insurance companies rarely pay the full amount of a serious car accident,
leaving victims with out-of-pocket expenses and lengthy financial recoveries,
as well as physical rehabilitations. Eunice residents need to hit hard with a car accident attorney from
Bart Bernard who will fight for their rights. We proudly serve all of Eunice,
including St. Landry, Acadia, and Evangeline parishes.
Steps To Maximize Your Car Accident Claim
accidents happen in the blink of an eye. We don’t have to tell you how
disorienting they can be. If you are able– take pictures of the scene, your
vehicle, and your injuries. This can help verify the facts in your version of
what happened. Your Eunice personal injury lawyers will gather photographs as
well, but the sooner you log this evidence, the better.
steps to maximize your car accident settlement include:
- Contacting the
authorities – Ask the police to write
a report. You can visit the police station later to make a report if the
authorities didn’t come to the scene of the accident. Typically, they’ll file
if a party is taken to the hospital, but they may not immediately draw up a
report if the collision seems minor at the time.
the evidence – Keep all damaged parts
of your vehicle, including fenders, bumpers, side panels, and supports. We can
have these components analyzed by an expert. If you don’t speak up, the auto
mechanic could try to repair and re-use damaged parts, or will discard the
evidence as part of standard protocol.
questions about your insurance coverage – Consulting with a personal injury attorney ensures that you fully
understand your medical coverage. When Bart Bernard is on your side, we make
sure the insurance company sends all medical payments to us for dispersal
before assuming anything. Otherwise, the ambulance or other emergency service
could make an early claim that uses up all your medical payment coverage.
insurance trickery – The insurance
adjuster will claim to be a “caring friend” looking out for you after the
accident when, in fact, their job is to settle with you as quickly as possible,
for as little money as possible. Never agree to have your statement recorded or
speak with adjusters without legal representation.
- Seeing the
right doctor – First, seek emergency
medical treatment from a hospital first responder or your family doctor,
depending on the severity of your injuries. Next, you’ll want to see an
experienced chiropractor who will take the time to diagnose your injuries to
the fullest extent and refer you to the right specialists. Diagnostics like
MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans are the key to getting a settlement worth more than
$10,000. Lastly, seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist to determine the effects
of mild traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder can increase
- Attending all
follow-up medical appointments – Do
not try to tough it out after your accident. Follow your treating physician’s
instructions to the letter, taking all prescribed medication and attending all
follow-up appointments. Otherwise, the other side could point to your actions
and say your injuries must not have been as severe as you claim. Keep a journal
of your day-to-day symptoms and feelings to demonstrate how the accident has affected
- Choosing a car accident lawyer right away – If
someone hit you while working for a government entity, you could have as little
as six months to initiate a lawsuit. In a standard personal injury case in
Louisiana, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The one exception is for minors
involved in car accidents; their statute of limitations does not begin until
they reach 18, the age of majority. We are happy to answer any questions you
have about the time limits for filing a lawsuit.
You’re Smart. Get
Bart.™ When you’ve been injured in an automobile accident through little
to no fault of your own, you deserve the best possible representation. Bart
Bernard has secured millions of dollars on behalf of car accident victims in
Eunice and the surrounding area. Our success enables us to offer no-cost
consultations and contingency-based representation. You only pay us IF and
AFTER we obtain compensation for you. Contact us to explore your legal options.