Louisiana is a beautifully diverse state, formed from French and Spanish colonial influence. Africans, Creoles and Acadians are the main mixtures in the history of this state, which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. From its Cajun cuisine and its world-class universities, to its professional sports teams like the New Orleans Saints, Louisiana is one of the most dynamic states in the country.
Whether you like big cities or small towns, Louisiana may have everything you’re looking for. Those who enjoy the excitement will be attracted to Canal Street during the Mardi Gras celebrations, while those who like quiet life can look for one of the many rural parishes in Louisiana, where the life of small towns is centered around of the church and the family. If you are just passing through, go to one of the many festivals in the state such as the Alligator Festival in Luling or the Bayou Country Superfest.
Unfortunately, one disadvantage of having so many activities is that the tracks in Louisiana are quickly congested, making traffic accidents common. Whether you drive through a rural parish or in the heart of Baton Rouge, no one is surprised to see one or more cars on the side of the road after a serious accident.
If you have suffered injuries due to a car accident, know which insurance company to call, if you must call the police and if you have to receive compensation for your injuries, these are things that could confuse anyone. We are happy to inform you that the experienced legal team of Steward J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers offers injured motorists a FREE consultation with one of our legal professionals – an absolutely no-obligation consultation. We do not need you to sign a contract or pay any money to talk to us. Get in touch seven days a week, 24 hours a day at 866-720-7920 , or CLICK HERE now to contact us.
With thousands of satisfied customers and two decades of experience, we have built a reputation as one of the nation’s leading personal injury firms. We believe in treating clients as part of the family, so there is no reason to delay contacting us for a free consultation.
The state Department of Transportation collects information about automobile accidents every year. According to statistics, about 47,400 accidents occurred recently , resulting in 76,500 injuries. These figures are lower than those of the previous year, which saw about 49,800 accidents cause 81,500 injuries – both figures were the highest in five years.
The automobile accidents happened with greater frequency in the parishes of East Baton Rouge and in the one of Orleans, which should not surprise to anybody due to its numerous population. April was the most fatal month , registering slightly more than 10 percent of all fatal accidents, followed by March and May. Julio experienced the least number of fatal accidents with 46.
Car accidents are very dangerous due to the forces generated by moving vehicles. Some passengers will be unharmed from bumps, but others will suffer life-changing injuries.
The most painful injuries that victims of car accidents can suffer include the following:
WhiplashAny violent movement that throws the head forward, backward or sideways can painfully stretch the ligaments of your neck beyond normal. As a result, victims may feel debilitating pain. The ligaments of the shoulders and upper back can also stretch, pressing on nerves and leaving injured drivers with chronic pain. To treat whiplash victims should not immobilize their necks with a foam collar as seen on television, but lengthen and exercise under the guidance of a physiotherapist to regain their level of movement and reduce pain. Although mild cervical trauma can improve in a matter of months, the most severe whiplash can cause pain for years.
Fractures The human body has hundreds of bones, each of which can be broken under the force of a car accident. Depending on the impact, the bones may break in one place or break into several pieces. With fractured bones, victims may have to undergo surgeries to permanently place nails, screws or metal plates to keep pieces of bone together. Fractures cause tremendous pain and can incapacitate drivers until the bone heals.
Traumatic brain injuries. The human brain is incredibly complex and, fortunately, well protected by the skull. However, any violent action against the body or head can cause the brain to hit inside the skull, resulting in changes in the way it works. Brain injuries such as concussions can leave victims with headaches, seizures, vomiting, memory problems and sleep disturbances, among many other problems. Moderate and severe brain injuries often require surgeries, spending time in the hospital and rehabilitation in order to regain function and movement.
Injuries to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a set of nerves that connect the brain to the rest of the body. Any damage to the spinal cord can affect your ability to move or experience sensations, some of which may be permanent. Less serious spinal cord injuries may include herniated discs, in which the gelatinous part between the vertebrae ruptures, causing severe pain.
Burns. After an accident, the tank or fuel system of one of the vehicles can break and spill gasoline or diesel which can quickly catch fire or passengers can be splashed with antifreeze or battery acid. Severe second- and third-degree burns may require skin grafts or even limb amputation.
