New Orleans is known for its vibrant music scene and amazing food. Whether it’s during Mardi Gras or just a typical fun weekend, the French Quarter is the destination to visit, while The Crescent City is a great place to live in general. Unfortunately for visitors and residents alike, accidents and injuries can happen anywhere.
Did you know New Orleans has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle accidents in the country? That's why we're here. If you were seriously injured in an auto accident, motorcycle crash, truck collision, or another type of accident, reach out to a New Orleans personal injury lawyer at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, today to protect your legal rights.
Our New Orleans offices are conveniently located in the middle of the Central Business District, and from the 19th floor of 400 Poydras Tower, we have a “front-row seat” to many of the unfortunate car accidents that happen in the area.
To fulfill our mission of helping those who are injured in New Orleans, the legal team at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Attorneys offers free consultations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Feel free to call us right now at 800-898-4877 or complete our simple form to get more information.
New Orleans Personal Injury Accident Guide
- Why Choose the New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers at Our Firm?
- What Types of New Orleans Personal Injury Claims Do We Handle?
- How Do You Find the Best New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Near You?
- New Orleans Office
- New Orleans Accident Statistics
- What Types of Injuries Do People Suffer in New Orleans Personal Injury Accidents?
- What You Should Do After an Accident in New Orleans
- New Orleans Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Our New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers Today to Understand your Rights and Protect Your Interests
- See What Past Clients Have to Say
Why Choose the New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers at Our Firm?
Like any major city, New Orleans has many law firms to choose from. So why choose us?
Stewart J Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers is a national law firm with a strong focus on the New Orleans region. When you choose our personal injury law firm, you’ll get a dedicated team with over two decades of experience handling accident injury cases of all kinds. Whether someone injured you in a car crash or you were hit by a truck while riding your motorcycle, we can help.
Our client-focused approach sets us apart from the rest. Every member of our team is committed to treating you with the respect and compassion you deserve during this stressful time. It’s our goal to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and much more.
When you partner with our team, here’s what to expect:
- No upfront costs. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront and nothing at all unless we win your case. We offer free case evaluations and consultations to injury victims 24/7, so don’t hesitate to call us at 800-898-4877 with any questions you may have.
- Help with your insurance claim. No clue how to file an insurance claim after your accident? No worries. We’ll handle everything, from filing paperwork, determining liability, coordinating your appointments, tracking your expenses, and negotiating with insurance companies to put money in your pocket. We are not afraid to play hardball with stingy adjusters and aggressive attorneys.
- Updates on your case. We’re with you every step of the way. We promise to treat you with the compassion and patience you deserve throughout your case. Our attorneys and team members are here to address any questions and concerns you may have, and we'll keep you in the loop throughout your case. At Stewart J Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, we know your rights and how to protect them.
- Medical care and more. Get connected to the resources you need after your accident - including medical treatment, physical therapy, loaner vehicles, and more - all at no upfront cost. We’re here to provide everything you need when you need it most.
Stop letting insurance companies give you the runaround. Leave the negotiations to us while you focus on what matters most... getting your life back on track.
We’re ready to talk about your accident and your rights, so please call us right away at 800-898-4877 for your free consultation from a trusted legal professional.
Meet Brian Page - Personal Injury Attorney, New Orleans Office
Brian Page is an advocate you can trust to help you through your accident recovery. After obtaining his degree in political science, Brian worked as a private investigator. During this time, he developed his passion for the law, honed his investigative skills, and learned the true value of hard work, long hours, and perseverance.
Brian graduated from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and has practiced in New Orleans ever since. Since the early days of his career, Brian has advocated on behalf of everyday people against large corporations that put profits over people.
As an attorney, Brian's experience handling cases all the way from intake through trial has given him a unique perspective on the needs and expectations of clients coping with difficult issues. Brian has seen firsthand all the tricks insurance companies use to try to delay, deny, and defend legitimate claims from injured victims - and he knows how to fight back.
