Alexandria Personal Injury Lawyer
Representing Individuals & Families in Rapides Parish
A serious accident or injury can change your entire life in an instant. You may suddenly find yourself facing months or years of medical treatment—not to mention the bills that come along with it. You could be out of work for an extended period of time while you heal and, if your injuries result in permanent disability, you may be unable to return to work and earn a living for yourself and your family for the foreseeable future. All of this, coupled with the physical pain and emotional suffering you have endured, can make it incredibly difficult to get back on your feet.
At Jones & Hill, we understand the challenges you are facing, and we want to help. For over 35 years, our firm has been fighting on behalf of injured victims and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Rapides Parish. Our Alexandria personal injury lawyers have the experience, skills, and resources to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
We handle all types of personal injury cases, including claims involving:
- Car, motorcycle, and truck accidents
- Agricultural accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Offshore injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
We also handle hurricane damage claims on behalf of residential and commercial property owners and are currently assisting claimants with Hurricane Laura and Delta claims.
When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
In most cases, when a person is injured in a serious accident or traumatic event, the insurance company for the at-fault party is legally responsible for compensating the victim for his or her losses.
You should consider filing a personal injury claim if the following elements are true:
- You were injured and/or suffered damages
- Your injuries were the result of the defendant’s negligence or misconduct
- The defendant had a legal responsibility to act reasonably and prevent you from being injured
- The defendant failed to act reasonably
- You would not have been injured had the defendant acted reasonably
Most often, personal injury claims are resolved when the insurance company offers a settlement and the plaintiff (the injured party) accepts. However, you should know that insurance companies do not want to pay out the full value of your claim. Immediately after the accident, their adjusters may call you or even come visit you in person to offer a settlement. Typically, these settlements cover your immediate medical expenses and may include a small stipend.
It is in your best interests to not only reject the insurance company’s first settlement offer but also to avoid speaking to the insurance company for the liable party whatsoever. While the initial settlement may seem appealing, it will nearly always fall significantly short of what you actually need and deserve. Insurance companies do not take ongoing or future expenses into account; in fact, they do everything they can to avoid paying out the full value of your damages.
When the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, our team at Jones & Hill is ready to take your case to court. Our Alexandria personal injury lawyers are true litigators with extensive trial experience. We have what it takes to effectively pursue your case before a judge and jury, and we are ready to fight for every penny you are owed.
Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
By law, you are not required to hire a personal injury lawyer in Louisiana. However, there are many reasons to work with an experienced attorney.
Studies have shown that people who hire lawyers for their personal injury claims typically recover considerably higher settlements than those who attempt to navigate the process on their own. This is because the average person does not know how to properly investigate an accident and gather evidence to prove the full extent of their damages, including the severity of their injuries and future costs. However, an attorney will know how to build the strongest possible case.
Your attorney will also be able to effectively negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Insurance companies know that when a claimant hires a lawyer, they are serious about recovering fair compensation. Insurance adjusters are often much more wiling to work with seasoned lawyers to avoid a costly, drawn-out courtroom battle.
However, in some cases, the insurance company will still put up a fight. When this is the case, your attorney will be able to begin litigation and protect your rights at trial. It is incredibly important that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer if you are facing any issues with the insurance company and/or your claim, including disputes over coverage or liability, undervalued claims, lowball settlements, or denied claims.