New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers

Seeking Maximum Compensation for Our Clients

When someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful behavior causes you injury, you have the right to take legal action. You should not have to manage the resulting medical bills, weeks or months of missed wages, physical and mental pain and suffering, and other consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek fair compensation for these and other damages.

At the Potts Law Firm New Orleans office, we represent clients from all over Louisiana in all types of personal injury claims. Whether you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, harmed by a defective product, or suffered the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s wrongful conduct, our New Orleans personal injury lawyers can help. We are prepared to fight for you and the full compensation you deserve, even if that involves taking your case to court. Our attorneys do not back down from a challenge, and we have the resources to aggressively pursue your case to the end.

For a free, no-obligation consultation, call Potts Law Firm at (506) 677-8259 or reach us online using our secure contact form. Hablamos español.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Our team handles all types of personal injury cases, including complex claims involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Our personal injury practice includes the following areas:

  • Car accidents
  • Auto defects
  • Aviation accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boat and Jet Ski accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Dangerous products
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Oilfield and offshore injuries
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Sports injuries
  • Truck accidents

Our New Orleans office offers a high level of personal attention and has earned a reputation for providing aggressive client advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom. We care deeply about the people we serve and strive to improve the health and safety of our communities.

Proving Your Personal Injury Claim

In personal injury cases, as in most civil litigation, the plaintiff has the burden of proof. That means that the person or party bringing the claim for damages is the one responsible for proving their claim against the other party (known as the defendant). To successfully prove your personal injury claim, you must prove each of the following elements:

  • Injury: First, you only have a personal injury claim if you were injured. Even if you can prove all the remaining elements, including that another person or party was negligent, you do not have a claim if you did not suffer a physical or psychological injury.
  • Damages: You must also prove that your injuries led to measurable damages, or economic and noneconomic losses. Examples of common damages in personal injury claims include medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and mental pain and suffering.
  • Duty of Care: The duty of care is the legal responsibility a person or party has to take and/or avoid certain actions that could cause foreseeable injury or harm to others. You must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care.
  • Breach of the Duty of Care: A breach of the duty of care occurs when the defendant failed to take and/or avoid certain actions that could cause foreseeable injury or harm to others. This includes negligent, reckless, careless, and wrongful conduct.
  • Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the defendant’s breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of your injuries and resulting damages. In Louisiana, you have a claim even if the defendant was only partly at fault under the state’s pure comparative fault rule.

When you work with the team at Potts Law Firm, we help prove each element of your case using powerful and persuasive evidence, including expert testimony, accident reconstruction reports, medical documentation, and more. We know how to build strong cases and seek maximum compensation for our clients.

Request a free consultation with our team by calling (506) 677-8259 or by reaching us online.

It's All About Your Recovery

Hear From Our Past Client's
  • I had a wonderful experience with this law firm.

    “They were able to complete it in a timely manner and were great at keeping me up to date with communication throughout the entire process. I highly recommend using this law firm if the need arises.”

    - Stephen P.
  • I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him or any of the team at Potts.

    “Michael Bins has been extremely helpful in helping us to navigate a situation with an insurance claim on a commercial property. He’s gone above and beyond in moving our case toward a positive resolution that we’re satisfied with.”

    - Theo C.
  • The Potts Law Firm is a powerhouse of brilliant attorneys.

    “They know the law from every angle, dig deep, and will not accept anything less than what was asked in the original suit. The Potts team never backed down until the case was settled in full.”

    - Molly H.
  • I would recommend Potts Law Firm for any and all legal matters that come my way in the future!

    “The Potts Law Firm answered all of my numerous questions in layman’s terms which is what I needed. I was able to lie back & heal from my injuries knowing full well that my obligations were being handled appropriately.”

    - W. Gary
  • Great law firm!

    “Very responsive they would call and text me about everything going down! They helped me get through my car crash and I would greatly recommend this team!”

    - Hugo G.

Learn How Our Personal Injury Team Can Help You with Your Claim

If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious accident or otherwise harmed due to the reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another, call the Potts Law Firm New Orleans office to learn how we can help. Our legal team is here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We want to make sure that you feel supported during this difficult time, which is why our clients always come first.

Our New Orleans personal injury lawyers have decades of combined experience, as well as a long track record of success in highly complex litigation. We understand what you and your family are going through, and we want to help you come out the other side with the justice you deserve.

it's all about your best possible result

Explore our past successes
  • Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Over $1 Billion

    The Potts Law Firm and its joint venture partners have been successful in resolving over $1 billion in transvaginal mesh settlements. Derek H. Potts was one of a handful of plaintiffs’ lawyers from around the country who spearheaded the establishment of what would become the largest medical device MDL consolidations in history.

  • Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch $184 Million

    Derek H. Potts was a member of the Kugel Mesh MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee which was instrumental in obtaining a $184,000,000 global settlement for several thousand persons who had received the Kugel Mesh hernia patch.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million

    Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.

  • Trucking Accident $1.05 Million

    Potts Law Firm served as lead counsel for the family of Kook Oh who was killed by an 18-wheeler in Alvarado, Texas. Mr. Dortch sued the driver of the 18-wheeler and his employer. Following a week-long jury trial, Micah’s client received a verdict awarding over one million dollars in damages and a finding of punitive liability on the part of each of the defendants. I

  • Pharmaceutical Birth Defect $1.05 Million

    Potts Law Firm secured a $1,050,000 settlement for a mother whose infant suffered birth defects from a pharmaceutical drug that was taken during pregnancy. Though the migraine drug manufacturer knew the medication could cause a fetus to develop a cleft lip and/or cleft palate when consumed by the mother during the early stages of pregnancy, they failed to warn consumers about these dangers.

  • Sgroi vs. St. Louis University Hospital $1 Million

    St. Louis City District Court, 2009. Lead Plaintiffs Trial Counsel obtained a $1,004,421 verdict due to medical malpractice and successfully argued an appeal before Missouri Supreme Court upholding the verdict. Total fees and expenses of $525,702.04. See Sgroi vs SLUH, No. SC 89840.

  • 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.

How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Louisiana?

Louisiana has a relatively short statute of limitations on personal injury cases. You only have one year from the date of injury (in most cases) to file your claim in court. If you fail to bring your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, you will almost certainly lose your right to seek compensation for your damages.

There are some exceptions to the one-year filing deadline, but they are rare. One occurs in cases in which an individual does not and cannot immediately know that they have been injured. When this happens, they have one year from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered to file a personal injury lawsuit.

For example, if someone undergoes a surgical procedure, and the surgeon leaves a foreign instrument in the patient’s body, the patient may not realize right away what has happened. It could take weeks or even months to see related symptoms—and even longer to receive an accurate diagnosis. If this were to occur, the patient may have one year from the date on which they discovered that the instrument had been left behind to file a claim, rather than one year from the date on which the surgical procedure occurred.

In most cases, however, you have a very limited amount of time to file your lawsuit. We strongly recommend that you reach out to an experienced attorney, like those at Potts Law Firm, as soon as possible.


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