In just seconds, the actions of a reckless or negligent driver have changed your world. Before the accident, you were in good health and happily employed. Now, you face a long recuperation, mounting medical bills, loss of income, possible job loss, and your car is out of commission. This is why you need a trusted car accident attorney to treat you with compassion and help you through this difficult time. The Bart Bernard team of Bossier City personal injury lawyers can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. You’re Smart. Get Bart.™
Louisiana comparative negligence laws
When it comes to personal injury cases in motor vehicle accidents, Louisiana operates under a comparative negligence, or comparative fault, law. That means the plaintiff’s claim is affected by the amount of fault they share for the accident. For example, if it is determined you were 25 percent at fault for the accident, compensation is reduced by that percentage.
What to do before speaking with an insurance adjuster
After a car accident, it is likely an insurance adjuster from the at-fault driver’s company will contact you. Never give them a statement about the accident before consulting legal counsel. The job of an insurance adjuster is to pay out as little as possible in claim compensation. An inadvertent remark in a statement made to the adjuster could mean they will try to place more of the fault for the accident on you than is warranted.
The insurance adjuster may name a settlement figure that sounds reasonable to you. However, when seriously injured, you still do not know if you will make a full recovery or what kind of long-term care you may require or limitations you may have. Once a settlement is agreed to, there is no further negotiation. Bossier City personal injury lawyers know the value of a fair settlement for the type of injuries you’ve suffered as well as the costs of ongoing and future expenses you may face. What sounds like a substantial sum from an insurance adjuster may prove to be far too inadequate.
Louisiana statute of limitations
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident is very short, just one year from the accident date. Failure to file a lawsuit within that timeframe means the case cannot go forward in court. It is imperative to consult a lawyer as soon as possible so the necessary investigative work is done, and the lawsuit is filed in a timely manner. If a person dies from their injuries, family members must file a wrongful death lawsuit within one year of the death date.
Contact Bossier City Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you need the services of an experienced car accident lawyer at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win. Hit Hard. Get Bart Bernard. ™