Suffering an injury in any type of accident can change your life in an instant. Your injury might require surgery and extensive time in rehab before you can even consider going back to work. An accident caused by someone else’s negligence that has left you injured should not leave you in a financial rut. It’s important that you always hire a personal injury attorney after being injured in any type of accident (car, construction, workplace, slip and fall, etc). When you hire a New Orleans lawyer, you are putting yourself in the right position to recover compensation for your injuries.
The law is very difficult to understand. You should never try to represent yourself when seeking compensation for injuries caused in an accident. Your financial situation has already taken a hit because your injury has kept you out of work. Don’t risk losing out on compensation by not having an understanding of the law that is there to protect you as a victim of someone else’s negligent actions.
Experienced personal injury attorneys know the filing deadlines in Louisiana as well and the proper procedures for posting bail. This means that when you work with an attorney you won’t risk missing the deadline to file your lawsuit, also known as the statute of limitations, which can prevent your case from even being heard in court or settled outside of court. Proper procedure is another important skill lawyers have. Using the wrong procedure when representing yourself could result in an unfavorable outcome for your case.
Not every personal injury case will require an expert witness to testify on the plaintiff’s behalf, but if your case does, a personal injury attorney will have access to these witnesses. Expert witnesses include doctors, retired law enforcement officials, auto mechanics, construction officials, and many other professionals. An expert witness can make or break your claim for compensation from the at-fault party.
When you work with a Louisiana lawyer with experience in personal injury cases he or she will know how to negotiate a settlement outside of court. Even though you were injured in the accident you might not want to fight for compensation in court. This can be stressful, traumatizing and take months on end to complete. A settlement is not always easy to reach, which is why working with an attorney is the best option when injured by someone else in an accident.
The benefits of hiring a lawyer extend well beyond the courtroom and the ability to negotiate a settlement. A personal injury lawyer will have experience dealing with law enforcement, which is helpful when seeking the police report from the accident and interviewing responding officers to find out what they saw upon arrival at the scene. The experience dealing with law enforcement will also help if your attorney needs to call an officer to the stand as a witness if your claim reaches trial.
As you can see, the reasons to hire a lawyer after suffering an injury in any type of accident shows how much an attorney can help your case. Make sure you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after being involved in an accident to begin building a case for compensation in New Orleans. Call the office of Schwartz Law at (225) 766-6775 to speak with an experienced attorney.
Schwartz Law Firm was founded by Christopher Schwartz in 1997. After obtaining his MBA and law degrees, Christopher Schwartz served as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster. This experience gave him a view of the system from the inside and inspired him to begin his own practice. Christopher Schwartz has successfully represented many injured employees in Longshore claims, Jones Act claims, and Personal Injury claims. He is a tough negotiator, whose track record includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Chris has also authored a book titled “The Road to Justice”. In his book, Chris outlines how he and his colleagues fight for public safety and what role his clients can play in winning their own personal injury cases. Chris is a native of New Orleans and has practiced law in Louisiana for 14 years. As a result, he understands local laws and feels a special loyalty to local people. He takes every case personally. Chris is available to represent clients anywhere in Louisiana and Maritime clients anywhere in the Gulf South. But he is also qualified to represent Defense Base Act clients anywhere in the world outside the U.S. He also focuses on auto accidents, semi-trailer accidents, 18-wheeler accidents and slip & fall accidents.