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Personal injuries can occur from several different situations, whether it be a car wreck, slip and fall accident, or even premises liability. However, one thing remains consistent – someone else’s negligence caused you mental or physical harm.

If you are the victim of a personal injury in Lafayette, it is important that you seek immediate help. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys can help you battle the insurance company. Insurance companies often try to take advantage of people, doing everything they can to give the minimal amount of payment for coverage.  Not everyone has access to the necessary resources to build a case, especially while dealing with medical bills, pain, lost wages, and everything else that could come along with being injured.

Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette wants to help make the process of recovery from a personal injury as easy as possible. For years, the Get Gordon team has served the community and has always done their best to help their clients get maximum compensation. When you suffer from a personal injury, all you have to do is call a Lafayette personal injury lawyer at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys immediately for a free consultation and to start building your case.

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Contact us today to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Lafayette about your case.  We have over 300 years combined legal experience and over 109 verdicts and settlements of $1 million dollars or more.  Complete the contact form or call our Lafayette office now at 337.999.9999. We will provide you with a free initial consultation and you will not pay a cent until we win your personal injury case for you.

Personal Injury Cases:

Neck, Back, and Whiplash Injuries Attorneys

Not everyone can see a back or neck injury on you, but if you are suffering from one you will certainly be able to feel it. These types of injuries can be exceedingly painful and quite debilitating for the person affected. Your injury may require surgery, physical therapy, pain management treatment like nerve blocks and other forms, or low exertion and immobilization for an extended period of time. Our team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette works will a plethora of professionals to figure out damages for medical bills and any other medical costs, medications, medical devices, special care, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any permanent disabilities you may suffer from.

Proving the Impact of a Neck Injury or Back Injury

You want an experienced team on your side that has handled cases like these before. Gordon McKernan and his team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette have handled thousands of vehicle accident cases in their two decades of serving people. We are fully committed to our clients and will do whatever it takes in order for you to receive the compensation you deserve for your neck or back trauma:

  • Neck sprains and strains
  • Spinal cord injury (paralysis)
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Ruptured, herniated, or bulging disc
  • Lower back strains and sprains
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (nerve damage)

Amputation After an Accident

In certain cases, victims of an accident incur injuries that are so severe that they need a limb to be amputated. Amputations are serious procedures, and they frequently result in a great deal of physical and psychological trauma that can take a significant amount of time to recover from. The experienced team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette have recovered millions of dollars for victims that have had a limb amputated after being involved in a serious accident. Our team understands the amount of pain and suffering our clients go through during a traumatic event like this, but we believe you do not have to go through the pain alone.

A wide variety of accidents may result in amputations such as the following:

  • Drunk or distracted driving accidents
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Accidents involving a person whose limbs are pinned under the vehicle or between two vehicles
  • Head on collisions that can crush legs at the knees
  • Roll-over automobile accidents
  • Industrial accidents

Amputees frequently experience the following after the accident:

  • Loss of Quality of Life
  • Disfigurement
  • Disabilities
  • Mounting Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Capacity
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Embarrassment
  • Other Damages

Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve after you have lost a limb as the result of an accident. Our helpful and compassionate team is ready to meet with you and speak about your case so you can get the help you need right away. We will handle the details on how to recover the amount you deserve, so you can focus on getting healthy again.

Burn Injury Attorneys

Burn injuries are among the most devastating and painful injuries someone can withstand. Our firm is very understanding when it comes to our clients that have withstood injuries of this caliber, and will do whatever we can to help you get the greatest medical care available to you. The defendants and jury needs to understand both the physical and emotional pain you have suffered, and we will make sure that they do. We work with your family as well as the top burn trauma physicians, physical therapists, and other professionals to record your suffering, disabilities, losses and future care needs, like:

  • Pain management
  • Impairment of vision, speech or mobility
  • Weeks or months of hospital intensive care
  • Nursing home or assisted living care
  • Skin grafts, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Facial scarring, hair loss and other disfigurement
  • Psychiatric care and counseling for depression or post-traumatic stress
  • Loss of earnings and loss of career paths
  • Lost enjoyment of life

