If you've suffered from a personal injury, you don't have to face your case alone. At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we've guided thousands of clients through the complex legal process after an injury. Our New Orleans personal injury lawyers act as advocates for our clients every step of the way. Below, we've given answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions we hear from new clients. However, if you want feedback about your unique case, you're encouraged to reach out to our office for a free and confidential consultation.
Do I need to hire a trial attorney?
If you were injured because of someone else's actions, it's important that you talk to an attorney to discuss your legal rights. Beyond that, it's vital that you talk to a trial-proven attorney. Look specifically for an attorney who has at least five to ten years of experience, with a great trial record.
Even though 95% of cases will settle out of court, working with an experienced trial lawyer provides you with more:
- Options and flexibility
- Power at the negotiating table
What do we mean by that? Simply put, defendants want to avoid trial. It's expensive, time-consuming, and can ruin a company's reputation.
If opposing counsel knows that your team is willing and ready to take a case to court, they'll be more likely to propose a fair settlement. If the case does go to court, you're working with an attorney who already has the confidence to excel at trial.
Attorneys with extensive courtroom experience can provide you with the highest quality support during your case.
What should I expect when working with Huber Thomas & Marcelle?
When you choose to work with Huber Thomas and Marcelle, you're not only benefitting from the help of the lawyer assigned to your case. You're gaining assistance from one of the best legal teams in Louisiana and Texas.
Our firm takes a collaborative approach to every case, so you'll always benefit from multiple viewpoints and areas of expertise. We also pride ourselves on making the law accessible to everyone. For us, that means we explain what you can expect during the legal process in straightforward and clear language. We aim to answer any questions you have within 24 hours, or less.
We're tireless advocates for our clients and have a proven record of success in court. Alongside with expert witnesses, we prepare for every case as if it's going to trial. That gives you the necessary edge you need at the negotiating table.
Will my personal injury case go to court?
The truth is that 95% of cases settle out of court. Court is expensive and time-consuming, for both parties. When we work with our personal injury clients, our major goal is to secure a timely and fair settlement.
That being said, we're committed first to the best interests of our clients. Because of that, we prepare for every single case as if it's going to trial. It gives us more power at the negotiating table and we're ready if the case does go in front of a jury.
How much can I expect to recover for my injuries?
It depends, a lot. The specific amount you can expect from a settlement or jury-awarded payment will depend on:
- The extent of your injury
- The negligence or recklessness of the other party
- How long it takes you to recover
- How much time you have to take off work
- Related medical expenses and equipment
You can learn more about our previous personal injury settlements on our Victories page. To get the best estimate for your specific case, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation at (504) 274-2500.
Can I file a lawsuit against a business that interferes with my clients?
If you believe another business has wrongfully interfered with your business or clients, you may have legal recourse. Business torts & litigation is complex, so it's important that you work with attorneys who have proven courtroom success in these types of cases.
How will I pay for my medical bills?
Medical bills are serious and, for catastrophic cases, can be staggering. If you don't think your insurance will cover your medical expenses, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
While preparing for your case, a New Orleans personal injury lawyer also works with local hospitals, medical providers, and your insurance to ensure you continue to receive the best care possible.
They'll also help you navigate:
- Medical bills
- Insurance claims
- Government assistance program applications, like Medicaid or Medicare
- Workers compensation claims
We know that after a traumatic injury, you already have a lot on your plate. At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we handle legal and financial issues so you can focus on healing.
What’s the difference between personal injury and wrongful death cases?
The major difference between personal injury and wrongful death cases is in who files the report: the victim or survivors of the victim.
The victim can file personal injury claims themselves. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, punitive damages, and pain and suffering.
Survivors file wrongful death claims. Compensation may be broader and include costs related to:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of future earnings
- Financial support
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
What should I do if my prescription medication is recalled?
The FDA recalls certain prescription medications when multiple reports have been made about its risks, or the company itself chooses to recall the drug.
If you're on a recalled medication, talk to your doctor immediately. Be honest and thorough, and note any side effects you're experiencing. If you want to stop taking the medication, talk to them first. Immediately stopping use of a medication can result in other dangerous risks, so make sure you coordinate that change with them. If your doctor is resistant to this idea for some reason, contact another healthcare professional for help.
After, if you believe you suffered from severe adverse effects, talk to an attorney who has experience with prescription drug injury cases.
Can I still recover damages if I’m partially at fault for a crash?
If you've recently gone through a crash, you may believe that you can't recover damages if you were partly at fault. Unfortunately, insurance companies take advantage of this and try to shift greater portions of blame to individual drivers.
Even if you were partially at fault during a crash, you may still be eligible for compensation for medical costs and vehicle damage. The only way to know for sure is to talk to an attorney. At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we offer free and confidential consultations to any and every individual so you can retain your full rights after an injury.
Will my employer find out I talked to a lawyer?
This is a common question with an easy answer: no.
Attorney-client privilege means that whenever you talk to one of our attorneys or anyone on our staff, your communications are completely confidential. This confidentiality begins during your very first phone call to our team.