Have you been injured in a traffic accident in New Orleans? Is an insurance adjuster pressuring you to provide a statement or sign a waiver? Are you unsure what you need to do to file an injury claim?
Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys can help. We will review your case and advise you of your legal options for recovering money from the party who is responsible for causing the accident. To help determine if you have a valid injury claim, we will begin by asking you three questions during your free appointment.
Three Questions We Will Begin with During Your First Appointment
Are you injured?
Before you can recover money for an accident claim, you must show that you were injured in the accident. Your injuries can be physical (i.e. broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, etc.) or psychological (i.e. pain and suffering), but you must be able to link the injuries to the accident to recover compensation. The first step is to evaluate your injuries by reviewing medical records and the accident information. Therefore, it is very important that you see a doctor as soon as possible after any traffic accident to document your injuries.
Was the other driver responsible for the crash?
Fault is the second element in determining if you have a valid injury claim. If the other driver did something to cause or contribute to the cause of the crash, then you might be able to recover damages. However, if you caused the accident, the other driver will file an injury claim against you. If you believe you might have been partially at fault for the collision, you should still consult an attorney. In Louisiana, you might still be entitled to some compensation for your damage even if you are partially at fault for the crash.
What are your recoverable damages?
To recover money for an injury claim, you must have recoverable damages. Most people injured in a car accident have some type of recoverable damages. Common examples of damages that you might be entitled to receive include the cost of medical treatment, property damage, the loss of income, future damages, physical pain, permanent disability, and emotional suffering. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on several factors. Our New Orleans car accident attorney can help you determine the value of your claim to maximize the chance you receive full compensation for your injury claim.
Call Now for a Free Consultation with a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
Each injury claim and case are different; therefore, your case might involve additional elements that must be addressed before determining if you have a valid injury claim. Because we offer free consultations and no-obligation case evaluations, you can get the legal advice you need without paying a fee for the first visit.
Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans accident attorney.