The Devastation of Burn Injuries and Disfigurement

If you have been involved in an accident and incurred burn injuries, you want a team on your side that is willing to fight for you and get you what you deserve. Gordon McKernan and his team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette have an extensive record of personal injury settlements and verdicts, especially large awards for people that receive third-degree burns in their accident. We only hire the top experts in accident reconstruction, metallurgy, electrical engineering, chemistry, life-care planning, or any other expert that you need to prove your case. We have seen all types of burns: motor vehicle collision, fire, explosion, chemical spills, you name it. Regardless of what type of preventable accident you were involved in, the team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette has what it takes for you to get the maximum compensation you deserve. Louisiana is one of the largest petrochemical areas in the United States, and these types of accidents are far from uncommon. Our firm will make sure you get the medical care you deserve! Because these types of cases are typically complex in nature, you need the help of an experienced and trustworthy team of attorneys to make sure the defendants and jury members understand the pain you have suffered from and will most likely suffer from for the remainder of your life.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Vehicular accidents are one of the main causes of traumatic injuries in the United States, and account for almost 20% of total traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries vary greatly, and concussions are one of the major injuries seen. Concussions are a closed head injury, and their severity varies greatly; they can cause a temporary loss of consciousness or even a long term loss of consciousness, like a coma. If the skull is penetrated during an accident, it is then considered an open head injury and can require surgery to remove the objects from the brain.

After being involved in a vehicle crash, you may be experiencing a variety of symptoms resulting from a TBI.

Symptoms of a mild brain injury:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Being dazed, disoriented, getting lost
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Balance problems
  • Loss of smell
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Sleep disturbance-too much or not enough
  • Sensitivity to sounds or light
  • Blurred vision, ringing in ears, bad taste in mouth
  • Memory lapses
  • Poor concentration and attention span
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability

Severe brain injuries can result in the following:

  • Minimally responsive state
  • Coma
  • Vegetative state
  • Persistent vegetative state
  • Minimally responsive state
  • Akinetic mutism
  • Locked-in syndrome
  • Cognitive disorders: concentration, memory, confusion, language, impulse
  • Speech: slurred, speaking slowly or rapidly, reading and writing problems
  • Sensory: temperature, touch, movement
  • Vision: loss, weakness, blurred, light sensitivity, involuntary movement
  • Social/emotional: depression, anger, aggression, loss of motivation, dependency
  • Hearing: loss, ringing, sound sensitivity
  • Smell and taste: loss or reduction of senses, decreased appetite
  • Physical: pain, sleep disturbance, temperature, paralysis, seizures

If you have been involved in a vehicle accident are are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a traumatic brain injury. If you have TBI, you need an experienced and helpful team on your side. Call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette and get a free consultation today to discuss your case and we will determine what we can do to help you get healthy again and get back to your busy lives.

Serious auto accidents are one of the major causes of spinal injuries. Typically the types of trauma are from pressure (compression), bruising (contusion), or lacerations. Spinal injuries can be extremely severe for the victim, and can result in numbness and tingling, radiating pain, and sometimes even paralysis for the victim involved.

Herniated Discs

Spinal discs are located in between each vertebrae in your spine, and their function is to absorb shock in your daily movements. When a car accident occurs, the disk may rupture which means that the spinal fluid drains out, leaving the disk vulnerable to shifting which often presses against the nerves in the spine and can cause a great deal of pain for the victim.
the spine resulting in varying levels of pain.

Symptoms of a herniated disk:

  • Numbness or pain in the area of the injured disk
  • Sciatica
  • Lower back pain
  • Leg pain
  • “Pins and Needles” sensation
  • Weakness in isolated areas


The most severe spinal cord injury that can occur after an accident is a complete loss of control of a muscle or muscles, known as paralysis. Paralysis can affect a certain area of the body or can be generalized, meaning it affects the entire body. Paralysis can also be permanent or temporary, depending on the severity of the accident. Usually temporary paralysis is caused by pressure or swelling on nerves, and prevents certain functions from taking place. Unfortunately permanent paralysis has no cure at all. Treating paralysis early on is critical, for it could determine the difference between a lifetime of paralysis and temporary paralysis.

