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Personal Injury

Auto Accidents

Louisiana Car Accidents

Over 40,000 Americans die in car accidents each year. Many of these car crashes are caused by irresponsible behavior. Drivers have the responsibility to exercise reasonable caution when they are behind the wheel of a car. Speeding, reckless driving, talking or texting on a cell phone, or driving under the influence of drugs are just a few examples of the negligent behavior that can lead to the serious injury or wrongful death of another.
Shreveport Car Accident Attorney

Since 1999, the Law Office Of Alan Stegall has offered diligent and effective service to those who have been injured in automobile accidents. We have also worked for the families of wrongful death victims to get them the compensation they need following their tragic loss. We take pride in offering our clients help for complex legal problems, such as proving negligence in car accident cases. Contact the Law Office Of Alan Stegall at (318) 221-8000.

Common Causes Of Car Accidents
  • Reckless driving – Drivers that drive unsafely, such as excessively changing lanes or improperly passing other cars.
  • Driver fatigue – Drivers that are too tired to operate their vehicles properly, or who fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Driver distraction – Drivers engaged in activities that take their attention away from the road, such as adjusting the radio, attending to other passengers/children, talking on a cell phone or texting.
  • Automobile defects – Any flaw in a car’s design or manufacturing that causes an accident.
  • Dangerously constructed roads – Any flaw in a road’s design or construction that leads to an accident.
  • Poorly maintained roads and hardware – Any negligent maintenance of a road, traffic signs/signals, guard rails, etc., that leads to an accident.

Defective Products

What Is a Defective Product?

A defective product is any consumer product that causes injury to a person because of marketing, design or manufacturing defects. Some of these products include:
  • Auto parts, including air bags, seat belts, infant car seats and tires
  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Household goods or appliances
  • Motor vehicles
  • Dangerous medicines or prescription drugs
  • Farming equipment
  • Recreational equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Machinery
  • Toys
Marketing defects include deficiencies in the way a product was labeled, insufficient product instructions or inadequate safety warnings. Defective design means that a product was inherently unsafe even before it was built and that every one of those products will continue to be unsafe after they are manufactured. Manufacturer defects result from some aberration in the manufacturing process and may not affect all products.

Product Liability

The law that governs defective products in “product liability.” The law protects consumers and holds the responsible companies liable for damages. Because the liable party can be the product designer, manufacturer, distributor, seller or any combination thereof, it requires extensive research to determine fault in product liability cases. Shreveport product liability attorney Alan Stegall can guide you through the process of determining liability for your injury due to a defective product.

If you have been injured by a defective product, you will need to be able to prove the damage done to yourself or your property. You will also need to show that the product’s danger was unexpected and that you had used it properly and for its intended purpose. Additionally, you will need to show that your injury was not your fault. It is important to keep all receipts, credit card statements, medical bills and any other paperwork related to your purchase and injury by that product. The Law Office of Alan Stegall can help you prove negligence by a product’s designer, manufacturer, seller, etc.

Shreveport Product Liability Attorney

If you have been injured due to a defective product in Louisiana, it is important to contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall right away. You may be able to get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering or even punitive damages to punish the negligent party. There is limited time with which you can file your defective product claim. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall at (318) 221-8000.

Truck Accidents

Louisiana Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents often involve a large commercial vehicle colliding with a much smaller car or truck at high speeds on a highway. Accidents such as these can lead to the total loss of a car, severe injuries and even wrongful death. Unfortunately, in truck accident claims, it is common that a person will have to go up against a corporate trucking company in order to collect damages. These companies have abundant resources and will often try to minimize the settlement they offer. It can be difficult to determine fault, which is why a legal opinion is so important in trucking accident claims.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Trucking companies are not required to pay their employees overtime, but still often demand that they work over 60 hours a week. Additionally, truck drivers are most likely paid by the load or mile rather than by the hour. This means that truck driver must be quick during long hours in order to be profitable. The stressful nature of trucking often leads to driver fatigue, which in turn leads to accidents. The Federal Motor Safety Regulations (FMCSR) are a set of rules devised by the federal government in order to protect commercial trucks as well as passenger cars on the road.

