What Happens When My Accident Case Goes to Trial?

A lot of personal injury cases will be settled before they go to trial, but sometimes the only way for you to get fair compensation for your injuries and damages is to take your case to court. Your personal injury attorney will know if your case needs to go to trial in order for you to receive the compensation you deserve. We’ll explore what an average personal injury trial looks like so you will have an idea of what to expect when your case goes to court. The length of your trial will depend on the complexity of your case and can last as little as a few days or longer than a few weeks.

What Can I Expect in a Louisiana Personal Injury Trial?

1. Selection of the Jury

Before the trial officially begins, your personal injury attorney, the attorney for the defendant, and the judge will work to select a jury for the case. This process involves asking potential jurors questions to determine whether or not they will be able to remain impartial during the trial. Eventually, twelve jurors are selected from the potential pool of jurors. These twelve jurors will be responsible for deciding the outcome of your case so choosing a fair jury is an important part of the trial.

2. Opening Statements

Now that the jury has been selected the trial can begin. Personal injury cases in the state of Louisiana begin with opening statements made by each party. Typically, your attorney will speak first since you are the one bringing the case to the court and the burden of proof is on you. These statements are used by both parties to outline their case or defense to the jury and set the table for the upcoming presentation of evidence.

3. Presentation of Evidence

Following the opening statements, both sides will present their evidence to the jury. Once again, since you (the plaintiff) are the one bringing the case to the court, your personal injury attorney will present evidence first in the form of witness and expert testimony, and other physical evidence or photographs. When your attorney has finished laying out your case, they will rest, and allow the defendant’s lawyers to present their evidence. During the presentation of evidence, each side is allowed to cross-examine, or question, the other side’s witnesses and experts. After cross-examination, a lawyer may re-question his or her witness or expert to mitigate any damages done on cross-examination.

4. Closing Arguments

After all of the evidence has been presented, both attorneys will have a chance to make their closing arguments. This is very similar to the opening statement. Each attorney will summarize their positions and cast the evidence in a favorable light for their case. Your lawyer will make the argument that the evidence shows that the defendant is responsible for your injuries. This will be the last chance they have to address the jury before they begin their deliberations.

5. Instructions to the Jury

Before the jury can begin to deliberate the evidence they have heard over the course of the trial, the judge instructs the jury in the legal standards that must be met in order to find the defendant guilty, and responsible for your injuries. The judge will decide which legal standards apply based on the evidence presented during the trial and the claims being made. The judge also describes the key legal concepts at stake, the various damages the jury can find for, and more. Once the jury has been given all of this information they are ready to deliberate.

6. Jury Deliberations

In this part of the trial, the jury decides whether or not the defendant is responsible for your injuries, and if they are, how much the damages are worth. This is the first chance the jury gets to openly discuss the case, evidence, and claims amongst themselves. When they reach a verdict, the judge is notified and the verdict is read in open court.

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorneys

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, contact Murphy Law Firm. Our team has over 150 years of litigation experience, and we are experienced trial lawyers. We’re not afraid to take a personal injury case to court if that is what it takes to secure our clients the compensation they deserve. Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 to learn more about the potential for your case and speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.

The Process for Bringing a Personal Injury Case to Court

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you are probably wondering if you should file a personal injury claim to recover damages. We know that the law and the legal process can be confusing or even intimidating to some people. We want to help educate everyone, who might be interested in filing a personal injury case in Louisiana, on what this process looks like in a typical case. Keep in mind, some of the following steps might not happen in your case if a fair settlement is reached before your case goes all the way to trial. We hope this outline helps you in your decision whether or not to file a personal injury claim. 

What are the Steps for Bringing a Personal Injury Case to Court in Louisiana?

1. Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

It would be very unwise to try and take a personal injury claim to court in Louisiana without a personal injury lawyer. The injury law in this state is complex. Furthermore, a good personal injury lawyer will have investigative resources to fully look into your case and gather all of the information that is going to be relevant in helping you secure a favorable result. After your injury, consult with a personal injury attorney to get a professional opinion about your case. They will help you take the next steps and pursue litigation. 

2. Your Personal Injury Attorney Investigates the Claim

The first thing your personal injury attorney will do is interview you. They will want you to provide every detail about the accident that you can remember. Following their interview with you, they will gather all of the available medical records and bills, accident reports, witness statements, and whatever other pertinent evidence is available. They will use this information to form the basis of your personal injury case. It can take a while for all of this information to be gathered and reviewed.

3. Your Lawyer Negotiates with the Other Side

In some cases, your personal injury lawyer may reach out to the lawyers or representatives of the insurance company before a lawsuit is even filed to see if they can secure you a fair settlement. An attorney with a wealth of trial experience will have a good idea about how much your injury case is worth, and they will push for a settlement that reflects the full value of your case. An experienced trial lawyer also has more leverage in these preliminary negotiations because the other side knows that if a fair settlement can’t be reached a lawsuit will be filed and they will be taken to trial. 

4. A Personal Injury Lawsuit is Filed

In the state of Louisiana there is a one year Statute of Limitations on personal injury cases. This means that your lawsuit needs to be filed with the court no more than one year from the date of your accident. Once your personal injury lawyer files a lawsuit the litigation phase of your case officially begins.

5. Discovery Phase

Now that your personal injury lawsuit has been officially filed, the discovery phase of your case begins. Simply put, this is when both sides, your lawyer and the other side’s lawyer, investigate what the injury claims and legal defenses are. Both sides will request documents and reports, interview witnesses, and take depositions. Depending on the complexity of the injury case this part of the process could take some time to complete. 

6. Further Negotiations and Mediation

As the discovery phase of your case winds down, your lawyer and the lawyer for the other side will typically talk about settlement to see if an agreement can be reached before trial. This is when it really pays to have a personal injury attorney with trial experience under their belt. The lawyers for the other party and the representatives for the insurance companies will know your attorney’s reputation, and if your lawyer has a reputation for settling cases and not taking cases to trial to pursue maximum compensation under the law, you probably won’t get a fair settlement offer before trial. In some cases, your case may go into mediation to see if a fair settlement can be reached by both parties without having to go to trial. 

7. Trial

If your lawyer is unable to get you a fair and reasonable settlement before trial, your case will go to court. Depending on your case the length of time it is in court will vary. Some cases take only a few days, and others take multiple weeks to conclude. There are many facets of a personal injury trial that we will cover in another blog post. If you hire a skilled personal injury lawyer with trial experience, you will have a skilled litigator on your side arguing your case in front of the judge and jury. Ultimately, at this stage the decision is left in the hands of the jury or judge.

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been hurt in an accident, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Murphy Law Firm. We have over 150 years of litigation experience. We are trial lawyers who defend injured victims. We will help you stand up to the big insurance companies and get fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about our team and your case. You can call Murphy Law Firm at any time at (225) 928-8800. Don’t be a victim twice!

Tort Reform Bill SB 418 Vetoed by Governor

Governor John Bel Edwards has vetoed Senate Bill 418, the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act. The bill was intended to reduce insurance premiums for Louisiana drivers, but in reality SB 418 only protected insurance companies from lawsuits while not offering any concrete promise to actually lower the rate of car insurance in Louisiana, and limited the amount of compensation injured victims would have been able to recover for their medical care. 

Here is a direct quote from the Governor’s veto letter, “It is important to note that not a single insurance company testified in committee that Senate Bill 418 would actually reduce rates. Further, the rate reduction provision in the bill is permissive, rather than mandatory, and actually allows for rate increases if insurers are able to demonstrate one would be needed.” 

The Omnibus Premium Reduction Act, SB 418, was a special interest driven bill, and it did little to nothing for the citizens of Louisiana. SB 418 was returned to the Louisiana Legislature. If two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives vote to approve the bill, the Governor’s veto will be overridden and SB 418 will become law. 

