What is the first thing that comes to your mind after you have been in a car accident? Aside from the confusion, many will start worrying about the cost of repairs, how they will be able to manage all the expenses from the same, and even when they will be able to do that. While it is reasonable to worry about the possible outcomes, it’s crucial that you get prepared for a legal battle. It is, for this reason, you should call an experienced and trusted Ragley car accident lawyer. The lawyer will not only help guide you through a tough time, but also use his/her experience to fight for your rights, and compensation for the damages.
Our team of highly qualified lawyers at Veron, Bice, Palermo, & Wilson LLC have been handling car accident claims for many years, hence will strive to ensure none of your rights are violated. Contact us on (337) 202-2922 for a free consultation, as well as secure a good lawyer to represent you. You’ll also have direct access to one of our lawyers who will help handle your injury case.
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Reasons to Hire A Car Accident Lawyer in Louisiana
There are times when you aren’t sure whose fault it was for the accident. Whether you were at fault, or partially liable for the accident, a good accident lawyer can help you with the case. One thing is however for sure; compensation is only awarded based on the percentage at which the other driver holds. If you are partly to blame for the accident, then chances are you will get a lot less in compensation. A good lawyer might, however, be able to prove and demonstrate that it’s the other driver that was at fault, thus increasing your compensation.
Having an attorney eases the pressure involved in dealing with a car accident case. With the legal system filled with complexities, only a trained lawyer can understand, you are better off hiring a competent attorney. A reasonable car accident attorney will gather all the evidence they can find about the accident, demonstrate damages, and even fight/negotiate for fair compensation on your behalf. You never have to worry about legal fees should you choose to work with us. We will not only offer a risk-free consultation when you reach out to us but work on a contingency, whereby you will only be billed once the case is won.
Is Hiring A Car Accident Lawyer Costly?
Dealing with a car accident can be quite a challenge for the victim. Having an attorney to represent you, however, makes it much easier, while also reducing the risk of having to face insurance company lawyers on your own. We at Veron, Bice, Palermo, & Wilson, LLC, will schedule a free consultation once you contact us. You can reach us on 337-202-2922 to secure a free consultation. Our lawyers are available all day every day the entire week. We will set up a meeting whereby you can explain what happened, and our experienced lawyers will advise you on the best way forward. It is after the meeting that you can decide how you wish to proceed.
Will an Auto Accident Lawyer Be Able to Help?
You are much safer with a car accident lawyer by your side than without. These attorneys work hard to ensure you are not only compensated handsomely for damages caused, and also fight off nasty insurance company lawyers. A good lawyer will also evaluate your case to see if you are eligible to claim damages, and especially if the accident was as a result of a negligent driver. You’ll also need a good lawyer if you sustained severe injuries from the crash. The lawyer will help file a lawsuit within the specified time, which again increases the chances of receiving full compensation. Some of the things the lawyer might be able to help with include:
- Talking to witnesses and collecting their names, addresses, etc.
- Gathering accident scene reports from the police
- Reconstructing the accident scene
- Documenting the scene of the accident, injuries, and damage to property and vehicles
- Going through medical reports
- Requesting expert witnesses to review the evidence
- Handling/negotiating with insurance companies.
What Should I Do After Getting in An Accident in Ragley?
The thought of being in an accident is a scary one. Being involved in a crash is even worse. That said, many people will have difficulty determining what is right and wrong after an accident. Nevertheless, the first (and reasonable) step to take after an accident is to check if you are OK and seeking medical help before anything else. If you barely have any bruises or injuries, here are a few things to do while at the accident scene:
- Confirm if everyone is ok or needs immediate medical attention or first aid
- Call the police to make an accident report
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver – don’t say much at this point
- Collect any contact information and names of potential witnesses
- Take multi-angled photos of the accident scene
- Report the accident to the insurance company
- Make an appointment with your doctor
How Much in Compensation Will I Receive from The Car Accident Claim?
Every car accident is unique, hence quite difficult to put a figure on the compensation you can receive. Multiple factors have to be put into consideration to be able to compute an amount. Medical expenses and the cost of repairs aren’t enough to quantify the compensation.
Working with your doctor and lawyer might help compute your compensation and also have an idea of how your future looks. It is through the doctor that your lawyer can know about the severity of the injuries when you will be able to resume work, any specialized treatment you might need, and future medical needs.
Other factors to consider include pain, suffering experienced, and any disability from the accident. The lawyer will also need to know if you had to pay a caregiver, transportation costs to the doctor, and such to ensure you are compensated for the same. All these expenses have/need to be included to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Car accident lawyers already know what they need to look for and include in your claim to increase the chances of fair compensation. Some of these factors and elements would be hard to consider or even think of if you chose to file the claim alone.
Let us help you get the fair compensation you need. We will talk to your doctor and work with forensic economists to determine what other losses you might encounter in the future. It is after we have a number that we can write to the insurance company with the full valuation of damages incurred.
Will I Still Be Compensated If the Other Party Was Under-Insured or Uninsured?
