In This Article, You Will Learn About:
- What is needed to file a commercial motor vehicle accident claim in Louisiana.
- How to prove your damages to ensure that you find the highest amount of compensation possible. (Including compensation for future medical treatment.)
- The deadlines and important timelines of personal injury matters in Louisiana.
Is It Worth Going Up Against These Large Companies Who Probably Have Powerful Insurance Companies To Pay Their Medical Bills For Serious Injuries?
The law in Louisiana is clear that a person injured by another’s fault is entitled to be made whole by restoration (via financial compensation) to where they were before the accident.
This means that injured drivers are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental or Emotional Anguish
- Property Damages
- And any other type of damage that they’ve suffered as the result of an accident.
It’s absolutely crucial to make a claim against a large trucking company when you need to.
When doing so, the best cases are those in which a person is represented by an experienced and skilled commercial vehicle accident attorney who can make sure that they’re treated fairly – no matter the size of the company involved.
Where Do You Begin If You’ve Been Seriously Injured In An Accident Involving A Semi-truck In Jefferson Parish Or Nearby Especially If They’re Incredible Injured? How Do These Cases Generally Go?
First of all, the most important thing to do if you’ve been in a serious wreck is to make sure that you’re physically okay. If you were taken by ambulance to an emergency room or admitted to the hospital, focus on your health first and make sure you have time to recover enough to be released from emergency care.
Only after you’ve been released from the hospital can we go about documenting the facts of what happened in the accident.
The facts of what happened in your accident will provide the basis for proving liability in your claim. These facts may include:
- Information from the injured party and any other passengers in the vehicle.
- Information from the other party and any of their passengers.
- Statements from witnesses.
- The police report of the accident.
- Photos and videos from the scene.
The next step will be getting non-emergency medical treatment. This step is crucial as treatment is necessary to make as close to a full recovery as possible.
It’s important to keep in mind that what will happen in a trucking or insurance claim is primarily controlled by the evidence of the damages – which, in an injury case, is medical evidence. So, we want to ensure that everything is consistently documented as clearly as possible from the moment of injury through the best point of recovery that a victim can physically make.
To ensure that you are able to recover damages in the total amount you are eligible for, we will conduct a thorough investigation of your case. This investigation will allow us to collect and document all the evidence of the crash and your injuries. After the evidence has been preserved and prepared, it will be used to present the claim and help you recover what you are entitled to later on.
What Are Important Deadlines Or Statute Of Limitations For Filing A Trucking Accident Personal Injury Claim In Louisiana?
Many people are familiar with Louisiana’s one-year statute of limitations for most personal injury claims. In other words, you have one year from the day you were injured to file a lawsuit against the person who you believe was responsible.
While you have a year to file your claim, there are crucial actions of documentation that need to be taken as soon as an accident has occurred.
The longer you wait to document the accident’s facts and the damages you suffered as a result, the higher the chance of that critical evidence being lost forever. Whether these facts are destroyed, go missing, or prove challenging to document later – they will be necessary evidence to present a successful claim.
So, as soon as you can, it’s essential to contact a commercial vehicle accident attorney who can guide you through the process and help you to recover the evidence after an accident. Even though you have up to a year to file a lawsuit, it’s never too early to contact an attorney.
What Is My Louisiana Trucking Accident Case Worth? How Are Costs For Future Medical Treatments Or Anything I Might Need Calculated?
It’s impossible to tell what a claim is worth at an early stage because the worth of any given claim is directly related to the damages that you’ve suffered.
Louisiana law is clear that you are entitled to be made whole, returning you as closely as possible to the state you were in before you were damaged or injured.
Therefore, it’s essential to determine the full extent of your injuries through the help of medical and other experts. Understanding the scope of your damages – no matter what those damages are – will ensure that you get the most out of your claim.
Your damages can include physical damage to your property, physical damage to your body, mental or emotional trauma, damage to sensitive parts of your body such as your spine or your nerves, and other damages that were a direct result of the effects of the accident.
The cost of future medical care is always somewhat speculative, because we can’t know exactly how much medical care will be necessary or exactly how long it will take someone to recover. Therefore, medical experts provide us with the best possible estimate of what care you may need in the future, which helps us to ensure that those needs are accounted for in the total damages paid for an accident.
Unfortunately, we cannot predict what all of your damages will be in every case. But, it’s important to document them as they occur and make sure that you have the evidence to demonstrate what your case is worth – even though the value of a claim may vary greatly from accident to accident.
For more information on Trucking Accidents Law in Louisiana, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (504) 384-7770 today.
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