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One of the most frequently asked questions our New Orleans personal injury attorneys receive from car accident victims is – “How much is my personal injury case is worth?” As every individual case is different, with a variety of factors taken into consideration to evaluate the value of the suit, it can be challenging to provide a simple answer that covers every unique scenario.

Generally speaking, however, we understand which factors are taken into account when determining the value of your case, as well as the types of damages (or compensation) that you may receive from your claim. Trust in the dependable Louisiana personal injury attorneys of Cardone Law Firm to provide you with the most valuable information and stability you deserve to get your life back on track.

When it comes to understanding the value of your personal injury case and the type of damages that you may receive, consider the following information.

truckEach year, thousands of people are injured, and more than 100 killed, in vehicle accidents involving semi trucks. A late December accident near Shreveport was just another example of this, with two people dying in a DeSoto Parish crash. Any accident involving a semi truck is potentially extremely dangerous or even catastrophic, given that a fully loaded semi truck can weigh 75,000 pounds or more, as compared to a 5,000-pound passenger vehicle. If you’ve been hit by a semi truck, you may have suffered serious and possibly life-altering injuries. It is important to act promptly to protect your rights, including retaining experienced Louisiana truck accident counsel to advocate for your rights and a proper recovery under the law.

The DeSoto Parish crash took place three days before Christmas. The 24-year-old Hudson was driving his pickup truck across Interstate 49 at around 7:00 pm when he encountered a semi truck driven by a 59-year-old Shreveport man named Charles. Hudson rear-ended Charles’ big rig. After those two vehicles collided, another semi truck, driven by a 34-year-old Texas man, rear-ended Hudson’s pickup, which caused those two vehicles to burst into flames. The accident killed Hudson and the second commercial truck driver, thetowntalk.com reported. Reports indicated that police did not know why Hudson rear-ended Charles’ truck, and the reports also did not indicate what exactly caused the pickup and second semi to burst into flames.

When you are injured, or a loved one is killed, in a crash involving a semi truck, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect your rights. When you are hurt by a driver of a passenger vehicle, you can seek recovery from that driver and his or her insurance company. When a crash involves a semi truck, the issues can be more complex. Depending on the facts of your case, the law may give you the opportunity to hold multiple commercial entities responsible for the harm you suffered. In addition to the driver, these commercial defendants may include the owner of the commercial truck and the business that employed the truck driver, among others. These issues can become even more complex and may involve claims against even more people and companies when, as was the case in this DeSoto Parish crash, multiple commercial trucks are involved.

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Tragedy befell commuters in DeSoto Parish that ultimately changed many lives in Bunkie, LA.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on December 22, 2017, 24-year-old Bunkie native Hudson Lyles Bain, traveling in his 2011 GMC pickup, rear-ended the back of an 18-wheeler on I-49 for reasons yet to be determined.

To make a dire situation much worse, another 18-wheeler, operated by Irving native Jacob Ruben Tennell, impacted Bain’s pickup from behind, causing both vehicles to catch fire.

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While many families all throughout Louisiana were enjoying the festivities of this past holiday season, one community was having to suffer through a horrible loss. Just a few days prior to Christmas, 15-year old Kristyn Hoffpauir of Winn Parish and her mother, Kandance B. Hoffpauir, were involved in a single-vehicle fatal accident.

The teenage driver and her mother were traveling northbound on US Highway 71 when the younger Hoffpauir lost control of the vehicle, exited the roadway, then collided with a road sign and concrete retaining wall located on a creek bank. The young girl was pronounced dead at the scene while her mother was seriously injured and transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center.

We here at the Cardone Law Firm would like to not only offer our condolences to those affected by this tragedy but also take the time to discuss the importance of driver safety – especially when it comes to teen drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens; in 2015 alone, 2,333 teens ages 16-19 were victims of a fatal accident. That equates to six young men and women dying every day from a motor vehicle injury.

car-accident-mistakes-300x200The steps you take after a car accident are crucial to any insurance or legal claim you make following a wreck. Understandably, you may be shaken or distraught after a severe accident but it is important that you avoid making certain mistakes which can harm your personal injury case. This is especially true with insurance companies who are ready to skew your actions and words for their own financial benefit by either denying your claim or undervaluing it.

At Cardone Law Firm, our experienced New Orleans personal injury attorneys take every measure possible to ensure that you have a strong case. You can trust in our dedicated Louisiana car accident lawyers to adequately represent you in litigation and to skillfully work with your insurer to make sure you get the recovery that is rightfully yours.

Following an auto accident in Louisiana, there are a number of mistakes that you are going to want to avoid including:

car accidentWhen you are injured in an auto accident, and you decide to pursue a personal injury case, there are several things you likely want to achieve. One of these is to make sure that the damages award you get represents everything that the law truly says you are entitled to receive. Doing so may involve several steps, including making sure that the award reflects the full extent of the suffering that you endured. An experienced Louisiana car crash attorney can help you as you seek justice for the harm you experienced.

