Personal Injury Lawyers in Lake Charles
Dedicated Representation for Victims & Their Families
No one should have to suffer the devastating, often life-altering consequences of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior. Unfortunately, negligence occurs all too often. If you were injured or if your loved one was killed as a result of another person or party’s negligent actions, turn to the Lake Charles personal injury team at Hinch & Associates PLC. Our highly respected attorneys have a proven track record of success; we are good at what we do, and we truly care about helping our clients secure the highest possible compensation for their injuries, pain, and suffering.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our Lake Charles personal injury lawyers are well-versed in all aspects of personal injury proceedings and litigation. We know how the legal process unfolds and can inform you of what to expect, even as we guide you through the various stages and advocate tirelessly on your behalf. We proudly serve clients throughout the Lake Charles Metropolitan Area.
Our attorneys handle complex personal injury cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Plant and refinery accidents
- Maritime law
- Truck accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Wrongful death
No matter the type of accident you have been involved in, we understand the unique challenges you face. You are likely facing mounting medical bills, compounded by lost wages/income from time you’ve had to take off work to recover and receive treatment. If your injuries have proven disabling, you may be concerned about the long-term financial ramifications of not being able to return to your job—not to mention the myriad ways in which this disability will affect your life.
Our goal in every case is to recover full, fair compensation for our clients’ medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning ability, physical pain, emotional suffering, property damage, and any other losses they have sustained.
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
Per Louisiana Civil Code section 3492, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana is one year. In other words, you have until the first anniversary of your injury to file a claim in civil court against the responsible party. This deadline applies to any personal injury lawsuit based on the legal concept of negligence or an intentional tort, such as a claim filed after a car accident, slip and fall, or an intentional tort.
If you attempt to file a personal injury claim after this deadline has passed, your case will almost certainly be dismissed and you will effectively be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. For this reason, it is crucial to get a skilled personal injury attorney involved as soon as possible after your injuries to guard your rights and maximize your chances of securing a favorable settlement.
Lake Charles Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
Are personal injury settlements taxable?
If I hire a lawyer, does that mean my case will go to trial?
What should I do after an accident?
- Get medical attention right away. Do not delay in seeing a doctor, as this can potentially harm your claim and give the opposition reason to doubt the true cause of your injuries. Follow your doctor's treatment orders closely.
- If you are not rushed to the emergency room, take photos or videos of the accident scene for later reference. Any evidence you can gather that proves the cause of your injuries will be helpful to your attorney.
- If you can, get the contact information of any witnesses to your injuries as their testimony can help your claim.
- Do not apologize or admit fault in the immediate aftermath, as it can potentially harm your claim and expose you to liability before an investigation is even performed. Anything you say can be used against you.
- If your injury occurred on someone else's property, inform the owner or the manager of the establishment you were injured in immediately to create a record of the incident.
- Do not discuss your injuries or give a statement to an insurance company until you have had a chance to speak to your attorney. Remember, anything you say can be used against you.
- Even if you think you may not have a case, get in touch with an attorney at once to discover your legal options and determine the most appropriate course of action.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
Do I really need a lawyer for a personal injury case?
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Client-Focused Advocacy. Results-Driven Representation.
Here at Hinch & Associates PLC, we realize that our clients are real people with real lives. We genuinely care about you and your future; our Lake Charles personal injury lawyers are committed to providing you with compassionate guidance, consistent communication, and dedicated representation every step of the way. We will answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and help you navigate the legal process of recovery so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.