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Frequently Asked Questions About Serious And Permanent Injuries

Catastrophic injuries change lives forever. Victims of spinal cord injuries or other serious injuries may be paralyzed and unable to return to work. When this type of injury accident occurs due to someone else’s negligence, it frequently results in a personal injury lawsuit with millions of dollars at stake. At The Truitt Law Firm, LLC, we represent injured parties in Covington and throughout Louisiana in all types of personal injury lawsuits, helping them maximize the amount they recover.

Our firm also represents businesses and insurance providers that have been named as defendants in personal injury cases. Our experience representing clients’ on both sides of these cases provides us with a comprehensive knowledge of the important facts the court will consider if a case goes to trial. As a result, we know how to build strong cases that protect our clients’ rights.

Here are some frequently asked questions about personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries.

What qualifies as a catastrophic injury?

A large percentage of personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries involve injuries to the spine, spinal cord or brain. The term “catastrophic injury” often refers to an injury that prevents the injured party from returning to work. It significantly changes the life the victim is able to lead and impacts that person’s family members as well. That is why the compensation sought in these cases is so high.

Why is a lawyer necessary when an injury of this nature occurs?

Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. They work to minimize the amount that is paid out in claims. When a serious injury occurs, it often leads to a large claim, but the insurance company representatives will work to minimize the amount that is paid out. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can do the opposite – maximize the amount that an injured party recovers. The aim is to cover current and future medical costs, which can be extensive, as well as lost wages and earning power, damages for pain and suffering, and compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life. We also have a strong track record representing insurance companies in these cases.

How will my case be valued?

Not surprisingly, injury lawsuits with permanent, catastrophic injuries are complex. There are many factors that go into properly valuing these cases. In Louisiana, injured parties can recover compensatory damages for actual financial losses (medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning power, etc.) as well as damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. In a smaller percentage of cases, parties may recover punitive damages for gross negligence by the at-fault party.

The complexity of these cases requires experienced legal representation, whether you are the injured party seeking compensation or the defendant. We work with highly regarded professionals who assess the lifetime costs of these injuries, medical professionals who provide information about lifetime treatment, and other specialists who provide important information for properly valuing the case.

How long will my case take to resolve?

Every case is different in terms of the facts involved and the length of time it takes to resolve. While most personal injury cases do not end up going to trial, the cases involving catastrophic accidents frequently require more time to resolve because of the high stakes involved. Our attorneys have strong records of reaching fair outcomes through negotiation as well as at trial. Our attorneys have a strong track record of litigating personal injury cases, amassing nearly 500 trials between them. As we have stated, we work closely with medical professionals and other specialists who provide valuable insights that are used to reach a fair agreement. We go to great lengths to protect the rights of our clients, whether they are seeking compensation or named as defendants in a personal injury lawsuit.

How much will legal representation cost?

When we represent injured parties in personal injury lawsuits, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we only get paid if we help you obtain a recovery. When we represent insurance companies or other defendants, we charge our standard hourly rate. These cases take extensive resources to properly prepare. When the stakes are so high, you want to make sure that you work with a law firm like ours that focuses on personal injury law and has the resources to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.

The First Step Is To Schedule A Consultation

We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and recommend a course of action. The initial consultation is free. Call 985-273-0900 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. If your injuries limit your mobility, we will come to you.