If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, you deserve justice. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party can ensure that you get the financial restitution needed to settle your medical costs as well as other damages.
However, to protect your interests, you need to take certain steps. Here are two things you need to do right after your crash:
A car accident can leave you with a range of injuries. While injuries like broken bones and bruises may be clearly visible, others like internal bleeding and some types of brain injuries may take time to manifest. Thus, even if you feel okay, it helps to see a doctor as soon as possible so you can be examined and hidden injuries diagnosed and treated in time.
If you delay in seeking treatment, and your injuries escalate into something serious, both the defendant and their insurance company might dispute your claim. And if they succeed in convincing the court, you might never get the compensation you badly need.
File a claim
To win your personal injury lawsuit, you must file a claim against the defendant. And there is a timeline within which you must do this. This is known as the statute of limitations.
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is one year from the date of the accident. You risk losing your right to compensation if you file your claim after this deadline.
Knowing your rights and responsibilities following a car accident can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit and claim the right compensation for your damages.