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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  • Will My Car Accident Claim Cover Expenses To My Chiropractor?

    Chiropractic treatment is common following a car accident claim, especially when the person experiences soft-tissue injuries.  Chiropractors can be amazing at helping people to get some relief for their pain and manage their injuries.  

    Often, a chiropractor may not be covered by health insurance or may not take health insurance following a car accident injury.  In those cases, bills can add up quickly and knowing how they are going to be paid is very important.  

    Unfortunately, in a Louisiana car accident claim, the at-fault insurance company is not responsible for paying the chiropractor as you treat.  Instead, the insurance company will typically want to resolve your claim once you have finished treating.  If you are successful in settling your claim, the chiropractor would be paid with a portion of your settlement funds.  

    In some cases, an injured victim may have what is called “medical payment or med-pay coverage” with their own auto insurance.  Sometimes, a chiropractor will request to be paid from those funds.  

    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.

  • If I’m A Longshoreman Or A Dockworker And Get Injured At Work Is This Covered Under The Jones Act?

    Probably not.  If you are truly a Longshoreman or Dockworker and not a Jones Act Seaman, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) would likely apply to your case.  

    But, deciding whether you could qualify as a Jones Act Seaman is critical to understanding your rights moving forward.  The Jones Act provides many rights that the LHWCA does not. 

    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.

  • I Live In Texas But My Brother Died In An Accident In Covington. Where Do I File A Wrongful Death Claim?

    Determining the appropriate place (venue) in which to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana depends on many factors.  Generally, if the death occurs in Louisiana, the lawsuit could be filed in State Court in the Parish where the incident occurred, or where any of the defendants reside or have their main offices.  If any of the defendants are citizens of a different state than the plaintiff, then the lawsuit may be filed in Federal Court.  

    Also, keep in mind that in Louisiana, only certain relatives have the right to file a wrongful death or survival action on behalf of the decedent.  For instance, if the decedent left a wife and children, they would be able to file the claims and the decedent’s parents or siblings would not be able to do so.

    Deciding where to file a wrongful death lawsuit is an important decision.  Filing in the wrong place can result in severe consequences and can even risk having the case thrown out of Court.  

    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 While Loading A Cargo Ship. Is This Considered A Workers’ Compensation Claim, A Maritime Injury Claim, Or Both?

    Cargo loading accidents are very common in the maritime industry and can lead to serious injuries or even death.  Understanding what kind of claim you have is key in determining your rights.  

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    Cargo loading accidents can happen on a dock, pier, or even at sea.  If the incident occurs at sea, the Jones Act may apply if the injured person is considered a “seaman.”  Under the Jones Act, the injured seaman is entitled to maintenance (daily costs of room and board) and cure (medical expenses) until they reach maximum medical improvement.  A Jones Act seaman may also pursue a claim against his or her employer for future wage loss, disability, and general damages.  

    If the cargo loading accident occurs while a ship is being loaded or unloaded on an inland dock or pier, the claim may fall under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), which is a federal law.  Under the LHWCA, the injured worker is entitled to medical care and a percentage of their wages.  If a worker is permanently disabled, a payment schedule is used to calculate compensation.  

    Understanding what kind of claim you have and knowing your rights is critical to protecting yourself and your loved ones in the event of a maritime accident.   

    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.

  • What If I Can’t Afford To Visit A Doctor Following My Motorcycle Accident?

    Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries.  It is important that our clients receive the necessary medical treatment for their injuries and we take pride in assisting them through the recovery process, every step of the way.  

    Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    Unfortunately, after a motorcycle accident, the at-fault insurance company is not legally required to “pay as you go” to the doctor.  Instead, they want to settle your entire claim in one lump sum.  Sometimes, the insurance adjuster will offer a small amount, knowing that a person cannot afford the medical treatment they really need.  

    We understand that not everyone has health insurance to cover necessary doctor visits.  In such cases, we assist our clients in finding doctors who are dedicated to their recovery and who work with us to make sure our clients receive the treatment they need, even if they don’t have insurance.    

    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.

  • How Can I Battle A Large Trucking Company To Settle My Truck Accident Claim?

    Big trucking companies and their insurance carriers often fight very hard against accident claims.  This is because truck accidents often result in significant injuries.  At our firm, we use several techniques to hold trucking companies responsible for accidents.

    Louisiana Truck Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    First, we make sure that the trucking company is put on notice that they should preserve any evidence which may be important to the case, including “black box” data, photographs of damage, toxicology reports, and driving records.  Tracking down the appropriate insurance company for the truck company can also be difficult.  

    Second, we make sure the truck company and their insurance carrier are kept up to date as to the severity of our client’s injuries and their progress or lack of progress during recovery.  

    If the truck company is not accepting responsibility for the wreck, we file a lawsuit against them, uncover more evidence, take depositions, and prepare our client’s case for trial.  

    Big truck accident cases are often complex.  Having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side is important to the outcome of your case.  Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.  

    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.

  • I Was Knocked Down And Injured While Shopping. Is This Considered A Pedestrian Accident?

    We have handled numerous cases where a person has been knocked down and injured while shopping.  Typically, this occurs when a store employee pushes a cart into the unsuspecting shopper.  

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    These cases are typically called “premises liability.”  Under Louisiana law, a store is responsible for someone’s injuries if they (or their employees) actually caused the hazardous condition or if they knew or should have known of the hazardous condition and didn’t take steps to correct it.  In cases where a shopper is knocked down by a store employee pushing a cart, it falls into the first example, where the store actually caused the incident.  

    If you have suffered severe injuries while shopping in a store, give us a call today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.  Our experienced premises liability attorney will listen to you and let you know if you have a case.      

    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.

  • How Long Does It Take To Settle A Wrongful Death Claim?

    The length of time it takes for an attorney to settle a wrongful death claim depends on many factors.  Two important factors include whether the at-fault insurance company is accepting liability (fault) for what happened and the amount of insurance available to compensate the victim’s family.  

    Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyer Flattmann Law

    When the at-fault insurance company refuses to accept fault for the accident, a lawsuit must be filed to dig into the facts and hold them accountable.  Unfortunately, quick settlements in wrongful death cases are often an indication that a very small amount of insurance is available to cover the loss.  

    Wrongful death cases can be very complicated and may include multiple defendants and complex theories of liability.  It is important to have an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side.  At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we pride ourselves on our compassionate approach to handling complicated wrongful death cases for grieving families.  Call us today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.  

    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.

  • How Can I Prove My Motorcycle Accident Wasn’t My Fault?

    Motorcyclists are often unfairly blamed when a wreck happens.  Common things drivers say when they are involved in a car versus motorcycle accident include: “he came out of nowhere,” “he was in my blind spot,” “he was weaving through traffic,” or “he was going too fast.”  Due to this unfair prejudice, motorcyclists sometimes find themselves having to prove that an accident wasn’t their fault.

    Covington Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    Being very clear about how a wreck occurred, the positions of the vehicles, and the precise sequence of events can help the driver of a motorcycle prove that he or she was not at fault.  The insurance company will try to match up statements with the evidence to determine who is liable for the accident.  

    Gathering evidence immediately following the accident is also very important.  Taking pictures and videos of the accident scene and gathering information from potential witnesses can be very helpful in proving that you were not at fault for the wreck.

    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.

  • 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.