New Iberia Personal Injury Lawyer

New Iberia Personal Injury Attorney

A New Iberia personal injury attorney provides legal representation to clients who have been injured physically or psychologically as the result of negligence of another person, company, government agency or entity.

Personal injury claims can arise from all manner of injuries such as:

Every claim has two primary issues, liability and damages. When a person is liable for an accident, they are responsible for the damages sustained as a result. Negligent actions are not intentional, a person doesn’t set out to cause an accident or injury. The liability is a result of careless conduct or a failure to act reasonably, not malice.

Personal Injury Cases

In personal injury cases, a settlement may be reached between two parties without going to trial. Damage for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage can be negotiated with the insurance company and their attorneys; if not a court trial may be required to close the claim.

No two accidents are the same, therefore no two personal injury cases work out the same way. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Louisiana is one year. Meaning you have one year from the date of the accident/injury/death to file suit.

If you’ve been injured by someone else’s carelessness it’s important to take the proper steps to protect your interests. You need to consult a New Iberia personal injury lawyer with decades of experience in personal injury claims. We are a no win, no fee law firm. If you do not receive compensation for your claim, you don’t owe us anything. Call the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess today to schedule a free consultation.


Call our New Iberia, Louisiana office today for a FREE review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.

Don’t Delay! You may have a valid claim! Let us help you get your compensation before the statute of limitations expires!

New Iberia Personal Injury Lawyer

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Animal Bite Law

Under Louisiana law, the owner of an animal is considered responsible for any damage that animal causes. For the owner to be held liable, it must be proven that the owner knew (or should have known) that the animal was dangerous, and that they failed to take reasonable action to prevent the animal from causing harm. This is because Louisiana uses negligence for the basis of its dog bite personal injury laws.

In Louisiana, it must also be proven that the person injured by the animal did not deliberately provoke the animal into attacking.  Unlike some other states, if the claimant has been found to provoke the animal, they are very unlikely to recover any damages. When an owner is found liable, he can be held responsible for damages to the injured person or property.

Things like animal bites and attacks are covered under state statutes.  You do not have to be bitten by an animal to be eligible to seek damages under Louisiana’s animal bite statute. Things like getting kicked by a horse or rammed by a sheep also fall into this category. So are injuries caused by animal behaviors.  Breaking your ankle while trying to escape from an angry bull would fit in this category, even if the bull did not directly injure you.

Wild animals do not fall under this category. Only wild animals or birds within enclosures or private waters are considered privately owned in Louisiana.

Like other personal injury claims filed in Louisiana, dog bite cases are subject to a statute of limitations. If you are bitten or injured by an animal, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a claim. Don’t delay, contact a New Iberia personal injury lawyer quickly. Not filing a claim within the year limit means that your case would be very likely to be dismissed after that time period.

Nursing Home Abuse

Millions of families each year have to make the agonizing, heart-breaking decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Sometimes the people we love require more care than we are able to provide. We hope that the people who are entrusted with their care will treat them with respect and provide the same level of care they need and deserve. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Each year an estimated 2.1 million nursing home residents are the victims of nursing home abuse. Up to 1 in 6 nursing home residents are the victims of nursing home abuse. It is more prevalent than we would like to accept. Seventy five percent the instances of abuse are committed by caregivers, in some instances patient to patient abuse occurs.

Nursing home abuse comes in many fashions, physical abuse, financial exploitation, psychological abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Physical abuse can present itself as bruises, cuts and broken bones. Psychological abuse can consist of intimidation, humiliation, ignoring and terrorizing patients and often manifests as a change in mental state, mood swings and emotional outbursts. Signs of sexual abuse can be bloody underwear, bruising around the genitals and venereal disease. Neglect of seniors results in dehydration, malnutrition and weight loss. Financial exploitation is probably the most common form of nursing home abuse. Forging signatures, identity theft, stealing money, possessions, credit cards and checks can happen in nursing homes where the abuse of power is often the most frequent form of abuse.

If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, the number one priority is to make sure your family member is safe. The facility needs to be reported to the Department of Health Services to investigate the claim. Contact a New Iberia nursing home abuse attorney to advise you on your rights.

Don’t Delay, Call Clay!

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Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents happen fairly often ad can happen anywhere. There are some scenarios in which the property owner is responsible for the injuries incurred from the fall. Property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions on their property. If the injured party can prove the property owner knew a dangerous condition existed and did not fix it, they are likely to win a personal injury case.

A variety of conditions can contribute to slip and all accidents. Indoors, failure to provide warning when a floor is wet from being cleaned, using excessive amounts of wax, worn & torn carpet, rugs or floormats worn down or with the edges sticking up and broken handrails can all contribute to fall injuries. Outdoors, substandard maintenance of parking lots, sidewalks and curbs along with ice and mud patches are all factors in slip and fall accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a fall you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your losses. Contact a New Iberia attorney. Don’t Delay, Call Clay!

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice laws generally provide that medical professionals are liable if they fail to meet the “standard of care” expected of any doctor under similar circumstances. They govern the liability of doctors and medical providers when they injure patients by providing their services negligently. Each state has its own laws that regulate personal injury cases.

Mistakes considered a medical malpractice incident can include prescribing the wrong medication, performing services without patient consent, misreading x-rays, failure to diagnose a condition or making a mistake during childbirth or surgery. These careless actions can be disastrous for the patient, which explains why financial awards in malpractice cases are among the largest of all personal injury cases. Rewards may include payment reimbursement for medical expenses, pain & suffering, loss of earnings or earnings potential, emotional distress, dismemberment or death.

If you’ve been injured due to medical negligence, you need a New Iberia Personal Injury Attorney to represent your case. Contact the personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to schedule a free consultation.