Assistance with Personal Injury Claims in Opelousas & Beyond
Every person has been injured at some point in their life. From knee scrapes as a kid to broken bones, getting hurt is just a part of life. Many injuries are the fault of the injured themselves, or simply just accidents. However, in some cases, injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence. When this happens, you should contact a lawyer right away.
You deserve to recover compensation for your injuries, and the people who caused you harm must be held accountable. At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we are committed to protecting your rights as a victim of negligence. Learn more during a free consultation with our legal team!
Elements of a Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury is an area of the law that allows people who have been harmed because of the negligence of others to recover compensation for the resulting damages.
In order to have a viable personal injury claim, your situation must involve the following elements:
- You (or a loved one) were injured.
- The injuries were caused by another person or entity’s negligence, and there must be evidence of that negligence available.
- In addition to physical injuries, the incident must have resulted in measurable damages, as well as some intangible damages such as pain and suffering.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
There are many different circumstances that fall under the umbrella of personal injury law. Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common subjects of personal injury claims, but cases may also focus on situations of wrongful death, specific catastrophic injuries, and more.
We can assist you if you are dealing with a situation involving:
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries (including burn injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spine injuries)
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability (including slip and fall cases)
- Product liability
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
You May Be Entitled to Compensation for a Range of Damages
Injuries are more than physically painful and disruptive — they are also expensive. Following an accident, you should not have to worry about paying your bills on top of the hefty responsibility of managing your injuries. This is where our lawyers can help you.
By filing a personal injury claim, you may be able to be compensated for damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages due to time off work
- The cost of transportation to and from medical appointments
In addition to these monetary damages, it is possible to recover compensation for the non-economic effects of an injury. These types of damages are often generally categorized as “pain and suffering,” but can involve a variety of different issues. In rare cases, injury victims are also entitled to punitive damages, which are essentially fees that the liable party pays to the victim as a form of punishment.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
It is crucial to consult with an attorney if you were harmed because of another person's negligence. Informed legal guidance is essential to navigate insurance policies, settlement negotiations, and your rights. We are here to support you during this difficult time.
Our lawyers can help you with every step of your case, including:
- Evidence gathering;
- Filing a lawsuit;
- Bringing in witnesses and experts;
- Speaking to insurance companies;
- Calculating your damages;
- Representing you in trial;
- And more!
Schedule a Free Consultation
We are dedicated to guiding you through every step of your case and helping you fight for the compensation you deserve. Initial consultations are completely free, so get in touch with us as soon as possible to get started.
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.