How SB 418 Affects Louisiana Drivers

  • Raises the statute of limitations for injury cases to 2 years
  • Lowers the jury threshold for injury cases from 50K to 5K
  • Limits the amount of compensation that can be recovered for medical bills
  • Allows judges and juries to consider seatbelt use
  • Requires lawsuits to be filed against the other driver rather than the insurance company 

The Omnibus Premium Reduction Act can still become law in Louisiana. The original bill passed both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature with enough votes to override a Gubernatorial veto. We will see in the coming days whether or not SB 418 will pass with a two-thirds majority. 

Tort Reform Makes Trial Experience Even More Valuable

The proposed tort reforms in Louisiana make trial experience even more valuable for injured victims. Settlement mill personal injury lawyers are going to have a harder time making quick settlements if the jury threshold is lowered as proposed by law. More personal injury cases will go to trial, since it will be the only way for injured victims to fight for fair compensation, and personal injury attorneys without real trial experience will be forced out of their comfort zone and into a courtroom. If you’re hurt in a car accident, hire a personal injury lawyer with an abundance of trial experience. The team at Murphy Law Firm has over 150 years of combined litigation experience, they prepare every case for trial, and are not afraid to stand up to the big insurance companies and fight for what is fair. Call (225) 928-8800 to speak with a member of the Murphy Law Firm team today!

Did I Hire a Personal Injury Settlement Mill?

Insurance companies love working with personal injury law firms that operate like settlement mills because there is very little uncertainty for them. In most instances, insurance companies save money by not going to trial. Personal injury settlement mills have the same mindset. These firms don’t want to take a case to trial because it takes a lot more time and litigation experience. Instead, these settlement mills want to get hired on a ton of cases, where they’ll settle quickly and get paid quickly. They’ll repeat this process over and over again by way of extreme marketing. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney that will take the time to get to know you, your case, and ultimately, fight for your best interests.

How to Spot a Settlement Mill

One of the hallmarks of personal injury settlement mills is aggressive advertising. However, not all law firms who advertise heavily are settlement mills. How can you tell if you are hiring a marketer or an attorney? Here are the key factors that distinguish a settlement mill from a reliable personal injury law firm:

  • High-volume of cases (churn and earn)
  • Heavy advertising (obtaining majority of clients from million-dollar marketing campaigns)
  • Rarely ever deny settlements (insurance companies love this!)
  • Little to no case screening
  • Little to no client/attorney interaction (your case is handled almost fully by a paralegal) 
  • Resolve cases quickly (on to the next!)

Why Do Insurance Companies Love Settlement Mills?

For settlement mills, the high-volume of injury cases prevents these lawyers from spending time on a single case. They are mostly focused on getting their next lead (client). In fact, at these firms, you may never meet nor speak with the attorney representing you which plays into the hands of the insurance companies. Insurance companies don’t mind paying modest settlements for minor cases if it means that the substantial injury cases are lost in the mix, and settle for less too. Clients can’t be getting fair settlements if their compensation is based on another client’s settlement. In the end, injured victims may suffer while settlement mills get richer and big insurance companies save money.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney with Trial Experience

If you want to avoid settlement mills and get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries, you need to hire a personal injury attorney that has an abundance of trial experience. Personal injury lawyers who have the trial experience and the ability to thoroughly review a case will understand a case’s true worth and will get better settlement terms on average. You should never feel pressured by your attorney to take a settlement offer, especially if you think it isn’t fair. Beware of settlement mills that may offer an incentive to settle quickly at the first offer. Typically, they will offer to lower their fees if you take a quick settlement. The end goal for settlement mills is to close cases fast and open new ones even faster.

The best advice for injured victims is to ask questions and consult with a few different personal injury attorneys before you choose who will represent you. If you make a quick choice based on the number of advertisements you’ve seen, you will likely end up in a settlement mill. At Murphy Law Firm we prepare every case for trial. The insurance companies know our team will not back down and take a quick settlement offer. Call us today at (225) 928-8800 to set up a consultation with our team.

