Frequently Asked Questions
Personal Injury in Lafayette
Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. represents victims of all types of personal injury accidents. They are experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of the law concerning injuries and monetary compensation. Victims of accidents with personal injuries should contact a Lafayette personal injury lawyer for legal guidance and assistance following an injury accident. Below are some FAQs regarding personal injury claims and cases:
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury can occur from a motor vehicle accident, slip & fall, workplace accident, medical mistreatment, nursing home abuse or neglect, or use of a dangerous or defective product as examples. An individual who acts in a negligent or reckless manner and causes an accident may be responsible for damages to the victims. Damages may include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Common injures are soft tissue damage, fractures, dislocations, amputations, traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage,
spinal cord injuries, paralysis,
burn injuries, coma, or death.
What should a victim do following a personal injury accident?
The first thing follow an accident is to seek medical treatment. It is also important to gather as much information as possible concerning the accident such as exchange of names, address, phone numbers, driver's license and insurance information with the other parties involved. Witness statements, photos, and police reports are also important sources of information regarding the accident. Make a statement to your insurance company and do not speak to anyone else about the accident before speaking with a personal injury attorney.
How do you know if you deserve compensation?
The main things to look at in a personal injury case are if the other party is responsible, if they acted negligently and if their actions led to the injuries. Establishing this can be done in a number of ways an in order for there to be a solid claim to compensation, it is necessary that this can be proven. If the other party is not responsible then they will not be held liable. It should be shown that they were negligent in some manner such as a driver that is reckless by making unsafe lane changes, a doctor that fails to deliver quality medical care, a property owner that does not maintain their property to keep it safe or a restaurant that gives a customer food poisoning because of poor sanitary precautions. Since it can be challenging to know if you do have a claim to compensation, and because not all cases are as clear, it is best that you work with an attorney that has the background to provide a better understanding on whether or not compensation is owed.
What is negligence?
Negligence is a factor in many personal injury cases, though it can differ in the way that it comes about. The main factor is that the individual that acted negligently failed to use the caution and prudence that another reasonable person in their position would have. This takes in to account that sometimes people react in a certain way or do not carry out a task perfectly. The individual in a case is not being held to a standard of perfection such as curing a patient's ailment immediately and sending them on their way. They are being held to a reasonable standard such as reviewing the full scope of the issues the patient is faced with, conducting adequate testing, speaking with other medical professionals if necessary and giving them a diagnosis and treatment that has been well thought through and not quickly issued. Negligence is preventable and that can make these cases more challenging, when a simple change from the person responsible could have avoided the situation to begin with.
What can compensation cover?
The outcome of an accident can lead to many challenging situations and a wealth of deficits. Finances can be majorly impacted and accidents victims can deal with never ending bills. Compensation differs for each case and depending on the circumstances it may be used to cover a number of areas. One of the most common of these is the medical costs. Many injuries can lead to a significant need for medical attention and it is often more than just the initial trip to the emergency room. The injured person can deal with a need for continued treatment such as rehabilitative services or ongoing surgeries. They can also deal with the need to make modifications to their home that make them able to live there with the new disability. It is important that current and future medical expenses are accounted for since it is often far more than just the initial impact that is necessary to compensate.
Another area that can be heavily impacted is a person's ability to work. Their injuries can leave them out of the job for a period of time while they recover and when they return they may have lost a portion of their income that they cannot do without. Most people do not have the savings to simply miss out on work, and this is especially true when they are faced with expenses. Injuries may also leave a person permanently unable to work and they may be owed long term compensation for lost wages. Addition cost can occur such as the pain and suffering of those who have had to go through a traumatic experience and no detail of damage should be left out of a case. Speak with an attorney to learn more about if you have a claim for compensation.
Why hire a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury accident can be a very traumatic experience for the victim. Many injured individuals are unaware of the monetary compensation that may be available to them for their injuries and suffering. An experienced personal injury lawyer can deal with insurance companies while protecting the rights of clients to their compensation. In many cases it is those who turn to a legal professional that are able to retain a higher outcome and the compensation needed to cover their injuries. A professional has the experience and the background handling similar cases. They are able to assess potential conflicts, gather evidence and build a compelling case to retain full compensation.
Mr. Doran has the experience and resources available to handle all types of personal injury cases. Make an appointment today for a consultation with a qualified injury attorney at Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. Contact a Lafayette personal injury lawyer for information regarding personal injuries.