The symptoms of paralysis are numbness, loss of motion or sensation in the extremities.

Spinal Cord Injuries:

Spinal injuries are among one of the most serious injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident. The types of trauma that happen as a result are usually caused from pressure (compression), bruising, (contusion) or lacerations. If you are experiencing a spinal cord injury, you may feel intense radiating pain, tingling and numbness, and maybe even paralysis.

Herniated Disks

Car accidents often cause a disk to rupture, meaning all the spinal fluid drains out. Spinal disks exist in between each vertebra in your spine, and their purpose is to absorb shock in your everyday movements. After an disk rupture, the disk is more prone to shifting which can press against the other nerves in your spine and cause a tremendous amount of pain for the victim.

Symptoms of a herniated disk:

  • Sciatica
  • Leg pain
  • Pain or numbness in the area of the injured disk
  • Lower back pain
  • “Pins and Needles” sensation
  • Weakness in isolated areas


The most severe of the spinal cord injuries, paralysis is the complete loss of control of a muscle or a group of muscles in the body. Depending on the severity, this type of injury can be temporary or permanent for the victim. Temporary paralysis is usually caused by swelling or pressure on the nerves, which can inhibit several of your body’s functions. Permanent paralysis is non-reversible, and early treatment of paralysis after an accident is important for it could be the difference between temporary and permanent paralysis.

Symptoms of paralysis include numbness, loss of motion or sensation in the extremities.

Fractures and Orthopedic Injuries

Orthopedic is a term that is tossed around a lot in injury cases, but not everyone knows its true definition. The dictionary defines orthopedics as “the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.” Orthopedic injuries can affect the spine, toes, arms, legs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, feet, ankles, neck, back, fingers, hands, and all ligaments, tendons, and muscles connected with any of these bones.Injuries of this caliber can be exceedingly painful for the victim and can drastically affect a person’s work, relationships, and daily lives .

Broken Bones

Broken bones and fractures are extremely common injuries after a car accident, and can drastically affect your life. As a result of a broken bone you may not be able to return to work for weeks or months, greatly affecting your wages and lifestyle. If enough force or pressure is exerted on a bone, it can even split or break. Hairline fractures often go undetected without treatment and can lead to additional complications like arthritis and severe pain.

Common areas for broken bone and fracture injuries include:

  • Broken legs
  • Compound Fractures
  • Broken collarbones
  • Broken ribs
  • Spinal fractures
  • Cervical fractures
  • Head and neck fractures
  • Pelvic and Hip fractures
  • Broken arms
  • Broken wrists
  • Hairline Fractures

Symptoms of a broken bone include:

  • Broken skin with bone protruding
  • A visibly out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
  • Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
  • Swelling, bruising, or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Numbness and tingling

You need an experienced and hardworking team on your side after being involved in a car accident, especially if you suffer from injuries like broken or fractured bones. The team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette are ready to help you, so schedule a free consultation today and we will discuss your case with you and figure out where to go from there.

If you were involved in an auto accident and have broken or fractured bones, you need expertise and experience on your side. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette are ready to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case.

Sprains and Strains

Fractures are typically the most common injuries seen after a car accident, but there are a plethora of other injuries that may occur as a result. Sprains and strains are also common injuries after an accident, and can be harder to cure than a broken bone. Contrary to popular belief, a strain and sprain are actually not the same thing. A strain affects the tendons or muscles, while a sprain occurs in the ligaments in our body. Treatment and recovery differs greatly for these two different injuries, and it is often hard to tell the difference between a severe strain and a torn ligament without a proper physical exam and imaging. If your injury is not properly treated, a ligament could stay stretched, strained, or torn. People do not usually realize just how severe ligament pain can be, and often assume it is just soft tissue that will heal quickly. While ligament pain may occur only at the injury site, it can also refer pain to other parts of the body. Our team will work alongside you to get the best medical treatment for your torn ligament or fracture, so you can get back to your busy life without missing a beat.


Other Personal Injury Cases

In addition to representing individuals in cases arising from car wrecks and truck accidents, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys also offer comprehensive representation for those who have a need in the areas of:


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