A motor vehicle accident in Shreveport can cause a victim to suffer physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial devastation. Although we commonly use the term “auto accident” the reality is that in most cases the collision was not a true accident but was caused by the negligent conduct of a driver of an involved vehicle. When that is the case, a victim may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damage caused by the driver’s negligence through a personal injury lawsuit. If you are the victim of a collision and have never been through a personal injury lawsuit before you likely have a number of questions and concerns. To begin with, you probably want to know “What are the steps in an auto accident lawsuit?” Given the unique nature of a motor vehicle collision, no two lawsuits will follow the exact same path to resolution; however, there are some common steps that are included in most auto accident lawsuits, including:
2. Maximum medical improvement.
You will continue to treat with medical providers for your injuries until you reach “maximum medical improvement”, or MMI. MMI does not always mean you are completely healed. Instead, it means you have reached a point at which further treatment is unlikely to result in significant improvement.
3. Demand for settlement.
Once you have reached MMI your attorney will prepare a demand for settlement package. In essence, this is a letter that outlines your legal position, including why the defendant is responsible for damages and includes a monetary figure which you are willing to accept to settle the lawsuit.
4. Negotiation and settlement.
Your attorney will then enter into negotiations with the insurance adjuster in an attempt to settle the lawsuit out of court. If those negotiations are successful you will sign a release of all claims in exchange for the compensation agreed to during negotiations. The lawsuit is then dismissed and the case is concluded.
If settlement negotiations are not successful your case will proceed to a trial at which a judge or jury will decide all contested issues. If you are successful at trial the judge or jury will decide how much compensation to award you.
If you have additional questions or concerns about the procedures involved in an auto accident lawsuit, or you have specific questions about your accident, contact the Louisiana auto accident attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today.