alt text

Personal Injury Attorney

  • What is a personal injury?

    Personal injury, by definition, is “an injury affecting one’s physical and mental person.

    It’s a simple enough concept. I’ve been hurt and my property is damaged. What do I do now? How do I get compensated for my losses? Which personal injury attorney is the best choice for me?

    The difference between our firm and the ‘compensated spokesmen’ on tv is that we do not focus on any one type of injury. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess offer a free initial consultation if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own.

    The world has a vastly evolving sense of safety. Here in Lafayette, the roads are steadily improving and DUI enforcement is on the rise. No matter where we are and how careful we are, bad things still happen to good people all the time. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, or in a trucking accident, or even just slipped at the store, you have a right to justice.

    Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?

    • Cuts, scrapes, bruises
    • Broken bones
    • Concussions
    • Whiplash
    • Internal bleeding and organ damage
    • Nerve damage
    • Spinal trauma and brain damage
    • Paralysis

     

    After an accident, it can be tough to keep the bills paid. It’s common to be out of work for months. It’s also not unheard of to be unable to ever work again after getting injured. Long-term disability can make your current job impossible to do. It may even prevent you from getting a suitable job for your condition.

    On top of the stress of not working, there’s the matter of medical expenses. Personal injury creates a ton of medical expenses. Insurance will only cover so much of these costs, and there are so many of them. Surgeries and medication aren’t cheap.

    Your Lafayette personal injury lawyer needs to have your best interests at heart. They should understand how difficult your life has become. They should also understand that a long, drawn-out court case will be incredibly hard on you and your family.

    A good personal injury attorney will know how to get the job done quickly for you. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess use their experience and expertise to not only investigate evidence but to also truly represent how serious your situation is. Many settlement mills focus on taking a massive amount of cases and getting them settled rapidly. By taking the time to do the job right, we gain the best possible outcome in the shortest time.

    To settle, or not to settle

    What’s so bad about settling a case quickly?

    Good question. It will truly depend on the case. This is why it’s important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess will do a free initial consultation, and are certainly happy to travel to you should your injuries require it.

    The faster we are able to get to work on your case, the better. Insurance companies will begin pressuring you to settle with low-ball settlement offers. Evidence may go missing or be compromised. Witnesses may become forgetful. And in the case of a company or corporation, a cover-up may very well begin.

    The temptation to settle out-of-court is understandable. Medical bills are piling up and you need money now. Should the evidence be easy to prove and your injuries severe, then your Lafayette personal injury lawyer will be able to settle for the amount you deserve.

    So why should we not settle when given the chance?

    There are always two sides to a story. The opposing legal team will be doing everything they can to show that their client is not liable. If you have been injured through no fault of your own and negligence can be proven, then you need someone that can fight for your right to fair compensation. You need someone that has the skills to pay your bills. You need someone that will not take no for an answer.

    How is a personal injury case won?

    After you’ve been injured, remain as calm as possible. If the accident occurred through no fault of your own, then remaining calm is the first and possibly most important step. Gather as much information about the incident as possible. Names and numbers, location, time of day, weather conditions, and anything else that seems useful. You will also want to gather any police or incident reports that have been filed from the accident.

    Next, you will want to speak to your doctor. Gather as much information about your injuries as possible. No matter how embarrassing your injury, your doctor has heard it all. Give the doctor as much information as possible so that you can receive as much information as possible. For any damages, you will want to review your insurance policy. Your insurance agency will be working hand-in-hand with your doctor as well as your lawyer.

    All of this information is useful to prove negligence and liability. If the other party is determined to be negligent, then your case is in excellent shape.

    Negligence, or a lack of reasonable care taken to prevent an incident or accident, will be used in a court of law to determine who is the liable party. If found liable for your injuries, the other party will be responsible for compensation as determined by the court.

    An important reason to retain legal counsel is the idea of shared liability. If your injuries can be proven to be partially your fault, then you will be responsible for a portion of your own damages. Your personal injury attorney will be able to review your case to determine any possibility that total liability cannot be proven.

    Personal injury cases are not as simple as the events leading to them. An accident that happens in a minute can lead to months in court and years of pain. There are many attorneys out there. Choose someone local. Choose a team with the experience and skill to handle any case. Choose a personal injury attorney in Lafayette that will get results. Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

    Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

    Countless jokes have been made about how there’s a million channels and nothing on. It seems like television these days is primarily stupidity and advertisements. There’s an excellent chance that, given enough time, you will see a commercial for a lawyer at some point today.

    Loud voices, intimidating words, and flashy graphics along with “real success stories” tell us the same thing:

    If you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own, then call today!!

    Here at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we don’t need to yell at you. We don’t need a bunch of flashy graphics. We just need our experience and our comprehensive approach to each and every case. With over 20 years of experience handling cases, you can rely on us for the following personal injury case types:

    An important reason to retain legal counsel is the idea of shared liability. If your injuries can be proven to be partially your fault, then you will be responsible for a portion of your own damages. Your personal injury attorney will be able to review your case to determine any possibility that total liability cannot be proven.

    Personal injury cases are not as simple as the events leading to them. An accident that happens in a minute can lead to months in court and years of pain. There are many attorneys out there. Choose someone local. Choose a team with the experience and skill to handle any case. Choose a personal injury attorney in Lafayette that will get results. Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

  • Common types of personal injury claims:

DON'T DELAY! YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES, BUT A LAWSUIT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPIRES.