When most Louisiana residents begin their days, they do not anticipate being involved in an accident. However, considering all of the people that we come into contact with each day, the potential for being the victim of an accident is always there. Many people become unwitting victims when another person makes a mistake. If someone caused you serious injury, you have rights.
Even if you fully recover from the injuries you suffered in the accident, your recovery could take some time. During that time, you most likely incurred -- and may still be incurring -- significant financial losses associated with the accident. Even with insurance, your out-of-pocket costs can be expensive. When this is accompanied with lost wages and other damages, the costs can quickly spiral out of control.
If you are left with a permanent injury, your damages will only increase. In most instances, it is best to contact an attorney at the first opportunity. Evidence pertaining to the accident needs to be secured as quickly as possible. Once the evidence is reviewed, your attorney can properly advise you regarding your options.
If it is determined that a lawsuit should be filed, the first step will be to establish that your injuries were due to the negligence of another. Successfully proving to a Louisiana civil court that you suffered serious injury at the hands of another party or parties is required before the court will consider an award of damages. Any monetary restitution that you receive could help with the financial impact the accident had, and will have, on your life.