Our NOLA car accident attorneys do much more for our clients than just three things. However, the three things we talk about in this article can have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you might receive for your car accident claim. If a car accident caused your injury, contact our law firm for a free consultation to discuss your case. A free case review is just one of the many things we do to protect car accident victims in Louisiana.
Three Things You Need to Let an Attorney Handle After a Motor Vehicle Accident
1. Assess Legal Liability for the Collision
Car crashes happen for a variety of reasons. The party or parties responsible for the cause of the collision can be held liable under Louisiana’s personal injury laws. However, there could be other causes of action or parties that you might need to pursue for damages, such as a defective product claim or a claim against a government entity.
Determining liability for a car crash can be complicated. Each factor that contributed to the accident must be analyzed and weighed against the other factors to determine liability. An insurance company is going to attempt to reduce its insured’s liability as much as possible. You need an experienced car accident attorney in New Orleans to investigate the car crash, analyze the contributing factors, identify all potential parties that might have some liability for the crash, and gather evidence proving legal liability for a car accident. Attempting to do this yourself can prove overwhelming, time-consuming, and costly.
2. Calculating the Value of Your Car Accident Claim
When you are injured in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for a variety of damages. However, calculating the value of your personal injury claim requires knowledge of personal injury laws. It might also require the assistance of medical experts, financial experts, and other professionals who can accurately estimate future damages for permanent impairments and disabilities.
Economic losses include your medical expenses and loss of income. However, they might also include travel expenses, help with household chores, and modifications to your home required by your medical condition. An attorney helps you document your financial losses and expenses to maximize your recovery.
Noneconomic or “pain and suffering” damages are harder to calculate. There is not a formula that you can use to determine the value of your physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life. It is difficult to place a monetary value on how much a person suffers because of a car accident. An experienced New Orleans personal injury lawyer understands how to maximize the damages for pain and suffering by using the facts of the case to justify a fair value for noneconomic damages.
3. Pursuing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The insurance company may deny your accident claim, or it may refuse to settle the claim for a fair amount. If so, you may need to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties. You want an attorney who has a winning record and extensive trial experience to file your lawsuit. Our NOLA accident attorneys treat each case as if we are going to trial. By doing so, we are always prepared if we need to file a lawsuit and we also present a strong position for maximum compensation, which is backed up by evidence and sound legal theories, as we attempt to resolve the claim outside of court.
Contact Our New Orleans Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Review
If you have questions about a car accident claim or want to talk to an attorney about filing an accident claim, contact Attorney Fred Olinde or any of the personal injury attorneys of The Olinde Firm.
Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney in New Orleans.