PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do personal injury lawyers handle insurance companies?
If you have been injured in an accident such as a fall at a store or at another person’s property in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the property owner’s insurance company. Our attorneys investigate your accident and compile evidence showing the property owner was at fault. We negotiate with the property owner’s insurance company for a settlement that fully reflects the extent of your injuries and other damages such as lost income from missed work. We handle the paperwork and dealings with the insurance company.
I have medical bills and I am missing work in order to recover. How can I afford to hire an attorney to handle my personal injury case?
At Dathan Hill Law, we understand that if you are seeking a lawyer’s help after a serious personal injury, you are going through a difficult period and may be struggling financially as well. You do not need extra expenses. We represent clients in personal injury cases such as premises liability cases and injuries from defective products on a contingency fee basis. You do not have any upfront fees to pay. We also have the resources to loan you money to help you cover living expenses while pursuing your personal injury case.
What are the fees to hire a personal injury attorney?
There are no upfront legal fees for hiring Dathan Hill Law, to represent you in a personal injury case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You pay a lawyer’s fee only if we are successful in obtaining money for you through a negotiated insurance settlement of your claim or a jury award if the case goes to trial. If we are successful on your behalf, we receive an agreed upon percentage of the settlement or award. You owe us nothing unless we secure compensation for you from the insurance company or other responsible parties.
Is there a time limit on filing a personal injury lawsuit?
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident such as a slip and fall or an accident involving a faulty product in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This time limit for filing a personal injury claim is known as the statute of limitations. If you do not file a claim within the time limit, you lose your right to make a claim.
How does a personal injury claim work?
After you contact Dathan Hill Law, our personal injury lawyers analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine whether the specific facts support a claim that another person or business’s negligence caused your injuries. After you sign an agreement hiring us to represent you, we gather evidence to support your claim and identify all the potentially responsible parties and their insurance providers. We then contact the insurance providers and attempt to negotiate a settlement without filing a lawsuit.
How does a third-party claim work?
In some instances, you may file a third-party liability lawsuit after a work-related accident and collect workers’ compensation. A third-party claim can increase the compensation you receive after a work-related accident. But it’s not always obvious to an injured worker what actions may constitute a third-party claim.
Injured workers who received workers’ compensation benefits generally cannot sue their employer. But multiple subcontractors may be working at a job site. If you are an employee of a subcontractor at a work site and the general contractor’s lack of attention to safety contributed to a workplace accident, then you may file a lawsuit against the general contractor who is a “third party” in the accident. If an employee of another subcontractor is negligent and his negligence injures you, then you may seek compensation from the other subcontractor’s insurance company through a third party claim. If a piece of defective machinery or equipment contributed to your injury, you may bring a third-party claim against the manufacturer of the equipment in addition to receiving workers’ compensation from your employer.
If you have been injured by the negligent act of another party, you are facing many challenges. Insurance companies are troublesome to deal with and routinely attempt to reduce the amount paid in settlements.
With the help of a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney, you could significantly increase your chances of getting full and fair compensation permitted by law.
OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER AT DATHAN HILL LAW
THE TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM CAN HELP WITH.
We serve Baton Rouge, Louisiana in a range of personal injury claims, including the following:
Even with the most current advancements in medical science, brain injuries often have an uncertain level of recovery. Many people who suffer a brain injury are left with significant impairments, including physical and mental disabilities that can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it can be a frightening or tragic situation. The injured person may require a lifetime of care, or in the worst cases, can be left in a vegetative state. The issues surrounding compensation are extremely important, as the costs of treatment can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars within just a few months. With no ability to earn an income, the financial problems quickly get out of control. The compensation sought must reflect the long-term effect of the injuries, both financially and personally. Every case must be evaluated on an individual basis. The forms of compensation that should be pursued include economic damages (all actual costs associated with the brain injury), as well as the non-economic damages related to the impact on the life of the injured person, such as pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. We are here to help you to seek justice and fair compensation. Call our brain injury lawyer now.
Damage to the spinal cord most often leads to some level of disability for the injured person. Impaired mobility from minor to complete paralysis, either paraplegia or quadriplegia, is often the result of an impact or trauma involving the spinal cord. To date, medical science has not been able to reverse many of these conditions, although the quality of life for the injured, and the range of medical devices and services are better than ever in the past. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, there are many challenges ahead. Everyday life now involves the use of a wheelchair, learning to transfer, and some who have suffered an injury at the neck will need assistance to continue to breathe.