What is a Personal Injury Settlement Department?

Are you confused by the status of your personal injury case? Why is your case being handled by the firm’s settlement department? What is a settlement department? Am I getting the best possible representation for my injuries? These are all questions and concerns you may have following an accident. Settlement departments are an all too common part of personal injury law. You may not know that your case is being handled in this way. 

Does My Personal Injury Attorney Have a Settlement Department?

This is an important question you need to ask your attorney before you retain them to represent your interests. Settlement departments are staffed by lawyers with little to no trial experience. These departments aren’t designed to represent the best interests of injured victims. They are designed to make the firm a ton of money. A personal injury settlement department is looking to make a quick settlement, avoid trial, and move on to the next case. Personal injury settlement departments are no better than insurance companies when it comes to representing the rights of injured victims.

I Got Paid Fast! What is the Problem with Settlement Departments?

The problem is you were probably entitled to more money than you received, but since you settled quickly, your injury claim was undervalued. Additionally, the extent of your injuries might not be completely clear at the time of settlement. If it turns out your injuries are more extensive than initially thought, or that your recovery time will be a lot longer than you imagined, you can no longer recover compensation for those medical bills or missed work and wages. However, the main issue with settlement departments is that they signal a willingness to settle to the insurance companies.

Does My Personal Injury Lawyer Have Trial Experience?

You better believe that insurance companies keep score. These companies know which attorneys will settle cases quickly and which attorneys are willing to take a case all the way to trial to get fair compensation for their clients. Personal injury attorneys with settlement departments in their firm will not get great settlement terms from insurance companies. Why? Insurance companies know lawyers with settlement departments are just as averse to actually going to court to fight a case as they are. Therefore, they offer settlements that make both parties happy, but leave the injured victim hanging high and dry in the middle. Most personal injury cases will settle before they make it to court, but attorneys with a reputation for taking cases to trial get better settlement offers from insurance companies because they know if they don’t offer fair compensation they will have to spend a lot more money going to court. 

Murphy Law Firm doesn’t have a settlement department, and we never will. Every single personal injury lawyer on our team is ready to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to secure fair compensation for you. We have over 150 years of combined litigation experience, and the insurance companies know we are not afraid to go trial. If you’ve been hurt in an accident feel free to contact us to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. Don’t leave money on the table by settling for a personal injury lawyer who will stick your case in their settlement department.

Proposed Louisiana Tort Reforms and How they Affect Injured Victims

Recently, Louisiana Senate Bill 418 passed through both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill is waiting on the signature of Governor John Bel Edwards to become law although SB 418 has the votes needed to override a potential veto. Proponents of the bill say that these tort reforms are necessary to reduce insurance rates for Louisiana drivers, which are among the highest in the country. Opponents of SB 418 however, point out that no specific rate cuts are promised by the bill, too many concessions are given to insurance companies, and that injured victims are left with fewer options for recovering compensation. Let’s take a closer look at SB 418 the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2020

Five Ways Injured Victims Will be Affected by SB 418

1. Longer Statute of Limitations 

Currently in Louisiana, injured victims have one year to file a lawsuit after their accident. As a result, a number of lawsuits are filed every single year just to protect an injured victim’s rights. SB 418 proposes to raise the prescription, or statute of limitations, on injury cases from one year to two. This is one aspect of the bill that both opponents and proponents agree on. With extra time to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement there should be less lawsuits filed with the court. This aspect of the bill will help injured victims, especially ones who require extensive medical treatment. Now that there is more time to file a lawsuit the full extent of a victim’s injuries and medical bills can be more accurately known and accounted for. 

