Litigation

Yes, You Can Afford Legal Representation for Your Personal Injury Case. Here’s Why.

“You need an attorney.” Those words can strike fear into the hearts of many people. That’s because most people think they can’t afford to hire an attorney when they need one. But that’s not always true. For many cases — including most personal injury cases— you can afford to hire an attorney. How can we say that? Because it costs you nothing. How You Can Afford to Hire Counsel for Your Personal Injury Case.   The reason why you can afford to hire counsel for your personal injury case is because most attorneys handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Attorneys generally get paid...

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A Brief Explanation of “Negligence” In Personal Injury Cases.

If you have been injured due to the carelessness of someone else, you may want to bring a personal injury action to recover for your medical expenses and any property damage you may have suffered. If that’s your situation, you will want to understand the concept of “negligence” when it comes to personal injury actions. There’s Negligence, Then There’s Negligence in Louisiana. One thing you should know is that in law, the term “personal injury” covers a lot of ground.  A personal injury case can be anything from being injured in a car accident, to slipping and falling, to exposure to...

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What is Toxic Tort Litigation?

Remember the movie, Erin Brockovich?  That movie told the story of a legal assistant’s discovery that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the water supply in the town of Hinkley, California for 30 years. Or how about John Travolta’s 1999 movie, A Civil Action? That was based on the true story of 8 Woburn, Massachusetts families whose children and spouses contracted and died of leukemia after the local water was contaminated by W.R. Grace Co told the story. Why bring up movies in a law blog? Because these movies are examples of toxic torts. Toxic Tort Litigation. A toxic tort is a legal claim...

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What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Is there any recourse for you if your loved one dies because of the negligence of someone else, say, in a car accident, trucking accident or due to a botched operation? Yes. What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? When someone dies as the result of the negligence or intentional actions of another, the surviving members of the victim’s family can bring a civil lawsuit for “wrongful death” against the person legally liable for causing the person’s death. Which of the surviving members of the victim’s family can actually bring the wrongful death lawsuit, (i.e., who can be the “representative”) varies from state to...

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What is a “Contingency Fee”?

Many people hesitate to hire an attorney because they are concerned about how much it will cost them to be represented. While it is true that litigation can be expensive, contingency fee cases solve much of that problem. Here’s how it works. Contingency Fee Agreements. A contingency fee agreement is a contract that you sign when you hire counsel to represent you. While most attorney-client contracts charge an hourly rate for an attorney’s time, with a contingency fee agreement, you do not have to pay any money up front. Your attorney gets paid “contingent upon” (only if) you win at trial or reach...

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