Living Expenses Don’t Have to Keep You
From Beginning a Lawsuit in Louisiana

Mar 22, 2010

When something happens, such as an accident of some sort, there is more you can do than simply accept whatever happens with it. If you are injured emotionally or physically, or if you have personal property that is damaged or destroyed as a result of the accident, or if you experience lost wages due to having to miss work because of the accident, you may be able to settle those things with a lawsuit.

In Louisiana, you don’t have to let living expenses stop you from beginning and going all the way through with a lawsuit. If you are the injured party, and the accident or injury was due to negligence or ignorance by another party, then you may be able to receive funding through a lawsuit advance to help make going through the lawsuit easier on you.

When you are considering whether or not to begin the process of a lawsuit due to an accident, there are some tips you can follow to help make your decision easier:

Don’t make a decision immediately. Sometimes there is more than the immediately obvious injury. Some things take time to become obvious, and if you settle for what is offered you immediately after an accident, you may be shortchanging yourself. Wait a few weeks, or even a few months, to decide if you need to begin a lawsuit or not, and how much it should be for.

Don’t base beginning a lawsuit on your own financial situation at the moment. Maybe you think you don’t have enough money to cover the living expenses and other spending demands that a lawsuit may bring your way. In Louisiana it may be possible for you to receive help with a lawsuit advance from Lawsuit Hotline. That would make it possible to pay for bills during your lawsuit, without going into further debt.

Keep track of everything. Write down everything you remember about what happened immediately before the accident, the conditions that led up to the accident, and what order of events made for the accident. Write down everything you can think of that may have to do with your lawsuit. Include how you felt right after the accident, if you were treated medically, what the report of injuries was, what the doctor said you may expect in the coming days, and anything else that may be from the accident such as loss of sleep. Write down how much time you had to lose from work, keep track of all personal property damages, and include your emotional status during the time after the accident.

Before you file for a lawsuit, consider talking to a lawyer. Don’t limit your communication about the accident to your, or the other person’s, insurance company. Let a lawyer help you come up with a fair figure to shoot for in the lawsuit. Since you have written records of everything, nothing should be left out.

In Louisiana you can apply for a lawsuit advance, which can help you keep in good financial shape during the lawsuit.
Going through a lawsuit may not be easy, but sometimes it’s the only way to have restitution made.