One of the biggest questions people have after an accident is, “what do I do now?” It can be very difficult to know where to start when you’re filing a personal injury claim if you’ve never done it before.
This article will help you file a claim by detailing what to do after an accident and what to expect in the days to come.
Personal injury cases in Louisiana have a 1-year statute of limitations. That means you have one year from the accident or injury to file your claim. If you’ve been injured in an accident, your best course of action is to start your claim right away.
Prepping your personal injury claim starts at the scene of the accident. Whether you were injured in a car crash, slip and fall, or a workplace accident, these tips will help build a successful personal injury claim:
When you talk to a personal injury attorney, they will ask you to come in for an initial consultation. During this meeting, give your lawyer detailed information on the accident, your injuries, and the damages you’re seeking.
Your attorney can put your claim together faster if you give them the following information during your consultation:
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court. This is the easiest option, as it saves all of the involved parties time and money.
To facilitate a fair settlement, your attorney will review the information you gave them and put together a settlement package or brochure to send to the entities you’re filing a claim against.
This process may last from several weeks to several months. So it is essential to give your lawyer as much information as possible.
The packet will include detailed information about your case, including a description of your injuries and how they affect your life.
It will also contain a demand for compensation, based on an evaluation of the details of your case. Your lawyer will send it to an insurance adjuster should respond with a settlement offer.
Once you receive an offer, you and your attorney can discuss whether it is enough to cover your damages. If it isn’t, you may enter a negotiation stage to come to an agreement on financial compensation. The case will go to a trial if the two parties don’t reach an agreement.
Whether you plan to settle out of court or go to trial, it’s likely you will give a deposition. A deposition is were the other party’s legal counsel asks you a range of questions. The interview is usually in an attorney’s office or conference room and recorded by a court reporter.
Many people are intimidated by giving a recorded statement in front of the opposition. While this process can be stressful, as long as you maintain composure and don’t lie, everything should go smoothly. Here are some additional tips to remember before going into your deposition:
If you’re still concerned about the deposition, don’t worry. You and your attorney will review the details of your case so your memory is fresh. They will also advise you as to the type of questions you may be asked. Common deposition questions include:
Again, your deposition is an opportunity for the opposing party’s attorney to confuse you, catch you off guard, or catch you lying. They may test your memory by asking you questions that seem unrelated to your case. Remember, do your best to stay cool, calm, and collected. If you know the answer tell the truth and if you don’t simply say, “I don’t know.”
Accidents are stressful and time consuming. They disrupt your life, your health, and your ability to work. If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson L.L.C. We can help give you the peace of mind and composure you need to begin your personal injury case. Call us at 337-240-9349 to schedule a free consultation.
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