When you or a loved one suffers serious injuries in an accident, you need to make informed decisions about your next steps. As you move through the recovery process, you need to continue making informed decisions with your family’s long-term best interests in mind.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Protecting your legal rights after a serious accident in Louisiana is not easy. There are lots of steps you need to take (and just as many mistakes you need to avoid), and the insurance companies are not on your side. It is up to you to make sure you and your family receive just compensation—and this starts with putting an experienced lawyer on your side.
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Resources for Serious Accident Victims and Their Families in Louisiana
In 2023, we published several articles with important information for serious accident victims and their families in Louisiana. If you need help after a serious accident, we encourage you to use these resources to learn about your situation (in addition to contacting us for a free, no-obligation consultation).
What To Do After a Serious Accident
There are several steps you need to take after a serious accident in Louisiana—assuming that you are physically able. If you need emergency medical attention, then you should absolutely prioritize your medical needs. But, if you can do so, taking some basic steps as soon after the accident as possible will help maximize your chances of recovering the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
Learn about the steps you should take in our Checklist: What to Do After a Serious Car or Truck Accident in Louisiana.
What NOT To Do After a Serious Accident
As we said in the introduction, just as there are steps you need to take (if possible), there are also mistakes you need to avoid. Many common mistakes can make it more difficult to recover just compensation—and some mistakes can prevent you from recovering just compensation entirely.
To learn about the mistakes you need to avoid, you can read: What NOT to Do After a Serious Car or Truck Accident in Louisiana.
Protecting Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident
Drunk driving is a major issue. There are far too many drunk drivers on Louisiana’s roads; and, while some of these drivers get arrested before they cause an accident, many don’t get in trouble until it is too late. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a drunk driver, you have clear legal rights, and it will be critical to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Protecting Your Rights After a Rideshare Accident
Rideshare accidents are becoming increasingly common. With more and more Uber and Lyft drivers on Louisiana’s roads, these accidents are now an everyday occurrence. While filing a claim after a rideshare accident is similar to filing a claim after any other car accident in certain respects, there are some unique aspects to rideshare accident cases as well.
Whether you were riding in an Uber or Lyft or you got hit by a rideshare vehicle, you need to ensure that you take the right steps to protect yourself. To learn what you should do first, you can read: Filing a Claim After a Serious Rideshare Accident in Louisiana.
Understanding Your Rights if You Were Partially At Fault
Many of the accident victims who come to us for help have questions about partial fault. They are concerned that they may be partially to blame for their injuries, and they want to know how this impacts their legal rights.
While this is a common concern, it is important not to make any assumptions about who was at fault in a serious accident. Determining fault requires a thorough investigation; and, even if you think you made a mistake, your mistake may or may not be relevant to your claim. For more information about the role of partial fault in insurance claims, you can read: What If I Was Injured in a Serious Accident that was Partially My Fault in Louisiana?
Understanding Your Rights As an Injured Passenger
Passengers often suffer serious injuries in vehicle collisions. If you, your child, or another loved one has been injured as a passenger, it will be important to make sure that you are seeking the full financial compensation you and your family deserve. We covered some key considerations for passenger injury claims in: What Are Passengers’ Rights After a Serious Car Accident in Louisiana?
Types of Claims You May Be Eligible to File
After a serious accident, reporting the accident to your insurance company is an important step for protecting your legal rights. Many accident victims have auto insurance claims, and dealing with the insurance companies is often necessary for recovering just compensation.
But, in many cases, accident victims and their families will have other types of claims as well. To learn about the additional types of claims, you may be able to file, you can read: 10 Types of Claims After a Serious Car Accident in Louisiana.
Proving Your Pain and Suffering
Serious accident victims in Louisiana are entitled to just compensation for their pain and suffering. But, calculating the “value” of an accident victim’s pain and suffering is not a straightforward process. While you will need to rely on your lawyer to calculate how much you are entitled to recover, there are steps you will need to take to document these “non-financial losses.”
Hiring a Lawyer to Represent You
No matter what claim (or claims) you need to file, and no matter how much you are entitled to recover, it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer on your side. An experienced lawyer will be able to guide you through the recovery process while fighting for the full compensation you and your family deserve.
For some tips on hiring a lawyer, you can read: 7 Considerations When Hiring a Lawyer After a Serious Accident in Louisiana.
Contact Us for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation in Alexandria, LA
We represent accident victims and their families throughout Louisiana. If you need to know more about protecting your legal rights after a serious collision, we invite you to get in touch. To arrange a free, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible, call 318-413-6660 or request an appointment online today.