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First steps if you suffer a personal injury in Louisiana

Suffering a personal injury in Louisiana can take many different forms. Perhaps you fell and slipped at a place of business or another public venue due to negligence on the part of the property owner, or maybe you suffered a workplace injury due to hazards in your job.

No matter what form your personal injury takes, it is important for you to understand how to proceed. Personal injuries can cause significant hardship beyond the inevitable pain and rehabilitation necessary in these circumstances. You may encounter exorbitant medical bills or difficulties in getting an insurance company to pay your claim. Here is some information that can help you as you make decisions about how to move forward with your life.

Personal injury under Louisiana law

If you are thinking about moving forward with a personal injury case due to someone else's negligence or fault that resulted in your injury, you should know a bit about how the law operates in the state of Louisiana in these cases. Louisiana has a comparative fault law, also known as comparative negligence. This means that the courts will look not only at the other person's negligence in your injury, but also at how much you may have contributed to the injury or the negligence.

In this way, the court system assigns percentages to determine the burden of negligence to both plaintiff and defendant, to then determine the amount of damages to award. This is a broad overview of how this law works, and if you want specific details, you should discuss this with an attorney. 

A complex process

Something else you should consider when you decide whether to pursue legal action for your personal injury is the extent to which complicated negotiations require special attention. Personal injury cases often involve some type of investigation or reconstruction of the events leading up to your injury. There are usually also complex requirements when it comes to documentation and evidence, as well as difficult talks with insurers and other parties involved in the case.

If you are considering a lawsuit to try to recover damages for your personal injury, your first step should be to contact a qualified personal injury attorney for a consultation. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so consultations are often complementary and free of obligation. This type of meeting can help you gather more specific information towards making your decision and understanding if you have a viable case to present to the courts.

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