New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer
Standing Up For Louisiana Injury Victims
Nothing is more distressing than becoming injured as the result of someone else’s negligence. The experience can leave you feeling overwhelmed and wronged. If you were recently injured due to someone else’s reckless actions, you need to speak with a New Orleans personal injury attorney such as myself. As the founder of the Shlosman Law Firm, I have represented countless injured individuals throughout Louisiana. I am not afraid to stand up to anyone when it comes to pursuing justice on behalf of my clients.
Start exploring your options today. Contact my firm for a free case evaluation.
How Can I Help?
Many injured individuals make the mistake of thinking they can take on insurance companies on their own. Insurance companies, however, are notorious for giving clients the run-around and low-balling them out of the fair compensation they deserve. Don’t let this happen to you. This is where I come in as a New Orleans personal injury lawyer. With my help, you can feel at ease in knowing that your case is in good hands.
I can help you file an injury claim if you have been injured in the following kinds of accidents:
If you are the surviving family member of someone who died in a negligence-related accident, I can also assist you in filing a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Filing a claim can help you obtain fair compensation in order to pay for medical care, including continuous medical care for catastrophic injuries, and other accident-related costs such as physical therapy and income loss.
I handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that I do not collect legal fees unless I win your case. I also offer all my clients a free case evaluation so that they can have all the information they need before moving forward with their claim.
Tom is an excellent attorney and really helped me through a situation I had no idea [how] to navigate when I was in a car accident that was not my fault. He negotiated with the insurance companies, rental car company, and medical providers to get me the best outcome possible. Highly recommend.
March 24, 2016 – Katie
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to go to court?
Probably not. The typical personal injury case in New Orleans starts off with a claim against the insurance company that represents the defendant. If the insurance company issues a sufficient settlement offer, you sign a settlement agreement, accept the money, and the case is over. You will only need to go to court if you can’t reach a settlement.
How much money am I entitled to?
That is a difficult question to answer without knowing the details of your case. It is critically important, however, that you understand the true value of your claim (otherwise you will get short-changed). It is likely that you will be entitled to considerably more than simple reimbursement for your medical bills.
What kind of documentation will I need?
Keep all of the documentation related to your claim (especially medical records and bills), because you never know what might turn out to be useful. You should also write down your memories of the accident that injured you, and photograph the scene of the accident. Your attorney will help you gather additional documentation.
What happens if the accident was partly my fault?
Louisiana operates a “pure comparative negligence” system. Under this system, your claim is not barred if the accident was partly your fault – the value of your claim is simply reduced by an amount equivalent to your own percentage of fault. Theoretically, you could recover one percent of your damages even if the accident was 99 percent your fault.
Can I file a claim if my family member was injured or killed?
A third party can file a claim under certain circumstances, such as:
- Family members and bystanders who witness an accident can sometimes recover for intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress
- Immediate relatives of the victim can recover in a wrongful death claim
- Spouses can sometimes recover for “loss of consortium”
Who files a wrongful death claim?
Under Louisiana Civil Code Art. 2315.2, a wrongful death lawsuit is filed by the surviving spouse or children of a deceased accident victim. If there is no surviving spouse or children, Louisiana law specifies certain other relatives who may file the lawsuit. Damages can be extensive – they can include both tangible items such as funeral and burial expenses, as well as intangible items such as loss of care and companionship.
I was injured on an offshore platform. Does that make any difference?
Yes, because it is possible that a federal law such as the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act may apply. Two factors are important – whether you qualify as a “seaman” under maritime law, and where the accident happened (on the Outer Continental Shelf, for example). If federal law does not apply, Louisiana state law applies.
What is the deadline for filing a lawsuit?
The deadlines set by the Louisiana statute of limitations are as follows:
- Personal injury: One year from the date of the accident
- Medical malpractice: One year from the date that you discovered or should have discovered the injury
- Product liability: One year from the date of the accident
Don’t treat these deadlines as set in stone – Louisiana law is complex, and certain exceptions exist. Consult your attorney.
How might the Louisiana Direct Action Statute affect my claim?
In most states, when you file a personal injury lawsuit, you file it against the person whose misconduct injured you. If that person is insured, the insurance company will pay your claim if you win the case. Under Louisiana’s Direct Action Statute, however, you can sue the insurance company directly.
About Attorney Tom Shlosman
Attorney Tom Shlosman has spent years assisting the victims of catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful deaths, including victims of offshore and maritime accidents.
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As with any legal matter, it is essential that you take immediate legal action to safeguard your rights as an injury victim. As soon as you retain me as your legal advocate, I will roll up my sleeves and begin working on a results-driven strategy designed to fit your needs.
Take the first step by contacting me today for a free initial case consultation. The sooner you get started, the better your chances will be.