Our Personal Injury FAQ

Why won’t the insurance company pay me what I'm owed? If the other driver was at fault, why do I have to pay my own medical bills? Who pays for my rental car after my car was totaled? We answer questions like these and many more in our personal injury FAQs. If your question is not covered here, give us a call.

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  • How Much Is My Louisiana Truck Accident Claim Really Worth?

    The answer to this question depends on many factors, the most significant being the seriousness of one’s injuries.  Other factors we consider in assessing the value of a claim include the length of medical treatment, the amount of medical bills, future limitations or disabilities, and lost wages.  

    The value of a truck accident claim may also grow over time if a person is continuing to suffer or treat for their injuries.  We take great pride in explaining our valuation process to our clients throughout the course of their case.    

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Type Of Damages Can I Claim Following A Motorcycle Accident?

    The law regarding the types of damages that can be claimed following a motorcycle accident are the same as those regarding car accidents.  Following a motorcycle accident, the injured person has property damage claims and personal injury claims.  

    Property damage claims include damage to the motorcycle and even damage to clothes or other possessions.  It also includes rental coverage during the time the motorcycle is being repaired.  

    Personal injury claims include things like the person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, future disability, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life.  

    We take pride in making sure our clients understand their rights after being involved in an motorcycle accident.  

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Type Of Damages Can I Claim Following A Maritime Accident At My Job?

    When a person who works on the water is injured, it is critical to know whether that person would be considered a Jones Act Seaman, Longshoreman, or otherwise.  Factors we consider in making this evaluation include the person’s job duties, how long they have been employed, whether they were permanently assigned to a vessel, and whether the accident took place when they were working in service to the vessel. 

    If a person is considered a Seaman for purposes of the Jones Act, their employee must continue to pay room and board payments (maintenance) and their medical bills (cure).  

    Additionally, a Jones Act Seaman is entitled to pursue claims for their pain and suffering and past and future lost wages.  If third parties are involved, the injured person could have additional claims as well.  

    Maritime accident claims can be extremely complicated and are very fact dependent.  Having an experienced Maritime lawyer on your side could mean the difference between being fairly compensated and missing out on claims to which you may be entitled.   

    Have You Been Injured On Your Louisiana Maritime Job?

    If you've been injured at your maritime job or at sea, you need to speak with an experienced Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • If I Was The Passenger In A Car That Caused A Louisiana Car Accident Can I File A Claim Against The Driver?

    If you were a passenger in a car that causes an accident, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver, even if you were a passenger in the vehicle he or she was driving.  It is important to get all the information you can regarding the driver’s car insurance so that a claim may be filed on your behalf.  We have successfully handled claims made by passengers. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can I Represent Myself In A Louisiana Car Accident Claim?

    While it may be possible to represent yourself in a car accident claim, whether it is advisable to do so depends on many factors.  Most “fender benders” that do not involve injuries may be handled directly with the at-fault insurance company.  However, if the accident involves substantial vehicle damage or if someone was injured, things can get complicated quickly.  

    Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    So, how do you decide whether to hire an experienced car accident attorney or try to handle the claim on your own?  That’s where our DIY CRASH COURSE comes in.  Learn more about our 100% free and confidential DIY CRASH COURSE. Click here to learn more.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can You Claim Mental And Emotional Distress Following A Car Accident?

    Physical trauma is not the only injury someone may suffer as a result of a car accident.  In Louisiana, you may also be entitled to compensation for your emotional distress and mental anguish.     

    Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    Many people also suffer non-physical damages as a result of an accident. A car wreck is a traumatic experience. In some situations, a victim of a car wreck may be afraid to get behind the wheel again, may feel claustrophobic, or even develop post-traumatic stress disorder. These are examples of emotional distress.

