What Should I Do To Pursue A Personal Injury Claim in Louisiana?

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At Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, our experienced Louisiana personal injury attorneys have been helping clients face the aftermath of life-changing injuries for decades. 

We are often asked by our clients, “What should I do to pursue a personal injury claim?”

We use a number of criteria in order to help you determine if you should pursue a personal injury claim. There is no standard approach to a personal injury case, but here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to file suit.

  • Document your injury and losses

It’s important to write down as many details about the accident as you can, including how it happened, why it happened, who was there when it happened, and what losses you have sustained as a result of the accident.

It’s also important to visit a medical professional to get an official diagnosis on your injuries. This should happen as soon as possible after your accident.

That way, you have a record of the events, your injuries, and your losses that you and your Louisiana personal injury attorney can use when making your claim. 

  • Are you within your statute of limitations?

Certain types of claims and cases have a time limit known as a statute of limitations. Generally, statues of limitations on cases involving personal injury can range from as short to 30 days to up to a year

In Louisiana, personal injury claims typically have a statute of limitations of one year.

When filing your claim, you must also make sure you include required information in order to make sure you don’t lose your right to compensation.

  • Notify those who might be at fault for your injury

Write a short letter to anyone who might be at fault for your injury. This should only include basic information and a request for a written response.  

It’s important to ask early, as the longer you wait, the more likely the at-fault party could say that they were surprised by this potential claim which will hurt your chances of recovering compensation

  • Locate those who witnessed your accident

Finding potential witnesses for your case will strengthen the likelihood that you will be able to receive a settlement for your case, or at least prove that you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence.  Time is of the essence as it will be harder to remember witnesses as time passes.

  • Hire an experienced Louisiana personal injury lawyer

Personal injury laws in Louisiana can be complex and navigating them on your own can be difficult. A skilled lawyer with experience in personal injury cases can assist you with gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and advocating for your rights in court if necessary. 

Moreover, an experienced Louisiana personal injury lawyer understands the local court system and can use this knowledge to build a strong case on your behalf. With the guidance of a lawyer, you can have peace of mind knowing that your interests are being protected and that you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.

Contact Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias Today

These are just a few of the important things to keep in mind when deciding to pursue a personal injury claim; we understand the process can be long, hard, and complicated. If you’re unsure of what steps to take next, contact an experienced New Orleans personal injury attorney today.


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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile