FAQs

Personal Injury FAQs
  1. What type of cases do we handle?

    The Cardone Law Firm represents individuals in many different types of cases throughout the entire State of Louisiana. These cases include, but are not limited to: car accidents, truck accidents, ATV accidents, motorcycle accidents, DUI/DWIs, trip and falls, and wrongful death claims. Even though your kind of case may not be listed, we still may be able to represent you. If we cannot handle the case, then we can recommend another attorney who can.

  2. How do I know if I have a valid lawsuit?

    The facts of your particular situation will determine if you have a case or need an attorney. The only way to find out if you have a case is to contact the Cardone Law Firm as soon as possible to get the process going.

  3. How long do I have before I have to file a claim?

    The time period that requires when a lawsuit must be filed depends on the nature of the case. In Louisiana, the prescriptive period (statute of limitations) is generally one year for most injury cases. You should contact our law firm as soon as possible to protect your rights and help make the decision as to whether to file suit.

  4. How much does it cost for me to have an initial consultation with the Cardone Law Firm?

    For every client, the initial consultation is free. Cliff Cardone tries to make every effort to meet with every client no matter the size of the case or subject matter.

  5. How much does it cost for the Cardone Law Firm to represent my case?

    The Cardone Law Firm represents most of their clients through a contingency fee contract. A contingency fee contract means that you pay nothing upfront, and we cannot collect a fee unless we win or settle your claim. The typical contingency fee is one-third (1/3) of any recovery that is obtained for you.

  6. How quickly should I contact a personal injury attorney in Louisiana?

    You should contact a personal injury attorney in Louisiana as soon as possible. The risk of not contacting an attorney is that critical evidence to establish negligence may be lost or destroyed. The longer you wait to retain an attorney, the more difficult it may be for an attorney and their investigators to gather evidence.

  7. How long will it be before my claim is resolved?

    Every claim is different, and each case has a different time from beginning to end. Some matters resolve in a few months while others may take several years. Factors that can affect time is the nature of the case, whether there is a comparative fault issue, the severity of the injuries, and the complexity of the facts and law, among others.

  8. What types of damages are recoverable in a personal injury lawsuit?

    Compensation may be recovered for bodily injuries, past and future effects of injuries on the injured party's overall health and function, past disfigurement, future disfigurement, past physical pain, future physical pain, mental distress or anguish, inconvenience, past, present, and future medical costs, lost past wages or earnings, lost future earnings capacity, loss of consortium, loss of domestic or household services, and damage to property. If a person dies from a personal injury then the family will also be allowed to recover damages for their loss of care, comfort, guidance, mental pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and support provided to the family members by the deceased. In addition, they would be allowed to recover any medical bills and the established loss of earnings. The deceased would be entitled to recover for such losses as: pre-death pain and suffering, pre-death terror, and mental anguish among other losses.

  9. Are witnesses necessary?

    It is not a necessity to have a witness; however, if there is one then it will strengthen the foundation of your personal injury case. It is extremely important, if possible, to get statements as well as the name, number, and address of anyone who witnessed an incident. Also, most personal injury cases should have experts to assist with an investigation and to analyze the information for potential testimony on liability.

  10. Should I get Uninsured/Underinsured insurance coverage?

    YES! This type of coverage is very important and will help you if you have been hit by a person without car insurance or if their insurance is not sufficient to cover all of your losses arising from elements of damages such as past and future mental and physical pain and suffering. This is very important to have since may people in Louisiana drive without insurance even though it is against Louisiana Law.

  11. If I decide to file a lawsuit, will I have to go to trial?

    It depends on the nature and circumstances of the case. If all the parties consent to a settlement then you will not have to go to trial. A settlement can happen at any time before the trial, during it, and even afterwards during the appeal process.

  12. Can my Facebook or other social media website accounts be used against me?

    Yes. Anything you post on the website can be easily obtained from the other lawyers and can be used against you. If you post videos or photos that show you doing activities that you claim you cannot due because of the injury then it will hurt your case. Therefore, be careful about what you post on the internet! Do not assist the insurance company prove its case against you!

  13. Why should I hire the Cardone Law Firm?

    You should hire the Cardone Law Firm because of the experience and resources we have to successfully represent you. Cliff Cardone has been practicing law in Louisiana for 40 years and has seen it all when it comes to personal injury accidents. Since 1997, Cliff has sat as a Judge, Ad Hoc, in Juvenile Court, Traffic Court, as well as Municipal Court in New Orleans. As such, he has a broad range of experience and is fully capable of handling a variety of legal cases. Personal injury accidents can be the most complicated and aggressively defended cases because insurance companies do not enjoy paying money to injured claimants. They like to receive premiums from their insured instead.   Having a lawyer with a wide range of experience and the resources to stand up to insurance companies is extremely important to ensure the likelihood of recovery.

  14. Who can the Cardone Law Firm represent?

    With an office located in the heart of the City of New Orleans, the Cardone Law Firm can represent anyone throughout the entire State of Louisiana. We can also represent anyone who has been injured here, but lives out of state.

  15. How can I contact the Cardone Law Firm?

    For a free consultation, contact the Cardone Law Firm at 504-522-3333 or 888-892-2736. Also, you can receive quick feedback through our contact form on our website.