When you are involved in an accident or otherwise injured due to someone else’s careless or reckless actions, it can be difficult to know what to do next. You may need extensive, ongoing medical care—but how will you pay for that treatment? What if you are unable to return to work for weeks or months following the accident? Who is responsible for these costs, not to mention the intangible pain and suffering you have experienced?
At Jones & Hill, we understand the far-reaching impact serious injuries have, not just on victims but on their loved ones and family members, as well.
We know that the immediate aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming and chaotic, especially if you were rushed to the hospital and/or face ongoing treatment and surgeries.
But if your accident was caused by another person or party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you have the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim for your current and future damages—and Jones & Hill can help.
For over 35 years, we have been fighting for the rights of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout the state of Louisiana. With multiple offices and a team of dedicated, proven trial lawyers, Jones & Hill is here for you.
Contact us today to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.
"We care for each of our clients as we would our close family and friends. We visit their homes, share meals with them, and learn their hopes and their fears."
- Attorney's Craig Hill & J. Craig Jones
We care for each of our clients as we would our close family and friends. Whenever needed, we visit our clients in the hospital or at home, and we always do everything we can to truly understand their unique needs, concerns, and goals from the legal process. Our firm is committed to using the cornerstone of civil justice in this country—the jury system—to obtain full and fair compensation for individuals whose rights have been violated by the government, corporations, and insurance companies.
We believe our job is to make sure our clients and their families receive justice and financial compensation to account for 100% of their damages. We have multiple offices and proudly serve clients in Lake Charles, Alexandria, Oakdale and Oberlin and all of the surrounding areas. We are available to take your call and set up an appointment at no cost to you to discuss the specifics of your situation, as well as your legal rights and options.
From its inception, Jones & Hill has quickly gained a reputation of being a leading firm in the field of civil and personal injury trial work. This reputation is due in large part to the significant case results obtained by both J. Craig Jones and Craig Hill. Our founding attorneys are known for their compassionate, client-focused representation and their aggressive, results-oriented approach, and all of our attorneys have been recognized for their commitment to securing the best possible results for our clients.
Proud Community Supporters
The team at Jones & Hill is proud to give back to the communities where we live and work. Whether it’s sponsoring a softball team, adopting a highway, or just getting out and being a good neighbor, our attorneys and staff regularly donate their time, efforts, and dollars to supporting charitable organizations and events that make our state a better place to live.
We are proud to support these local community organizations and look for ways to continue giving back every year.
At Jones & Hill, we strive to recover favorable settlements for our clients in as little time as possible. However, we also recognize that some cases cannot be resolved quickly and must proceed to litigation. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial, a strategy that helps us stay a step ahead of the defense and ensure that we are always ready for the unexpected.
Our attorneys will be able to assist you in determining the total amount of compensation which you may be entitled to receive. We will take into consideration all factors of your claim, including your financial losses, the severity of your injury, and the general damages you have suffered. We handle serious, complex litigation and utilize techniques in trial preparation that less than 1% of attorneys across the country use, such as conducting numerous focus groups for all for all litigation matters and employing psycho-dramatic techniques during the discovery phase.
Car Accident $10+ Million
Over $10 million dollars recovered for a severely injured woman involved in a head-on collision on a rural Louisiana highway.
Paraplegic Injury $5.7 Million
$5.7 million dollar recovery for a severely injured man who lost the use of both legs following an accident injury.
Wrongful Death $2.5 Million
$2.5 million dollar jury verdict recovery for the wrongful death of a man injured in an automobile accident.
Cervical and Lumbar Injury $2.3 Million
Client received a cervical and lumbar injury which required surgery. The claim settled at mediation for $2.3 million.
Back Injury $1.8 Million
$1.8 million dollar recovery for a man that sustained back injuries as a result of being hit while riding his motorcycle.
How long will my hurricane claim take?
