How long after a car accident can you claim injury?

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In Louisiana, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is one year from the date of your injury. If you’re in a car accident, you have one year from the date of that accident to seek compensation for your injuries.

Louisiana’s statute of limitations is short compared with other states’; for that reason it’s of vital importance to contact a car accident injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. You should also seek medical attention immediately after the wreck, even if you think you’re uninjured. Some injuries take hours, days, or even weeks to become symptomatic, which is time you need to begin filing your claim.

Other than seeking medical attention as soon as possible, here are a few other things you should do after a car accident:

  • Don’t accept responsibility for the accident, and do not apologize in any way. An apology can be construed as an acceptance of guilt, which will work against your claim.
  • Notify your insurance within 24 hours of the accident. A failure to file an insurance claim within three days can void your claim.
  • Other than filing your claim, do not talk with your insurance or the other driver’s. Never provide a written or recorded statement to any insurance companies if you’re questioned.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene, and if you can, write down what you remember happening. If there are witnesses, note their names and phone numbers.
  • Call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys for a free consultation at 888.501.7888 before accepting any settlement offer.

Insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart—only their bottom lines. The lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are as concerned about your health as you are, and in fact, we don’t get paid until we win your case. Call us today at 888.501.7888 for a no-risk consultation.