A Louisiana Personal Injury Accident Lawyer
ince 1976 in Louisiana courtrooms, I have put clients first, earning my firm the highest rating of "AV" for legal ability and integrity from the respected Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. As a Lafayette personal injury attorney, I devote my practice to helping persons hurt or killed in serious accidents, and fighting for the rights of their families. Every decision and action I take in this practice is guided by one questionwhat is best for the client? I pledge to each and every client through my personal word and my strong commitment to serve them with the highest degree of professional skill available. I put my clients' interests first and foremost, and I stick with them through the difficult journey that is a Louisiana personal injury, offshore injury or wrongful death claim.
Areas of Practice:
-Offshore, Vessel, Maritime and Jones Act Related Cases
-Automobile, Motorcyle, 18 Wheeler and other vehicle related cases
-Medical Mistakes and Malpractice
-Workers Compensation and Work injury related cases
Our service area covers most all of South Louisiana including Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Carencro, Broussard, Youngsville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne, Duson and the entire Acadiana area.
315 S. College Road, Ste 146
P.O. Box 53083
Lafayette LA 70505-3083
A Lafayette Personal Injury Lawyer With Results
At the heart of any valid personal injury claim or lawsuit is negligence. The injured party must be able to prove that the negligence or recklessness of another caused his or her injuries. After identifying the responsible parties, injured individuals can file personal injury claims or sue for financial compensation for such losses as medical bills, lost wages and long-term care, as well as pain and suffering. The personal injury claims process is typically lengthy and complex, with mountains of paperwork and tough negotiations between opposing parties, injury lawyers, and insurance companies.
How a Lafayette personal injury attorney can help
Since the Louisiana statute of limitations only allows one year for victims to file a claim or lawsuit for their injuries, Lafayette personal injury attorneys must take legal action promptly. And injured workers are often anxious to receive a recovery that supports their families while they get their lives back on track.
In most cases, the threat of time-consuming and costly litigation is enough to bring opposing parties to the table to negotiate acceptable out of court settlements. But some must resort to litigation and fight for an adequate jury award.
As a Louisiana personal injury lawyer, I have more than 30 years of experience fighting companies or individuals whose negligence and recklessness caused my clients to struggle with devastating, life-altering injuries and disabilities. My experience runs the gamut of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice and workers compensation.
Effective personal injury law firm in Lafayette
As a Lafayette car accident attorney, I handle personal injury claims stemming from automobile and big rig accidents, and my track record includes many multimillion-dollar settlements won on behalf of gravely injured clients.
Since automobile insurance companies work hard to find ways to limit their liabilities, they often contest claims for significant sums of money. Or they try to shift the blame to the injured party to avoid a big payout. That is why you can benefit from a competent personal injury lawyer in Lafayette who is dedicated to putting your interests first and fighting for you.
I also have extensive experience as an oil rig injury lawyer, and filing personal injury claims under the Jones Act, maritime law and other federal and state laws governing offshore platform injury or offshore drilling.
Consult a Lafayette personal injury law firm today
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, contact the Jim Lambert Law Firm 337-446-2766 by filling out our contact us form. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if I agree to handle your case, I will work on a contingency fee basis, which means I get paid for my service only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call now to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS FILED WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES
In virtually every case involving a claim for personal injury, the claim will begin with some interaction between the injured person or his family and the insurance carrier for the party at fault. The most common type of personal injury claim in Louisiana arises in the context of an automobile accident. Following an automobile accident, an injured party may be contacted initially by the insurance carrier for the party at fault. The person calling the injured party may be an insurance investigator or claims representative who merely gathers information. The person contacting you may be the insurance adjuster, who is actually managing the claim for the insurance company.
Should I Talk To An Adjuster Or Insurance Company Representative
It is fairly common for the insurance representative to ask the injured the party to give a statement describing his version of the accident and what injuries he is experiencing, along with a description of any medical treatment or financial losses he has incurred to date. At this point, the injured person may choose to give a statement to the insurance representative and may also choose to handle his own claim with the insurance company without the assistance of an attorney.
Since graduating from Louisiana State University Law School in 1976, I have practiced civil trial law in south Louisiana. I spent the first two years of my practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since that time, my practice has been located in Lafayette, Louisiana, where my law firm is based today. After being raised primarily in Alexandria, Louisiana, I attended Louisiana College and Louisiana State University, receiving a Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. My professional affiliations include being a long-time member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice (Board of Governors, 1994-2002), the Louisiana Association of Consumer Advocates, and the American Association for Justice.
I am proud to be nationally certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Two national rating agencies have given me their highest rating for competence and integrity based upon surveys of my fellow lawyers. These are Martindale-Hubbell and the "Super Lawyers" peer survey of Law & Politics Magazine.
In over three decades in Louisiana courtrooms, I have always put my clients first. This is the essence and core of my professional philosophy: Put the client first and everything else will take care of itself. As a Louisiana personal injury lawyer, I believe in a close, personal, and highly professional relationship between one client and one lawyer.
For several years now, I have been practicing in my own firm. At the Jim Lambert Law Firm, each and every client will meet me, have personal contact with me, and will be represented by me in any court or other proceeding. The slogan I like to use in some of my public advertising arises from this professional sense of mission: "When I take your case, I take it personally."
In my personal life, I have been married since 1978 to Barbara McCoy Lambert, and we are the proud parents of two adult children Travis and Caroline. We are regular members of and very active at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Lafayette, Louisiana. I have also been involved in a local interdenominational group known as Bridge Ministry of Acadiana. This is a group that uses Christian principles to help revitalize one of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Lafayette. Since 2001, I also have been very actively involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry at Angola State Prison.
Louisiana State University