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There are many different ways to enjoy spending time in the town of Lafayette, located in the heart of Cajun country in Southern Louisiana.
With seemingly unlimited opportunities to enjoy world-class music, dining, and art, there’s a lot of appreciate about this town. Whether you’re spending a few days or have lived your entire life in Lafayette, it’s important to recognize that with all of these activities, the potential of experiencing an injury from an accident is always a present danger.
The team of Lafayette injury attorneys and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers is available to speak with you and discuss your personal injury case. DO NOT delay. We will explain the process so that you have a clear picture of how our team and how the legal process works. You can feel confident knowing that you have experienced advocates on your side, fighting to receive maximum compensation for your damages. Our intake department is ready to hear from you—for free—24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE.
We Handle Many Different Types of Personal Injury Cases
The days after an accident can feel overwhelming. Between dealing with your injuries, speaking to doctors, and managing time off work, you may not know what steps to take to figure out your legal options.
If you have been injured, you want to work with a legal team who has experience in your specific area of injury. Stewart J. Guss and his team of attorneys and legal professionals have handled a variety of different accident cases, including but not limited to:
Car accidents. The statistics around car accidents are a bit alarming—in 2013, Louisiana State University produced data that showed there is a car accident approximately once every three and a half minutes in Louisiana. Whether you’ve been involved in a single or multi-car accident, severe injuries can occur. We’ve worked with MANY different car accident victims who were hit by drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and teenage drivers who were unable to react to a sudden stop or other situation correctly due to their inexperience. Regardless of HOW the accident happened, you deserve to work with a team of lawyers and legal professionals that is familiar with the legal system when it comes to proving negligence. Don’t delay in contacting our personal injury law firm. Call us today!
Pedestrian accidents. Walking can be a great way to relax and avoid the stresses of driving a car. It’s also great for the environment and helps to reduce traffic on the road. Unfortunately, a pedestrian accident can result in SERIOUS injuries. When there’s nothing between you and the road, even a slow-moving collision can be incredibly dangerous. With the increase of distracted drivers who attempt to multi-task by utilizing electronics while driving, the potential for an accident is fairly significant. If you were hit by a vehicle when you were walking, contact our Lafayette law firm as soon as possible.
Those who own a motorcycle know that there’s nothing better than riding down the road unencumbered by the steel casing of a car. Many people opt to spend a beautiful day exploring the roads around Lafayette on their motorcycle. While this is an enjoyable pastime that encompasses a certain feeling of freedom for the rider, there are always risks to riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can happen when another driver isn’t paying attention and causes a collision. Rear end accidents are common at a stoplight. Other times, a car might not notice a motorcycle when changing lanes on the highway, resulting in a high-speed accident. Regardless of how it happens, the motorcycle rider usually sustains the most serious injuries.
Truck accidents. We rely on large trucks for a number of different goods in Louisiana, and for this reason, they are common fixtures on the roadways. A truck accident is one of the most dangerous scenarios you can encounter. These vehicles often weight up to ten times more than a passenger car, and the impact of a collision causes serious damage. Truck drivers often push to drive through the night and spend many hours behind the wheel, making them distracted and drowsy. Although these professional drivers are held to a higher standard of regulations, that doesn’t always mean that they will drive safely at all times. Some of the most dangerous accidents include a jackknife accident and rollover. If you have been in an accident that involved a truck, it is important to speak with a SKILLED team of personal injury attorneys and legal professionals to learn how to protect your rights.
Bicycle accidents. With pleasant weather for most of the year in Lafayette, many people choose to ride their bikes to work or for exercise. As traffic around town increases, bike accidents are becoming a MAJOR issue on the roads throughout Lafayette. Often, cars or other motor vehicles will fail to offer the right of way to a bicycle or simply won’t notice them on the road. While there are ways to protect yourself, like wearing a helmet and brightly colored clothing, sometimes accidents still happen. If a negligent driver hit you while you were on your bike, it is in your best interest to seek knowledgeable legal consultation before you talk with the insurance company. LEARN MORE about how the team at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers can help!
Construction accidents. A construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces. Between working with electricity, driving heavy machinery, and climbing tall ladders, it’s no surprise to state that injuries are relatively common in this working environment. If you have been injured when you were at work on a construction site, it can be difficult to know if you are facing a workers compensation claim, or if a specific person should be held liable. We can help you work through this process.
