Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a case?

The best way to know if you have a case is to contact us as soon possible. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will talk to you about the particular facts and circumstances of your potential case. After talking through your situation, our attorneys will offer you their opinion about whether you have a case worth pursuing. Call 504-581-4892 or fill out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website and get the process started.

How much will it cost me to talk to you about my potential case?

Nothing. It’s absolutely free. You have nothing to lose. Fill out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website and get the process started.

Can I hire a Louisiana attorney if I live in another state?

Sure. We’re proud to have been based in New Orleans for over 70 years. But we handle cases all over the country. Many of our lawyers are licensed to practice law in multiple states. We also regularly work with attorneys in other states. When choosing a law firm to represent you in a personal injury case, the only thing that should matter is that firm’s track record of success. Our firm is proud to have recovered over $35 billion on behalf of our clients. That track record is simply unmatched by any other personal injury firm in the country. In the age of email, fax, texts, skype, and air travel, the geographical location of your lawyer is much less important than the quality of representation they can offer.

Why should I hire a trial lawyer?

In order to maximize the value of a case, it must be thoroughly prepared for trial. Profit motivated corporations and insurance companies often fear trials because judges and juries are empowered to determine their liability and the amount owed to an injured victim. A trial lawyer is a unique type of lawyer that is trained and experienced in actually trying cases to judges and juries. While many cases settle before an actual trial, a trial lawyer is necessary to help maximize the value of your case.

What should I expect of my attorney?

Honesty, communication, and aggressive advocacy. Your attorney is doing you a disservice if he/she does not honestly convey to you the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Your attorney may often have to tell you hard truths about your case so that you can make an informed decision. Once you have made your decision about the goals of your case, your attorney should aggressively pursue those goals on your behalf.

How much will it cost me if you take my case?

As personal injury attorneys, we work on a contingency fee basis. Our fee is contingent on recovering compensation for you. In other words, you don’t pay us anything until we recover something for you. Our firm advances all of the expenses associated with your personal injury case including court filing fees, expert witness fees, deposition expenses, etc. If we recover funds on your behalf, our fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered. If we are unsuccessful, you pay nothing. We are willing to spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars preparing our injury clients’ cases because we are confident in our ability to succeed at trial. In the end, we are committed to helping you regain your life after a tragic event such as a personal injury or wrongful death. You literally have nothing to lose.

What if I’m partially at fault for the accident that caused my injury?

That’s OK. You can still recover against the other parties that contributed to your accident. Louisiana law recognizes that multiple parties may ultimately be responsible for causing an accident. In a typical personal injury case, each party is assigned a percentage of fault by a judge or jury. The injured party is allowed to recover for the damages that were not caused by his own fault. For example, assume that an injured victim was awarded $1 million after a personal injury trial. A jury determined that the injured victim was 10% at fault but a negligent corporation was 90% at fault. Under that example, the injured victim would be able to recover $900,000 or 90% of $1 million. Even if you are partially at fault for an accident, you may still have a viable claim.

What if no one is at fault for the accident that caused my injury?

You may not have a viable claim. Not every accident and personal injury leads to a claim. But if you are seriously injured in an accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to investigate the issue thoroughly. We use a variety of experts to help us analyze our potential cases. Often times, these experts uncover facts that may have been hidden from you. If you have been injured in accident, fill out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website and let us start investigating your potential case. If it turns out you don’t have a viable case, it will have cost you nothing.

How long do I have to file my case?

Different types of cases have different rules about the time limits in which a case must be filed. Generally, personal injury cases in Louisiana must be filed within 1 year of the date of the accident that caused the injury. However, it is critical that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the individual facts and circumstances of your case. You may have more or less than 1 year to file your case. Fill out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website and get the process started.

How much is my case worth?

Every case is different. There are many aspects of your damages ranging from medical expenses to pain and suffering. Damages such as medical expenses are easily calculated by reviewing your medical bills. Damages like future lost wages often require experts to calculate. Less tangible damages like pain and suffering are unique to the given facts and circumstances of your case. After we take your case, we’ll employ the necessary experts to begin calculating your damages and will talk with you how much your case is worth.

How long will my case take to be resolved?

It depends. Many cases are resolved fairly quickly. Some cases with minimal injuries are resolved within 3-4 months of an accident. However, cases that proceed to trial and are appealed to higher courts can take as long as 3-4 years. Ultimately, our goal is to get your case resolved as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your life.

Will my case settle before I have to go to trial?

We don’t know. Every case is different. Statistically speaking, the vast majority of cases settle before an actual trial takes place. But we are prepared to take your case to trial and win. In order to maximize the value of a case, it must be thoroughly prepared for trial.

What should I do about the medical bills piling up?

The medical bills associated with an injury can be daunting. Personal injury victims are often unable to pay these bills timely. As such, the bills can be sent to collections. If we agree to take your case, we’ll contact your medical providers and/or the bill collectors to let them know that a claim has been filed. Often times, medical providers will defer payment of these bills until after a case is resolved.

What should I do if the insurance company wants me to sign something?

Don’t do it without first consulting an attorney. By signing these documents you could be jeopardizing your ability to file a case in the future.

Do I have to go to the doctor my employer sends me to?

No. You have the right to choose the doctor that you’d like to see after an accident. Do not settle for your employer’s doctor. Often times, your employer’s doctor has an incentive to minimize your injuries so that you can be declared eligible to go back to work.

Do I have to give a statement?

It is common for insurance companies and corporations investigating an accident to ask witnesses and the injured party for a written and/or recorded statement. However, you are not obligated to give such a statement. When trying to determine whether to give a statement, you must bear in my mind that you may be in shock immediately after an accident and it is often wise to wait. You should also be aware that it can be very difficult to change your statement one it is taken.

Learn about your legal rights from an experienced Louisiana personal injury lawyer by calling 504-581-4892 or by filling out our free, no obligation case review form.