2. Lower Jury Threshold 

The jury threshold refers to the amount of damages sought in order to get a trial in front of a jury. Currently, Louisiana has the highest jury threshold in the country at $50,000. SB 418 aims to lower the jury threshold figure to $5,000. If the bill passes the jury threshold figure will likely end up being greater than $5,000, but $5,000 is what the bill proposes. The way this will affect injured victims is two-fold. First, with a lower jury threshold the courts will be swamped with more cases and the process will take longer, essentially delaying any possible settlement or justice. Second, if the threshold is lowered, more cases will go to trial, and some of the most popular baton rouge personal injury lawyers don’t have any real trial experience. If you hire a personal injury attorney who doesn’t have trial experience, you will probably not do well in court or get the compensation you need to recover from your accident. 

3. Limit Recovery for Medical Bills

The way SB 418 is currently worded injured victims would only be able to recover compensation for actual medical payments made. Right now, Louisiana law allows injured victims to recover compensation for what health care providers typically charge rather than what they actually paid out. The problem with changing this aspect of tort law is that health insurance rarely covers all of the costs associated with medical care. By limiting a victim’s ability to recover compensation for medical services and treatments, injured victims might end up having to pay money out of their own pocket for injuries that were caused by the fault of someone else. Legislators are working on wording that would allow courts to consider the payments left uncovered by health insurance policies, but as SB 418 is currently written, injured victims would be left high and dry when it comes to recovering compensation for medical bills. 

4. Require Lawsuits to be Filed Against the Other Driver 

Currently, lawsuits can be filed against insurance companies in personal injury cases. SB 418 seeks to change this so that injury lawsuits would be filed against the other driver in car accident cases and not the insurance company. This part of the bill is what insurance companies really want. They want to hide themselves and their coverage from the jury. The popular thought is that juries are more likely to hammer an insurance company for compensation than an individual. If lawsuits can no longer be filed against insurance companies in accident cases, injured victims will likely receive less compensation for their injuries. 

5. Allow Judges and Juries to Consider Seatbelt Use

Finally, SB 418 would also allow judges and juries in Louisiana to consider reducing an injured victim’s damage awards if they were not wearing a seatbelt. Supporters of this language claim that injured victims shouldn’t benefit from breaking the law. The major flaw with this idea is that it will be nearly impossible and very costly to know what extent of the injuries a victim sustained were caused by not wearing a seatbelt. In the end, this portion of the bill will only hurt, and victim blame, injured parties in an effort to save insurance companies more money annually. 

Realistically, SB 418 is a bill pushed by big business and the special interests of insurance companies. The claim is that this legislation will lower car insurance costs for Louisiana drivers, but no specific figures or language is written to guarantee this. In the end, it will be up to insurance companies to decide how much to reduce their rates if at all. 100 of the 144 Louisiana state legislators received a combined total of $508,000 in campaign contributions from the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry and insurance industry political action committees (PACs). These groups are very interested in the passage of SB 418. 

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorneys with Trial Experience

It is likely that SB 418 will be signed into law soon. If and when it becomes law, trial experience is going to be very important in personal injury cases. Murphy Law Firm has over 150 years of combined litigation experience. We are not afraid to go to court, and we prepare all of our cases with the expectation that it will go to trial. Not all attorneys are skilled in the courtroom! Make sure you check to see if your personal injury attorney has trial experience before you choose them to represent you. Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 for a free consultation!

Elmiron Use Linked to Severe Eye Damage

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a widely used and prescribed drug that is designed to treat chronic and severe bladder and pelvis pain caused by interstitial cystitis. It is estimated that over 1 million Americans suffer from this condition, and Elmiron happens to be the only FDA approved drug to treat it. This medication has been used for decades to treat the pain associated with chronic interstitial cystitis, and now recent data has shown that long-term use of this medication causes severe eye damage. 

A recent study, conducted at Kaiser Permanente in California, found that 25 percent of their patients who had significant exposure to Elmiron showed signs of retina damage. What makes the retinal damages caused by Elmiron toxicity so troubling is that they masquerade as typical degenerative eye conditions that become more commonplace as people age. Additionally, since Elmiron has always been thought of as safe to take with little to no side effects, some patients ended up taking more Elmiron year after to year to mitigate and soothe the pain caused by their chronic IC. 