The FMCSR dictates the minimum commercial driver’s license requirements for truck drivers as well as the minimum levels of insurance coverage truck drivers must carry. Additionally, the FMCSR has put in place the number of on-duty, off-duty and sleeping hours truckers must adhere to and the physical qualifications for all drivers. If a trucking company fails to comply with the FMCSR and one of their trucks is involved in an accident, they may be liable for damages.

Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents
  • Driver fatigue – Drivers become too tired to operate their trucks properly or fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Improperly loaded trucks – Uneven loads can cause rollover accidents.
  • Defective truck design or manufacture – Flaws in a truck’s design or build can lead to accidents.
  • Failure to comply with federal standards – Non-compliance with the FMCSR can leave a trucking company liable for damages in accidents.
  • Reckless or negligent driving – Speeding, weaving or general inattentiveness can cause catastrophic accidents.
  • Hazardous road conditions – Poorly designed or constructed roads or failure to drive safely in inclement weather can lead to accidents.
Shreveport Truck Accident Law Firm

Shreveport truck accident attorney Alan Stegall has over a decade of experience defending the rights of truck accident victims. After an accident, you may be burned by medical expenses, property damage and lost wages. The families of victims killed in truck accidents are left without the care and companionship of their loved one. Shreveport truck accident attorney Alan Stegall will work to recover damages and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall  at (318) 221-8000.

Wrongful Deaths

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is when the death of a person is caused by the negligence of another. Wrongful death lawsuits are generally filed by the family of a deceased person against the party responsible. This can include an individual, company, business, government entity or any organization whose negligence or recklessness lead to the death. In Louisiana, there is a one-year statute of limitations for filing wrongful death claims. It is important to work with the experienced Shreveport wrongful death attorney Alan Stegall in order to efficiently file your claim and receive the compensation you deserve.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?

Louisiana law states that dependents and immediate family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes the deceased’s spouse, children or parents. 
In a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members must be able to prove that the death of their loved one was a direct result of the responsible party’s negligence. In order to do so, the family must be able to show that:
  • The victim’s death was caused by the defendant
  • The defendant intentionally, negligently or recklessly caused the victim’s death or is strictly liable
  • The existence of surviving dependents or beneficiaries
  • The death of the victim caused monetary damages to survivors
As the result of a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages for medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings or potential earnings, loss of health and medical benefits, loss of goods and services that could have been provided by the victim, loss of inheritance, loss of care, protection and companionship.
Shreveport Wrongful Death Attorney

For over a decade,  the Law Office of Alan Stegall has offered diligent and effective service to the families of victims of wrongful death. Alan Stegall takes pride in offering his clients help for complex legal problems, such as proving wrongful death. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall at (318) 221-8000.

Brain Injury

What Is A Brain Injury?

A brain injury is any injury sustained by the brain that results in internal damage. Brain injuries can by caused by mechanical injuries (i.e., a blow to the head) or by infection or a virus. The term “brain injury” includes brain damage or trauma or traumatic brain injury.

Brain injuries range from mild to severe. Effects can last indefinitely or can reoccur on occasion. Brain injuries can result in the following conditions:
  • Loss of motor function
  • Impairment in attention, cognition, language or memory
  • Difficulty performing physical tasks
  • Neurological, psychological or emotional disorders
It is important to document a head injury soon after it occurs. Some effects of brain injuries may not manifest right away or even until years after the accident. You should make a list of any important dates related to your head injury as well as witnesses and their contact information. Shreveport brain injury attorney Alan Stegall can help you document your experience in order to get you the compensation you deserve.

Who Can Be Held Liable In a Brain Injury Claim?