Brian is licensed to practice in all Louisiana State Courts and in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
As a proud New Orleans resident and Super Lawyers nominee, Brian has immense love for his lively city and has dedicated his career to helping its citizens bounce back from life-changing accidents. He has successfully argued cases in front of both judges and juries and focuses exclusively on cases involving personal injury.
When he’s not zealously advocating for his clients, you can find Brian at home trying to keep up with his two boys to the amusement of his wife Elaine. In his free time, he is an active member and rider in the Rolling Elvi Mardi Gras Sub Krewe and the assistant coach for his son Weston’s baseball team, the Lakeview Vikings. He also serves as the culinary team captain of “Notorious P.I.G.” in New Orleans’ annual “Hogs for the Cause” cook-off fundraiser for pediatric brain cancer.
Reach out today to learn how Brian can put his skills to work for you.
What Types of New Orleans Personal Injury Claims Do We Handle?
Many types of personal injuries can arise from a wide variety of possible accidents, and the resulting accident claims will vary substantially, with different legal issues and strategies depending on numerous factors. It’s important to have a law firm near you, who will fight for you, and who knows how to handleyour particular claim.
Our team handles many types of personal injury claims, including:
- New Orleans Car Accidents
- New Orleans Drunk Driving Accidents
- New Orleans Truck Accidents
- New Orleans Motorcycle accidents
- New Orleans Bicycle Accidents
- New Orleans Pedestrian Accidents
- New Orleans Slip and fall Accidents
- New Orleans Scooter Accidents
- New Orleans Bus Accidents
- New Orleans Uber Accidents
- New Orleans Wrongful Death
The above is not a complete list of our practice areas, and you should never wait to call our firm no matter what type of accident you suffered. We can help you pursue compensation or point you in the right direction, so please pick up the phone to get the legal assistance you deserve today.
Different Ways People Suffer Personal Injuries in New Orleans
People can suffer serious personal injuries in a variety of accidents and incidents throughout New Orleans. Some common ways people sustain injuries because of someone else’s negligence include:
- Car accidents – Claims arising from car accidents are some of the most common, as more than two millioncrashes occur on an annual basis in the United States. Many different situations could lead to an injury, including distracted driving, drunk driving, aggressive driving, speeding, and more. Check out this post for some traffic accident statistics.
- Truck accidents – Nearly half a million traffic accidents each year involve a large commercial vehicle. These semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and tanker trucks can cause devastating injuries when they collide with smaller vehicles. Determining liability in truck accident cases can be especially complicated. If you're looking for an 18-wheeler accident lawyer, contact us today.
- Motorcycle accidents – Motorcycles are some of the most dangerous vehicles to operate, simply because a rider is so vulnerable in the event of a crash. Other than a helmet, most motorcyclists have little protection from other vehicles or from the ground. Many drivers fail to pay proper attention to motorcyclists, and road hazards can prove significantly riskier for motorcycles than larger vehicles.
- Bicycle accidents – Many people ride their bikes around the beautiful city of New Orleans for exercise or enjoyment. However, just like motorcyclists, bicyclists have little protection and often suffer severe injuries from crashes. Defective bicycles, negligent drivers, and dangerous roads or bike lanes are some of the common causes of the bike crashes we see.
- Pedestrian accidents – The streets of New Orleans are filled with pedestrians exploring the city. Unfortunately, drivers do not always watch for people walking or pay attention to the rules of the road when it comes to pedestrian crosswalks and rights-of-way. For these reasons, many people are seriously injured in pedestrian accidents around the city each year.
- Premises liability – Businesses, hotels, and other properties you visit every day all have their own potential hazards for accidents and injuries. Poor maintenance or faulty construction often contributes to these accidents. Slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, falls from heights, dog bites, and elevator accidents are only some of the many accidents that can cause you injury and lead to a premises liability claim.
