If you’ve been in a car accident, you’re probably reeling—you could be suffering serious injuries, your car is probably damaged or even totaled, and you could be worried about the mounting bills. Hopefully, you’ve already called a Louisiana car accident injury lawyer and talked to them about your case.
A knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Louisiana can help you file necessary paperwork, collect evidence for your claim, and advocate on your behalf. As you’re talking to a lawyer, be sure to ask the following questions:
1. What should I do after my car accident?
If you haven’t already, seek medical attention. Even though you may have no visible injuries or feel fine, some serious symptoms can take days or even weeks to develop. A doctor will be able to determine the full extent of your injuries with an examination and get you the care you need.
Leaving a car accident injury untreated won’t just leave you vulnerable to worsening injuries. If your injuries don’t get diagnosed soon enough, you could be left on the hook for ongoing treatment bills.
2. What deadlines do I need to meet?
There are several deadlines to be aware of with a pending car accident lawsuit, but most can be taken care of by your Louisiana personal injury lawyer. However, one deadline you can’t miss is the deadline to file your claim, also called the statute of limitations.
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 1 year from the time of your injury. After that deadline, you’ll have no legal recourse against the other driver, and you’ll be unable to collect damages for your injuries. Make sure to call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys right away.
3. What can you do for my personal injury case?
Remember—this is your case, and you have the most to gain or lose depending on your representation. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask a lawyer, “What can you do for me? How do you plan to represent me in my case?”
Think of the initial consultation as a job interview for the personal injury lawyer. You’re deciding whether you’re going to hire them to represent you in your case. The attorney should want to explain how they’ll handle your case, and convince you they’re a good match for your claim. They should also have a step-by-step plan for how to proceed in your case.
4. What is your area of legal specialty?
Just because an attorney is licensed to practice law in Louisiana doesn’t mean they know the ins and outs of car accident injury cases. Most lawyers specialize in different areas of the law, so you need to find a lawyer who specializes in car accidents or truck accidents. They will help you maximize your damages more than a lawyer who specializes in a different legal area.
5. How long will my case take?
Every personal injury case is different. If you suffered serious injuries or are unable to work after your car accident, you might be facing mounting bills and a precarious financial situation. It’s important to ask your lawyer how long they think it’ll take to fully resolve your case, especially if you need a settlement sooner rather than later to help pay for your costs.
6. Will my injury case go to trial?
The vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court, and more likely than not, you won’t have to set foot in a courtroom. However, your lawyer should still prepare for the possibility of a court trial, because the other party can decide to hard-line you or deny your claim.
Your lawyer should be confident that they can deal with the insurance company in settlement negotiations. You should also ask how willing your lawyer is to litigate in front of a jury, if the case does go to trial.
7. What damages can I recover?
Typically, car accident lawsuits seek damages for a variety of economic costs, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, and non-economic costs, including pain and suffering. However, every car accident is different, and the damages available to you will vary based on the injuries you’ve suffered and other damages you’ve incurred.
Your personal injury attorney should be able to tell you what potential damages you’re entitled to based on the facts of your case and your injuries.
8. What should I do if the insurance company makes an offer?
You should never accept an offer from insurance without first consulting with your lawyer. Insurance adjusters’ goal is to settle cases as quickly and as cheaply as possible—which will often leave you holding the bag. You need someone in your corner with your best interests at heart. You need an experienced injury lawyer like the team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys.
9. How much will it cost to hire you for my car accident case?
Almost all personal injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you won’t owe any money up front. You’ll only need to pay when and if you win your case, and then the law firm will take a percentage out of your total winnings. Usually, the fees will be negotiated and agreed to upon hiring the firm.
9.1. What fees and costs will I be responsible for?
Even on a contingency fee basis, many firms will still pass various legal costs, like court fees, onto the client in the event of a loss. That’s not the case at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys—you’ll owe us nothing unless we win your case. That’s the G Guarantee!
10. When can you get started on my case?
Some firms may spread themselves too thin, or only focus on their big “money-maker” cases, leaving smaller clients to fend for themselves.
That’s simply not true at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys—we treat each and every client with the care and compassion we’d give our own families. That’s because, when you hire Gordon McKernan, you’ll have a dedicated, compassionate advocate through your entire case. We think of our clients as family, and we promise we’ll do everything we can to get you the compensation you need.
Give Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys a call at 888.501.7888 for a free consultation today.