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What happens after serious auto accidents can impact legal claims

Even though you might follow the rules of the road, that does not mean that all Louisiana drivers will. A significant number of auto accidents here and around the country are caused by the negligent actions of another driver. Since establishing that fact is essential to the success of a legal claim, what you do in the aftermath of a serious accident can impact your personal injury claim.

Many people will feel that when they have been cleared by medical personnel right after an accident, they do not necessarily need to continue receiving follow-up care such as physical therapy and checkups. Delaying or skipping these medical appointments can jeopardize your claim. An insurance company could assert that because you do not attend these appointments, your injuries were not as serious as you claimed. Your medical care must be a priority.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you might not have taken your own photographs of the scene. Your attorney can obtain any photos that were taken by officials and others, if available. What you can do, however, is take pictures of your injuries at every stage of your recovery. Making notes along the way can help as well. These items can be offered as evidence to support your claim.

Your attorney will more than likely advise you not to speak with your or the other driver's insurance company -- and possibly anyone else as well. Insurance companies do not make a profit when they pay claims in auto accidents, so they may attempt to find reasons to deny your claim. This is most often done by using your own words against you. Contact a Louisiana attorney as soon as possible who can advise you, guide you and represent your interests in order to pursue restitution appropriate to the circumstances.

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