If you’ve been injured in a car accident in New Orleans that happened due to the negligent acts of another person or business, Louisiana state law gives you the right to seek compensation for the damages, or losses, resulting from your injuries.
What types of compensation you can seek, and how much you can collect, after being injured in a car accident depends on many factors. Consulting with a personal injury attorney is the best way to get information specific to the facts of your case. The New Orleans car accident attorneys at JJC Law can assist you in assigning a fair and accurate dollar amount for your damages and negotiate on your behalf with the other party’s insurance company to ensure you get the maximum amount you are owed.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Even minor accidents can result in serious injuries. A few of the serious injuries you can suffer in an accident include:
- Cuts requiring stitches
- Large bruises
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Internal injuries
These injuries may require extended hospital stays and ongoing treatment and therapy. This, in turn, may prevent you from working and earning money. Your injuries may even prevent you from going back to work at your old job. And the effects of your injuries may make it impossible to enjoy the things you used to, such as driving, walking, running, hiking, or having intimate relations.
Compensation for Injuries and Other Damages After a New Orleans Car Accident
You and your attorney can sit down and discuss the short-term and long-term effects of your injuries. Depending on the circumstances in your case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Expenses: This includes current and ongoing expenses (care, treatment, therapy, medical devices, etc.) caused by your injuries.
- Lost Wages: If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you can ask to be compensated for the lost income. That included PTO and other benefits. Were you forced to take a lesser paying job because your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous job? You can ask for compensation to make up for the differences in salary.
- Pain and Suffering: You can ask for compensation for the long-term pain and other problems. This includes depression, PTSD, etc., resulting from your injuries.
- Loss of Consortium: This is a legal term that describes a situation in which you are no longer able to enjoy the kind of intimate relationship you used to have with a spouse or partner due to the severity and nature of your injuries.
- Loss of Enjoyment: You are entitled to this type of compensation if your injuries prevent you from enjoying the activities you enjoy, such as walking, running, driving, playing sports, swimming, etc.
- Property Damage: If you were involved in a car accident, you can ask to be compensated not only for the damage done to your automobile but also to any property that was in the car at the time of the accident.
- Bystander Damages: If your loved one was involved in an accident and you witnessed the incident or came upon the scene shortly thereafter, you may be entitled to compensation. These are called “Lejeune” Damages.
How Much Should You Ask For? And How Much Will You Get?
How much should you ask for in compensation? This can be a tricky question. Some losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, are easily assigned a dollar value. However, for other types of damages, such as pain and suffering, or loss of consortium, coming up with an exact dollar amount may require careful consideration.
How much will you get? Unfortunately, your attorney will be unable to provide that answer. Each New Orleans injury case is unique. There are so many variables at play that it is just irresponsible for an attorney to provide a client with a precise quote as to how much they will receive. All they can do is tell you what others in similar circumstances have gotten.
We Will Fight to Get You the Total Compensation You Deserve
How much you receive in compensation for your injuries depends on the knowledge, skills, and dedication of your attorney. At JJC Law, we put our client’s needs first and foremost. Our team of highly experienced New Orleans personal injury lawyers will fight to get you the total compensation you are due for the damages caused by the irresponsible acts of another.
Call JJC law at (504) 513-8820 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency basis. That means there are no up-front costs to you for our legal representation. We only collect our fee after we’ve won your case. Don’t delay, because strict statute of limitation laws apply to New Orleans personal injury claims and if you wait too long, the courts may refuse to hear your case.