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Our safety and the safety of others when we are on the road depends on being a responsible driver. The New Orleans car accidents attorneys at the Cardone Law Firm, know that vigilance needs to extend to every moment we are in the driver’s seat, even in places we might not typically think of as potentially dangerous – like a parking lot.

With their lower speeds, it’s easy to think that nothing can happen to us or our vehicle in a parking lot. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in a study of over 500 vehicle collisions, 14% of them occurred in parking lots. Other projections show that as many as 20% of accidents occur in parking lots.

The frequency with which these types of incidents occur is a good reason to learn a little about some of the common varieties of parking lot crashes and myths.

You’re a responsible individual. You try your best to avoid accidents while making sure to pay your insurance premiums. Whether it’s auto, health, or life insurance, you expect your company to be there when you need them most.

You honor your responsibility in the contract and expect your insurer to honor theirs. But that isn’t always the case and a recent investigation into insurance giant Aetna proves it.

Your New Orleans car accident attorneys at Cardone Law Firm have extensive experience helping clients when their insurer has failed them. No amount of profit or stock shares should ever come before a client and we’ll make sure you obtain the recovery that is rightfully yours.

Winter storm Inga was devastating to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast area, spreading its arctic touch from deep South Texas all the way to Florida. The weather blanketed the South in snow and ice, closing down highways, causing hundreds of crashes – and tragically – several deaths.

Louisiana alone saw four confirmed deaths including a fire official who was fatally injured on Wednesday, January 17th, when a pickup truck pulling a trailer lost control and struck the chief. The individual was investigating a previous crash. In Metairie, an 8-month-old infant was tragically killed when the vehicle plunged into a canal. The crash was attributed to icy roads.

With a few months left of winter, Louisiana is likely to experience another cold snap that could potentially lead to even more tragedies. Our Louisiana car accident attorneys at Cardone Law Firm would like to remind readers about the dangers of driving in these hazardous conditions and tips to prevent a car accident.

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.

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.

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

Cardone-Law-Firm-Auto-Accident-300x225With the sheer amount of personal injury lawsuits that occur at any given time, wouldn’t it be simple if these cases were compiled in a book to determine the value of your personal injury case? Luckily, such books exist in the realm of law and competent lawyers can effectively evaluate your case by understanding precisely how to use them.

Our dedicated New Orleans personal injury lawyers at Cardone Law Firm have experience using quantum books to our client’s advantage and we want to shed a little light on how they are used to help properly evaluate your case.

What Are Quantum Books?

insurance-claimThe evaluation process of your personal injury claim is one of the most crucial moments following a car accident. It is at this point that the insurance company will determine how much your injuries are worth.

Of course, every personal injury claim is different, and each insurance company handles their claims differently. There are, however, some general procedures that most insurance companies will follow regarding a personal injury claim.

Unfortunately, these “standard procedures” are not always created to best serve the client. Far too often, insurance companies refuse to pay out or will undervalue personal injury claims for any number of reasons.

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You’ve been hit by another person in an auto accident. Anytime this happens, it is stressful. When the driver who hits you is also uninsured, the stressfulness is that much higher. While you undoubtedly have much on your mind during this time, it is important not to overlook your potential legal case. Insurance companies often will do everything they can to minimize their payouts, so you should do everything you can to ensure you get a fair recovery, including working with knowledgeable Louisiana car accident counsel. By working with skilled counsel, you may find you have more options than you’d think.

One recent example of this involved a man named Brandon, who was injured when he was involved in a three-vehicle accident in the summer of 2013. At the time, Brandon was driving a vehicle that he owned and that he insured. The driver who hit Brandon was uninsured. Brandon filed a claim with his insurer, and the insurer allowed Brandon to receive an amount equal to the policy limit of his uninsured motorist coverage.

In many situations, the policy limit of your uninsured motorist coverage may be far less than the total amount of damages you suffer as a result of harm caused by an uninsured driver. In these situations, it pays to understand exactly what the law allows you to do to obtain recovery for all of the harm that you’ve suffered.