There’s a chance that the other driver is either uninsured or under-insured. If this turns to be accurate, you’ll then need to talk to your insurance company about the claim. Be sure to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to let them know of your intention to file a claim.
You might, however, be unable to sue the insurance company, especially if you can’t reach an agreement on a settlement. A lawyer might help you file for arbitration. This works more like a court trial, a reason you’ll need someone experienced to represent you.
When Can I File A Car Accident Claim in Louisiana?
Every state has a statute of limitations that defines the time period in which one should file a car accident claim. In Ragley, Louisiana, you’ll have exactly one year to claim property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death from car wrecks. Insurance companies, too, have time limits within which you have to abide by for your claim to be valid. In other words, it’s important that you act immediately and quickly when time is in your favor.
Can A Passenger File A Claim After an Accident?
Passengers can sue if the accident was due to the driver’s negligence. It is, however, worth noting that it is the insurance company you (the passenger) will be up against and not the driver. Only the insurance company can cover the damages.
What Claims Can Make A Car Accident Case?
If a defect in the vehicle leads to the accident, you can then hold the manufacturer liable. In such a case, the manufacturer will have to pay for the damages regardless of who was at fault. Your lawyer will, however, need to prove that the vehicle was being driven reasonably and used as per the specifications. He/she also has to prove that the car was in that condition ever since it was purchased. Anything from defective engines, accelerators, brakes, seat belts, and airbags can be deemed as potentially dangerous, holding the manufacturer a fault.
Negligence is to blame for many car accidents. You can file a claim if the driver was behaving unreasonably, was driving in the dark with lights turned off, driving over the speed limit, or even driving while intoxicated. These are some of the factors that make a negligence case. Your lawyer should, however, have enough evidence to prove this for you to receive fair compensation.
It is the federal/state government’s responsibility to ensure all roads are safe for road users. A poorly maintained road and issues with road construction and design can lead to a car accident. Other factors that can lead to car accidents include lack of guardrails or barriers, lack of traffic lights at a busy intersection, and lack of proper signage. Your lawyer should be able to collect as much evidence as possible to prove the road was unsafe for road users. He/she can then sue the relevant authorities for the same.
If a loved one lost his/her life due to another person’s negligence, you (a family member) could file a wrongful death claim. It is, however, the family’s responsibility to determine that the person lost his/her life from the accident. You might also be able to seek non-economic, economic, and punitive damages from the crash.
What Are the Most Common Types of Injuries from Car Accidents in Ragley?
A fatal accident can cause multiple injuries. It is for this reason you are advised to seek medical attention right after the crash. You’ll not only need a doctor to run tests and make a medical report, but also have your lawyer take a look at the report as well. Some of the most commonly reported injuries from car accidents in Louisiana include:
Back injuries from a car accident are very common in Ragley. The injuries might be as a result of herniation or disc displacement, or even a muscle strain. Severe back injuries almost always require corrective surgery. Lots of physical therapy might also be required for one to recover fully, which again means missing work. A good lawyer should be able to put these into consideration and include lost wages for compensation.
Head injuries may occur if you had a head-on collision with the other vehicle. Some people may even suffer a traumatic brain injury from the accident. A knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney should, however, be able to discern this on time. You should also watch out for signs of brain injuries, as well. The most common signs and symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Vision loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Memory issues
- Difficulties concentrating
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to lifelong issues; another reason you need to be compensated appropriately for the same.
It’s easy to break a bone from a car accident. Some people will burst a wrist or leg from the accidents, and especially when one braces for the impact. Having your seatbelt on may not help prevent such injuries. With proper attention, most broken bones will heal with minimal issues. There are however instances when you’ll require surgery and physical therapy to be able to recover fully. This might mean not going to work for a specific number of months. Your lawyer should include this in the claim.
Some injuries will make it impossible to resume work at any given time. This means a loss of lifetime wages, which should be considered as well. People lose thousands and thousands of dollars from lost wages due to a disability caused by a car accident. Your attorney should be able to demonstrate that the injuries suffered caused the disability, hence request for compensation for the same. He/she will be required to compare how much you would be able to earn with and without these injuries. The party at fault should pay up the difference.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common issue with many people that have been in accidents. Doctors believe the patient relives events of the crash over and over again, leading to depression and anxiety. PTSD is known to disrupt a person’s peaceful life making it hard to make it through a typical working day. You’ll, however, need a good lawyer to prove this on your case, and have you compensated for the same. The lawyers may even request you to have a doctor or psychiatrist to run tests to see if you have PTSD. The doctors may also be called to testify on your behalf.
Commonly known as neck strain, whiplash is very common with car accident victims. This condition occurs when the neck (head) is jerked forward or backward from the impact. Although a common occurrence, it can be quite difficult to prove this in a trial. This is because whiplash heals within days, hence almost impossible to claim. Your lawyer might, however, work a way to ensure your compensation is enough to cover the pain.
Call Us Today for A Free Consultation
If you have been in a car wreck and seek legal advice or representation, our team at Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson will be able to help. The first consultation is always free; hence, no need to worry about hefty legal fees. We will also assign a talented lawyer to help with your case and ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve.