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Stages of a Personal Injury Case

March 29, 2019 Personal Injury Lawsuits 0 Comments

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court

Accidents happen every day. From car crashes to slip and falls, the National Safety Council estimates that more than 3 million people are affected by accident-related injuries every year. These injuries often lead to large medical bills, missed work, and other pain and suffering.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the associated costs and losses. To pursue a personal injury claim, you need to follow these steps:

Get Medical Treatment

Always get the medical treatment you need right after an accident. Not only is it the best thing to do for your health, but if you don’t see a doctor right away after the accident the insurance adjuster (and maybe a jury) might assume your injuries weren’t that bad and don’t deserve compensation.

Schedule a Consultation

Schedule an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of your case, and if you should pursue legal action. Don’t be afraid to ask your lawyer about his or her experience and background in this consultation, as you need to be sure that you have the best on your side.

File Court Documents

If you and your lawyer feel that moving forward with legal action is the best plan, your lawyer will then file and serve a complaint and all other required court documents to get the case started.


Both sides will then have the opportunity to exchange evidence. Your lawyer will send a list of questions to the defendant, and the defendant’s lawyer will most likely do the same to you. Both sides can also consult with experts, police, or other parties involved in the accident, like doctors and insurance companies, to gather more evidence.


The lawyers will have a chance to try and reach a settlement before the case goes to trial. In a settlement, the defendant agrees to pay compensation and the plaintiff releases the defendant from liability.


If a settlement is not reached in negotiations, the case will go to trial. Personal injury trials usually involve two stages. First, the jury decides if the defendant is indeed liable, and then they decide the amount of damages that will be awarded to the plaintiff.

Post-Trial Motions and Settlement Payouts

If the court decides in your favor, the defendant has the right to file a post-trial motion that seeks to reduce the damages or even set aside the judgment.

If no appeals or motions are filed, your lawyer will guide you through the process of collecting your damages.

Hit Hard with Bart Bernard™

The stages of a personal injury case are complex, and you need effective and experienced counsel to guide you. As a skilled personal injury attorney, Bart Bernard can give you the legal guidance you need to win the maximum compensation in your personal injury case.

If you need help with a personal injury claim in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, Louisiana, or even if you’re not sure that you have a case, please give us a call and discuss your options during a confidential, no-cost consultation.

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Opioid Addicted Babies: What Are the Long-Term Effects?

July 27, 2018 Opioids 0 Comments

Premature newborn baby girl in the hospital incubator after c-section in 33 weekIt’s believed that a baby addicted to opioids is born roughly every 19 minutes in the United States. In other words, 70 newborn babies are born addicted to opioids every day.

Babies become addicted to opioids when their mothers have used the drugs during pregnancy. They become addicted in the womb. When they are born, the supply of opioids abruptly cuts off, causing drug withdrawal.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Is on the Rise

The withdrawal can cause the babies to develop a condition known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). In the period right after birth, the babies can experience fever, vomiting, sweating, loss of appetite, tremors, mottled skin, dehydration, diarrhea, and convulsions. They may also cry continually and have marked difficulty in sleeping.

Long-Term Effects Can Affect Growth and Behavior

Sadly, NAS symptoms can be very long-lasting. While research is still being done to understand the longer-term effects of opioid addiction as the children born with it grow older, it does appear to exert impacts that can be detrimental to both physical development and behavior later on.

Children born addicted to opioids can experience delays in developmental growth and behavioral problems. They may also develop attention-deficit disorder (ADD) at a higher rate than children in the general population.

The children may need years of behavioral and other therapy as a result.

A Growing Epidemic

The long-term effects are a tremendous concern because opioid addiction has risen so fast across the U.S. Over the last two decades, prescriptions for opioids quadrupled. Addiction to opioids has become an epidemic.

Many observers believe that the epidemic was fueled by drug manufacturers, who for years said that the risk of patients developing a physical dependence on opioids, initially prescribed for pain, was minimal.

In fact, claims were recently brought in Louisiana courts against some of these manufacturers. Plaintiffs allege that Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Purdue Pharma intentionally misled consumers about the real risks of developing an addiction to opioids and told doctors that long-term use of the drugs were safe.

Does Your Child Suffer from Opioid Addiction?

Unfortunately, many Louisiana residents suffer from opioid addiction. If your child suffers from the effects of opioid addiction, call Bart Bernard today.

Bart Bernard will treat your case with the care and concern it deserves. Our law firm has the knowhow and resources to take on the big pharmaceutical companies.

Our first consultation regarding your case is complimentary. You can call whichever of our two Louisiana offices are most convenient for you: 337-989-BART (Lafayette) or 225-275-BART (Baton Rouge). You can also contact Bart online today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Adamson, Allan. “Lawsuit Seeks Money To Cover Treatment Of Babies Born Addicted To Opioids.” Tech Times. February 28, 2017.
  2. Clark, Maria. “The family of a Louisiana infant born addicted to opioids is suing drug makers.” New Orleans Times-Picayune. February 27, 2018.