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After a car accident, it's important to know your legal rights

Injuries from a car accident can have far-reaching consequences. People have to deal with pain, medical appointments and the inability to work or enjoy life like you used to. Fortunately, if the accident was the fault of a negligent driver people have important legal rights under Louisiana law.

If the accident was caused by the other driver, people have a legal right to seek compensation for their losses from that driver and their insurance company. In Louisiana people can claim damages for past and future lost income, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

The insurance company for the other driver will sometimes approach an injured accident victim and make a financial offer to settle their claims in exchange for a full release of future claims. It is important not to accept an early offer like this without consulting a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies make these offers for a reason -- they know they may be on the hook for significant damages but if they can get to a victim before they see an attorney they can sometimes buy off their claim for a bargain price.

At the Gaar Law Firm in Lafayette we understand the stress and confusion that follow a serious auto accident injury. We can help by taking over negotiations with the other driver's insurance company. We let them know we are prepared to take your case all the way to trial if necessary. When they understand this, we often find they take our clients' claims more seriously. For more on how we can help Louisiana residents who've been injured by negligent drivers, please see our web page.

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