You may want to hire a pedestrian accident lawyer if you are severely injured and don’t want to handle your own legal matters after your accident. A lawyer can investigate your situation and determine who is at fault for causing your accident. They can also represent your interests during negotiations with the insurance company and by filing a lawsuit for compensation if necessary.
All too often, insurance companies will offer you a quick settlement that is not even close to what your case may be worth. In other cases, the insurance company may deny that its insured party is responsible for the accident or argue that you are more at fault for the accident than its insured party. While you focus on your recovery from the accident, we can focus on protecting your legal rights and properly valuing your potential personal injury case.
Advising You of the Next Steps in Your Case
Many people are uncertain where to turn when they have suffered severe injuries or when a loved one has suffered fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident. Getting medical treatment or mourning a loved one is likely to be your first reaction to an accident. However, you undoubtedly will have questions about your legal rights, too.
A pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm can inform you what steps you should take following an accident that has led to injuries. You can get a clear sense of whether you have a legal case against another party, how you can pursue that case, and the kinds of compensation for which you may be eligible. Most importantly, you can get your questions answered, which may help calm your concerns.
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A Lawyer Can Help You Prove Fault in Your Pedestrian Accident Case
Holding another driver or other party accountable for your injuries in a pedestrian accident requires that you have proof as to how the accident occurred and who caused the accident. Pedestrian accident cases typically rest on a finding of negligence or a failure to exercise due care in driving.
Negligence requires proof of four elements:
- The party owed a legal duty of care to others, including you
- The party violated that duty of care
- The violation of the duty of care directly caused injuries to you
- You suffered damages or losses as a result of your injuries
A pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm can collect evidence of these elements on your behalf.
A Lawyer Can Negotiate with the Insurance Companies
When a pedestrian accident occurs, you likely will hear from an insurance adjuster quickly. This responsible party’s insurance company may try to talk you into an immediate settlement to resolve your case as quickly and cheaply as possible.
A pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm can handle these communications for you. We can determine what a fair settlement might be in your case, taking into consideration your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and permanent impairments. Then, we can negotiate with the insurance companies for a fair offer or take your case to trial.
Ensuring That You Meet All Deadlines in Your Case
All personal injury lawsuits, including those arising from pedestrian accidents, are subject to a statute of limitations. This deadline for filing your lawsuit in court is particularly short in Louisiana as compared to other states. Under CC Art. 3492, you generally have only one year from the date of your accident to file your lawsuit.
One year can pass very quickly, especially when you have suffered catastrophic injuries and may need months to fully recover. In some cases, a full recovery may not be possible. A pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm can help ensure that you meet the statute of limitations and all other relevant deadlines in your case.
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Get Advice During This Challenging Time
Knowing what to expect in your case is a significant benefit that a lawyer can offer you. You also can rely on your attorney from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers to handle negotiations with insurance companies and fight to get you fair compensation for your injuries.
Call our offices today at (337) 777-7777 and get more information about why hiring a pedestrian accident from our firm can benefit your case. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free case review.