Yes. Speaking with an attorney as early as possible will improve the odds of a client’s claim being successful. Delay in doing so often leads to the loss, destruction or deterioration of relevant evidence such as:
- Early vehicle inspection;
- Video surveillance,
- Scene and injury photos or
- Witness testimony.
Witnesses become difficult to locate or they often have a less clear memory of what they saw, what they heard or what they did as time passes. Retaining an attorney early on can assist in counteracting these issues.
Additionally, clients often say things they should not to adverse parties or to witnesses that may hurt their case. Once an attorney is retained, the adverse party’s representative is prohibited from communicating with the client without explicit permission and this helps alleviate these problems.
Of course, with issues like property damage, we typically suggest that the client communicate directly with the insurance adjuster regarding getting their car appraised and fixed in New Orleans or elsewhere in Louisiana.
Besides hiring an attorney at the earliest possible time, the client can do several things to improve the success of their claim. One example is promptly responding to their attorney’s requests and being upfront and honest with their attorney. An attorney needs to know what they are working with so they can best formulate a representation strategy.
A client that neither overstates nor understates their injuries makes a reliable, believable witness and one that the insurance company fears most. Being trustworthy, honest and maintaining a realistic understanding of the value of their claim are all things a person can do to improve their claims experience.
The attorneys at Darryl Breaux & Associates are uniquely qualified to understand these concepts because Darryl and Evan personally interact with each of DB&A’s clients throughout each client’s case. Call us 24/7 for a FREE consultation if you or a loved one has had an accident in New Orleans or elsewhere in Louisiana.