Dr. Vora of Kaiser Permanente had this to say, “It’s unfortunate. You have a patient with a chronic condition like interstitial cystitis, for which there is no cure and no effective treatment. They get put on these medications because it’s thought to have few side effects and few risks, and no one thinks about it again. And year after year, the number of pills they’re taking goes up and up.” There is good news for people taking Elmiron. If you stop use of the drug early enough, you can avoid retinal damage. If the Elmiron toxicity becomes severe it can lead to permanent vision loss. 

Reported Injuries Linked to Elmiron Use

We’ve compiled a list of all of the reported eye injuries linked to Elmiron use. The current prescription warnings do not mention potential macula, retina, or other eye damages at all. As more people come forward and additional lawsuits are filed, there may be more injuries that come to light. 

  • Vision Loss
  • Vision Blurring
  • Vision Impairment
  • Degenerative Maculopathy
  • Macular Retinopathy
  • Macular Dystrophy 
  • Pigmentary Maculopathy 
  • Halo Vision
  • Unilateral & Bilateral Blindness 
  • Retinopathy

You Can File a Lawsuit Against Elmiron

Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc, never warned users that the medication could lead to retinal and other eye issues. If you’ve been taking Elmiron, you could have a case! If you’ve been taking Elmiron, you need to visit your doctor and ophthalmologist, voice your concerns, and get a vision test to see if any damage has been done to your eyes. Don’t stop using medication without speaking to your doctor first. 

If your vision has been damaged by Elmiron use, get help and stand up to Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. The personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm have over 150 years of combined litigation experience. We’ve stood up to big companies before, and if you or someone you love has been hurt by Elmiron, we can help you too! Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 to speak with a personal injury attorney and get a free consultation on your case.

Peyton Murphy Recognized for Ethics and Legal Abilities

For over 130 years Martindale-Hubbell has been reviewing and rating attorneys based on their legal ethics and litigation skills. They gather information from clients and peers to determine which lawyers operate with the highest ethical standards and the most legal skill. Martindale-Hubbell wants to provide the public with as much information as possible so that people can make the right choice when choosing an attorney. 

In March, Attorney Peyton Murphy was awarded the 2020 AV Preeminent Attorney – Judicial Edition recognition for his work. This recognition is only awarded to the lawyers who have the highest possible ethic and legal skill ratings. The ratings for this recognition are compiled confidentially from members of the Louisiana Bar and judiciary. This is the highest possible recognition an attorney can receive, and is the pinnacle of professional excellence. 

Other Recognitions Awarded to Murphy Law Firm in 2020

Murphy Law Firm has garnered a number of additional recognitions from Martindale-Hubbell and other organizations this year including:

  • AV Preeminent 2020 Lawyers.com – Peyton Murphy
  • 2020 AV Preeminent Attorney – Peyton Murphy
  • 2020 Client Champion Silver Distinction – Peyton Murphy
  • America’s Most Honored Lawyers 2020 Top 5% – Troy Morain
  • 2020 Distinguished Attorney – Troy Morain
  • 2020 Distinguished Attorney – Jim Moore

We’re proud to be recognized for our high level of ethical standards and legal skill. To see a full list of all of the recognitions our team has earned over the years click here

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorneys

At Murphy Law Firm we always put the client first. Our personal injury attorneys have a reputation with the insurance companies for taking cases to trial because we don’t settle for less than what is fair for our clients. If you’ve been hurt in an accident call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800. Get a free consultation from our team of personal injury lawyers and see if you have a case. Don’t be a victim twice!

