Serving East Baton Rouge Parish & Beyond
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the careless, reckless, or negligent conduct of another, you could be entitled to financial compensation—and Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. can help. Since 1995, our firm has proudly represented the rights of everyday individuals and families against the interests of large, powerful corporations, manufacturers, and other entities. We have a long record of success, having secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, but we are most proud of the tangible ways in which we have helped real people get back on their feet and move forward with their lives after devastating accidents, injuries, and losses.
Find out how our compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyers in Baton Rouge can help you fight for the justice you deserve!
When Should You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you have been seriously injured due to another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you should consider filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit. You are likely dealing with significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges as a result of your injuries. A successful personal injury claim can allow you to recover monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost income, future care costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
To bring a successful personal injury action, you will likely need to prove the following:
- You were injured, and you suffered measurable damages related to your injuries
- The defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care
- The defendant failed to uphold or breached the duty of reasonable care
- Your injuries and damages were the result of the defendant’s failure to uphold/breach of the duty of reasonable care
Under Louisiana’s rule of pure comparative negligence, you do not need to prove that the defendant was 100% at fault for the incident that led to your injuries, only that they share some of the blame. Even if you are found partly at fault, you can still file a personal injury claim and recover compensation for your damages. However, the amount you can recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, for example, if you are found to be 25% to blame for the incident that caused your injuries, you could only recover 75% of the total amount you are seeking in damages.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits in Louisiana?
Louisiana imposes a statute of limitations, or filing deadline, on all personal injury cases, meaning you only have a limited time to bring your lawsuit. With some limited exceptions, you have just one year from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana. This means that, if you wait more than a year to file your lawsuit, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case, and you will be unable to recover any compensation for your injury-related losses.
One exception to the one-year statute of limitations involves the “discovery rule.” Under this rule, people who do not and could not discover their injuries right away have one year from the date on which the injury was discovered, or reasonably could have been discovered, to file a personal injury lawsuit. This rule commonly comes up in cases involving less-obvious injuries, as well as illnesses, occupational diseases, and various medical conditions.
In any case, it is always better to act quickly if you think you may have a case. The sooner you reach out to our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys, the sooner we can begin collecting evidence, putting together documents, and building your case. Our attorneys will also handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your physical recovery. We aggressively pursue fair settlements for our clients and, whenever necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you and your rights at trial.
Cases We Handle
At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., our personal injury attorneys represent clients throughout East Baton Rouge Parish and the surrounding areas in all types of cases, including those involving:
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Class action lawsuits
- Dangerous drugs
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
We also assist individuals who are facing serious criminal charges. Our criminal defense team has extensive experience navigating a wide range of criminal law matters, including DWI defense, misdemeanors, and more.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident or arrested for a crime, do not hesitate to reach out to Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. right away for the personalized legal representation you deserve. We are proud to serve our local community and always prioritize the needs, goals, and best interests of our clients.
Get Started with a Free Consultation Today
No matter how serious or complex your situation may be, the team at Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. is ready to fight for you, your rights, and your future. We offer free and confidential consultations to all new and prospective clients, and there is absolutely no obligation for you following this initial meeting. During your complimentary consultation, we will provide you with the information you need to move forward in the legal process and share how we can help.
An injury is a devastating thing to have to deal with and a legal case on top of it can seem impossible. Our firm’s personal injury attorneys are able to offer peace of mind when you know that someone with experience and commitment is handling the situation.
When a case can’t be worked out through negotiation, Doran & Cawthorne has no qualms about taking the matter to court. Whether before a judge, or jury, we will gather the evidence necessary to present your case before the fact-finder in the best light.
It is all too common for insurance companies to offer less than what they know to be fair. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf, and won’t compromise for anything less than the amount they know you should be receiving.
Our lawyers don’t just talk it…we strive to deliver. You can rest assured you’ll have experienced personal injury counsel with Doran & Cawthorne on your side.
Having handled hundreds, if not thousands of injury cases in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, we can assess the best options for each case.
Our firm’s attorneys will guide you in the right direction to make sure your case is developed effectively to your advantage.