- Construction worker accidents – Construction sites are extremely dangerous, for workers and for people walking or driving by the site. Accidents are common around construction sites, including falls, scaffolding collapses, getting hit by objects, electrocutions, power tools or machinery accidents, and more. Whether you were working on the site or were simply injured while passing by, we may be able to help.
- Dangerous drugs – Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars selling us products to make us better. Unfortunately, corporate greed is often prioritized over the good of the public, and corporations may sell drugs with dangerous side effects that can lead to severe and preventable health problems. People who were injured by dangerous drugs may file a claim on their own or with a group of people who suffered the same injuries.
- Nursing home injuries – Nursing homes have the duty to provide proper care for residents—including basic nutrition, shelter, comfort, and any healthcare they may need. Sadly, too many nursing homes do not abide by these standards and instead allow residents to suffer injuries due to neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and other misconduct.
- Scooter accidents – Over time, scooters have come a long way from their simple kick-propelled kids’ toy incarnation. These days, two types of motorized vehicles referred to as “scooters” can cause chaos on the streets of the Big Easy. Both are responsible for serious injuries around the nation—and here at home in New Orleans, too.
- Gas and oilfield accidents – Many people who live in and around New Orleans work in the oil and gas industry. As we know all too well, this is a risky line of work, and many different types of accidents may strike workers on the job. Whether an oil spill, an explosion, or another problem on land or water injures you, hire a New Orleans personal injury attorney who is familiar with gas and oil injuries who can help protect your rights.
- Bus accidents – The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority runs streetcars and buses all over the Crescent City. Tourists, in particular, will hop on the streetcars to sightsee as they roll from the French Quarter to the Garden District. While accidents involving NORTA buses are rare, they can produce terrible injuries due to the size of the vehicles. They can crush whatever they hit on the road, and their passengers aren’t protected by seatbelts or airbags. The same thing can happen with school buses.
- Uber accidents - Traffic accidents caused by careless, negligent Uber drivers can devastate accident victims and their families. Convenience isn’t worth a life-changing injury that causes physical pain, mental anguish, and financial stress. Money won’t turn back the clock and undo the damage and trauma caused by a reckless Uber driver, but it can help ensure that you get the care you need.
- Wrongful death - Each year, across the United States, 45,000 people die in car accidents. Nearly 6,000 people are fatally injured in workplace accidents. A whopping 90,000 deaths happen as a result of medical malpractice. In each of these cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be possible.
How Do You Find the Best New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Near You?
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you might be thinking, how do I find the best personal injury lawyer near me? If you have questions about an accident claim, contact a personal injury attorney in our New Orleans office. Our Louisiana headquarters are located at 400 Poydras Tower, Suite #1975, in New Orleans, but we handle accident and injury claims all over the state of Louisiana. We’re always nearby, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you can contact us now through our online contact form.
New Orleans OfficeAddress: 400 Poydras Tower Suite 1975,
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 608-1038
New Orleans Accident Statistics
The Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS) at Louisiana State University publishes reports of traffic accidents that occur throughout the state. In the most recently reported year, CARTS published the following accident statistics for Orleans Parish and the New Orleans area:
- 6,509 total injury crashes, resulting in 10,844 total injuries sustained by drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
- 62 fatal traffic accidents, resulting in 69 deaths involving drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Overall, Louisiana saw 887 fatal crashes resulting in 972 total fatalities, along with almost 76,000 injuries from various vehicle accidents. Nearly 42% of traffic-related fatalities reportedly had alcohol involved, and more than 60% of those who died were not wearing their seatbelt. The average per-person cost of traffic fatalities statewide is over $1.6 million, or more than $11 million if you consider loss of quality of life.
What Types of Injuries Do People Suffer in New Orleans Personal Injury Accidents?
