A personal injury case is usually an emotional one, as well. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, lost much-needed income, incurred overwhelming medical expenses, or suffered a lifelong injury, you don’t just need an attorney who will file your claims. You need an attorney who can understand your frustrations, your experience, and your needs. At Smiley Law Firm, you will find a team committed to looking out for you and your best interests. Why will Seth Smiley, the owner and managing attorney of Smiley Law Firm, fight for you? Because he himself has been right where you are. Keep reading to find out what qualifies as a personal injury claim and why Smiley Law is the best choice for you.
The American Bar Association (ABA) defines personal injury law as a law “designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else's act or failure to act.” These cases involve an individual personally filing a claim against another person, business, or government agency for compensation for the damages sustained.
The key to a good personal injury claim is that the damage caused to you was the result of someone else’s negligence, through no fault of your own. In the event that you have sustained personal physical, mental, or emotional distress due to these circumstances, which were out of your control, you have the right to seek reparations for it. The ABA also includes liability and intentional wrongs as a basis for filing a personal injury claim.
Smiley Law Firm handles personal injury cases in Louisiana, Texas, and California with respect, attention to detail, and above all, compassion. If you are considering a personal injury claim against a large company – like an insurance company, for instance – you can’t go it alone. You need an experienced legal team who can navigate the system for you and help you fight back on equal footing. Knowledge of personal injury law is essential to being awarded the best outcome. An attempt to fight on your own behalf or through an inexperienced attorney can cost you in more ways than one – you can lose time, incur more stress, and lose out on your full entitlement.
As owner and managing attorney at Smiley Law Firm, Seth Smiley takes personal injury law to heart. In fact, his own personal experience has not only sensitized him to personal injury victims but also made them a priority for him.
When Smiley was just five-years-old, he and his family were returning home to Ascension Parish from a family friend’s house in Baton Rouge late one night. Smiley, his mother, father, and sister were all passengers inside the vehicle when it was struck by another four-passenger vehicle, returning home from a high school dance. The driver who caused the crash was drunk and ran through a stop sign. The impact of the crash was so powerful, it threw the Smiley family vehicle off the road into a nearby pasture. (At the time, Ascension Parish was far less developed than it is today, and there were a lot more pastures around.) The automobile accident was horrific, to say the least. Two passengers in the at-fault vehicle were killed instantly because they were not buckled in with their safety belts.
All four members of the Smiley family were injured, but only young Seth Smiley’s injuries were life threatening. The seat belt had certainly saved his life, but had consequently also caused his spleen and appendix to rupture. The internal damage was significant and he needed immediate surgery to save his life. With the five-year-old’s life hanging in the balance, the Smiley family was rushed to a Baton Rouge hospital along with the passengers from the other car. Thankfully, a team of excellent doctors performed emergency surgery on Smiley that ultimately saved his life. At the time, Smiley hadn’t fully realized what had just occurred. But as he grew, he realized the accident, the surgery, and the repercussions of the entire event had impacted life in every possible way.
This automobile accident subsequently became a part of Smiley’s DNA. It was so deeply ingrained in his mind, that he devoted his career to advocating for victims just like him and his family. The Smiley family was fortunate enough to find proper representation for their personal injury case, something Smiley believes all victims should have the right to. A dedicated, professional, and experienced attorney is necessary to seek the maximum benefit from a personal injury claim and Smiley believed he could just that for others.
Because of this experience, and others in his life, Seth Smiley has dedicated the practice of Smiley Law Firm to personal injury law, construction law, and business law. Smiley not only shares his story with his clients openly and willingly but is also open to answering questions about his experience. His job is not only to represent you, but also to hear you, understand you, and be honest with you.
The team of attorneys at Smiley Law can help clients with a broad range of personal injury cases, from auto accidents and slip and fall accidents to construction injury and class action suits. Because the firm is small, they’re able to give every client the full attention and dedication they deserve. They also bring experience to the courtroom, having dealt with numerous insurance companies, trucking company adjusters, and manufacturing companies in the past.
The ABA encourages victims to seek out experienced representation. They advise victims to speak with a lawyer to ensure they not only have a practice partially dedicated to personal injury law, but also have past experience with it. This is exactly what you’ll find at Smiley Law. In addition to their experience, you can feel safe placing your trust in this team of attorneys because on top of checking all the right boxes, they provide a unique level of client care and compassion.
Accidents may be out of your control, but the effects of them don’t have to be. The attorneys at Smiley Law will pursue the benefits you deserve, including medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering. They can help you get your future back into your own hands.
Here are some areas of personal injury law these attorneys can provide help with:
Every case is different. Depending on the type of injury and the extent of the damage, an informed lawyer can help you understand what you may be entitled to and ensure that you get it. Whether you’ve been in a car accident with an 18-wheeler or have been hurt on the job site, the experienced team at Smiley Law will guide you through this troubling time and take your case as seriously as they would if it had happened to them.
Smiley Law Firm uses technology to offer clients instant case access at the click of a button. From Google Apps for case updates in real-time to the cloud-based tool, Clio.com to manage cases, you can stay in the know about your file at all times. A key factor in a successful client-attorney relationship is trust and you can only build trust with transparency and complete honesty. Clients can simply contact client liaison advocates Meriem and Jack to receive updates and set up a time to speak to their attorney about their case. It is truly the ultimate personal experience.
In an effort to be completely transparent and build up a trusting attorney-client relationship, Smiley believes in making your experience with their team honest, straightforward and simple.
It’s your case, and the attorneys at Smiley Law are here to help you get the maximum recovery allowed by law. During initial consultations, they will discuss your situation in detail and lay out your legal options should you wish to pursue full representation.
Suffering a personal injury can be a stressful time with a daunting amount of actions to consider. A personal injury attorney can help alleviate the stress for you by clarifying all the options, guiding you in the decision-making process, and simplifying legal jargon for you. Don’t wait to pursue legal action. Schedule your free initial consultation today to find out if you have a good personal injury claim and what you may be entitled to. You may qualify to receive much more than you think and the only way to ensure you are awarded exactly what you deserve is to hire a team with the knowledge and experience to make your voice heard.
Smiley Law knows each client has his or her own personal story and that story matters. The most important factor for this team of attorneys is to make sure each client feels appreciated and most importantly, heard. Don’t wait to file your claim. Meet with the team at Smiley Law today and find out what they can do to help you get back on the road to recovery and put your life back together again.
We like to share as much information with our readers as possible so that they can be informed when making a decision to hire a personal injury attorney or refer their friends and family to a personal injury firm. Check out these posts to learn more or leave a comment below to ask specific questions you may have.
Check out these posts and the others on our injury law blog. We are constantly updating this with new material.