Louisiana has the best of both worlds: bustling city life for the metropolitan and rural areas for the outdoorsy among us. Both of these, however, can have their share of negligence, car accidents, and personal injury cases.
Perhaps it was you who was injured, or maybe it was a family member or friend whose life was changed. Whatever happened, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.
This is where you’ll find Louisiana's laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (also known as damage caps), and other important information that you will need. Louisiana law also incorporates French and Spanish civil law, unlike every other state, which means that new attorneys have to sit for the longest bar exam in the country.
In Louisiana, you have only one year to bring both a personal injury claim and a property damage claim. That means you have to file your paperwork with the court before that one-year limitation is up. Make sure to act fast.
The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free. (Note that other legal specialties, such as real estate law or criminal defense law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus whatever office expenses they incurred.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
Personal injury cases (also know as a tort lawsuit) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Auto accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability (slip/fall) are a few examples of the most common types of personal injury cases, but there are many more. In fact, torts are among the most common legal actions in the United States. Read more
There are lots of issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.