Monroe Personal Injury Lawyer
Were you harmed by someone else's negligence?
Our Monroe personal injury attorneys at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers are fully equipped to help you fight for the maximum level of compensation in your injury claim or lawsuit. We have a track record for success, as we have already obtained many million-dollar settlements within just the past year alone. In fact, our attorneys are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, which proves our ability to obtain substantial results for those we represent.
When you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, you will need to hold the responsible party both legally and financially liable. It is vital that you receive the full amount of payment to which you are entitled so you can properly cover your medical bills, lost earnings (for both now and in the future) and various other costs. We work one-on-one with our clients to help them carry out successful personal injury claims and lawsuits.
Serving Monroe, LA
The city of Monroe is located Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. According to the city's website, Monroe serves as the "economic, educational, and medical hub of Northeast Louisiana." It also a key city within the Monroe metropolitan area. The U.S. Census Bureau's estimated population for Monroe for the year of 2011 was 49,183.
Come to Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers if you need help with a case involving:
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Construction accidents
- Burn injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Truck accidents
Comparative Fault Laws in Louisiana
Louisiana is one of a few states that use pure comparative negligence rules to determine fault and allow personal injury claims. Under this rule, an injured claimant can seek recovery from a liable defendant, no matter how much liability that claimant holds. In an extreme example, a claimant could be 99% liable for a car accident and still be allowed to bring a claim against the other driver who is just 1% liable.
The collectible damages in a Louisiana personal injury case will be reduced by the claimant’s percentage of liability. If you were 25% liable for an accident that resulted in $100,000 of damages incurred by you, then you could normally seek $75,000 from the defendant, or $100,000 minus 25%.
Even if you hold the majority of liability for an accident, it is always worth at least talking to an attorney about filing a case. If your damages far exceed those of the defendant with less liability, then it might still be worth taking legal action against them.
Recoverable Damages in a Personal Injury Case
The damages that you can pursue in a personal injury claim in Louisiana will depend on the severity of your injuries and how much your day-to-day life has changed for the worse. Our attorneys can work closely with you and your medical providers to get a full understanding of your injuries and the many consequences that they have caused. In doing so, we will be better equipped to calculate the damages owed to you. Furthermore, we know how to uncover additional insurance policies to file against if your damages can’t be covered by just one.
The recoverable damages in your personal injury case might include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Cost of future specialized care
- Past lost wages
- Future income you won’t earn
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered enjoyment of life
- Shortened life expectancy
- Emotional trauma
Louisiana Statute of Limitations
In Louisiana, there is a brief one-year statute of limitations on most personal injury cases, which typically begins on the date of the claimant’s accident or injury. If a year passes and no claim is yet filed against the defendant, then no claim can be brought after. The court will check the date you claim the accident happened with the filing date and reject the claim if that date exceeds more than a year ago.
One year can pass quickly, especially when you are dealing with the consequences of a bad accident and serious injury. Please reach out to our office at (888) 492-5532 as soon as possible to get your personal injury claim moving, so we can ensure it is filed before the one-year statute of limitations in Louisiana blocks you from receiving any compensation.
Call Us After Your Accident
Whatever type of accident you suffered, we are here to help. Car accidents are a common issue we assist with at our firm, though we also assist victims of truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents and pedestrian accidents. We handle drunk driving accidents, accidents caused by individuals who were texting while driving, accidents that involved uninsured motorists and many other types. Some injuries occur after consumers use defective products, such as dangerous drugs that were not made or marketed properly. Others are injured while they are going about their daily lives in public places, such as when they are hit by falling merchandise in a store or when they receive dog bites while walking down the street. All of these types of incidents can lead to a broad spectrum of injuries, from broken bones that take a few months to heal to spinal cord injuries that leave victims completely paralyzed.
Contact our office to learn more about the various types of cases we handle.
Personal Injury FAQ
How do I pay a personal injury attorney?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer from Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers is simple and affordable. We are paid through contingency fees, which means that you don’t owe us any attorney fees unless we resolve the case in your favor. Also, contingency fee payments are equal to a percentage of your total settlement or award, so you can always afford the attorney fees.
How can I know if a settlement is fair?
When you’re offered a settlement from the defendant and their insurance company, you should always assume it is not as much as you deserve. Hand it over to your personal injury lawyer before you sign anything. A trained and experienced attorney can evaluate the amount to see if it is fair, or if you should reject it and demand more.
Will my case have to go to court?
Many personal injury cases go to court, but most do not go to courtroom litigation. Simply filing a claim technically takes the case to court. However, your lawyer might be able to settle the case through negotiations or mediation without the need for a trial. If we think a trial will be necessary for your personal injury case to resolve fairly, then we will let you know, so you can decide if you want to progress the case or attempt a settlement negotiation again.
How long does it take to settle a personal injury case in Louisiana?
Personal injury cases are all different from one another in all aspects, including how long it will take to settle one. Some cases can settle in a few months. Others require more than a year of back-and-forth discussions and investigations before a settlement becomes more realistic. What is more important is that you work with a legal team that knows how to limit the number of delays.