Once you have submitted a claim, it can take several days or several weeks for an insurance adjuster to come out to your property for an inspection. However, insurance companies typically prioritize more severe losses in mass catastrophe situations. While there is no specific amount of time in which insurance companies must settle hurricane claims, they are required to act “reasonably promptly” once you have filed a claim. After a settlement is reached, the insurance company has 30 days to pay your claim.
Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?
You can help speed up the process of settling your hurricane damage claim by working with a hurricane claim adjuster and/or attorney. A professional can help you gather critical evidence and documents, including proof of loss and repair estimates from multiple reputable contractors. They can also put together your claim package and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf for a favorable settlement.
Should I make temporary repairs to my home after a hurricane if the insurance company has not inspected my property yet?
Yes—in fact, your insurance policy may require you to make minor and/or temporary repairs to mitigate further damage. If, for example, a hurricane damaged your roof, your insurance company may require you to replace missing shingles, cover the roof with a tarp, and/or make other temporary repairs to prevent further losses. Make sure you document the original damage by taking pictures before making any temporary repairs. You should also note what repairs you make and keep all receipts related to those repairs.
Can my insurance company raise my premiums if I file a hurricane claim?
It depends. If you have had your policy for more than three years, your insurance company cannot raise your premiums when you file a natural disaster-related claim. If your policy is newer, your insurance company may be able to increase your premiums.
How long do I have to file a hurricane damage claim?
Louisiana law allows you to file a hurricane damage claim within 180 days. This means, in most cases, you have 180 days from the date the damage occurred to file a claim with your insurance provider. However, this deadline may be extended following a mass catastrophe. The language of your policy may also grant you additional time to file a claim.
Q:How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
A:Typically, you have a personal injury case if you can prove that you were injured, and the cause of your injuries was another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct. The recovery for each personal injury claim hinges on the ability to prove the defendant’s negligence. Negligence is established in Louisiana through a four-part test which examines the duty of care, or the legal responsibility of the defendant to act reasonably and prevent you from being injured; the breach of the duty of care, or the defendant’s failure to act reasonably/take appropriate steps to prevent you from being harmed; causation, which involves proving how the breach led to the victim’s injuries; and establishing that your injuries led to actual damages, which include both financial and non-financial losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A Louisiana court will carefully consider these factors in determining whether a person’s behavior rose to the level of negligence, often considering the “reasonable person” standard. With the “reasonable person” standard, the court will ask the question as to whether a similarly situated person would react or behave in the same manner.
Q:How much is my Louisiana personal injury case worth?
A:This question is virtually impossible to answer without discussing your situation in detail with an attorney. In short, there is no way to accurately guess the value of your case. Every case is different and will vary in value depending on factors such as the type of injuries suffered, the amount of evidence proving the at-fault party's liability, the long-term impact of your injuries, the amount of insurance coverage available, and the negotiation skills of your attorney.
Q:What types of damages can I recover in a personal injury lawsuit?
A:The amount of recovery stemming from a personal injury claim is an important part to consider when debating whether to bring a claim. Depending on the specifics of your situation, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. In a wrongful death claim, you may be able to recover compensation for medical costs associated with the deceased’s final treatment and care, funeral/burial expenses, loss of companionship, and more.
Q:What are “actual” and “general” damages?
A:It is important to keep in mind the difference between actual and general damages. Actual damages are those damages include the loss of income or ongoing medical expenses. General damages include emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
Q:Should I talk to the other person’s insurance company?
A:Shortly after an accident, the responsible party’s insurance company may attempt to contact you to coerce a settlement. It is important to refrain from signing any documentation prior to consulting with an attorney and, if possible, avoid talking to the other party’s insurance company at all. An insurance company settlement could impact your ability to bring a claim in the future. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and they often do not consider ongoing expenses, such as future earnings or the expense of rehabilitative care, when offering settlements.
Q:How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Louisiana?
