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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  • 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.

  • Should I Talk With The Insurance Company After My Loved One’s Wrongful Death In Louisiana?

    No.  After a loved one’s wrongful death, the at-fault insurance company will immediately look for any way they can reduce the amount of money they may ultimately owe.  With very few exceptions, there is no reason to talk with the insurance company.  
     
    Instead, if you suspect that a loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is very important to speak with a skilled wrongful death attorney.  We offer free and confidential consultations to grieving families.  At the consultation, we can talk about your rights and answer questions such as: 
     
    How to file a wrongful death insurance claim?
    Which family members have the right to pursue a wrongful death or survival claim?
    What kind of claims do you have?
    Who is at fault?
    How to preserve evidence?

    Has Your Loved One Died Due To The Negligence Of Others?

    If you lost a family member due to a negligent act you need to speak with an experienced Covington area wrongful death 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 families throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Is It Possible A Wrongful Death Case Will Settle Out Of Court?

    Yes.  Just like any personal injury case, it is possible that a wrongful death case may be settled, either before having to file a lawsuit, or, if a lawsuit is filed, prior to going to trial before a judge or jury.  While every case is different, whether a case may be settled “out of Court” depends on many factors, including the value of the case and the willingness of the insurance company to be reasonable.  At our firm, we prepare every case as if we are going to trial.  Also, our clients are kept up to date every step of the way so that they are well-informed and feel comfortable when making decisions regarding the direction of their cases.  

    Has Your Loved One Died Due To The Negligence Of Others?

    If you lost a family member due to a negligent act you need to speak with an experienced Covington area wrongful death 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 families throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • I Was Injured In A Covington Truck Accident. How Can I Pay My Bills While Waiting For The Case To Settle?

    Truck accidents can have devastating effects, not just in terms of injuries, but also with regard to medical and other bills.  Sadly, even if someone is so injured that they can’t go to work anymore, that doesn’t mean that bills stop coming.  

    Unfortunately, in Louisiana, the at-fault insurance company is not required to pay your medical bills “as you go.”  Instead, medical bills are included in any resolution, at the end of your case.  In the meantime, there may be several solutions, such as using your own health insurance to cover medical bills.  In some cases, people may even have “medical payment coverage” as part of their own vehicle insurance, which may provide them with funds to pay medical bills.

    Part of our job is working with our clients to find solutions to problems like this. 

  • I Was Hurt In A Covington Area Truck Accident And The Driver’s Insurance Wants To Record My Statement. What Should I Do?

    After a wreck with a big truck, a representative of the truck’s insurance company may call you about the accident. They may tell you that they are investigating the accident and would like to take your recorded statement.  You should not give a statement to the other person’s insurance company.  
     
    Louisiana law does not require you to give a statement to the other person’s insurance company.  In most cases, one of the goals of the insurance adjuster is to get you on a recording saying that your injuries are not that bad.  Insurance adjusters receive lots of training on how to interview victims of truck accidents.  They use leading questions and oftentimes ask you to agree with them that you are not injured or that your injuries are not significant.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Pedestrian Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a pedestrian accident you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian 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.

  • How Much Is My Covington Pedestrian Accident Really Worth?

    Every case is different and the answer to this question depends on many factors, including the facts of the case and the extent of the injuries sustained in the pedestrian accident.  

    The first issue we explore is “liability,” that is, who is at fault for causing the pedestrian accident.  In Louisiana, we have what’s known as “comparative fault.”  This means that even if a pedestrian is found partially liable for contributing to their own accident, the other party may still share responsibility, allowing the pedestrian to recover a certain percentage of their damages.    

    The second issue we explore is the amount of our client’s damages, including medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering.  

    The “value” of each personal injury case is very unique.  At our firm, when it is time to resolve our client’s claim, we meticulously examine every aspect of the case, research outcomes of other similar cases, and discuss our findings in detail with our client.  It is important to us that our client feels well-informed and comfortable with any decision they make regarding the value of their case. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Pedestrian Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a pedestrian accident you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian 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 Hit And Injured In A Crosswalk. Do I Have A Pedestrian Accident Case?

    Pedestrians usually have the right-of-way while walking in a crosswalk.  In Louisiana, motorists must yield  to pedestrians in a variety of situations.  For instance, when traffic-control signals are not in place, the driver of a vehicle must stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway.  Also, the law requires that vehicle drivers exercise due care in avoiding collisions with pedestrians.  

    Whether you have an accident case depends a lot on the facts of your case.  We offer free and confidential consultations so that we can go over the facts of your case and advise you as to your rights. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Pedestrian Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a pedestrian accident you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian 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 Hit By A Car While Riding My Motorcycle. How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

    At our firm, you only pay us if we collect money for you.  Our initial consultation is FREE.  

    We handle ALL personal injury cases on a “contingency” basis.  This means that at the end of your case, we charge a percentage of the total amount we ultimately receive for your personal injury claim.  Any expenses we incur (for instance, police reports, medical records, etc.) are charged, dollar for dollar at the end of the case, ONLY if we obtain money for you. 

    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.