Covington Car Accident FAQs

Why won’t the insurance company pay me what I'm owed? If the other driver was at fault, why do I have to pay my own medical bills? Who pays for my rental car after my car was totaled? We answer questions like these and many more in our personal injury FAQs. If your question is not covered here, give us a call.

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  • My Car Was Damaged After A Car Accident But I Still Need To Get To Work. What Should I Do?

    The first few days after a car wreck can be the most frustrating for my clients.  Not only are they in pain and hurting, but a lot of times, they are also out of a vehicle and find themselves suddenly without transportation.  Getting to work is usually the primary concern.

    In Louisiana, the at-fault insurance company is responsible for setting up a rental vehicle for you following a wreck.  However, they will not set up the rental until they have investigated the accident and accepted responsibility.  Typically, an insurance adjuster will say that they are waiting for the police report or waiting to get in touch with their insured before they can start the rental process.  

    We have been successful in expediting the rental car process by actively communicating with insurance adjusters and making sure they have all the information about the wreck, as soon as possible.  

    If you have rental coverage on your own vehicle, a faster way to get the rental car is to go through your own insurance coverage.  That way, you don’t have to wait on the at-fault insurance company.  

    Frustrated and without transportation? If you can’t come to us, we will come to you!

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • The At-Fault Driver Of My Car Accident Told The Police It Was My Fault But It Definitely Wasn’t. What Do I Need To Do?

    Police officers investigating a crash have a difficult job.  They have to study the accident scene, interview the parties involved, and write down what they believe happened in their accident report.  If the other driver is lying about what happened, it makes their job harder.  

    As frustrating as it may be, the best thing you can do is calmly explain to the officer exactly what happened, being as precise about the facts as possible.  If you had to be rushed to the hospital after an accident, it is important to contact the police officer so that he or she has your side of the story.  

    It is also important to take as many pictures and videos of the accident scene as possible.  A picture can say 1,000 words and oftentimes, they reveal how the collision occurred.  Even take pictures and videos of any skid marks.  An accident reconstruction expert may be able to use this evidence later down the road if necessary.

    Finally, make a note of any witnesses to the accident, including their names and contact information.  If the other driver is making up stories, it may be a good idea to get affidavits from any witnesses and make sure the police officer takes their information into consideration. 

    If you received a police report for your accident which is not quite right, call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your options.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Will My Car Accident Claim Cover Expenses To My Chiropractor?

    Chiropractic treatment is common following a car accident claim, especially when the person experiences soft-tissue injuries.  Chiropractors can be amazing at helping people to get some relief for their pain and manage their injuries.  

    Often, a chiropractor may not be covered by health insurance or may not take health insurance following a car accident injury.  In those cases, bills can add up quickly and knowing how they are going to be paid is very important.  

    Unfortunately, in a Louisiana car accident claim, the at-fault insurance company is not responsible for paying the chiropractor as you treat.  Instead, the insurance company will typically want to resolve your claim once you have finished treating.  If you are successful in settling your claim, the chiropractor would be paid with a portion of your settlement funds.  

    In some cases, an injured victim may have what is called “medical payment or med-pay coverage” with their own auto insurance.  Sometimes, a chiropractor will request to be paid from those funds.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • If I Was The Passenger In A Car That Caused A Louisiana Car Accident Can I File A Claim Against The Driver?

    If you were a passenger in a car that causes an accident, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver, even if you were a passenger in the vehicle he or she was driving.  It is important to get all the information you can regarding the driver’s car insurance so that a claim may be filed on your behalf.  We have successfully handled claims made by passengers. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can I Represent Myself In A Louisiana Car Accident Claim?

    While it may be possible to represent yourself in a car accident claim, whether it is advisable to do so depends on many factors.  Most “fender benders” that do not involve injuries may be handled directly with the at-fault insurance company.  However, if the accident involves substantial vehicle damage or if someone was injured, things can get complicated quickly.  

    Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    So, how do you decide whether to hire an experienced car accident attorney or try to handle the claim on your own?  That’s where our DIY CRASH COURSE comes in.  Learn more about our 100% free and confidential DIY CRASH COURSE. Click here to learn more.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can You Claim Mental And Emotional Distress Following A Car Accident?