People commonly sustain the following injuries in accident cases:
- Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Skull fractures
- Dislocated or broken bones, including open fractures
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sprains or strains
- Facial or dental injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
At our firm, no injury is too small or too serious to discuss your rightful compensation.
Minor injuries can still result in serious losses and disruption of your daily life. Some people fail to seek legal help because they believe their injuries aren’t serious enough for a legal case. If you do this, you could end up unnecessarily responsible for your medical bills when someone else should be paying.
Catastrophic injuries often require immediate and extensive medical care, including long-term hospitalizations and surgeries. These injuries can also leave an accident victim with permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement that can completely change their lives.
Victims of severe injuries may not work for months, if ever again, resulting in significant missed wages and lost earning potential. Combined with medical bills, the costs can easily rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Rest assured that our lawyers have the skill and experience to handle even the most complex injury cases.
All injuries demand proper diagnosis and treatment by medical professionals. You may need ongoing physical therapy to heal and you may miss hours or days of work in the process.
If you did not cause the accident, why should you pay the price?
An attorney can help you determine the liability of any negligent parties who caused your accident, and obtain compensation for your medical bills and lost income. You shouldn’t hesitate to call just because you think your injury is too minor.
What You Should Do After an Accident in New Orleans
If you're involved in an accident in New Orleans, there are several important steps you should take to ensure your safety, protect your rights, and gather necessary information for any potential insurance claims or legal actions. Here's what you should do after an accident:
- Check for Injuries: First and foremost, check yourself and others involved for injuries. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 immediately to request medical assistance.
- Move to Safety: If possible, move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe location, such as the shoulder of the road. This helps prevent further accidents and ensures your safety.
- Call Law Enforcement: Regardless of the severity of the accident, it's a good idea to call the police. They will create an accident report, which can be valuable for insurance claims and legal purposes.
- Exchange Information: Exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident. This includes names, contact information, insurance details, and vehicle information. If there are witnesses, gather their contact information as well.
- Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, license plates, street signs, and any relevant road conditions. This documentation can be important for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
- Report to Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with accurate information about the accident and the other parties involved. Be truthful but avoid admitting fault, as fault determination can be complex.
- Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't feel seriously injured, it's a good idea to seek medical attention. Some injuries might not be immediately apparent. Medical documentation is important for your health and any potential insurance claims or legal actions.
- Gather Evidence: Keep all documents related to the accident, including the police report, medical records, photographs, and any communication with insurance companies.
- Contact an Attorney: If you sustained injuries or significant property damage, consider consulting a personal injury attorney. They can advise you on your legal rights and help you navigate the claims process.
- Observe the Statute of Limitations: If you plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, be aware of the statute of limitations in Louisiana, which sets a time limit for how long you have to file a claim.
- Cooperate with Authorities: If the police or other authorities request information, cooperate fully and provide accurate details about the accident.
Remember, your safety and well-being are the top priorities. Following these steps can help you protect your interests and ensure that you have the necessary information to handle insurance claims or potential legal actions after an accident in New Orleans.
New Orleans Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case in New Orleans?
Determining whether you have a valid personal injury case involves several factors. Personal injury cases often hinge on proving that the responsible party's negligence or wrongful conduct led to your injuries. This could involve various situations, such as car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, product defects, and more. Here are some key considerations to help you assess whether you might have a viable claim, but you should consult an attorney for help determining if you have a viable claim:
- Duty of Care: Did the responsible party owe you a duty of care? In many personal injury cases, this means they had a legal obligation to act reasonably and avoid causing harm to others. All drivers have an inherent duty to act safely and responsibly to avoid causing harm to others.
- Breach of Duty: Did the responsible party breach their duty of care? In other words, did their actions or negligence fall short of what a reasonable person or entity would have done in similar circumstances?
- Causation: Can you establish a direct link between the responsible party's breach of duty and your injuries? You need to demonstrate that their actions or negligence directly caused your injuries.
- Damages: Have you suffered actual damages as a result of the accident or incident? Damages can include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Your lawyer can help you gather sufficient evidence to support your claim and hold the other party liable for your injuries. This can include photographs of the accident scene, medical records, witness statements, and any other documentation that can help establish the facts of the case.
To assess your situation more accurately and determine whether you have a personal injury case, it's strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced New Orleans personal injury attorney. An attorney can evaluate the specific details of your case, provide legal advice, and guide you through the process if you decide to pursue a claim.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive from a New Orleans Personal Injury Claim?
In a New Orleans personal injury claim, you may be eligible to receive various types of compensation, also known as damages, depending on the circumstances of your case. These damages are intended to provide you with financial recovery for the losses and injuries you've experienced due to the accident or incident. Here are some common types of compensation that you might be able to receive:
- Medical Expenses: This includes reimbursement for all reasonable and necessary medical costs related to your injury, such as hospital bills, doctor visits, surgeries, prescription medications, rehabilitation, and future medical treatments.
- Lost Wages: If your injury has caused you to miss work, you can seek compensation for the income you would have earned during the time you were unable to work. This can include past and future lost wages and earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering: This type of compensation covers physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish you've experienced due to the injury. It's intended to provide compensation for the intangible suffering you've endured.
- Property Damage: If your personal property (such as your vehicle in a car accident) was damaged in the incident, you can seek compensation to repair or replace the damaged property.
- Loss of Consortium: If your injury has affected your relationship with your spouse or partner, they might be eligible to seek compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, and support.
- Permanent Disability or Disfigurement: If your injuries have resulted in a permanent disability or disfigurement, you may be entitled to compensation to account for the long-term impact on your life and livelihood.
- Punitive Damages: In certain cases where the responsible party's actions were particularly reckless or intentional, punitive damages might be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.
- Out-of-Pocket Expenses: This includes compensation for any other financial losses directly related to the accident, such as transportation costs to medical appointments, home modifications, or assistive devices.
- Wrongful Death Damages: If the accident resulted in the death of a loved one, surviving family members may be eligible for compensation to cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost financial support, and the emotional toll of the loss.
It's important to note that the specific types and amounts of compensation you can receive will depend on the details of your case, including the severity of your injuries, the degree of negligence of the responsible party, and other factors.
To ensure you receive fair compensation, it's highly recommended to consult with an experienced New Orleans personal injury attorney at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers. We can assess your case, calculate your damages accurately, and guide you through the legal process. Although we can't guarantee how much money you will receive, we can promise to fight hard to help you recover the maximum amount allowed under the law.
When Should You Get a New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer for a Car Accident?
If you’re wondering when to hire an attorney after a car accident, let us spell out the answer for you: ASAP!
When it comes to taking legal action, there are time limits and deadlines called “statutes of limitations.” According to Article 3492 of the Louisiana Civil Code, the statute of limitations in Louisiana for personal injury lawsuits is ONE year from the date of the incident. This includes Louisiana car accident injury cases.
A year flies by faster than you think, and the clock starts ticking as soon as the accident happens. If you miss this important deadline, you may lose your chances of getting any compensation at all. Plus, if you wait too long to take legal action, important evidence may be lost forever.
So if you're currently scrolling through this page, debating "Should I get an attorney for my car accident?" The answer is yes! A professional New Orleans car accident attorney can help you get the ball rolling on your case and compile all the evidence you need to strengthen your claims.
How Much Does an Experienced New Orleans Injury Attorney Cost?
Worried how much an attorney charges for car accident help? Don’t fret! Our New Orleans car accident attorneys charges nothing upfront. All confidential consultations and case evaluations are 100% free, and if you choose to hire us, you will pay nothing out of pocket.
We know many injured victims hesitate to call an attorney after a car accident because they’re afraid of the cost, but a lawyer can help you get more money from your car insurance claim.
So then, how do attorneys get paid for car accidents they help with? Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they collect their attorney fees from a portion of the settlement award after the case is closed. If they lose the case, they get nothing. If you don’t get paid, they don’t either.
How Long Will It Take for My New Orleans Personal Injury Claim to Settle?
The timeline for resolving a New Orleans personal injury claim can vary widely depending on various factors, and it's difficult to provide an exact estimate. Some cases can be settled relatively quickly, while others might take longer due to complexities or legal processes. Here are some factors that can influence the duration of your personal injury claim:
- Severity of Injuries: Cases involving severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment and recovery time may take longer to resolve. It's often advisable to wait until you've reached maximum medical improvement before settling, so the full extent of your damages is clear.
- Medical Treatment: The duration of your medical treatment and rehabilitation can impact the timeline. It's important to have a clear understanding of your prognosis and potential long-term effects of your injuries before pursuing a settlement.
- Insurance Negotiations: The negotiation process with the insurance company can vary. Some cases might be resolved relatively quickly through negotiations, while others might involve more back-and-forth discussions to reach a fair settlement.
- Liability Disputes: If there are disputes about who was at fault for the accident, the resolution of these disputes can extend the timeline. This can be especially true if multiple parties are involved.
- Litigation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the case might need to go to court. Litigation can significantly extend the timeline, as court schedules and legal proceedings can be time-consuming.
- Complexity of the Case: Cases with multiple parties, complex legal issues, or difficult-to-determine damages might take longer to resolve due to the intricacies involved.
- Cooperation of Parties: The willingness of all parties involved to cooperate and negotiate can affect the speed at which a settlement is reached.
- Attorney's Experience: An experienced personal injury attorney can often streamline the process and negotiate effectively, potentially leading to a faster resolution.
Given these variables, personal injury cases in New Orleans can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to reach a resolution. It's important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess the specifics of your case and provide a more accurate estimate based on the factors involved. A New Orleans personal injury attorney from Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers can guide you through the process and work to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
What If I'm Partially At Fault for My Injuries? Can I Still Receive Compensation for My New Orleans Personal Injuries?
Yes, you can still potentially receive compensation for your injuries in New Orleans even if you are partially at fault for the accident. Louisiana is one of the few states that follows a legal doctrine known as "pure comparative negligence." Under this rule, your ability to recover compensation is not completely barred by your own fault, but the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced proportionally based on your degree of fault.
Here's how it works:
- Determining Fault: The court or insurance adjusters will assess the degree of fault of all parties involved in the accident, including yours. Each party's percentage of fault is determined based on the evidence and circumstances of the case.
- Calculating Compensation: Your compensation will then be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. For example, if you were found to be 20% at fault for the accident and your total damages are $100,000, your compensation would be reduced by 20%, resulting in $80,000 in compensation.
- Recovery Despite Fault: Even if you are found to be more than 50% at fault, you can still recover compensation for your injuries. However, if you are found to be 100% at fault, you might not be eligible to recover any compensation from other parties.
It's important to note that Louisiana's comparative negligence system allows you to recover compensation even if you were partially responsible for the accident. However, the amount you can recover will be adjusted according to your degree of fault. To navigate these complexities and ensure you receive fair compensation, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in New Orleans at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers. We can help protect your rights, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure that your degree of fault is accurately assessed in your case.
How Does a New Orleans Personal Injury Claim Work?
The types of accidents and injuries we see are as unique as every client who reaches out to us, and so are the strategies we use to help them with their claims.
One thing’s for certain, though: our goals always align with your goals. We strive to secure the maximum compensation for your losses.
While you may associate personal injury lawyers with heated courtroom battles, many cases actually settle out of court, thanks to properly-filed insurance claims. Below is a the typical path an accident claim will take when you’ve got a lawyer on your side:
- Evidence collection - Here, we work on building up your case. Before we file a claim, we want to make sure it’s bulletproof. This involves a time period of collecting evidence and assessing your injuries.
- Filing the claim - We compile all of the evidence and officially file the claim with the insurance company.
- Dealing with adjusters - Some people think they can handle a car or property insurance claim on their own. Unfortunately, they often fail to recognize the tricky tactics used by most insurance companies. Insurance adjusters will try to gain your trust—and then use whatever statements you make against you to limit your payment offer. Don’t get taken advantage of. Let your lawyer negotiate with them instead.
- Settlement offers - The insurance company will make you an offer, but if you accept too fast, you could end up with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses and no help in sight. Instead of accepting initial offers, your lawyer can fight for a lot more money for you during our next step…
- Negotiation - Eventually, after some fierce advocacy from your personal injury lawyer, an acceptable settlement can be reached. (If not, we go into litigation and duke it out in court.)
- Compensation - Money in your pockets at last! Your lawyer will collect their fee from a fraction of this settlement.
When you partner with us, our skilled attorneys will handle your insurance claim from start to finish. We are all too aware of every tactic that insurance companies use to limit payouts. We’ll never fall for their tricks, and we know how to beat them at their own game to obtain the settlement you deserve.
If an insurance company is refusing to make the right offer, we’re prepared for litigation. We will carefully analyze your case each step of the way to ensure we take the right measures to get you the settlement offer you need to cover all of your past and future damages.
Contact Our New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers Today to Understand your Rights and Protect Your Interests
Stewart J Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with a focus in the New Orleans area. We have protected the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years, and we know how to take on big insurance companies and even the most formidable adversaries in court. We design legal strategies based on the unique details of your case, we keep you informed on your claim’s progress every step of the way, and we relentlessly pursue compensation for you and your family.
If you were injured in an accident in the New Orleans area, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation. Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, you will not owe us a dime unless we win your case.
Our Louisiana personal injury lawyers are proud to offer legal representation to injured accident victims in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana area, including Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, Houma, Slidell, Baton Rouge, Chalmette, and more. We have years of experience helping injured victims who suffered personal injury in vehicle accidents, dog bite accidents, slip and falls, product liability cases, and more. So call us today!
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New Orleans Emergency Rooms
Seek immediate medical attention from any of New Orleans' emergency rooms or urgent care centers if you or a loved one suffered severe personal injuries:
- University Medical Center New Orleans Emergency Room: 2000 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
- Tulane Medical Center Emergency Room: 1415 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
- New Orleans East Hospital Emergency Room: 5620 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127
- Ochsner Baptist Hospital Emergency Room: 2700 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
- Touro Emergency Room: 1401 Foucher St, New Orleans, LA 70115
- Children's Hospital New Orleans Emergency Room: 200 Henry Clay Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
- Veterans Affairs Hospital ER: 2400 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
*Disclaimer – Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers does not endorse these healthcare providers, nor do we profit from having them listed on our website.
New Orleans Courthouses
- New Orleans First City Court: 421 Loyola Ave #201, New Orleans, LA 70112
- New Orleans Municipal Court: 727 S Broad St # 105, New Orleans, LA 70119
- Eastern District of Louisiana - U.S. District Court: 500 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
- United States Court Appeals: 600 S Maestri St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Neighborhoods We Serve in New Orleans
Lower Ninth Ward (70032, 70117, 70126, 70129), French Quarter (70116 – 70130), Garden District (70115, 70130), City Park (70122, 70119, 70124, 70116), New Orleans East (70129, 70126, 70128, 70127, 70117, 70187, 70189, 70186, 70164), Florida Area (70117), Seventh Ward (70116), Bywater (70117), Treme (70116), Mid-City New Orleans (70118, 70119, 70125), Algiers (70114), Uptown/Carrollton (70118), Faubourg Marigny (70116), Gentilly (70122), New Orleans Central Business District (70112, 70113, 70139, 70136, 70170, 70130, 70176, 70154, 70195), Audubon (70115)
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