The cause of a brain injury usually determines the type of legal action that can be taken. Some common causes of brain injuries include:
  • Medical malpractice – When a medical professional fails to follow proper medical standards and causes brain injury.
  • Slip and fall – Property owners can be held liable if they fail to maintain safe surfaces and a slip and fall results in brain injury.
  • Automobile accidents – If a negligent driver causes an accident that leads to the brain injury of another, he or she can be held liable.
  • Products liability – Defective products can lead to brain injury, especially ones that have hazardous chemicals or need to be ingested.
Shreveport Brain Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury in Louisiana, contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall. Since 1999, we have protected the rights of accident victims and we will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall at (318) 221-8000.

Paralysis

What Is Paralysis?

Paralysis is a serious bodily injury that results in the loss of muscle movement. As a result of this, a person in unable to voluntarily move some or all of his or her body. It is a devastating injury that can affect the victim for possibly the rest of his or her life. It causes not only physical pain, but the victim will also have to rely on the help of other people in order to perform basic tasks. If you or a loved one has been paralyzed due to the negligence of another in Louisiana, you may be eligible for compensation.
What Causes Paralysis?

Spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or full paralysis. Loss of mobility or sensation to the lower limbs is called paraplegia. Loss of mobility or sensation to all four limbs is called quadriplegia. The following are just a few of the situations that can lead to paralysis:
  • Automobile accidents
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Pedestrian or bike accidents
  • Construction or workplace accidents
  • Surgery errors
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Heavy equipment accidents
What Damages Can I Recover For My Paralysis Injury?

The long-lasting and devastating impact that paralysis can leave on a person’s life should not be overlooked in a personal injury claim. If you are paralyzed due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your ongoing healthcare needs such as rehabilitation, for any assistive devices you need such as a motorized wheelchair or modifications to your home or vehicle such as ramps or stairlifts. In order to receive compensation, you will need to prove that the responsible party is at fault for your accident. You should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident in order to protect your rights.
Shreveport Paralysis Attorney

Since 1999, the Law Office of Alan Stegall has offered diligent and effective service to those who have suffered life-altering paralysis injuries.  Alan Stegall takes pride in offering his clients help for complex legal problems, such as proving negligence in paralysis claims. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall at (318) 221-8000.

Premises Liability

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability law governs a property owner’s duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe and do not present any dangerous conditions. The duties of property owners differ depending on whether they own commercial or residential properties.

Owners of commercial property generally owe a higher duty of care to guests on their property than a residential property owner would. The amount of duty owed also depends on whether a guest was on the property for business or personal reasons.

What Can I Do To Prove Premises Liability?

In order to prove premises liability, you will need to be able to demonstrate that:
  • The party responsible either knew or should have known that a dangerous condition existed.
  • The responsible party failed to correct the dangerous condition or to give proper warning that danger was present.
  • The victim could not reasonably have known about the dangerous condition and suffered injury as a result.
Successful premises liability claims can result in compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages or diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Premises liability claims are common at amusement parks, grocery stores, hotels, laundromats, daycares, parking lots, playgrounds and theaters.

Who Can Be Held Liable For My Injuries?

If you are injured on a commercial property such as a store, office or business, your claim will either be handled by the building owner’s insurance company or the business owner’s insurance company, depending on the nature of the accident. You should notify the business owner about your injuries as soon as possible. If you were injured in a rented private residence, the tenant will be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by any movable object. The landlord is responsible if you were injured outside of the residence, such as on a stairway, entrance or hallway or if an immovable object within the residence was defective, such as flooring, walls, appliances, etc. You should speak with experienced premises liability attorney Alan Stegall as soon as possible after your accident in order to protect your rights.

Shreveport Premises Liability Lawyer

The Law Office of Alan Stegall offers diligent and effective service to victims of accidents on another person’s property. If unsafe conditions caused by a property owner’s negligence have lead to your injuries, the Law Office Of Alan Stegall can help you recover damages. He will work to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall at (318) 221-8000.

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