Shreveport Personal Injury Lawyer
Attorney Josh Clayton has been fighting for injured plaintiffs since he was in law school. Attorney Clayton cut his teeth in the legal profession working for a personal injury law firm.
He saw how ordinary people felt like the system didn’t work for them and that they needed an advocate. Moreover, they needed to know that advocate would truly fight.
What does fighting mean in a personal injury case? To our Shreveport personal injury lawyer, it means starting with a diligent attention to detail. The thorough investigation of an injury—its circumstances, causes, and aftereffects—form the basis for the negotiations that are ahead.
In those negotiations, fighting means a dogged insistence on the interests of the client in even the smallest of details. And it means be willing to go to court and pursue litigation if necessary.
When clients come to Josh Clayton Law, they’re getting a great team to support them. But that never comes at the expense of direct, personal contact with their lawyer. Indeed, a client’s first meeting will be with Attorney Clayton, and they will continue to have access to him throughout their case.
Our Shreveport personal injury law firm believes in justice. We believe everyone should have equal access to getting that justice. Let us fight for you.
From our Shreveport office, we serve all of Caddo Parish, Bossier Parish, and throughout northwestern Louisiana.
When Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?
In general, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after sustaining injuries due to someone else’s negligence. The main reason for this is a law called the statute of limitations.
This law regulates how long an injury victim has to file a personal injury claim before they lose their legal right to do so. Since your right to file is directly related to your ability to pursue compensation, it’s crucial you ensure you do not miss this filling period.
According to the Louisiana Civil Code section 3492, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the state of Louisiana is only one year. This means you have one year from the date your injury was inflicted to file.
It’s important to note that there are exceptions that can extend or shorten this time limit. Some examples of these exceptions include:
- If your claim is against the state or other government entity
- If the injury victim was a minor at the time of the accident
The statute of limitations has a big impact on your ability to file a claim so don’t wait to call our Shreveport personal injury attorneys. Josh Clayton Law offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm today!
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It’s an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen. But when the negligence of a person or business is the cause of that accident, then it’s really not a true “accident,” is it?
The challenge is, how do you prove it? The law is clear—as the lawyer for the injured plaintiff, we are obligated to prove that the defendant breached a duty of care, that the breach caused the injury, and exactly what the full scope of the damages were.
Proving all of this, even in cases where fault might seem obvious, takes rigorous attention to detail, a firm hand in negotiation, and—if necessary—a passionate voice in litigation.
The clients who come to Josh Clayton Law get all of that and more. No lawyer can ever promise victory. But we can tell you that all of our clients get our very best effort—the full leveraging of our legal experience, our thirst for justice, and our love of winning. We believe you’ll be glad you called us.
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What should I do if I am involved in an accident?A.
- Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries.
- Check all vehicles, drivers, and passengers involved for injuries.
- Call law enforcement and report the accident. Ask for an ambulance to be dispatched if injuries warrant EMS attention.
- Do not move your vehicle unless there is a potential for oncoming traffic to impact it. For instance, if you are on the “blind” side of a hill or a curve you should probably move your vehicle off the roadway (if possible) to avoid another wreck and/or further injury.
- Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.
- Share contact information and insurance information with all other vehicles involved in the accident after the police arrive. Take a photo of the other drivers’ insurance cards.
- Explain your side of the story to the investigating officer.
- Ensure the officer knows the direction you were traveling and
- the lane you occupied at the time of impact.
- Light control: If you had a green light (green ball, green arrow) be specific and advise the officer.
- Sign control: If you were at a stop sign, 4-way stop, etc., give the officer the details of who arrived first and who drove first, etc.
- If you make a written statement:
- Be clear and concise.
- Do not be too wordy.
- Do not guess as to what occurred – only write what you know to be true.
- Explain direction of travel and lane of travel for your vehicle (and other vehicles if known).
- Obtain the investigating officers’ names and badge numbers.
- Notify your insurance agent regardless of fault.
- If you were injured in the wreck, seek medical attention.
- Pick up the accident report when it is ready.
- Review it.
- If you find a discrepancy, notify the law enforcement agency immediately.
Will my case go to trial?A.
Very few claims move into litigation. Very few litigated cases go to trial. But some do.
You’ll need a good trial attorney if that happens. Pick a good trial attorney at the outset of your claim and you won’t have to worry in the event your matter proceeds to trial.
When should I call about my case?A.Immediately! In injury cases, time matters. The evidence is spoiling on the vine. We need to meet you immediately and discuss your case.
What is the time for filing a lawsuit?A.A claimant has one year from the date of his/her injury to file a lawsuit. The filing of a lawsuit protects the injured party’s right to recover damages occasioned by the at-fault party’s negligence. Not all claims require the filing of a lawsuit – many are resolved by settlement long before the one-year mark. At any time before the filing of a lawsuit, the matter is referred to as being in the “claims stage.” After the lawsuit is filed, the matter is referred to as being “in litigation.”
Sometimes a lawsuit is filed sooner rather than later – if liability is in dispute at the claims stage, an attorney will usually file suit to move the case into litigation. “Liability” is lawyer and insurance company language for “who’s at fault?” When each side is pointing a finger at the other side for who’s to blame, lawyers get involved and conduct “discovery” to flesh out liability. If interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for admissions, and depositions cannot sufficiently put the liability issue to rest, a trial may be necessary to allow a judge or jury to make the call as to who’s at fault.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?A.Personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. In almost all cases handled by my office, no out-of-pocket expense is required of the client. The attorney gets paid only when the client gets paid. The office covers all costs occasioned by the claim – even paying medical expenses when necessary. If filing suit is necessary, the office covers that expense too. The attorney fee is calculated as a percentage of the total settlement or trial verdict. Any costs that are spent in getting the case to settlement or verdict will also be deducted from the total amount to reimburse the office. The attorney only gets paid a fee, and the office only gets reimbursed for costs, when the case settles or when a successful trial verdict is achieved.
What is personal injury?A.Personal injury cases refer to matters where one person’s negligence causes another person’s injuries. As an example, a “car wreck” isn’t necessarily a personal injury case. The car wreck becomes a personal injury case when the at-fault driver was negligent in his operation of his/her vehicle, it caused the car wreck, and the other driver was injured in the wreck.
How do I know if I have a case?A.Call us now at (318) 217-8487 to discuss your case. If your injuries were caused as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a case. An in-person consultation will be scheduled and you can meet with an attorney to discuss the unique facts and circumstances that caused your injury. The merits of your case will be discussed at the consultation.