St. Tammany Parish Personal Injury Attorney
We Help You Recover Compensation for an Injury
The mental and physical toll for suffering an injury caused by someone else’s negligence can be immense. With the exception of costs for medical treatment and therapy, there’s no real value that can be placed on losing your peace of mind or ability to enjoy life. Seeking compensation provides help so you won’t financially suffer because of your injury.
Whether you’ve been injured because of an automobile accident, dog bite, slip or fall, or incident at work, Lindsey S. Olsen, Attorney at Law, can help you seek damages against responsible parties.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Louisiana?
The statute of limitations for most injury cases in Louisiana is one year from the date that the incident occurred. While that may seem long, it's much a much shorter time-frame than most states.
What Damages Are Available in a Personal Injury Case?
In a personal injury case, various types of damages are available to compensate the injured party for the losses and harm they have suffered due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. These damages can be categorized into two main types: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are tangible, quantifiable losses that have a direct financial impact on the injured person. They may include:
- Medical Expenses: This covers the cost of medical treatment, hospitalization, surgery, medication, rehabilitation, and any other healthcare services related to the injury.
- Lost Earnings: If the injury prevents the victim from working, they can seek compensation for the income they would have earned during the recovery period or beyond.
- Property Damage: If the personal injury case involves damage to the victim's property, such as a vehicle in a car accident, compensation for repair or replacement may be sought.
- Future Medical Costs and Lost Earning Capacity: In cases of long-term or permanent injuries, the injured party can seek damages for expected future medical expenses and the loss of future income or earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are less tangible losses that are more subjective in nature. They may include:
- Pain and Suffering: These damages compensate the victim for physical pain, emotional distress, and suffering resulting from the injury.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life: This category addresses the impact of the injury on the victim's ability to enjoy life and engage in activities they once loved.
- Loss of Consortium: In cases where the injury affects the victim's relationship with a spouse or family member, damages may be sought for the loss of companionship, support, or affection.
- Disfigurement or Scarring: Compensation can be pursued for permanent physical disfigurement or scarring resulting from the injury.
It's important to note that the availability and calculation of these damages can vary by jurisdiction and depend on the specific circumstances of the case. Additionally, some states may impose caps or limitations on certain types of damages in personal injury cases. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is essential to navigate the legal process, understand your rights, and pursue fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
How is Pain and Suffering Calculated in Louisiana?
There are two popular methods to calculate pain and suffering, with the first being the "multiplier method". This calculates all of your monetary losses from your injury and then multiplies the total by a specific rate.
The second is called the "daily rate method", which relies on you and an attorney to determine your daily cost of living. Once this amount has been specified, the value is multiplied by the number of days you have lived with the injury.
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
If you’re injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, it’s important to contact an attorney immediately.
Why? Because although other states permit anywhere between 2 to 6 years to pass between injury and filing a personal injury lawsuit, Louisiana’s statute of limitations only gives you 12 months to file a personal injury lawsuit from the time you were injured.
After a year has elapsed from the date of the incident that caused your injury, it’s likely you won’t be successful in filing a lawsuit over the incident.
Contact Our St. Tammany Parish Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you've been hurt in an accident, you shouldn't be the one stuck with expensive bills and new debt. Our St. Tammany Parish personal injury lawyer will fight for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. The sooner you call Lindsey S. Olsen, Attorney at Law the sooner we can help you. Contact us today!