A serious car accident upends your life– turning an ordinary day into one of the worst. Recuperation takes a long time, and you may never fully recover. Another driver caused you and your family this pain, anguish, and financial difficulty as you struggle to pay medical and household bills. The driver causing your injuries needs to be held financially responsible. Louisiana permits a limited amount of time for filing a personal injury lawsuit, so don’t delay. The Bart Bernard team of Monroe Personal Injury Lawyers can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Be Smart. Get Bart.™
Statute of Limitations
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is relatively short, just one year from the date of the accident. The same one-year period holds true for filing a property damage lawsuit if your vehicle was damaged or destroyed in the crash. Failing to file a lawsuit by the one-year deadline means the claim cannot go forward. That means time is of the essence in finding a car accident lawyer to represent you.
If a person dies from their accident-related injuries, the statute of limitations for when a family member can file a wrongful death lawsuit is one year from the date of their death.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries are often very serious, causing permanent impairment. Even a common auto accident injury such as whiplash, which most often occurs in rear-end crashes, can prevent the injured party from working or performing normal activities for weeks or months. Other frequent injuries include:
Car Accident Damages
Under Louisiana law, car accident damages, or compensation, may include:
These are economic damages, and these are readily quantified. Make sure to save bills and receipts for every accident-related expense, including charges for towing the vehicle from the scene, prescription medication, home health aide costs, travel to and from healthcare provider offices, and the lost value of your vehicle because of the property damage. Documentation and good record-keeping are critical.
Non-economic damages for injuries suffered in the crash may include:
When the circumstances surrounding the crash are particularly egregious, the jury may award punitive damages. Meaning “to punish,” punitive damages are meant to make an example of the at-fault driver’s negligence or recklessness.
Contact Monroe Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a car accident, you need the services of The Bart Bernard team of Monroe Personal Injury Lawyers. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win. Click Bart First, Call Bart First™”