Seven Reasons You Should Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents occur daily, and everyday people get hurt, or worse, killed. Serious accidents not only result in costly medical bills, but also result in lost wages and untold amounts of emotional suffering. Accident victims may feel like they have no lifeline. Insurance companies either don’t provide the benefits they should, or they trick you into signing away your rights for some fast cash. After you’ve been hurt in an accident, the right thing to do is consult with a personal injury lawyer. You have probably seen personal injury billboards and commercials, but do you really know the benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney? Here is a compelling list of reasons you should hire a personal injury lawyer after you have been hurt.

  1. No Upfront Fees – Almost every personal injury lawyer works on a contingency basis. This means if you don’t win your case, they don’t charge you. If you do win, their fees come out of the settlement. It costs you nothing to consult with a personal injury lawyer after your accident. Why not get an expert’s opinion on your case? 
  2. Bigger Settlements – Even after fees, on average, you are likely to receive a far larger monetary settlement when you have legal representation than when you don’t. Insurance companies like to pay and make cases go away quickly before they are held to the full extent of their legal obligations. A personal injury lawyer who knows the in’s and out’s of the law can ensure you get what you deserve under the law. 
  3. Trial Experience – If your injury attorney can’t get you a fair settlement, they can take your case to trial and fight for the compensation you deserve. In America, it is your right to represent yourself, but odds are you won’t stand a chance against the lawyers for the insurance companies.
  4. Support Staff – A personal injury case requires a lot of time and effort gathering evidence like medical records and accident reports, and communicating with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. How can you recover from your accident, try to get back to work, and manage all of the aspects of your case? A personal injury lawyer has a support staff that helps them gather all evidence and communicate with the other parties involved in your accident so you can focus on getting your life back together. 
  5. Impartiality – When an accident affects you or a loved one, it can be hard to see and think clearly about the next steps forward. When you have a personal injury lawyer representing you, they can help you stay objective and ensure that you don’t make any rash decisions especially when it comes to taking settlements. Insurance companies always try to settle for less. A lawyer will help you hold them accountable. 
  6. Alternative Avenues of Resolution – Quick settlements and lengthy trials are not the only two paths to resolving your injury case. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you navigate the complicated legal waters and may think it is in your best interest to choose an alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration or mediation. The upside of these proceedings is that they are not typically as lengthy as court proceedings. You could save time, money, and emotional distress by pursuing resolution through these alternative channels. 
  7. Familiar with Insurance Companies – Insurance companies are constantly trying to minimize their liability and legal obligation. A skilled personal injury attorney not only has experience dealing with insurance companies and their representatives, but they also are familiar with all of their tricks. 

There is no downside to speaking with a personal injury lawyer about your case. Initial consultations cost you nothing, and if you don’t win your case, most lawyers will not charge you anything. What do you have to lose? Get help for your injuries before your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering consume your life. If you need help from a personal injury lawyer, reach out to Murphy Law Firm to learn more about the potential for your case.

Delivering Masks to Our Frontline Workers

The Murphy Law Firm team is proud to deliver face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer to our frontline workers in the medical community. By protecting our medical professionals we can all work to get better together. This past Monday, our team and our friends from the United Cajun Navy, delivered masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer to four different area hospitals, Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge, Lane Regional Medical Center, North Oaks Health System, and West Feliciana Hospital. 

To date we have distributed 61,635 face masks, 30,000 pairs of gloves, 4,550 face shields, and over 100 gallons of hand sanitizer. We are proud to partner with our community to help provide important supplies to the people who need them most. 

Free Face Masks in Baton Rouge

Do you or someone you love need a face mask? We still have face masks that are available for our local community. Come to Murphy Law Firm at 2354 S Acadian Thruway to pick up a face mask for yourself and anyone else who needs one. You can contact our office at (225) 928-8800 to learn more about the masks and other supplies that may be available. 

If we all work together, we can make it through this difficult time. Remember to practice social distancing if possible, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, disinfect regularly used surfaces, and follow all guidelines issued by the CDC. Let’s protect our community’s most vulnerable people, and create a safe environment for our healthy citizens to go back to work.