The 9 Things Your Baton Rouge Injury Lawyer Needs to Know
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If you’re looking for legal help after an accident, there are certain questions we’ll need answered before we can help you with your case.
1. The basic facts: When? Where? Why?
You need to be prepared to answer basic questions about your accident. What happened? When did it happen? Where did it happen? What caused the accident?
I need to know when the accident happened to determine how much time we have before we have to file suit. When an accident happens, Louisiana law sets a time limit for filing a claim. If you don’t file suit within that time limit, you lose your rights to file a claim.
Where the accident happened is important so I know what court your case will be filed in.
I also want to know why the accident happened to determine if Louisiana’s comparative fault statute limits the amount of damages you can recover. For example, if you were 50% at fault in the accident, you will only be able to recover 50% of the damages.
2. How did the accident cause your injuries?
The mechanics of your injuries are important to establish that your injuries were actually caused by the accident. For example, if you’re claiming hand pain, do you remember your hand striking something within the vehicle that explains the pain.
3. Describe the property damage to your car (and do you have photos)?
It’s going to be hard to convince a jury that you sustained serious injuries if the evidence shows only minor damage to your vehicle. Insurance companies will be looking for evidence that the damage to your car is in line with the severity of your injuries.
4. Did you get a copy of your police report?
Police reports provide me with useful information about how the accident happened, the other drivers involved in the accident, and possible witnesses. Get a copy and bring it with you to our initial consultation if at all possible.
5. How soon after the accident did you seek medical attention?
As a rule of thumb, the longer you waited after an accident to go to a doctor, the less likely a jury will be to find that your injury was caused by the accident. You should seek treatment as soon as you feel you need it. If you’re not sure, see a doctor to make sure.
6. How were your injuries treated?
Insurance companies will go over your medical records and look at how your injuries were treated. You should follow the advice of your doctors. If they recommend additional treatment, do it. Get a second opinion if necessary, but make sure you are getting the treatment you need to heal your body from the accident.
7. Your medical history?
Your medical history is important to establish that your injuries were actually cased by the accident. It’s important that I know about any significant medical treatment you’ve ever had, especially if it relates to the injuries you are claiming as a result of your accident.
8. What level of uninsured motorist coverage do you have?
To determine this, you need to look for the “declarations page” of your auto insurance. This coverage is important is the defendant in your accident is uninsured or underinsured.
9. Do you have health insurance?
Your health insurance policy will cover your medical bills when you are injured in an accident, but depending on your contract, they may be entitled to reimbursement for amounts paid on your behalf that would come out of any damages you recover for your injuries.
The Baton Rouge injury lawyers at Finch Davis are ready to assist you with your accident case. To make an appointment for a free initial consultation call (225) 925-9368 or use the button below to request an appoinment online.