Personal injury law covers a broad spectrum of issues when one has been physically or emotionally injured, and/or personal property has been damaged. In legal circles, personal injury law is also known as “tort” law, the French word for “wrong.” Personal injury or “tort” law is the body of law that allows one to be compensated in the event that someone’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct injures or damages you or your personal belongings. Automobile accidents are classic examples of the types of events covered by tort law. If someone hits the back of your car while you are stopped at a red light, that person commits a tort, and it is referred to as the “tortfeasor” (French for “wrongdoer”)
In America, that person is generally referred to as the “defendant” once the lawsuit is filed, and the person harmed is called a “plaintiff”’ or “claimant.” State law usually governs personal injury lawsuits, but Federal law may apply in certain circumstances. For example, the Federal Torts Claims Act may cover an injury suffered on a federal property, or international treaties may govern liability for injuries suffered in an airplane crash. A claim for personal injury must be accompanied by an injury that can be compensated. In other words, one must prove an injury in order to seek monetary damages. For example, if you were to slip and fall due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you could not recover damages if you were not injured in some way.
The law of personal injury is concerned with determining who may be responsible (who is “liable”, or has “liability”) for causing injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for any damages resulting from the injury. Personal injury law can be classified in the following three broad categories, or degrees of fault: negligence, international torts and strict liability torts. Each category is comprised of different types of legal wrongs (or “causes of action”), and indicates a different “standard of care” that may apply to a given accident.
In all matters involving personal injury it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. If you or a loved one is a victim of personal injuries, call us now at (504) 383-5294. The first consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery funds. Don’t Delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.
The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC, Attorneys At Law, have the requisite knowledge, experience and dedication to timely and properly handle your personal injury claim. The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC represents families and businesses throughout Louisiana in various personal injury related matters, including cases involving: Automobile and 18-wheeler accidents; Medical Malpractice claims; Products Liability; and Wrongful Death, just to name a few. The injuries arising from these type cases often include, broken bones, strained muscles, ruptured or herniated discs, brain injury, spinal cord injury, head trauma, and other types of personal injuries. Regardless of the type of personal injury case, The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC has the resources to ensure that you receive proper and timely medical treatment for your personal injury.
All too frequently, victims of personal injury accidents wait too long before contacting a lawyer about their legal rights relating to their respective injury. Generally speaking, under Louisiana law a person who suffers from a personal injury resulting from another’s negligence has one year from the date of the alleged negligence within which to bring his/her personal injury claim. However, there are exceptions to the one-year prescriptive period in some personal injury cases. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential personal injury claim and that you do not rely on this excepting to the one-year deadline, as it only applies in certain circumstances.
If you or someone you know is in need of a personal injury lawyer in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Covington or the surrounding areas of Louisiana, please contact The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC, for a free consultation. For most types of personal injury cases, The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC, will work off of a contingency fee, meaning that you owe nothing for their legal services unless The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC, is able to recover for your damages.
Additionally, in the event that your personal injury claim cannot be amicably resolved, The Law Office of Michael J. Hall, LLC has the resources and willingness to try your case in front of either judge or jury. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to ensure that your case, whether a personal injury claim or otherwise, is properly presented at trial.
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