For most Louisiana car accident victims, the thought of bringing a personal injury case after the accident is overwhelming. Accident victims are already dealing with a host of issues, including hospitalization, missed work, follow-up medical appointments, not to mention the physical and emotional stress caused by the accident. However, pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver is perhaps the only way for accident victims to recover financial compensation for their injuries; otherwise, they will be the ones on the hook for these expenses, which can be significant.
By hiring a dedicated Louisiana car accident lawyer, accident victims can make the process easier on themselves. Not only that, but studies have shown that accident victims who are represented by an attorney not only are more likely to recover compensation after an accident, but also tend to recover larger damages awards. For example, a 2004 study conducted by the Institutes Insurance Research Council (IIRC) entitled “Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims,” found that injury victims who retained counsel recovered, on average, 40 percent more than unrepresented plaintiffs.
How Can a Lawyer Help with Your Car Accident Claim?
After an accident, most people know that they will need to file a claim with an insurance company. However, which insurance company should you file a claim with? What should you do if the insurance company denies your claim, or offers you far less than you need to cover all your expenses? This is where the assistance of an attorney can be crucial.
When you bring a dedicated personal injury attorney on your team, they will take care of everything, allowing you to focus on your recovery. A few of the things an injury lawyer will do include:
- Conduct an investigation into the accident;
- Gather all relevant physical evidence;
- Interview any people who witnessed the accident;
- Determine which parties should be named in a lawsuit;
- Ensure that all documents are filed on time;
- Negotiate with the insurance companies; and
- If the insurance companies are unwilling to offer a fair settlement offer, take your case to trial.
While there is no legal requirement that accident victims work with an attorney to bring a Louisiana personal injury claim, doing so is almost always a good idea. Not only will having an attorney ease some of your burdens, but it may also be the best way to maximize your recovery amount.
Reach out to a Knowledgeable Louisiana Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a Louisiana car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Rather than take on the insurance companies on your own, give the dedicated injury advocates at Manard Law a call to see how we can help. We have extensive experience working with accident victims and their families, helping them recover maximum compensation for their injuries. We understand that the recovery process can seem daunting, and we promise to make the process as easy on you as possible. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, call 800-975-PAIN(7246) today.