When cars crash and drivers and passengers are seriously injured, life changes in an instant. If you’ve recently been hurt in a car crash, you understand this. One minute, you were driving along and just living life. The next, you’re hurt, you’ve suffered trauma and you’re probably dealing with some very expensive medical costs.
It’s important to understand that if you were hurt under circumstances that weren’t your fault or were only somewhat your fault, you may be able to successfully file a lawsuit in civil court.
Paying for crash-related injuries
If you’ve suffered a back, neck, brain or spinal cord injury, you could require medical care for months or years to come. Even broken bones, severe whiplash and internal injuries can require months of healing and follow-up care.
If someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentionally dangerous behavior caused your injuries, you shouldn’t have to pay for your care yourself. It is likely that you can hold those who hurt you responsible for what they did.
If you were partially to blame
Louisiana state law features something called the pure comparative negligence doctrine. This means that you can still pursue legal action against those who hurt you even if you were partially to blame for the circumstances that led to your injuries. You have extensive rights under the law and exploring them is likely a good use of your time.
If you’ve been seriously hurt in a car crash, any person, company or government agency that contributed to the damages may owe you money. Getting the money you deserved may not be easy. But, the law protects the rights of injury victims. By researching your options and asking for help when you need it, you may be able to get all of the money you’re owed and the respect and justice you deserve.