In one case, an injured man had to take his case to the Court of Appeal to get the full recovery that he deserved. The injured man, Courtland, was traveling with another man, Leonard, through Shreveport when they were involved in a rear-end accident. Leonard came to a sudden stop due to traffic in front of him. The driver behind Leonard, Nicky, rear-ended Leonard’s vehicle. Courtland suffered neck and back injuries in the collision and, as a result of those injuries, experienced headaches after the crash.

Courtland sued Nicky and his auto insurer. In some cases, there may be certain factual issues on which both sides can agree. The two sides can record this agreement and submit it to the court in a document called a “stipulation.” Doing this can save time and money for you. In Courtland’s case, he and the defendants stipulated that the sum total of his past medical bills was $6,027. That allowed Courtland to bypass having to prove the extent of his past medical expenses damages and focus on other aspects of proving damages in his case.

tractor trailerWhen an accident causes injuries that include permanent paralysis, the level of harm is often catastrophic. You may be entitled to multiple different types of damages, depending on the nature of your injuries. A skilled Louisiana truck accident attorney can help you make sure you get everything to which you are entitled.

One recent case demonstrated the sort of catastrophic injuries that can occur. The case arose from a terrible accident along Highway 90 on the outskirts of Lafayette. Ronald was driving to work along Highway 90 in a dense, heavy fog. The intersection of Highway 90 and Austria Road was one controlled by a flashing light. Highway 90 traffic had a yellow flashing light, and Austria Road traffic had a red flashing light (and a stop sign). As Ronald approached the Austria Road intersection, he saw an 18-wheeler in the road. The semi was traveling straight through the intersection on Austria Road and had not cleared the intersection. Ronald tried to stop but slammed into the rear wheel of the truck.

The impact resulted in Ronald suffering permanent paralysis from the chest down. Before the accident, Ronald was an active person with a job. After the accident, Ronald was not even able to care for himself. He also developed diabetes after the accident.

cardone-auto-accident-checklist-300x200If you have been hurt in a car accident, the experienced Louisiana car accident lawyers of the Cardone Law Firm are here to help you. We understand that in the immediate aftermath of an accident, you may be unsure of what steps you need to take to protect yourself, your health, and your financial stability. You may be facing mounting medical bills, the repair or replacement of your vehicle, and the loss of money from time off of work.  By hiring an experienced attorney from our firm, you can focus on what is most important – your recovery – while our trustworthy team focuses on getting you the compensation you deserve.

We have included this helpful checklist of things to do following an accident to make sure you are protected. If you have questions about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to call us directly to discuss your legal options. With over 40 years of experience, we are a dedicated firm that can get you the results you need to move on with your life following a serious auto accident. Phone Cardone at (504) 522-3333 to discuss your case.

Steps to Take Following an Accident

people-2568530_1920-300x200It’s no surprise many are out and about shopping during the holiday season. Parking lots and garages during the holiday season present higher risks because of the increased flow of traffic and heavier influx of distracted shoppers. This is evident by the unfortunate pedestrian auto accident in New Orleans, Louisiana which occurred recently.

On December 21, 2017, WWL reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at Lakeside Shopping Center (commonly referred to as Lakeside Mall) in the parking lot causing severe bodily injuries and causing her to fracture her skull. According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the individual driving the vehicle fled the scene following the accident. Witnesses were able to capture a photograph and identifying information on the vehicle which was a 2008 Nissan Armada bearing Louisiana license plate number YRX913. The matter is still under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office traffic division at 504-598-5880 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

The pedestrian injured at Lakeside is likely facing lifelong injuries and mounting medical bills. The pedestrian has many legal rights in this situation. As opposed to discussing the criminal aspects of this case, we will discuss the injured individual’s path to full compensation. First, one must address whether the driver and/or owner of the hit and run vehicle will be found. As witnesses were able to capture the license plate number of the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle will likely be located very promptly by the investigating officers who will be able to identify the owner through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles database. If the owner was the driver of the vehicle, the driver’s/owner’s auto insurance policy will be the first insurance policy to come into play.

elevatorWDSU TV reported this summer on the untimely death of an office worker in New Orleans. The man died after the elevator carrying him stalled between floors, and, after a long delay, he attempted unsuccessfully to jump down to the next floor below. The tragic ending is a reminder that elevator accidents can potentially have dire consequences. When an elevator accident causes you to suffer harm, you need to act swiftly and retain a skilled Louisiana elevator accident attorney to get to work for you.

The WDSU report indicated that, according to employees who worked there, the elevators at the Executive Plaza had issues frequently. One worker stated that the “elevators go out every day. The fire alarm goes off and the air condition(ing) goes out and people are always getting stuck.”

July 5, 2017 was one of those days. An elevator carrying several people became stuck between floors 3 and 4, according to a report completed by the NOPD. One worker stated that the air conditioning wasn’t working either. After more than 30 minutes, one of the office workers decided that he needed to take action. He attempted to exit the stuck elevator car and jump down to the third floor. The jump was not successful, and the result was tragic, since the man fell all the way down the elevator shaft. He died from the injuries he sustained in the fall.