LaPlace Personal Injury Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for Personal Injury Victims in LaPlace
Getting injured in any kind of accident is more than a painful convenience: It will almost always trigger lasting practical and financial consequences. In addition to dealing with your physical injuries, you will need to manage medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, and inherent changes to the way you live your life. When an accident was not your fault, you deserve to be fairly compensated for these losses.
For our LaPlace personal injury lawyers, it’s all about getting our clients the results they deserve. We have leveraged our over 250 years of combined experience to recover over $1 billion. Now, we are ready to go to work for you. Whether you were injured in a car accident, a slip and fall, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence, Potts Law Firm will fight to get you the compensation you need to get your life back on track. You will have the full support of our compassionate team every step of the way, and we will stop at nothing to deliver the best possible result.
You owe our firm nothing unless we prevail, so schedule a free initial consultation by calling (985) 236-0573 or contacting us online. Same-day appointments are available, and we offer our services in English and Spanish.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle in LaPlace, LA
Our team of skilled legal professionals is prepared to take on many types of personal injury claims. No matter the complexity of the case, we are confident we have what it takes to win. We will carefully review the facts of the case, determine liability, advise whether you have a strong claim, and review the types of damages we may be able to help you recover.
Our LaPlace personal injury attorneys can assist you with claims involving:
- Aviation Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Birth Injuries
- Boat and Jet Ski Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Oilfield and Offshore Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Sports Injuries
- Toxic Torts
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
What Do I Need to Prove to Win a Personal Injury Case in LaPlace, LA?
In the aftermath of an accident, you may not be sure whether you have a case against the party responsible for your injuries. Many personal injury cases are negligence-based, meaning you are seeking compensation from the defendant because their negligence led to your losses. Prevailing is not as simple as establishing an accident was someone else’s fault.
To win a negligence-based personal injury case in Louisiana, you must prove the following elements:
- The existence of a duty. You must show that the defendant owed you a duty to act reasonably. Generally, the law will define when this duty exists: Traffic laws require drivers to act reasonably, for example.
- A breach of that duty. Someone breaches a duty to act reasonably when they act in a way that another reasonable person would not in the same situation. When a driver violates traffic laws, they breach their duty to everyone else on the road, as another reasonable person would typically follow traffic laws in the same situation. What specifically constitutes a “breach” will depend on the type of duty that existed.
- Causation. Breaching a duty owed to someone else is not enough: You must also show that the defendant’s breach directly led to your suffering damages. If the injuries would not have occurred if not for the defendant’s actions (or lack of action), causation likely exists.
- Damages. You must establish that you sustained damages due to the breach. Qualifying damages include physical injuries, property damage, and mental distress.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in LaPlace, LA?
You must act quickly if you are thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim against a negligent party. InLouisiana, you usually only have one year from the date you were injured to start the legal process. If you wait too long and miss this deadline, you will be unable to secure any compensation, even if you have a strong case.
The deadlines for medical malpractice cases work a bit differently if you do not immediately discover the harm caused. In these situations, you have one year from the date you discovered the malpractice or reasonably should have discovered the malpractice to file a lawsuit. However, Louisiana also enforces a three-year statute of repose. This means you only have three years from the date of the malpractice to file a claim, even if you do not discover the error until after this deadline has passed.
Should someone die because of the negligence of another party, qualifying surviving family members will have one year from the date of the victim’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of legal action allows them to recover damages on behalf of the deceased. In Louisiana, the victim’s surviving spouse and/or children have the first right to bring a claim. If there are no surviving children or if there is no surviving spouse, other family members, including parents and siblings, have the ability to file a claim.
Do not wait to get legal advice if you think you may have a personal injury claim. Call (985) 236-0573 or contact us online today!
I had a wonderful experience with this law firm.- Stephen P.
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In a personal injury claim, you can seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses with definable dollar amounts associated with them, while non-economic damages refer to losses that are subjective and not as directly incalculable. The court may choose to award additional punitive damages if the defendant’s conduct is especially reckless or reprehensible.
Our LaPlace personal injury lawyers will work to secure compensation for all losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Wrongful Death $800,000
Potts Law Firm secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of a family for the wrongful death of their father. The father of five from Las Vegas, New Mexico was wheelchair-bound. While visiting his dentist’s office, the father maneuvered his electric wheelchair up a ramp. The ramp did not have a curb or rails to prevent a fall. Despite being airlifted to a hospital, the father died of his injuries.
State of Kansas vs. John Cheek Jury Trial 1st Degree Murder Conviction
Wyandotte County District Court, 1995. Member of the Prosecution Trial Team which obtained a 1st degree murder conviction of an off-duty police officer.
Surgical Negligence $600,000
Potts Law Firm secured a $600,000 settlement for a young woman who was a victim of New Mexico medical malpractice. The woman underwent gallbladder removal surgery; the most common operation in America. The surgeon negligently performed the procedure, allowing bile to spill within the woman’s abdominal cavity before closing her incision.
Surgical Negligence Confidential Settlement
Potts Law Firm achieved a settlement for a medical malpractice case on behalf of a minor injured during surgery in Kansas.
Failure to Diagnose $825,000
Derek H. Potts obtained an $825,000 jury verdict in St. Louis against the hospital and doctor for failing to diagnose a hip fracture. It was appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court which affirmed the verdict, adding interest.
Sgroi vs. St. Louis University Hospital Jury Verdict
Derek H. Potts was appointed Lead Plaintiff's Trial Counsel in the case of Sgroi vs. St. Louis University Hospital, which obtained a verdict due to medical malpractice. Mr. Potts successfully argued the appeal before the Missouri Supreme Court, upholding the verdict.
Birth Injury $4.6 Million
Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.
Paraplegic Minor $12 Million
Derek H. Potts and Timothy L. Sifers obtained a $12,100,000 verdict against Lisa Gard, M.D. for medical malpractice involving a minor. The jury found the Salina emergency room doctor to be negligent in her assessment of the minor upon presentation in the emergency room, failing to timely diagnose a rare spinal condition. The case was one of the largest verdicts in history in the State of Kansas.
Callen vs. Heartland 7 Figure Settlement
Buchanan County Circuit Court, 2006. Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel which obtained a seven-figure settlement during the trial due to medical malpractice.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury $3.5 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $3,500,000 settlement for a single mother whose infant suffered severe brain damage while being delivered in a New Mexico hospital. The mother, having no previous pregnancy or medical issues, began laboring and immediately went to a hospital. Despite the clear signs of fetal distress and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the doctor and nurse did not order an emergency cesarean section.