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Personal injury accidents can have serious consequences for the people of Louisiana. Injuries often need costly medical treatment, and can affect your ability to provide for your family. We understand the financial stress that comes with being the victim of a personal injury accident. We offer a free consultation for any person who contacts our New Orleans office with a potential personal injury case, which you can request by calling (504) 525-5211. We have no upfront retainer fees, and only collect our payment once we have successfully secured your settlement or trial award.
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Attorney Brent Cueria founded the Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. located in New Orleans, in order to focus on the representation of injured individuals, where his true passion is. Mr. Cueria uses his past experience to diligently advocate for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies.
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When you first contact Cueria Law Firm, LLC, about a personal injury case, we will ask you a few questions to get an idea of what situation you are in. These include the date of the accident, type of accident, what your injuries are, and what steps you’ve taken so far to resolve your case.
At that point, you will speak with our Personal Injury Attorney New Orleans, who will give you a free consultation on your case. This consultation may take place over the phone or in person at our New Orleans office. He will review the facts of your case and use his 25 years of experience representing injured individuals to give you advice on going forward. In some cases, we may not accept your case. This depends on the details you will discuss. This does not mean you don’t have a claim, just that your claim does not fit the types of cases we specialize in. We are happy to discuss the reasons we didn’t accept your case with you.
If our attorney believes your case is a good fit for our firm, we will offer you a retainer agreement. This is a contract which says we will be legally representing you during your personal injury claim. Not only will this authorize us to speak to appropriate parties regarding your claim, but it will also mean you cannot accept a settlement or close a case without contacting us first. The retainer will also outline a fee agreement which will be due upon your case settling. We do not require an upfront payment of attorney fees, as we work on a contingent fee basis.
The most important thing that an injured person can do to get the best result from their claim is to be regularly treated by a medical professional. This is one thing that our firm cannot do for you, though we can assist you in finding a doctor and setting up appointments.
We work with several local medical providers including chiropractors, neurologists and MRI technicians who allow us to guarantee the costs of your treatment in place of upfront costs. This is one of the many ways we help our clients focus on their recovery, instead of stressing about the immediate effect of their accidents.
We will be regularly requesting your medical records and may contact you if we notice you are not keeping up with your treatment plan. In addition to making appointments, it is important that you are forthcoming with information about your physical and emotional symptoms. This will all be compiled into medical records used to make a demand from the insurance company or other liable party during the settlement process. In some cases, your doctor may be called to make a recorded statement or testify in court about your injuries.
While you are treating for your injuries, our team will begin investigating and gathering evidence to support your claim. If you have not already done so, we will set up an insurance claim. The first thing we will do is reach out to the insurance company or liable party with a Letter of Representation. This informs them that we are representing you in your claim against them and that all communication regarding your claim should go through our office. In order to best protect the outcome of your case, you should alert us immediately if the insurance company or defending party contacts you about your case.
We will also begin gathering supporting documents such as a police report or incident report, medical records for first responders or emergency room visits, and any bills you have received thus far because of the accident you were in. In some cases, we will reach out to passengers or other witnesses who were at the scene of your accident. We will get their contact information, and speak to them about what happened. If any video surveillance is available, our team will investigate the best way to recover it to be used as evidence in the future.
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During this process, we may reach out to you several times to verify facts of your case. Our team of paralegals and legal assistants is tasked with finding every possible piece of information we can to support your claim, so we need your full cooperation to do so.
The investigative portion of your case could last for several months, depending on factors including your medical treatment plan. If you have any questions during this process, you can give us a call or text and we will go over the status of your case and answer any questions you have.
You may also have to undergo an “IME” or an Independent Medical Examination. Legally, you are allowed to choose the medical provider who treats you for your injuries. However, the defendant party is allowed to request that your injuries be examined by a third party examiner of their choosing. We will work with you and defending party to set up this appointment and we will receive a copy of the records produced.
Once your treatment has finished, or at the point where we have gathered sufficient evidence of how much medical treatment you will need in the future, we will write a demand to be submitted to the insurance company. This will outline the evidence we have including your medical records, our estimates for what your future costs associated with the injuries are, and references to past trial decisions in similar personal injury cases.
