Fighting for fair compensation from insurance companies following accidents
Insurance companies know the chaos following an accident is added stress on top of an injury. Before you accept a settlement check, make sure it's one that covers all the costs of your recovery. Cueria Law Firm handles accidents on land, water and in the air. Contact us today at (504) 525-5211 for a free consultation.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Specializing in transportation accidents
We use transportation each day to go to school and work, run errands, visit loved ones and more. In doing so we interact with other people in our community, and assume they will conduct themselves and their vehicles in a way that will not put us at risk for an accident. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. There are many reasons why your commute or a typical drive to the grocery store may result in an accident which causes an injury:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- User error in operating the vehicle
- Mechanical failure of the vehicle being used
- Mechanical failure of the roadway equipment as stop lights, railway crossings, etc
- Poor maintenance of roads, railways or other transportation equipment
Each of the above situations can result in a serious or even fatal injury for the unsuspecting driver or passengers involved. The job of a personal injury law firm in this case is to help the injured party establish that another party was liable through negligence. This allows the injured parties to make a claim against any insurance company or other liable parties in order to get the money they need to recover from their injuries.
Insurance companies fight these battles each day, and many times they’ll get away with short changing the injured party who doesn’t realize they can make a claim for more than just initial medical bills. Seeking legal guidance from a personal injury attorney like the transportation accident attorney at Cueria Law Firm, LLC, can mean the difference between fully recovering from your injuries and suffering, or stressing each day about the pain you are in and the money you owe for medical treatment.
Transportation Cases We Handle
What To Do After An Accident
Whether you’re a driver, motorcycle rider, cyclist, pedestrian or passenger in a car, train, bus or plane, it’s important to know what to do in the event you are injured in an accident. The moments following an accident can see chaotic, especially if you have a major injury. But these moments are also what could make or break your personal injury case.
Call 9-1-1 immediately
Contacting emergency responders will mean two things: first, you’ll get an ambulance and paramedics who can assess your injuries. Secondly, you’ll have a police officer respond who will write a report documenting the facts of the accident and the contact information of all involved parties. This police report may also include the officer’s opinion of who was at fault, which can be helpful if your insurance claim is denied.
In some cases, such as accidents which occur on private property or on the water, it may not be possible for you to get a police officer to respond. Ask if there is an incident report that can be filed by the owner of the property (this is usually the case for businesses and organizations). If that is not an option, do your best to collect the information from the involved parties including the other driver, any passengers, and any witnesses of the accident. If you have a camera capable cell phone, take photos of the damage and injuries caused by the accident.
Seek medical treatment
In the moments after a traumatic event such as a car accident you may not be able to properly assess your injuries. If you go about your day after sustaining a minor injury you could cause further damage. It’s best to go to an emergency room even if you feel okay.
Contact a personal injury attorney for a consultation
If you file a claim or if the other party involved in the accident does, you will be contacted by an insurance company. They will have questions regarding your accident, including your injuries and personal information.
Insurance adjusters may act as if they are looking out for you, but the reality is that it is their job to offer you the lowest possible amount for your injuries.
When you are offered a check to cover you medical treatment, it is in exchange for your right to make any future claims against their insured. While it may be tempting to accept a three or four figure check in the days following your accident, you may be entitled to much more. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you on which damages you are able to claim based on the cases they have negotiated in the past.
The damages you may be able to claim which the insurance company may not initially offer include:
- Lost wages due to inability to work, both past and present
- Future costs of medical treatments
- Mental pain and anguish experienced after a traumatic event
- Loss of capacity to provide for your family and loved ones
- The need for accessibility equipment at the present and in the future
Wrongful Death Claims Following a Transportation Accident
In the most severe accidents, injuries may result in the death of a loved one. In these cases, the loved ones of the deceased may have the right to make a wrongful death claim. These claims are reserved for the closest kin (usually a child or spouse) but can be made by the parents, siblings, or any dependents of the person who died in the accident. These claims will recover damages for loss of society and companionship, as well as to cover medical costs or funeral costs incurred by the deceased. To find out if you have a wrongful death case, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a transportation accident, contact Cueria Law Firm, LLC, for a free consultation today. Our experienced team has dealt with every type of transportation accident including auto accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, rideshare (Uber & Lyft) accidents, helicopter and plane accidents, railroad accidents and pedestrian or cyclist accidents. We have a solid understanding of the insurance company tactics used to justify a lower claim than the victims of a personal injury accident deserve. Cueria Law Firm, LLC, will get you the compensation and justice you deserve to move on with your life.
You can contact Cueria Law Firm today to request a free consultation on your accident by calling (504) 525-5211.