Strengthening Your Car or Truck Accident Claim
Accidents involving cars and trucks can be emotionally upsetting and physically devastating. When victims find themselves coping with injuries, they may face long recovery times, expensive medical bills, and lost income. If you are upset about your situation and are unsure where to turn, talk to a Shreveport auto accident lawyer about your options.
When you and your family are facing health issues and financial issues, it is common to not feel in control of the situation. In reality, if you are moving forward with a personal injury claim or case, there are things you can do. An experienced lawyer can help you secure the items needed for maximum compensation.
Seek Medical Attention and Be Timely
There are statutes of limitations in place, timeframes for pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. It is best to move forward in a timely way, giving your lawyer time to build the best case possible in order to secure the maximum award. Seeing a doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible following an accident is important both to be sure you heal properly and to have the documentation you need to prove the injury was a direct result of the accident. Then, the need for financial compensation is clear.
Determining the Value of a Financial Claim
When you meet with an attorney, they will look over the details of the accident and all of the evidence that has been collected. Often, the following will be involved in the value of a claim:
- Bills from doctors and hospitals
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Loss of income, present and future
- Medication costs and out-of-pocket expenses
- Charges for rehabilitation needs
It is important to keep in mind that not all car accident injuries are felt in the hours or days after a collision. There are times when injuries are slow to show, whiplash symptoms may be felt a week later, for example. Keeping clear records of injuries and securing assessments from doctors along the way is advised.
Before Agreeing to a Settlement, Talk to an Attorney
An insurance company may offer you a settlement amount. Before agreeing to the amount and terms, talk to a Shreveport auto accident lawyer. There are times when low settlement amounts are offered. When agreed to, they save the insurance company the expense of negotiations and trials. While a fast settlement agreement may be in the best interest of the insurance company, it may not be the most advantageous path for you. An experienced attorney will strengthen your claim and let you know when a settlement offer is in line with what you deserve, given the details of your situation.
Did you sustain injuries in a Louisiana auto accident? Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Rice & Kendig. We truly care about our clients and devote our knowledge, skills and resources toward securing a great result every time. You do not need to navigate complicated negotiations on your own. Together, we can achieve success. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule your free consultation.