A:The Louisiana statute of limitations is only one year, which means you must bring a claim within one year from the date of the injury. In some cases, you may have one year from the date the injury was discovered/reasonably could have been discovered to file a lawsuit. But in any case, you should act quickly in contacting a lawyer, as the sooner we are able to begin investigating and building your claim, the better.
Q:The insurance company is already offering a settlement. Should I accept it?
A:It is highly advised you do not accept any settlement offered to you by the insurance company before you have a chance to speak to an attorney about your case. Most initial insurance settlement offers are valued far less than the full value of your losses and are instead meant to get you to settle your case as quickly and cheaply as possible while you are most vulnerable. An attorney will be able to protect you against mistreatment and fight for an amount that fully compensates you for your injuries.
Q:How do I determine what a fair settlement is?
A:A fair settlement will take into account the current and projected costs for all expenses related to your injuries, including medical care, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, and more. A lawyer will be able to review any offer made by an insurance company and help you determine whether this amount is fair or if further negotiations are required.
Q:Will I have to go to court for my personal injury case?
A:It is unlikely that you will have to appear in court for your personal injury claim, however it is possible. The vast majority of personal injury claims are resolved in the form of an out-of-court settlement before a lawsuit is even filed. Generally speaking, it is only necessary to take your case to trial in the event that the insurance company refuses to offer you the full amount that you deserve, if there is particularly complex case law that applies to your situation, or if there is a significant dispute over who is at fault for your injuries. While a trial can potentially yield a higher award, there is always the risk that the jury will rule in the other party's favor and you come away with nothing. For this reason, both parties will typically prefer to settle out of court and avoid litigation. At Jones & Hill, we always prepare each case as if it were going to trial to give our clients as much leverage as possible during settlement negotiations.
Q:How long will my case take from start to finish?
A:This is another extremely difficult question to answer. Every case follows its own timeline and will vary in length depending on the amount of medical treatment you require, the cooperation of the insurance company, the complexity of case law applying to your situation, and whether or not your case goes to trial. Some cases can take years to resolve while others may be more straightforward. It recommended you speak to an attorney to get a more accurate estimate of your case's timeline.
Q:How will my medical bills be paid until I get my settlement?
A:Since the insurance company for the responsible party will not pay your bills until liability is established, you will need to cover these initial expenses on your own. You may be able to use your own medical insurance coverage after suffering an injury. If you were hurt on the job, your medical bills may be covered under workers' compensation. If you do not have medical insurance, you should be able to find a doctor or hospital that will treat you under an agreement that they will be paid from your eventual settlement.
Q:How much does it cost to hire a Louisiana personal injury attorney?
A:The last thing you need after suffering an injury at the hands of a negligent party is to face exorbitant legal costs during your pursuit of compensation. At Jones & Hill, we accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay us no upfront costs or fees unless we are successful in securing compensation on your behalf. If we do not win, you do not owe us a dime.
Work Directly With an Attorney
We are hands on, our clients are NOT a file and their case will NOT be passed off to a young associate.
Committed to Our Communities
Jones & Hill believes in empowering those around us and providing support and services aimed at enriching the lives of others in our communities.
We Get To Know You by Name
If we take your case our attorneys will work on your case personally every step of the way.
Trained Accident Investigators
We utilize technology & trained accident investigators on every accident case.
We Get Results
Our attorneys have recovered millions on behalf of our clients.
Legal Experience Matters
Since 1996 we have been successfully representing injury victims throughout Louisiana.
You never expect to be in a car accident, injured on the job, or find yourself suddenly dealing with the loss of a loved one. When these tragic situations occur, you are not alone. At Jones & Hill, our Louisiana personal injury attorneys offer personal attention and compassionate, one-on-one guidance throughout the legal process. We do not hesitate to take on even the toughest of cases and pursue maximum compensation even when that means taking your case to trial.
With an emphasis on developing meaningful and lasting relationships with our clients, our attorneys provide hands-on representation and legal strategies tailored to your unique situation. This approach has helped us recover sizeable settlements and verdicts for our clients, helping them heal and get back on their feet.