Oakdale Personal Injury Lawyer
Serving Clients Throughout Allen Parish
When you are injured due to the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another, you have the right to take legal action. At Jones & Hill, we have been representing victims of serious accidents and injuries for over 35 years, providing caring, personalized legal support and aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom. We are known for pursuing the best possible results for our clients, even when that means taking their cases to trial.
If you were injured or if someone you love died because another person or party acted negligently or wrongfully, turn to our team for the legal help and representation you need. From our office in Oakdale, we serve clients throughout Allen Parish, and we do not collect any attorney fees unless/until we win your case.
Who Can File a Personal Injury Claim?
To have grounds for a personal injury claim, there are several elements you must prove. Essentially, you must demonstrate that your injuries and losses were caused by another person or party, and that this person or party is liable for your resulting economic and non-economic losses.
The elements of most personal injury claims include:
- Injury: First and foremost, to have grounds for a personal injury claim you must prove that you were, in fact, injured. In a legal sense, an “injury” can be physical, or it can be financial, mental, emotional, or otherwise non-physical in nature. Collectively, your economic and non-economic injuries resulting from the incident are referred to as “damages.”
- Duty of Care: Next, you must prove that another person or party, such as a business or government agency, owed you a duty of care. A “duty of care” is a legal responsibility to act reasonably and take realistic, practical, and/or necessary measures to prevent others from being injured or harmed.
- Breach: You must also prove that the other person or party breached the duty of care owed to you. Typically, this involves proving that they acted negligently, recklessly, carelessly, intentionally, or wrongfully in some way. For example, a motorist who texts while driving is acting negligently and breaking the law, thereby breaching the duty of care.
- Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the other person or party’s breach of the duty of care was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries/damages. In other words, you will need to prove that you would not have been injured or harmed had the other person or party upheld the duty of care.
Proving each of these elements requires a careful and exhaustive investigation into the cause of the accident or injury-causing event, as well as the responsibility of others involved to obey the law and prevent such incidents from occurring. At Jones & Hill, our Oakdale personal injury lawyers are well-versed in investigating complex claims and often work alongside a team of accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, and other experts to build solid, powerful cases for our clients.
What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered in a Personal Injury Claim?
Any injuries, losses, or emotional harm you suffer as a result of the other person or party’s breach of the duty of care are known as “damages.” In a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can seek financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages (known as actual and general damages). Many factors are involved in determining the value of intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, including the nature and severity of your injuries, the extent of your financial injuries, and more.
Claimants in many personal injury cases are able to recover the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Lost future earnings and loss of earning ability
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Miscellaneous expenses, such as in-home assistance/care costs, home modifications, etc.
Though relatively rare, exemplary (or “punitive”) damages can be sought in certain cases in which the defendant has acted with willful/wanton disregard for the safety and well-being of others and/or egregious negligence. The purpose of exemplary damages is to hold the defendant accountable and help ensure similar acts of negligence/wrongdoing do not occur again in the future.
Types of Cases We Handle
At Jones & Hill, our Oakdale personal injury attorneys have a long history of success in navigating all types of complex and challenging cases. We have helped victims of all types of serious accidents and catastrophic events get back on their feet and fight for the justice they deserved.
We routinely represent clients in personal injury cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
- Truck and commercial vehicle collisions
- Agricultural accidents
- Offshore accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workers’ compensation
Additionally, we dedicate a significant portion of our practice to assisting individuals, families, and businesses who have been negatively affected by hurricanes, tropical storms, and other devastating natural disasters. We are currently handling Hurricane Laura and Delta claims on behalf of residential and commercial property owners in Allen Parish and the surrounding areas.