Louisiana RV Law
Recreational vehicles are special. Special rules, special laws, and often, because of their size and use, can result in thousands of dollars in repair costs, can cause injury to dozens of people, and generally need experienced professionals to help when there is a problem.
At Pharis Law Offices, we have represented consumers who purchase in Louisiana, and those who don't, for over 30 years - helping to navigate the ins and outs of what can be confusing and time-consuming problems to the consumer. From "lemon law" type claims, RV law, to products liability (defects that lead to personal injury), we have represented hundreds of consumers in important cases.
Find out what to do here, if there's a lemon law problem. If personal injury has occurred because of defects, or if there's been a wreck or other personal or property damaging incident, call today. Our consultations are free.
It's important to know, that under Lousiana law, and some federal laws, manufacturers are required to pay attorney's fees to a successful litigant. That can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees, and mean the difference between pursuing a claim and just taking your lumps.
Fred A. Pharis has represented consumers against such known manufacturers as Winnebago, Fleetwood, Forest River, and lesser known manufacturers and successfully negotiated settlements, or successfully gone to court, in dozens of cases. Fred also represents consumers in small vehicle cases, as seen on his regular website, at pharislaw.com. Click below to use that website for any inquiry pertaining to RV law.
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You've bought the RV of your dreams, with images of camping by streams, in mountains, in remote areas, at the lake. However, the dream soon becomes a nightmare. The roof leaks, the slide-out sticks, there are electrical issues, the generator or inverter won't work right, the special commode leaks all over the floor, the washer-dryer hookup has flooded your RV the night before your headed to Disneyworld.
Or, even worse, the transmission, made by an American company, doesn't work right with the Italian rear-end. You're forced to leave your large investment at a strange dealership or factory, miles and days away from home. The repair takes, at first, days, then weeks, and maybe even months. You're steadily paying the note, but they just can't get right.
All these scenarios have been faced by my clients in various situations. Any brand or make can have serious defects, and any trailer, motor home, or camper can change your life with frustrations and repeated repairs.
When this happens, it is important to remember how to handle the situation.
Here are a few good ideas...
1.) Gather repair orders. You need to document when, where, and how long your RV was in the shop. Don't forget to have the dealer or factory get you the paperwork!
2) Keep a calendar. Get a calendar just for documents the number of days and where you were when the RV broke down or malfunctioned. If you have to go to court (failing a settlement), you'll need to tell your story to a judge or jury and details matter. Although to the manufacturer you may be just a customer number, in court, your case is foremost and the court is paying attention. Try to document as many details as possible.
3) Go to the manufacturer, if the seller isn't doing the correct repairs, or doing shoddy work. Sometimes manufacturers can do better than the dealer. Unfortunately, they are often 100's or 1000's of miles away. But, give notice to the manufacturer and a reasonable attempt to repair, if they want to. Go right to the source of the problem - the plant that made the RV.
4) Then, call a lawyer. Even if things have been repaired, if its resale value has been impaired, if it's ruined your vacation or snow-birding, or if it's "sort-of" fixed, but not like it was - call us. In many cases, we can get you compensation, if not an outright refund or replacement
You have been traveling with your family, suddenly, your RV is involved in an accident. You or members of your family are hurt. There's complex issues - what about your insurance company. What about the other person's fault. Did that really just happen?
The refrigerator in your RV was subject to a recall you didn't know about - it causes a fire and it's destroyed. You're injured trying to get family members or property out of the burning hulk.
What do you do? Where do you go for help? At Pharis Law Offices, we have the experience to give you advice as to what to do initially, and what do long-term and down the road, when there are decisions to be made to sue or not to, to settle an insurance claim or go after the manufacturer who never sent you the recall. In some cases we have associated other firms where there have been multiple claims where other people in a similar situation have been similarly affected. Sometimes, large companies with millions of dollars in assets hire large firms and will spend thousands to try to save money. When that happens, you want a firm that has the backup resources when things get complicated and the big companies just want you to go away so they can continue with their daily business. It's important to you - it's not always important to them.
I've always told my clients - let me take the heat for that. I don't just earn a fee by "taking your case". I talk to manufacturers, insurance companies, claims handlers and risk management departments, to take the pressure off of you and give you some peace of mind during this trying time. It's part of being in the greatest profession in the world and you should expect no less from your attorney.
At Pharis Law Offices, we strive to make the client understand the legal process at every step and keep you informed. If we can help, please call today.
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