Gardere, LA – Most people who are involved in accidents can report the situation and contact their insurance company to start the process to get paid for their injuries. Lawyers can assist with this process by negotiating and doing various other things on the client’s behalf. Even when a person reports their accident and gets assistance, there is still a possibility that things can go wrong with the case. Here are a few serious problems that can affect the outcome of an accident lawsuit.
Waiting too long
There is a statute of limitations in every state that says a victim must file their lawsuit within a certain period of time after an accident. A case that is filed after this deadline will be dismissed. In Louisiana, this time limit is relatively short compared to other jurisdictions and it is limited to one year. This means that a person who was involved in a crash and injured should try to get legal advice as soon as possible after the incident and have their accident lawyer file the case before this time limit is over.
The plaintiff was mostly or entirely at fault
An accident lawsuit is generally filed against the individual or their employer who is responsible for the incident. Louisiana law even allows a plaintiff to collect money from a negligence lawsuit if they were partially or mostly at fault for the crash. However, there are also practical concerns about bringing a case where there are serious factual disputes regarding who is at fault. If it appears that the plaintiff caused their own injuries, they may receive a very small amount from a settlement, which may make it unreasonable to file the case.
One of the most important reasons to retain an experienced lawyer or firm is that lawsuits get thrown out due to errors made by lawyers. If the client’s attorney has brought the case in the wrong venue, made mistakes in the initial complaint that starts the case, or missed a deadline, the client can suffer and they may lose their case. For this reason, it is best to only trust a firm with a record of success to handle the lawsuit and all related matters.
Accident lawyers can provide additional advice
Miller, Hampton, and Hilgendorf is a law firm that focuses on motor vehicle accident lawsuits in Gardere and other parts of Louisiana. Those who have recently been harmed during a collision can speak with their attorneys about the process to receive compensation.
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