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Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Victims in Baton Rouge

After a serious accident, you may need help paying medical bills, and you may not be able to work. Often, insurers are reluctant to pay victims what their cases are worth, even when liability is clear. It is critical to retain an experienced attorney. At Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews, our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys handle cases arising from motor vehicle collisions, catastrophic injuries, slip and falls, wrongful death, defective products, insurance disputes, boating accidents, and other events. We are devoted to helping victims and their families. As aggressive and experienced advocates, we have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, judgments, and jury verdicts. Let us guide you through the legal process if you need a car accident attorney or assistance in any other type of personal injury claim.

Pursuing Compensation for an Accident in Louisiana

Many motor vehicle collisions and other accidents result from someone’s negligence. A plaintiff will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant failed to use reasonable care and that this failure was the cause of their injuries. For example, if a passenger is riding in a car with a driver who speeds and texts while driving, and that distracted behavior leads to a crash, the passenger is likely to be able to show that the driver's failure to use reasonable care caused the injuries arising out of the crash.

All business owners have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for customers. This duty may include making appropriate repairs as well as issuing warnings when it is not possible to complete repairs in time to avoid harm to visitors. Under Louisiana's merchant liability law, you must prove that there was a dangerous condition that created an unreasonable risk of harm to you, the risk was reasonably foreseeable, the merchant created the condition or had actual or constructive notice of it, and the merchant failed to use reasonable care. Generally, the lack of a written cleanup or safety procedure is not enough to show that a merchant failed to use reasonable care. To prove constructive notice in most cases, you will need to prove that the dangerous condition existed long enough to put the business on notice that it existed.

If you are injured as a result of a defective product, meanwhile, you may be able to bring a product liability lawsuit against a manufacturer under the Louisiana Products Liability Act. This law provides for strict liability against a manufacturer when its product causes harm to a consumer or user due to a characteristic of the product that makes it unreasonably dangerous when it is used in a reasonably foreseeable way.

Sometimes a victim tragically dies after an accident. In Louisiana, family members may seek compensation when someone dies due to the fault of another party under Louisiana Civil Code section 2512.2. Certain family members may bring a wrongful death claim in civil court. This claim is separate from any criminal charges that might also be filed.

We also handle insurance law matters. In most personal injury cases, recovering your damages depends on the defendant having insurance or assets that may be seized. An insurance policy is a contract under which an insurer undertakes to indemnify its insured against a risk of loss, liability, or damages that result from a particular type of event and to defend the insured or pay for its defense. The terms of an insurance contract have a huge impact on what an insurance company's actual duties are. For example, you may have purchased uninsured motorist coverage, but there may be exclusions that prevent you from recovering funds when an accident arises out of specified conditions. Insurance contracts may be difficult to interpret, and we can help.

Our firm can help victims bring claims based on boating accidents that fall under state law as well as maritime law. Our attorneys handle lawsuits covered by the Jones Act, the Shipowners' Limited Liability Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and other laws. Personal injury claims involving recreational boats, for example, may fall within admiralty jurisdiction if an accident happens on navigable waters or occurs on land but has a nexus with traditional maritime activities.

Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Baton Rouge

Whether you are seriously injured or you have lost a loved one to someone else’s careless actions, it is important to consult an aggressive and knowledgeable Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer. Insurers tend to take a case more seriously if they know that an accident victim is represented by someone who is not afraid to take a case to trial. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys also represent clients in Shreveport, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Thibodaux, Ruston, Denham Springs, New Orleans, Monroe, West Monroe, and Alexandria, as well as other areas of Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, and Terrebonne Parishes. Call Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews at (800) 929-7481 or use our online form to set up a free appointment.