    Another type of non-physical damage is mental anguish, which a victim of a car wreck may experience when, because of their injuries, they do not know how they are going to get their life back in order. A victim may worry about how they will pay their bills, whether they will lose their job, or feel deficient as a spouse or a parent. These are all examples of mental anguish.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • I Was Injured In A Louisiana Maritime Work Accident But Live Out Of State. What Should I Do?

    If you were injured while working on the water, a determination should be made by an experienced maritime attorney as to whether you qualify as a Jones Act Seaman for purposes of making a “Jones Act Claim,” or if your claim falls into another category, such as under the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), or state workers’ compensation law.  

    A Jones Act claim is very different than an ordinary workers’ compensation claim and provides the injured worker with the right to pursue significantly broader claims.  

    If a lawsuit has to be filed under the Jones Act, the proper place (venue) for filing your lawsuit depends on many factors, including where the incident occurred, where the company is located, and whether any third-parties are responsible for your injuries.  Commonly, a decision must also be made as to whether the lawsuit should be file in state or federal court.  
     
    We help injured seamen navigate through the complex waters of their Jones Act claims.

    Have You Been Injured On Your Louisiana Maritime Job?

    If you've been injured at your maritime job or at sea, you need to speak with an experienced Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

     

  • Can I Be Fired For Pursuing A Recovery For A Maritime Injury?

    Yes and No.  Most of the time, an employer will not specifically state that they are firing you because you are pursuing an injury claim.  If they do, they are most likely in violation of state and federal laws.  

    Instead, if you are in an “at-will” state like Louisiana, the employer may terminate you for being unable to come back to work.  Most of the time, an employer is not required to keep your job available to you.  

    However, in a Jones Act case, a seaman has the right to file suit against their employer to recover lost wages and future lost wages caused as a result of their injuries.  Also, a Jones Act employer is required to pay for the injured workers’ maintenance (daily living expenses) and cure (all the medical expenses required to get the injured worker to maximum medical improvement).  

    Beware!  We have seen many cases where an employer “took care” of an injured worker until the statute of limitations had passed for that worker to file a lawsuit.  Once the time period passed, the employee was terminated and time-barred from protecting their rights.   

    We know that filing a Jones Act claim is a big decision.  Let us help you make it.  We offer free confidential consultations so that you can better understand your rights.  

    Have You Been Injured On Your Louisiana Maritime Job?

    If you've been injured at your maritime job or at sea, you need to speak with an experienced Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can I Fight The Insurance Company On My Own Over My Personal Injury Claim?

    “You may not need to hire an attorney for your car wreck claim.”  That’s something you don’t hear from those big-wig billboard attorneys!  But it’s true.  While hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is a great idea when an accident results in significant injuries and medical bills, “fender benders” can usually be handled without an attorney. 
     
    But even for small accidents, it is important to understand your rights BEFORE speaking with the insurance company.  That’s where our CRASH COURSE comes in.  
     
    Here’s how it works:  Give us a call at (985) 590-6182.  We immediately schedule a 15-minute call to cover key information you should know BEFORE starting your insurance claim.  Completely 
     
    FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.
     
    Here are just a few of the topics we will cover:
    How to properly file a claim (what the insurance company will ask you and why);
    Your rights and responsibilities;
    How to get your car repaired and get a rental;
    How medical bills get paid and how to remain compliant with your health insurer; and
    Different insurance coverages you may not know about.

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Do You Have To Give A Recorded Statement In Your Jones Act Case?

    No, you should not have to give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster in order to receive benefits.  That’s because in a Jones Act case, your company (the Jones Act employer) owes the injured seaman a duty to provide them with maintenance (a daily rate for room and board) and cure (medical expenses), regardless of who was at fault for causing the accident.  

    If the insurance company calls and asks questions about how the accident occurred, they are trying to get information so that they can prepare a defense for any claims you may have in the future for other items of recovery, including disability and wage loss.

    Have You Been Injured On Your Louisiana Maritime Job?

    If you've been injured at your maritime job or at sea, you need to speak with an experienced Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.