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Should I Hire A Lawyer After A Minor Car Accident?

You can handle your own personal injury case. However, it might not be an ideal solution to do so if you are not fully aware of how personal injury cases are resolved. Therefore, hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you handle your case effectively.

Should I Hire A Lawyer After A Minor Car Accident?
Should I Hire A Lawyer After A Minor Car Accident?

A personal injury lawyer is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to clients who have suffered injury and losses such as psychological, physiological, and financial loss. In addition to resolving cases and filing claims, a personal injury lawyer also assists with handling doctor bookings and similar outside matters on your behalf.

Can I Handle My Case If It’s A Minor Accident?

If it is a minor accident and minimum to no injuries or damages have occurred, then you may be able to handle your own case. However, it is appropriate to hire a lawyer if you are not fully aware of how personal injury cases are resolved. (Guide)

What To Do If You Are Injured In An Accident?

Are you injured in an accident? Seek medical attention and contact an attorney immediately. An attorney will open a case with the insurance company for you. Then, your injuries will be treated by a healthcare professional. Once the injuries are treated, then the attorney will negotiate on your behalf to get the best possible settlement for your case. If the claim is not settled, the attorney will file a lawsuit within the time provided by the law. Usually, the time to file a lawsuit for an accident is one year from the date of the accident.

Louisiana Civil Code Art. 3492. "Delictual actions are subject to a liberative prescription of one year. This prescription commences to run from the day injury or damage is sustained. It does not run against minors or interdicts in actions involving permanent disability and is brought pursuant to the Louisiana Products Liability Act or state law governing product liability actions in effect at the time of the injury or damage". [Acts 1992, No. 621, §1]

Why Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is an ideal way to handle your case. That's because an attorney's practical knowledge and first-hand experience in handling cases can help you achieve success. Now let's look at the answer in further detail.

A Lawyer Can Help You Settle Your Claims

It is not unusual for insurance companies to deny many accident claims. In a car accident, for example, people can sustain legitimate damages. But claim adjusters at the insurance company can turn down legitimate claims. This is where a personal injury lawyer helps you file your claim and assists with getting proper compensation for your damages.

Effective Negotiation

Lawyers are known for their proficiency in communication and negotiation. A good lawyer can help a client enjoy better compensation for their damage by employing various negotiation techniques.

Extensive Experience

Extensive experience adds to the expertise of a lawyer and is one of the successful indicators of a lawyer's performance and practical knowledge. Hence, a lawyer can use his/her extensive experience to professionally deal with your case and fight effectively on your behalf.

Mediation Process

Mediation is known as an informal process. It requires the injured client and their personal injury lawyer along with the insurance adjuster and their lawyer to participate in the mediation process. The eventual conclusion of mediation is a settlement and typically, the plaintiff ends up receiving a check within thirty days of mediation.

Fight Till The End

It is not unusual for lawsuits to drag on for months or even years. And since your schedule may be very busy, you can easily give up thinking that it's not worth your time. However, a personal injury lawyer does not let that happen for major reasons. First of all, fighting your case is a vital part of their ongoing experience. Plus, every case that a lawyer fights basically has the potential to become their testimonial. In addition to that, a personal injury lawyer will also obtain a share from your settlement as their fee. Hence, every lawyer is ultimately motivated to pursue your case and fight until you get compensated.


Hiring a personal injury lawyer is a logical and appropriate way to handle your case. Even though you can handle minor cases by yourself, it is not recommended that you do so. A lawyer has his/her command in communication, negotiation, mediation, and the art of persuasion. All of these skills are necessary when it comes to handling a personal injury case.

Our Firm

At the Law Office of Gaynell Williams, L.L.C., we have the experience you need to fight for the compensation you deserve for not only the costs you’ve incurred, but for the pain and suffering you and your family may have suffered as a result of the negligence of someone else such as a property owner who caused a slip and fall accident. We will search for every possible source of financial restitution, be it through insurance settlements, personal injury claims, arbitration, mediation, or litigation. Our goal is to work with you so that you receive compensation for the pain and suffering and financial costs you have been burdened with after a serious accident so that you can focus on what is most important – healing and getting on with the rest of your life.


Gaynell Williams LLC Attorney at Law offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case. The first consultation can be in person or it can be virtual, on the Internet. Call Gaynell Williams today at (504) 302-2462 for a free consultation as soon as possible. We will work around your schedule. New Orleans lawyers Gaynell Williams LLC Attorney at Law have offices in Gretna and Downtown New Orleans by appointment only.

This information has been provided for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. Please consult your attorney in connection with any specific situation under Louisiana law and the applicable state or local laws that may impose additional obligations on you.

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