Statistically very few personal injury cases actually go to trial but preparing for the case as if it will be tried is the surest way to maximize compensation recovered. Like many things in life, it is important to plan ahead. Taking certain steps in the early stages following a personal injury will make your job much easier when it comes time to negotiate a settlement or try the case.
What you need to prove in a Louisiana car accident case
A plaintiff in a car accident in Louisiana needs to be able to present evidence showing that, more likely than not, the defendant breached a duty and that breach proximately caused the plaintiff’s injuries. This requirement determines many of the steps that an injured party should take following an accident.
Keep in mind that Louisiana follows strict comparative negligence rules. This means you can recover compensation from the other driver even if you were mostly to blame for the accident. However, your award will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. If you are injured in an accident in Lake Charles, LA, it is best to speak with a car accident attorney from the area; these attorneys understand how to present the evidence in order to maximize your compensation
Tips to build your case
*Do not apologize – “Oh, I’m sorry!” It seems like a polite thing to say so people often say it after an accident. But an impulsive statement made out of emotion can later be twisted into an admission of guilt when it comes time to reach an agreement on compensation.
*Obtain names of anyone at the scene – The time to start building your case begins before you leave the scene of the accident. Try to obtain the names and contact information of anyone who may have seen the accident or the condition of the vehicles or people involved.
*Do not speak to the other party’s insurance company without a lawyer – Insurance adjusters are skilled at convincing blameless parties that they were partly to blame or that their claims are just not worth very much. They try to coax injured parties into a low-ball settlement. But if you have an attorney representing you, the insurance companies and their lawyers must speak to your adept attorney.
*Collect documentation – From the police report to medical bills, hospital discharge papers, receipts for medications or devices, or even paperwork showing your inability to participate in hobbies at the same rate, any documentation that shows the financial or physical impact of the injury can strengthen your case.
How a car accident attorney can help
The personal injury claims process can be overwhelming. When you need a Lake Charles Louisiana car accident attorney, Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South are here to do the hard work for you. Contact our office today to obtain a free confidential consultation. Our personal injury representation is on a contingency basis so we never charge a fee unless we secure compensation on your behalf.