Last week, I was pulled over on the side of the highway near Baton Rouge with my emergency lights on, waiting for my car to cool down. It had started overheating, and I was in the process of calling my friend for help when a car rear-ended me while I was still sitting inside. Now I have a lot of pain in my shoulder and lower back. Can a personal injury lawyer help me? I’ve never been in a car accident before and I don’t know what to do.
Being involved in a car accident can be a very traumatic experience, and it is often made worse by trying to deal with the repercussions without the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Morris Bart have the expertise to assist you with your recovery.
Recover from your injury while your attorney does the work.
One of the primary benefits of hiring an attorney in the above situation is that by doing so you will be able to focus on getting the medical treatment you need to recover from your shoulder and lower back injuries while your attorney navigates the complex process of making a claim against the driver that caused the accident.
Present your claim in the best way possible.
The claims process is adversarial in nature, which means the automobile insurance company for the at-fault driver will do everything they can to minimize the compensation you may be due for the damages to your vehicle and for your personal injuries.
A personal injury lawyer will know how to present your claim in the best possible manner so that the responsible insurance company will have fewer opportunities to deny your claim. One of the strategies commonly employed by insurance companies is to take a recorded statement of a person involved in an accident – during which an insurance adjuster may ask leading questions designed to undermine your credibility, shift blame onto you for the accident, or minimize the extent and severity of your injuries.
Hire someone with your best interests in mind.
It is important to remember that the insurance company for the driver that caused your accident does not represent your best interests. By hiring an attorney, you are putting yourself on an equal playing field by having your own professional in your corner to fight for you. Furthermore, when a person is represented by an attorney there are much stricter rules governing when and how that person can be contacted, creating a “buffer zone” which protects the injured person from unwanted phone calls and letters regarding the accident.
Receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
Besides knowing the intricacies involved in the claims process, an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to value your claim so that you receive fair compensation for your car accident injury. People often want to know how much their claim is worth, and the answer depends on a multitude of factors including the extent of the injuries, the length of treatment necessary to recover from those injuries, and the location where the accident occurred.
An attorney will be able to guide you through this process so that you are not misled into agreeing to an unfair settlement. Because almost all personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis (this means the attorney only earns a fee if your case is resolved in your favor), your attorney is motivated to obtain the best possible recovery for you.
Finally, it is important to act promptly when involved in an automobile accident. Louisiana law requires all claims be made within 1 year of the accident – otherwise there is no possibility of recovery even if your injuries turn out to be more severe than originally thought. Hiring an attorney is the best way to protect your rights and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.