The costs associated with a spinal cord injury are extremely high. The medical care alone will be hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the injured person will require a long period of rehabilitation and training, with the family closely involved in most personal injury cases. Once recovered to the degree that it is possible to return home, many changes to the home must occur, including the installation of ramps, facility changes, and other costly upgrades.
Beyond these costs, the injured person may be unable to work, and no longer able to provide income to pay for the costs of daily life. The emotional costs are unimaginable, with the person facing a life that is forever changed. The amount of compensation pursued must reflect all of these damages. At Dathan Hill Law, our legal team is prepared to thoroughly evaluate spinal cord injury cases and to answer questions about the value of your claim. Once we represent you, you should expect only the highest level of professional, compassionate service. Call us for more information and a free initial consultation.
Of all injuries, severe burns are one of the most painful and difficult to resolve. Serious, disfiguring burns are often the result of explosions, some of which occur in the oil extraction industry. Once the victim is transported to the hospital, a long and painful journey is just beginning. A severe burn destroys many layers of skin and can damage muscle tissue as well. The first medical treatment will involve cleaning the area and removing the burned skin tissue, which may require surgery. This process is very painful and emotionally traumatizing, and the injured person must be on heavy pain medication. Burns are very susceptible to infection and will be carefully monitored at all times. Once the burns have healed, the process of skin grafting and reconstruction will begin.
It may take several surgeries to attempt to repair the burn damage and restore appearance to some degree. Many cases involve extensive scarring that is permanently disfiguring, forever altering the life of the victim. The costs associated with burns are astronomical, and it is difficult to imagine the depth of emotional anguish to the injured person. At our firm, we understand these cases and will help you fight to recover the maximum possible from the liable parties, and we are relentless in demanding justice for our clients. Call our burn injury lawyer now.
A fire can quickly get out of control, whether occurring in a home, in the oil fields, at a factory or other work environment or location. Any person who is present, whether a guest, resident or employee, can be seriously injured, and may have disfiguring burns, injuries from smoke inhalation, and other health issues. Sorting out potential liability for fire accidents injuries requires a skilled personal injury attorney who can quickly investigate the underlying facts about the accident, and gather key evidence to prove a legal case. Emergency medical services will be the first on the scene, and quickly transport victims to the closest hospital. The medical facility may have a burn unit, and if not, the victim will frequently be moved to a hospital that has a unit specifically to treat those who have been injured in fire accidents. Fire accidents often cause severe injuries caused by burns and smoke inhalation.
We entrust daycare centers to be vigilant about keeping our children safe. It is a terrible and shocking situation to have your child injured while at a daycare center. The parents are initially focused on the health and well being of the child, as is only natural. As time passes, it may become evident that the daycare center was negligent in care, whether in the services provided, security or safety. If your child was injured while at daycare, it is imperative that you get counsel to help you sort out the legal issues associated with compensation. Call our child abuse lawyer for help if your child was injured or neglected at a daycare center. We are prepared to evaluate the value of your claim and advise you about what to expect. We hope and pray that your child fully recovers, and if there has been a permanent injury or death, we extend our deepest condolences. The pursuit of justice is extremely important in these cases, as other children may be at risk. Call our firm for help.
NEGLIGENCE IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES IN LOUISIANA
All personal injury cases are based on the legal principle of negligence. A person or company that has failed to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others may be deemed to have been negligent in the eyes of the law.
Reasonable care is the type of action that another prudent person would have undertaken if faced with a similar situation.
Negligence can include many situations, such as unsafe driving, or actions by corporations that fail to keep workers safe by keeping the required safety systems and processes in place.
A negligent individual or company can be held liable in a personal injury case, and responsible for full and fair compensation pursued through an insurance claim or lawsuit filed in civil court. Some cases in which there are many, many defendants may be consolidated into one case that will be decided in federal court (class action suits).
At Dathan Hill Law, our legal team can take on the most difficult cases with full confidence. Our team has a long record of successful verdicts and settlements. We have prevailed in cases filed against individuals and corporate entities, both in state and federal court. Call today for help.