Frequently Asked Questions on Personal Injury
If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. However, you may be unsure what steps to take or how to file a claim to recover compensation. If you need help determining your eligibility for a premises liability claim or a wrongful death claim, contact our New Orleans personal injury attorneys. Below we have complied some of the most commonly asked questions.
What Do I Need in Order to Qualify for a Verdict or Settlement?
In order to qualify for a personal injury suit, an injury or the death of a loved one had to occur. You must also believe it was caused as a result of another person’s negligence. It is important to not discuss it with anyone else before consulting with a personal injury attorney because they might try to sway your case or motivate you to sign an agreement that won’t give you the full compensation you deserve. A strong case may be able to obtain a settlement—which is the agreed upon compensation between plaintiff and defendant before the case ever sees a courtroom. If it cannot be settled in court, we can take it to trial, where compensation is still possible in the form of a verdict.
Would I Be Able to Afford Legal Representation?
Tony Clayton & Associates prioritize your justice over your ability to pay, which is why we offer contingency fee arrangements to make payments easier for your clients. Contingency fees are the standard agreements for personal injury cases—meaning our firm will cover all the expenses, risks, and investigative costs for your trial. You pay us nothing, and in return we receive a portion of your verdict or settlement if you win.
How Soon Do I Need To File a Claim After My Injury?
Statute of limitations is different in each state, and for each type of complaint. In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is one year. However, they can be flexible to extensions depending on individual circumstances. If your injuries are still sustained, chances are it is not too late to file a claim. It is vital to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury is sustained.
What If My Employer Wants Me to Sign an Agreement?
It is common for workers to feel pressured to sign an agreement after a workplace injury. We advise not signing any agreement without discussing it with a lawyer first. An insurance company's primary goal is to pay you as little as possible, threatening your right to full compensation. It is vital to contact a personal injury attorney quickly to investigate your case and help you receive the maximum compensation possible for your recovery.
What If the Accident Is Partially My Fault?
Although you may be partially at fault for your injuries, it does not eliminate your right to receive compensation. You may still recover compensation as long as a party is more than 50% at fault for your injuries. Our firm can conduct a thorough investigation to determine who was at fault.
How Will a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
Attorneys at Tony Clayton & Associates handle each case personally because we know that every client’s case is unique. We have represented the people of Louisiana for over 25 years. Our firm has the skills and experience to protect your rights and to create a strong case. We work tirelessly to ensure that your future is secured and that you receive the best possible results for your case. We are here to help you every step of the way.
If you have any additional questions, contact our New Orleans personal injury attorneys for a free case review: (504) 608-3211!