A Delay Can Cost You
In every personal injury case, there is a specific timeline in which the victim MUST file a claim. This is referred to the statute of limitations, and the timing varies from state to state. The state of Louisiana has one of the SHORTEST statutes of limitations, giving personal injury victims just one year to file a claim. This means that if you don’t file a claim within one year of the accident date, a judge will dismiss your case without an option to pursue any further action on the claim. There are rare exceptions to this rule, and your team of attorneys and legal professionals can advise you about your options.
Hire a Skilled Law Firm Now
There are advantages to working with a team of personal injury lawyers and legal professionals after you have suffered injuries in an accident. Many people are unsure of how to proceed with next steps after they have been hurt, but they know someone else should be held accountable for their injuries. The team at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you! We will manage the claims process so you can focus on the important task of recovering. Here are several of the ways we help our clients who have been injured in an accident:
- Identify the negligent party. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, different parties can be held liable. You might be surprised to learn that the actions or inactions of a business owner led to the dangerous situation that caused your accident. Or maybe a car manufacturer released a vehicle that was mechanically unsafe. We will review the details of your accident and can help to identify if an individual or a company was negligent.
- File a claim within the statute of limitations. As noted above, the statute of limitations in Louisiana is merely ONE year. This time can fly by quickly, and a delay could result in a dismissal before you even have a chance to present your case. Your team of attorneys and legal professionals will help manage the timeline to make sure that you are well within the statute of limitations. The first step depends on you, so call TODAY for your free consultation. Once we have evaluated your case, we can make a suggestion on how to proceed.
- Communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf. The insurance companies are trying to run a profitable business, and will likely push back on your request for compensation. There are many tactics they can use to encourage you to settle quickly and for less money than you deserve. Sometimes they will attempt to delay the process of your claim. Other times they will insist that you are only owed compensation for your immediate medical needs. Don’t let the insurance companies pressure you into accepting less money than you deserve. This can hurt you in the long run, and an experienced law firm can help you to avoid this situation.
Understanding the Value of your Claim
The aftermath of an accident can be expensive. Beyond the measurable economic damages, such as medical bills, non-economic damages can be much more difficult to show. These non-economic damages can be equally if not more devastating and could have a lasting impact on your happiness. In order to support your financial needs after an accident, our legal team will work to gain a monetary award for:
- Current medical bills
- Anticipated cost of future medical needs
- Non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical therapy
- The cost of prescription drugs
- Medical equipment, such as a wheelchair or necessary modifications to your house
Insurance companies will typically push back and insist on offering a lower settlement than you deserve. Our team of attorneys and legal professionals has extensive experience working with insurance companies and we have resources on our side to help support your case. If needed, we can hire medical experts and accident scene reconstruction experts to validate our request for compensation. In certain circumstances, it can help to have the support of a medical expert who can attest to the severity of your injuries. A medical expert can also determine future cost of your treatment and expenses.
You might also benefit from the services of an accident scene reconstruction expert. These experts can add valuable information to your case. Their input is especially helpful if there was conflicting or minimal evidence documented in the police report, or if there were no witnesses at the scene.
Contact a Lafayette, Louisiana, Personal Injury Law Firm Today
If you were injured in an accident and believe that another party is at fault, seek experienced legal representation. The cost of medical care and ongoing physical therapy can add up quickly. The insurance companies and their teams of lawyers will do everything in their power to minimize what they pay you, so you have every legal right to hire a dedicated legal team as well.
The team at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers has worked with victims who were injured in accidents for many years. We have the knowledge necessary to aggressively fight for your just compensation and here to help you work through this often-confusing process! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE. Don’t wait, your rights to fair compensation are too important to delay.
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“As a relatively new resident of Houston, I did not know of an attorney to contact for a personal injury suit. I randomly went through the yellow pages contacting two attorneys that had rejected my case prior to me contacting Stewart Guss. Stewart took my case on and settled for far more than I had anticipated. The silver lining of this is that I will now have enough money to go back to school for retraining, so I will be able to reenter the workforce in a new capacity. The paralegal, Angela, was kind and supportive throughout the process. If I did not understand the legal jargon, I did not hesitate to ask, and was never once made to feel that I was incompetent. Thank you Stewart and Angela for giving me a new lease on live.”
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Since starting his firm in 1999, Stewart J. Guss has had the honor of representing clients from all over the world, helping them recover from even the most catastrophic injuries.
Today, thanks to a strong belief in those values of compassion, respect, and approachability, the firm has grown to employ over 120 legal professionals in numerous offices across 4 states, with nationwide reach.