Accident Questions Answered by the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Bloom Legal
Simply put, a New Orleans personal injury attorney works on behalf of his or her clients. We represent people who end up hurt when things go wrong. We’d all like to believe that nothing could ever happen to us or the people we love, but sometimes life proves us wrong.People behave carelessly, businesses don’t take the safety precautions they should and drivers sometimes get behind the wheel after a few drinks. That’s life. Personal injury attorneys step up to the plate when these sorts of difficult events happen.
At Bloom Legal, we’re here to help guide you through the post-accident confusion and to make sure you get fair and timely compensation for your injuries. That’s why we compiled the questions below. In the aftermath of a traumatic event, having someone on your side working unequivocally on your behalf can make the difference between an outcome that works for you and a settlement that leaves you unnecessarily footing the bill for someone else’s negligent behavior. Read the FAQ below then contact us so we can get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
When’s the Best Time to Call a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney?
Hiring a New Orleans personal injury attorney should be the first thing you do as soon as the accident dust settles and everyone is safe. It’ll do two things: reduce your stress and give you the best shot at an advantageous outcome.
Once you start working with us, we’ll communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, so you can put your energy into recovering instead of dealing with paperwork. Our investigators will also jump in and immediately begin gathering evidence to support your case. We know what to look for, how to get it and the best way to present it to insurance company representatives. Sooner is always better when it comes to doing things like taking photos of the scene, documenting injuries and interviewing witnesses — and strong evidence often leads to better offers.
Do I Need to See a Doctor if I Only Have Minor Injuries from an Accident?
Getting checked out by a doctor should be at the top of your post-accident list of things to do. Bicycle, car and motorcycle accidents commonly result in latent injuries — medical issues that don’t become obvious until a week, month or even a year down the line. Medical checkups catch these sorts of problems early, so you can nip things in the bud and get treatment before your health deteriorates.
Doctors’ reports also play a critical role in the claims process. Having one that accurately documents your injuries greatly increases your chances of obtaining the settlement you deserve.
Dealing with the health care system can be overwhelming when you’re recovering from a traumatic event. You don’t have to do it alone. We’ve got the resources to help you navigate the health care system and can even get you set up with a physician to look after your health.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help You Work with the Insurance Companies?
At Bloom Legal, we get how insurance companies work and the elements they take into consideration when calculating offers. We know what factors you should consider when evaluating a proposed settlement, and we make sure you don’t forget things like potential lost future earnings when deciding whether or not to accept a particular deal.
We’ve seen just about every insurance company trick imaginable. We can tell when a claim is moving towards a sensible resolution and just needs a bit more finesse and patience—or when it’s not. We have 15 years of experience identifying and countering stonewalling tactics designed to push you into an unfavorable resolution and we won’t let it happen to you. Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys understand when it’s time to negotiate and when it’s time to fight. And when it’s time to fight, we’ve got the experience and know-how to file a suit.
Do I Have To Go To Court For a Personal Injury Claim?
An accident can alter your life greatly, taking up time and money. It can weigh on you physically as well as mentally. If you have been the victim of a personal injury, you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. But does that mean you will need to appear in court on top of everything else?
It’s a question we get asked by our clients a lot. The short answer is—it depends. A personal injury claim must be initially officially filed with a court, but a New Orleans personal attorney can do this on your behalf. However, there are a number of steps and negotiations to go through before a hearing will be necessary, at which point it is likely you would need to appear to give your testimony.
In many personal injury cases, the defendant will hope to settle before the claim goes to court. They will want to deal with the issue as quickly as possible, while spending the least amount of money.
This is why it’s so important to have an experienced New Orleans personal injury attorney on your side. Not only can they file the initial claim in court for you, but more importantly they can help you navigate the negotiations process effectively and intelligently.
At Bloom Legal, we fight to make sure our clients get the full compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. We understand the impact a serious injury can have on a person’s life, their family, and their wellbeing, and we believe your settlement should fully reflect that impact. Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many cases where insurance companies or lawyers for the defense try to lowball the settlement, and individuals end up getting paid less than they deserve.
Can I Change My Mind Once I’ve Accepted a Settlement in Louisiana?
According to the law, once you’ve accepted a settlement for a personal injury case you cannot seek further compensation, even you later realize you did not receive enough. Far too many people who try to represent themselves in personal injury cases end up taking settlements for less than they deserve. With our experienced attorneys on your side, you can rest assured we will fight for every penny you are due.
If the job cannot get done in negotiations, we will take the claim to court. We will represent you whenever possible, but you would likely need to appear at least to give your testimony. We understand that it is not always easy to appear in court—for example if you suffered your injury while vacationing or away from home. We will communicate with you and provide whatever accommodations we can to make this as easy as possible for you.
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim On Behalf of a Child?
When a person is injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another, the injured person may be entitled to compensation for their suffering.
But what happens when the injured person is a child or minor under eighteen?
Legal adults eighteen years of age or older must bring a personal injury claim on behalf of themselves. However, when a minor is involved the parent or legal guardian may file on behalf of the child. The nuances of personal injury laws involving minors will vary from state to state. Your New Orleans personal injury attorney will also be able to assist you in navigating the specifics of the local law.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been injured, you have likely incurred a lot of expenses. Between medical bills and potentially missing work to care for your child, these expenses can add up quickly.
When bringing a personal injury case on behalf of a child, the parent or guardian—as well as the child—may also be entitled to compensation.
What If a Child Is Deemed as the Cause of an Accident?
In some cases a minor may be accused of or deemed the cause of an accident.
In most states, children under the age of seven are not considered responsible for accidents they may have caused. This is because a young child is not seen to have the same awareness of their responsibility as an adult. They simply don’t know better, and cannot be held responsible for the law by accidents or injuries they may have caused. However, if it can be shown that parent’s negligence or wrongdoing contributed to the accident, the injured party may seek compensation from them.
In the eyes of the law, most teenagers are deemed responsible for their actions, even if they are not legally an adult. Particularly when a minor is driving a car, they are held to the same standard as an adult in terms of responsibility for their safety and the safety of others.
However, in some cases the financial responsibility may still fall to the parents or guardians. If they own the vehicle, and a minor is involved in an accident in it, then the parents/guardians or their insurance company will usually be held fiscally responsible.
In some cases, minors may be held responsible for due compensation once they turn 18 and legally become and adult and start earning their own money.
Why Do I Need a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney?
Here’s the thing. We deal with personal injury cases every day, you probably don’t. Most people just don’t regularly experience these sorts of life-changing events.
We know the tricks to look for, what to expect and how to deal with it, to ensure you the best possible result.
Insurance companies often employ specific strategies and tactics to intentionally drive down accident claim payments, including pushing you to settle before you know the full extent of your injuries. In Louisiana, you can’t reopen your case after you’ve reached a settlement — even if you later discover that the insurance company provided inadequate compensation. The law simply doesn’t permit do-overs. When it comes to personal injury law, you need to get things right the first time.
At Bloom Legal, we have years of experience with Louisiana personal injury cases. Car, motorcycle and workplace accident cases make up a substantial part of our practice. We know what we’re doing when it comes to personal injury law, and we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve right off the bat.
We’re in This Together
At Bloom Legal, we firmly believe no one should ever have to face the aftermath of a car, workplace, bicycle or motorcycle accident alone. We want the best for all members of our New Orleans community, so we’re committed to providing access to outstanding legal representation in personal injury cases even if you don’t have the cash to pay up front. Call 504-599-9997 today to schedule a free consultation with a top New Orleans personal injury attorney.
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