Loyd Bourgeois’ book is a sort of tell-all guide aimed at educating people on their legitimate rights in an injury claim rather than falling for what he calls “jackpot justice.”
“With attorneys like Morris Bart and Chip Forstall … we find with a lot of good hardworking people that’s not the type of attorney they want,” Bourgeois said. “They don’t answer questions for them.”
But the Luling attorney not only answers their questions, he’s outlined the most common questions and answers in a book called, “The Quick Guide to Louisiana Accident and Injury Claims.”
No legalese here, Bourgeois said. It’s a book intended to be readable and easy to access, and aimed at helping people think through the process of a potential claim from the moment they get into an accident. He will make it available at no charge to anyone interested in getting a copy.
“Most lawsuits are not a ticket to retirement,” he said. “If you get a lot of money in a case it’s usually because you’re seriously injured.”
Bourgeois wants to dispel these many myths with his book.
“We talk about injury myths such as retiring filthy rich with that myth of jackpot justice,” he said. “That’s simply not the case.”
Bourgeois said he wanted to provide some information to help people understand what they’re dealing with in their disability and injury cases so they can make the best decisions for themselves.
“It’s not the right way … that’s not the way of the world,” he said. “There is no jackpot justice. If somebody crashes into your car and they have insurance or not, it’s just justice. They can’t put your life back together if they seriously injure you.”
Bourgeois said the only way to make things right is with compensation.
“It’s not a jackpot,” he said. “We want to talk about that, but also about cases where people are not hurt and just have a vehicle damaged. We talk about the different little tricks that insurance adjusters and insurance companies will try to fatten their bottom line at your expense.”
Informing people also was behind his earlier book, “Nine Mistakes That Can Disable Your Social Security Disability Case” that is also available at no charge.
Bourgeois considers providing this kind of help his way of giving back to the community.
“I consider myself an ordinary guy,” he said. “I grew up on the West Bank and grew up in the trenches.”