the most common types of personal injury claims out there. Motor vehicle accidents can include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and even bicycle accidents. Tragically, car accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Skull or facial fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Neck injuries such as whiplash
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Joint dislocations
- Broken bones
- Loss of fetus
- Degloving injuries
- Major bruises, road rash, and lacerations
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability
- Internal organ damage
- Wrongful death
Car accident cases can warrant both criminal and civil lawsuits. For example, a person who is seriously injured in a drunk driving accident could file both a civil and criminal suit against the drunk driver. That way, the injured driver could receive maximum compensation and the drunk driver could receive a DWI charge on their record. The same goes for a hit and run driver or a texting driver who catastrophically injures someone.
A car or truck accident could be very complicated if one or more drivers is uninsured. In Louisiana, all drivers are required to have car insurance coverage, but still, not all drivers follow this rule. If you find yourself in a situation like this, you need an uninsured driver accident attorney from our law firm on your side. We can help you recover a fair settlement from the negligent driver, even if they don’t have the proper insurance coverage.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 4.5 million Americans suffer from dog bites every single year. Additionally, the AVMA claims that approximately 1 in 5 dog bite victims need medical care for their wounds. Children are the most common victims of dog attacks.
Dog attacks can cause very serious physical injuries and emotional trauma. Victims may suffer from major lacerations, nerve damage, scarring, finger amputations, facial disfigurement, eye damage and/or vision problems, and more.
Louisiana subscribes to strict liability when it comes to dog bites. This means that if a dog attacks someone unprovoked, and this person had permission to be on the property, then they can file a personal injury claim towards the dog owner or property owner. However, dog bite cases can get complicated if the victim was trespassing or provoking the dog. Situations like this can result in little to no compensation for the victim. That’s why it’s important to hire a Baton Rouge personal injury attorney from our law firm. We can help you determine if you have a strong case and fight for your legal rights.
Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are also a very common type of personal injury case. These accidents fall under the legal term “premises liability,” because slip and fall accidents often occur due to a dangerous condition on someone’s property. So someone could suffer a slip and fall accident on government property, such as a court building, or even at a local park. Cracked or broken sidewalks, broken handrails, and slippery floors are all common causes of slip and fall accidents.
Slip and fall accident injuries can range from minor to severe. Injured victims can suffer from sprains, strains, broken bones, joint dislocations, neck or back injuries, head injuries, bruising, and more. If these injuries are severe enough to warrant lots of medical bills and lost wages, then victims may be able to sue the negligent party.
Wrongful death occurs when someone’s injuries are so severe that they do not survive them. Wrongful death cases are very similar to personal injury cases in that the goal is to restore the victim’s life to the way it was before the accident happened. The main difference, of course, is that the victims in a wrongful death case are generally the family members and friends left behind.
We all know that death is permanent and irreversible. No amount of money can bring someone back from the dead. However, a fair amount of compensation can allow the loved ones to suffer a little bit less. In many cases, the deceased person provided financial stability to their parents, spouse, children, etc. Without them around, the family will suffer great financial distress. This financial distress is often compounded by medical bills, funeral expenses, burial expenses, and so much more. A wrongful death case aims to compensate families for all of those expenses so that all they have to worry about is grieving the loss of their loved one, not paying bills.
Again, both civil and criminal suits can arise from a wrongful death. Murder, domestic violence, assault and battery, motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, and defective products can all warrant a wrongful death lawsuit.
Is Louisiana an At-Fault State?
Yes, Louisiana is an at-fault state. This is a very important thing to remember, especially in motor vehicle accident cases. Living in an at-fault state means that you have to pay for the victim’s damages through your insurance company if you cause an accident.
Louisiana also follows a pure comparative fault rule when it comes to major accidents (CC 2323). This means that if you get into a car accident with another driver, and you share any percentage of fault in the accident, then your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you’re found to share at least 20% of fault in a car accident, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by 20%.
These rules can get very confusing, especially after a traumatic accident. That’s why you need Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers on your side. Even if you are partially at fault for an accident, we can help you recover a fair settlement.
Damages for Personal Injury Lawsuits
Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers can help victims recover compensation for the following types of damages.
- Past and future medical costs
- Past and future physical therapy bills
- Caregiving expenses, if the victim becomes disabled and needs round-the-clock care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity if the victim’s disability prevents them from accomplishing the same job duties as before their accident
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Counseling expenses
- Legal fees
- Funeral and burial expenses, if the accident resulted in wrongful death
Call a Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyer at the Law Offices of Ossie Brown TodayIf you’re looking to file a criminal defense or personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party, then you need our Baton Rouge, LA legal team on your side. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Ossie Brown have what it takes to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. We know how physically, emotionally, and financially traumatic both personal injury and criminal cases can be. We will do what we can to support you and fight for your legal rights during this hard time. Call us today at 225-343-1111 to schedule a free legal consultation.
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