    Physical trauma is not the only injury someone may suffer as a result of a car accident.  In Louisiana, you may also be entitled to compensation for your emotional distress and mental anguish.     

    Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    Many people also suffer non-physical damages as a result of an accident. A car wreck is a traumatic experience. In some situations, a victim of a car wreck may be afraid to get behind the wheel again, may feel claustrophobic, or even develop post-traumatic stress disorder. These are examples of emotional distress.

    Another type of non-physical damage is mental anguish, which a victim of a car wreck may experience when, because of their injuries, they do not know how they are going to get their life back in order. A victim may worry about how they will pay their bills, whether they will lose their job, or feel deficient as a spouse or a parent. These are all examples of mental anguish.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • How long does it take to settle a car accident case in Louisiana?

    settling-a-louisiana-car-accident-claimAfter suffering car accident injuries caused by another driver's negligence, it's understandable to be concerned about resolving your personal injury claim as soon as possible. However, rushing to settle your case is not always in your best interests.

    Factors Affecting Your Car Accident Settlement

    Most car accident cases settle out of court.

    A number of factors affect how long it takes to settle a car accident claim in Louisiana. The following is a brief overview:

    • The extent of your injuries. It is advisable to wait until you have reached maximum medical improvement to settle your case, which takes longer for more serious injuries.
    • Whether you have been left permanently disabled. If your injuries have left you with a disability that will require ongoing medical care or affect your ability to return to work, your case will become significantly more complex.
    • Liability issues. If one driver is clearly at fault for the accident, a case may be able to be resolved fairly quickly. If liability is not obvious or more than one driver is at fault, the case may take longer to resolve.
    • Your willingness to accept an offer. Your case ends as soon as you accept an offer from the insurance company. Offers made early in the process are often lower than what you may be entitled to receive. Some people accept a lowball offer because they are worried about finances or they are eager to put the matter behind them.  This is not advisable.

    The Value of Experienced Legal Representation

    Before you accept any car accident settlement offer, it can be advantageous to discuss the terms of the settlement with your attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you evaluate the worth of your case to determine if the settlement provides adequate compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other harms and losses.

    Once you have accepted a car accident settlement, you are not allowed to ask for more money later on. This means it is vital that you have someone available to advocate for your interests throughout the settlement process.

    Contact us today or call us at (985) 590-6182 for a free and confidential consultation from our office located in Covington and serving all areas of the Northshore including St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parish (Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell, Hammond) and the New Orleans metro!

     

  • I'm worried about losing my job as a result of a car wreck. What should I do?

    Your lost wages, time you miss to go to the doctor, and inability to continue working may form part of your claim against the at-fault party. It is important to document any time you miss from work. While we can't control your employer's actions, we can provide them with information from your doctor concerning your limitations and request proof from them regarding your lost wages. If you have short-term or long-term disability insurance, we can help you navigate through the process of filing a claim. Each person's situation is unique. We can help you through this process.

    Contact us today or call us at (985) 590-6182 for a free and confidential consultation from our office located in Covington and serving all areas of the Northshore including St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parish (Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell, Hammond) and the New Orleans metro!

  • I've been in a car wreck. What should I do?

    Make sure to:

    • Call the Police (Dial 911);
    • Seek immediate medical treatment if you are injured;
    • Obtain the other driver's name and contact information;
    • Take pictures and video of the damage to both vehicles and of the accident scene;
    • Get the name of the other driver's insurance company and policy number;
    • Get the item number of the police report and the identity of the police who respond (State Trooper, Parish Sheriff, City police);
    • Get the contact information of any witnesses; and
    • Take pictures of your injuries.

    We can help you with your car wreck case, from start to finish.

    Contact us today or call us at (985) 590-6182 for a free and confidential consultation from our office located in Covington and serving all areas of the Northshore including St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parish (Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell, Hammond) and the New Orleans metro!

  • Does the insurance company have to provide me with a rental car?

    Yes. If the other person is at fault and they have insurance, you are entitled to a rental car if your car will require a certain number of days to repair. We can help you through this process.

    Contact us today or call us at (985) 590-6182 for a free and confidential consultation from our office located in Covington and serving all areas of the Northshore including St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parish (Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell, Hammond) and the New Orleans metro!