As long as we have highways, roads and human error, there will be car accidents. However, there are some very clear things drivers can do to reduce the risks, and when they do not take the appropriate care, their insurance companies can be held accountable for the consequences.
At Hawkins Oetjens, L.L.C., our experienced litigation attorneys assist clients throughout Louisiana in pursuing fair compensation for the injuries they have suffered in motor vehicle accidents. Whether serious or minor, you deserve appropriate compensation.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should get the medical assistance you need. Even if you are not sure how serious your injuries are, you should see a doctor. Be clear and truthful in describing the accident and your symptoms so that the medical professionals will be able to provide you with proper advice.
To protect your rights, you should never consider settling your car accident claim until you have fully healed or reached the maximum level of medical improvement. Once you have settled a case, that is it. The insurance company is under no further obligation to compensate you for additional medical bills, unknown injuries, and/or lost time from work. You are entitled to fair and adequate payment for all your losses when caused by another.
You should also contact an attorney right away to discuss your options. Under Louisiana law, in most cases, you must file a lawsuit within one year of your accident or all of your rights to recover will be lost.
If you chose to discuss your claim with an insurance adjuster, keep in mind that the adjuster is looking out for the best interests of the insurance company. Simply put, the adjuster’s job is to give you as little money as possible. Some adjusters may even go as far as telling you that you’ll receive less if you hire an attorney. They offer this unsolicited “advice” for precisely the opposite reason. You are far more likely to receive more compensation if you have an aggressive, competent attorney on your side.
Hawkins Oetjens, L.L.C. has handled hundreds of car accident cases throughout Louisiana. We know how to investigate these claims in order to maximize your settlement potential. If a claim can’t be settled on fair terms, Hawkins Oetjens, L.L.C. can and will bring your case to trial. The insurance companies know this and that is why you should hire Hawkins Oetjens, L.L.C.