The answer is no—you do not need a lawyer for a car accident settlement. Louisiana law does not require you to hire an attorney to pursue compensation for your damages. You may be able to represent yourself in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit.
However, having a legal team in your corner after an accident can provide benefits. A lawyer who understands the law of Louisiana can work on your case while you are recovering after the accident. They can gather evidence, hire expert witnesses to testify in your defense, and gather evidence to demonstrate the value of your damages. They can also handle all legal deadlines, communications, and paperwork on your behalf.
Furthermore, they may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no advanced payment required.
The Benefits of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident or how clear-cut your case is in your eyes, navigating the legal system can be difficult. You may experience some resistance when filing your claim. For instance, the at-fault party may deny responsibility or hire a defense lawyer. Or, the insurance company may reject your claim or offer a low settlement.
A car accident lawyer can take on your personal injury case to protect your rights and fight for a fair settlement. There are several ways that an attorney can help you with your case, including:
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Handle Your Entire Case
If you are recovering from your injuries, you may quickly discover that getting around is difficult. Trying to handle a complicated personal injury case on your own can be challenging if you have limited resources or mobility.
A law firm typically consists of lawyers and a supplementary legal team that can perform all clerical duties, engage with all parties, and formulate a legal strategy while you are trying to get back on your feet.
Investigate Your Claim
As the victim of a car accident, you may still lack all the facts that can prove your case. An attorney can investigate your claim to determine what happened, who is at fault, and how the other person’s negligence led to your injuries.
A lawyer can gather evidence of fault and liability, such as photos/videos, eyewitness statements, medical records, or police reports. They will know how to present this evidence to substantiate your claim.
Calculate Your Damages
In a personal injury case, you may be able to claim both economic and non-economic damages according to Louisiana’s personal injury laws. An attorney can help you document all financial and personal losses that you incurred as a result of the accident. This may include damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Although it is impossible to estimate the exact value of your case, working with an attorney will give you a clearer picture of what your claim may worth. They can also use the evidence to draw a correlation between the accident and your damages.
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Engage With the Insurance Company
A car accident lawyer can engage with the insurance company on your behalf. This includes submitting all paperwork, answering an adjustor’s questions, and negotiating a settlement.
Allowing your attorney to speak on your behalf can prevent you from making any mistakes that could hurt your case. They understand the legal process and know how to negotiate a settlement.
Represent You on Trial
If the insurance company rejects your claim or offers you a low settlement, you have a right to take your case to trial and allow a judge or jury to decide your case. A lawyer can represent you in both settlement negotiations or on trial.
Protect Your Rights by Working With Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers
While you technically do not need a lawyer for a car accident settlement, hiring one may take the pressure and stress of coordinating your case off of your shoulders. If you were injured in a car accident in Lafayette or Alexandria, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you.
To discuss your case in a free consultation with a member of our team, call us at (337) 777-7777. We offer representation on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments required. Our clients do not pay us attorney’s fees unless and until they recover compensation in a settlement offer.
Do not delay, as Civil Code § 3492 may impose a one-year time limit on your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana.