Mandeville Personal Injury Law
Few cities in Louisiana blend the best of urban and natural environments like Mandeville does. Known for its ecological diversity, carefully planned communities, and walkable streets, Mandeville offers a higher quality of living than most other cities in Louisiana.
The fact is that even in well-planned cities, accidents do happen. With the average household in Mandeville owning at least two cars, the risk of accidents is fairly high – due to the sheer number of cars on the road. The risk is even higher when you consider the fact that Interstate 12, which is busy and congested most of the time, runs through the city.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to sue them and recover monetary damages. The Mandeville, LA personal injury lawyers at Trainor Law Firm have extensive knowledge of Louisiana personal injury laws and have decades of combined experience in handling a wide range of injury claims – from car accident claims to premises liability claims.
We can represent you, hold the at-fault parties accountable, and fight hard to obtain the damages you are legally entitled to.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Can Handle
The seasoned Mandeville, LA personal injury lawyers at Trainor Law Firm can handle a wide range of injury claims including:
- Car accident claims
- Commercial truck accident claims
- Motorcycle accident claims
- Pedestrian accident claims
- Premises liability claims
- Oilfield injury claims
- Wrongful death claims
What Should You Do If You Are Injured in an Accident in Mandeville, LA?
- File a report with the police (if you are injured in an auto accident) or with the manager or owner of the property (if you are injured on someone’s property).
- Note down the details of the accident and take as many photos as you can of the accident scene.
- Get medical help. You can find a number of hospitals in and around Mandeville including the Lakeview Regional Medical Center, AVALA Hospital, Saint Tammany Parish Hospital, and Ochsner Medical Center where you can get treated for your injuries.
- Contact Trainor Law Firm and talk to an experienced Mandeville, LA personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
- Do not talk or give a written statement to anyone from the at-fault party’s insurance company. Any inadvertent comments you make about the accident can affect your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. Let your lawyer do all the talking for you.
What Do You Need to Prove in a Mandeville, LA Personal Injury Claim?
Under Louisiana law, there are four key elements to be proved in a personal injury claim: (a) The at-fault party owed you a duty of care; (b) The at-fault party breached or failed to fulfill their duty of care towards you; (c) The at-fault party’s breach or failure to fulfill their duty of care was the primary cause of the accident, and (d) You suffered damages in the accident.
Damages You Can Recover in a Mandeville, LA Personal Injury Claim
Depending on how serious your injuries are, you might be able to recover economic as well as non-economic damages. These include:
- Accident-related medical expenses
- Cost of future medical expenses (if you are not fully recovered by the time your claim is resolved)
- Rehabilitation expenses (cost of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychotherapy)
- Cost of assistive and mobility devices
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Reduction in earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent physical or cognitive impairment
- Diminished quality of life
Apart from this, if your injury leaves you physically or cognitively impaired and if you are unable to perform your duties as a spouse and a parent, your spouse can file a loss of consortium suit against the at-fault party and seek monetary damages as well.
Louisiana law does not place any cap on the amount of economic and non-economic damages you can recover in a personal injury claim – except against a government agency. If you file a claim against a local or state government agency, you can only recover a maximum of $500,000 in damages regardless of the severity of your injuries.
The Deadline for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Mandeville, LA
The deadline for filing a personal injury claim in Mandeville, LA is set at one year from the date on which the accident occurred. Unlike many other states, the personal injury statute of limitations in Louisiana is more stringent. It’s in your best interests to get strong legal representation as soon as possible after an accident and injury that occurred due to another’s fault.
Louisiana’s Comparative Negligence Law
Louisiana is one of the 13 states in the country that follow the doctrine of pure comparative negligence. Under the doctrine, you can recover monetary damages from the other party even if you were partially responsible for the accident. Depending on the extent of your liability, your compensation will be reduced proportionately.
For example, if you are awarded a sum of $100,000 in damages and if it is found that you were 20% responsible for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 20% and you will only receive $80,000.
Knowing this, the at-fault party’s insurance company will almost certainly try to blame you for the accident – just so they can get away with paying as little as they can or nothing at all. This is why you should be represented by a capable lawyer who can prove that the accident was caused primarily or entirely as a result of the at-fault party’s actions and make sure you are not unfairly deprived of the compensation you are entitled to.
Get Skilled Representation from Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in Mandeville, LA
If you have been injured by someone’s negligent or reckless actions, Mandeville, LA personal injury attorney Brian F. Trainor can help you. A former prosecutor, Brian uses his extensive legal knowledge and courtroom experience to help injury victims of Mandeville get the compensation they deserve.
Call our firm today at 985-900-2250 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.