After a crash occurs in which you suffer an injury, you need to seek compensation for your damages. However, what happens when all of the parties involved begin to point the finger at the other to determine fault? As a result, you may not be able to recover all of what you deserve.
In Louisiana, the law has a pure comparative negligence doctrine that impacts how people recover compensation in a claim. Below, we will explain what this doctrine means for you and how you can move forward with the compensation you deserve.
Looking At Percentages
After an accident, pure comparative negligence makes it so plaintiffs might recover less compensation based on their role in causing the accident. This situation is most common when both parties in a crash are negligent when the accident occurs (e.g., the driver in front is speeding and brakes erratically, but the driver in the back is distracted and doesn’t stop in time to prevent a collision).
A percentage is assigned to each party in the crash. So, a plaintiff may suffer $100,000 in damages, but the court determines that they are 30% responsible for the fault. In this situation, the total compensation would be reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage, and they would only recover $70,000.
Working with a Lawyer to Protect Your Rights
A lawyer can help you with the necessary evidence to prove your percentage and seek the most you may recover. It helps to have a lawyer so that you can seek compensation for your lost income, medical bills, property damage, and more.
At Parker Alexander, we know how to protect your rights. We work to determine what percentage may be assigned against you. From there, we will pursue the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled. Let our Monroe car accident attorneys be your partners and obtain justice on your behalf.