personal injury litigation in MONROE
Keys to successful personal injury litigation
When another party is responsible for your injuries, it may seem obvious that he or she should be held liable for any damages to you or your property. Unfortunately, even if the responsible party admits fault, his or her insurance company may be an obstacle to a fair settlement. Insurance companies often attempt to maximize profits by under-compensating injury victims. Without the help of an attorney who understands personal injury laws, victims stand a good chance of being taken advantage of by insurance companies and their attorneys.
A skilled Monroe injury attorney is able to assist you with the following aspects of injury litigation:
Deciding who to sue
It is not always a good idea to sue only one defendant. For example, a defendant without insurance may not be able to pay for damages. A good personal injury attorney can identify potential defendants so that you actually receive a settlement.
Building a case
Knowing who to sue is useless if you cannot build a strong case against them. A personal injury lawyer in Monroe will gather evidence such as physical items from the scene of the accident, witness or expert testimony, and documents. They may additionally initiate an investigation with the help of specialists. Having a strong and proactive attorney who is familiar with personal injury laws will be invaluable in building your case.
The key to collecting damages is to prove that another party was liable for your injuries. Under personal injury law, liability requires proof of:
- Duty: the other party had a responsibility to do (or refrain from doing) something
- Breach of duty: the other party violated his or her duty by not acting prudently
- Proximate cause: the other party’s breach of duty led directly to your injury
Proving liability is not enough to ensure fair compensation. Your personal injury attorney, utilizing evidence and medical records, must prove damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Time missed at work and future lost work time
Knowing when to settle
Our firm's Monroe personal injury lawyers, due to their in-depth knowledge of injury law and courtroom experience, can help you win in court. However, it is equally important to know how to evaluate a lump sum settlement by a defendant or their insurer. An attorney can compare such a settlement to what might be won in court and, based on the strength of your case, decide to take the offer or not.
Call our qualified personal injury lawyers in Monroe with confidence
You owe it to yourself to see what the combined 135 years of courtroom experience at Rankin, Yeldell & Katz can do for you. We offer a risk-free, no-cost initial consultation on personal injury, auto accident, and SSD cases, and only charge you attorney fees when we recover on your claim. Call us at 318-239-4364.
We represent clients throughout Northeast Louisiana, including Bastrop, Monroe, Oak Grove, Farmerville, Rayville, Morehouse Parish, Ouachita Parish, Union Parish, West Carroll Parish, Richland Parish, Madison Parish, and East Carroll Parish.