The insurance company will most likely not accept our demand. They will come back with an offer or request more evidence in order to make one. When we receive an offer on your behalf, our attorney will reach out to you to discuss it. During that conversation, you will decide whether you are ready to accept it, based on the advice of the attorney. We will continue to negotiate with the insurance company until our attorney believes you are getting a top offer for your case.
Most of the time, it is in the insurance company’s best interest to settle a claim out of court. The cost of litigation will fall on the defendant party if the judge and jury find them liable for your injuries. In some situations, an insurance company will not want to settle but will prefer a mediation take place. In mediation, both parties are allowed to present their evidence and arguments to a third party mediator. That mediator will help them come to a settlement agreement which will then be signed off on by a judge. Mediation is a cost and time efficient alternative to traditional litigation.
In the event that your case does go into litigation, we file an official lawsuit on your behalf. During the litigation process, you are referred to as the “Plaintiff” who has filed a “Petition” or “Complaint” against “Defendants.”
The first stage of personal injury litigation is “Discovery.” This refers to a list of questions and record requests involving your personal information, history, and medical records. We will guide you through this process, with one of our staff members focusing on making sure your “Answers” (responses to discovery) are honest and in your best interest.
Gathering the statements of witnesses and experts to support your lawsuit is done by holding “Depositions.” They will consist of a series of questions given by the defending party with your legal representative present. This may be done to record the statements of passengers in a vehicle, coworkers who witness a work accident, or medical providers and forensic experts. The statements are recorded on an audio file and also written by a court reporter so that a transcript can be produced. Both parties in the case will receive copies of these when the deposition is finished.
At the end of a discovery portion, if a settlement has not been reached, the case will go to trial. During the trial the evidence, witnesses and arguments will be presented to a judge or jury. The judge or jury will determine who is at fault, to what extent they are at fault, and what the awarded damages should be if any are determined.
Trials can take a long time and be quite expensive. It is always our goal to make sure you walk away with the best financial outcome possible. In some situations, the cost of the trial will not be the best outcome and we will advise you to settle out of court.
Once we have reached a settlement figure you are comfortable with, or the trial has ended, the case doesn’t immediately close. There are several legal things to wrap up before you can cash a check.
During the claim process, our firm will have collected all the medical bills you have outstanding because of your accident. We will compile these into an expenses sheet which will be outlined in your settlement statement. This includes contacting Medicaid or Medicare to find out if any bills were claimed by those programs, in which case you may have to pay them back. It is our job to make sure that any bills you are responsible for getting paid before the settlement is signed.
We may have also received a “lien notice” from parties who you have held a past unpaid debt to. Common examples of this include medical providers, unpaid child support, and prior legal representatives if you dismissed a lawyer on this case. We will do our best to investigate each one and negotiate the amount being billed for you. In some cases, we may give you a partial payment, withholding an amount which may be claimed by a lien holder until we have cleared up the final lien amount.
Once we have a clear understanding of where the money that has been awarded is going, we will call you to schedule a settlement meeting. During the settlement, the attorney will review what it legally means for you to accept the settlement offer. This will usually mean you are giving up any future right to make a claim. If you have any questions regarding this, you should ask our attorney. After that, you will receive a check.
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There are many factors that can affect the outcome of your case, but time is often the most important. Call Cueria Law Firm today to speak to an attorney about your claim, and get started on the path to physical, emotional and financial recovery.
The team at Cueria Law Firm is here to assist you in all steps of your case - setting up doctor's appointments, starting an insurance claim, requesting a rental car, and more. We understand life after an accident can be overwhelming, but you aren't going through it alone.
Why Hire Our Firm?
- 25 Years of Experience
Our attorney has successfully settled thousands of claims, making him an expert in insurance company’s legal tactics.
- Easy Communication
You can reach us by phone, text or email when you have questions or concerns.
- No Upfront Fees
We don’t collect a payment until your claim has settled.
- Access Medical Treatment You Need
We have relationships with medical providers allowing us to guarantee the cost of your treatment from your settlement at no upfront cost to you.
- No More Calls from Insurance Companies
We’ll handle the entirety of your insurance claim from start to finish
- Personalized Legal Representation
We understand each case is different and we will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome based on your goals.