Metarie Personal Injury Lawyers

Metairie offers residents and visitors alike plenty to do, from Lake Pontchartrain to the landmarks and attractions of New Orleans and Kenner. Unfortunately, personal injuries can and do happen in any of these places. Metairie personal injury lawyers help those dealing with the recovery from a personal injury, working tirelessly to ensure they will have the resources they need to meet obligations and live a life as close to normal as possible.

What are your rights following a personal injury?

In Louisiana, those who have been injured because of someone else’s actions often have the right to pursue compensation for the losses the injury causes. This compensation can include both the monetary losses, like medical bills, costs for medications and specialized care, and lost wages, as well as non-monetary losses, which may include everything from physical losses to the loss of a loved one.

To recover compensation, the injured party needs to be able to establish that the defendant was under a duty to act or not act a certain way but breached that duty. It is also necessary to show that the accident and resulting injury were reasonably related to the breach and that the losses were reasonable and necessary. Proving these elements involves investigation of the facts and in-depth legal knowledge of the concepts that apply to your case.

What is your personal injury case worth?

Every case is unique and the possible compensation will depend on the details of your case. Some of the factors include:

  • Type of injury sustained
  • Amount of medical bills
  • Impact on daily life
  • Prognosis (including whether there is expected to temporary or permanent disability)
  • Lost income due to inability to work
  • Extent of non-economic damages like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium
  • Whether you were partly to blame for the accident
  • Credibility and likability of witnesses

Insurance companies often use computer programs that rely on formulas incorporating some of these factors. However, your personal injury lawyer will present evidence to show where the computer formulas are overlooking factors in order to help you receive maximum compensation.

Prepare to meet with a personal injury lawyer

When it comes to asserting your rights after a serious injury, you may feel like you do not even know where to begin. It is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer early on rather than waiting, and you can make the most out of your consultation by being prepared. Some things to have on-hand if available include:

  • Hospital discharge papers and any other documentation of the injury
  • Medical bills
  • Documentation of lost wages
  • Police report or other relevant incident report, if available
  • List (and contact information, if known) of witnesses
  • Photos of the site of the injury, and even of the injury itself

Metairie personal injury lawyers use this kind of information to understand and help you understand who may be at fault and how much compensation may be fair.

When a personal injury has impacted your life, do not wait to speak with an experienced and skilled attorney. The personal injury lawyers at Bart Bernard Injury Law and Get it Done Right™ because our team is committed to fighting for maximum compensation for our clients. Call today; consultations are always free and private.