Louisiana law permits accident victims to file a personal injury claim against the liable party. Accident victims can afford appropriate medical treatment and reclaim additional costs with a comprehensive and fair pay-out.
If you were injured in an accident, you might be wondering how to maximize your payout. Below are some strategies for improving your legal injury process in Louisiana
Gather and Keep All the Evidence
All evidence relating to your accident and injuries should be collected and preserved as soon as possible to maximize your settlement value. Photograph or videotape the accident scene to preserve evidence of what happened there.
Ensure you collect a copy of the accident or incident reports written following the collision. Speak with anyone who may have seen the accident and get their contact information so you may later contact them for a statement.
Finally, remember to save copies of every bill, invoice, and receipt you pay, including those for medical expenditures and property maintenance charges.
Get Medical Treatment
After an accident, go to the hospital as quickly as possible and be checked out. The sooner you receive care, the more likely the injuries you sustained in the accident will be correctly identified. Additionally, you’ll be able to document the degree of your injuries for use in your injury claim, which will also benefit your long-term outlook.
The opposing side may argue that your injuries weren’t as terrible as you claim or that you enabled your condition to deteriorate by delaying treatment if you postpone seeking care after an accident.
File Your Claim for Injuries as Soon as You Can
You only have a little window of opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana. You have a year from the accident date to file a lawsuit against individuals liable for your losses under the statute of limitations. Suing after the statute of limitations has run out might result in your case being dismissed and you losing your right to compensation.
You may also be required to notify the insurance carrier of your claim within a specific time frame if you are submitting a personal injury claim.
It takes time to conduct a thorough investigation and prepare a personal injury case. A quick start will offer you and your lawyer the best opportunity of putting together a strong case that will help you get your money back as quickly as possible.
Explain Why the Offer is Not Enough
The insurance company may offer you a speedy settlement after submitting your personal injury claim. In many circumstances, you’ll need to provide documentation to back up claims or assumptions made by the insurance company in their offer. You put the insurance provider on notice that you have a strong case and are committed to getting reasonable compensation for the injuries by making a counteroffer based on solid evidence. Negotiations for a settlement might move forward faster if a lawyer anticipates the insurer’s objections and prepares a strong counteroffer letter in response.
Include Damages from the Past, Present, and Future
Including all of your losses in a settlement offer and counteroffers to an insurance company is essential. Past and future losses, such as medical expenditures and missed pay if you cannot work while you are recovering, are included in this category.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can get help from the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara. We represent Louisiana accident victims and know how to figure out how much a case is worth and push for all it’s worth.