These are some of the painful injuries we can see after car accidents. To document the injury, keep written documents that record where you feel the pain, as well as its intensity and keep all bottles of prescription pain relievers. We have seen jurors be stunned when we showed them a transparent garbage bag with all the orange jars of each recipe that the injured driver had taken.
Not all injuries are visible. In contrast, victims often suffer from emotional stress as a result of their physical injuries. Our customers experienced an increase in the feeling of some of the following feelings after a car accident:
These emotions can cause people to leave their family and friends and refuse to leave their homes, which only increases depression and loneliness. Fortunately, Louisiana law recognizes physical injuries as serious enough to guarantee compensation – but you must act quickly. Gather written documentation of your emotional stress in a journal, noting how your life has changed for the worse after the accident.
Each car accident is different and some cause more considerable losses than others. Meet with the team of attorneys and legal professionals specialized in automobile accidents at the firm of Stewart J. Guss, Specialist Injury Lawyers to document in an appropriate and complete manner all the economic and non-economic losses you have suffered, such as the following.
Medical care. Many of our clients need prolonged treatment for their injuries. With the increased cost of medical care, even minor injuries can cost tens of thousands of dollars – money that most people do not have and were not planning to spend for injuries suffered without their fault. A successful lawsuit should get compensation for:
Very serious injuries can often require ongoing treatment, as well as aids at home or physiotherapy, and you may qualify to receive a dollar amount for this future treatment.
Lost compensation. Serious injuries prevent many victims from returning to work as long as they do not recover and some injuries are so devastating that you can not return to your old job so your income is reduced permanently. The loss of wages constitutes an economic loss for which you can receive compensation.
Property damage If your car, motorcycle or bicycle was damaged in the accident, you may receive an amount of money to repair or replace them.
Non-economic losses. Unlike medical bills, lost compensation and damage to property, some injuries are more difficult to calculate. However, Louisiana allows victims to receive compensation for certain intangible injuries such as:
Not every victim of a car accident qualifies for compensation for all of the above-mentioned cases, so consult with a Louisiana auto accident attorney to analyze the circumstances of your accident. Our team at the law office of Stewart J. Guss, Personal Injury Attorneys, will conduct a full case analysis to identify the maximum amount of compensation you can get-and then develop an action plan to make sure you receive everything that corresponds to you.
Injured motorists deserve compensation, but Louisiana requires you to proceed quickly to protect your right to such compensation. In particular, you only have one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for your injuries before the courts. If you delay and lose the deadline, the judge can not only dismiss your claim – but it will – and prevent it from filing again. This means that you will not be able to obtain any compensation and you can not make the guilty driver legally responsible for your injuries.
Do not delay! We have met many clients who waited too long before calling us, mistakenly thinking that they could negotiate with the insurance company on their own. However, a lawsuit is the only force you have against the insurance company. Losing the deadline closes the curtain on your ability to get some kind of agreement or verdicts for your injuries.
Many drivers have no assets other than their insurance policies, so if you need compensation to cover your financial losses, you will have to file a claim with the insurance company. We would like it to be otherwise, but the insurance industry is not a neutral party. Insurance companies are a business for a reason -lucro- so they have an incentive to deny as many claims as possible. Even yours.
At the law office of Stewart J. Guss, Personal Injury Attorneys, we have gone against many of the most powerful insurance companies in Louisiana and have fought successfully to receive compensation for our clients. To make things as easy as possible, we need you to follow a simple advice:
Negotiating with an insurance company requires discipline, detail and determination. Through our decades of experience, we have mastered the art of negotiation, which has allowed us to obtain thousands of agreements and jury verdicts in favor of our injured clients. If you need to obtain compensation, do not put your hands to negotiate on your own or hire a new lawyer fresh out of law school. To get the best results go with an experienced professional.
The attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Personal Injury Attorneys, are nationally recognized auto accident attorneys who have defended the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If you or a family member was recently injured in a car accident, you need an experienced car accident lawyer to look after your best interests.
Call our office right now for your free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases based on a contingency fee, you will not owe us TEN CENTS, unless we win your case. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so call us today at 866-720-7920 or send us an email by CLICKING HERE .
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