Personal Injury

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.

Were you injured in an accident? We can help. Contact Hinch & Associates PLC online or call (337) 222-3434 to request a free and confidential consultation.

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:

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?

Every injury case is different. With that being said, the value of your claim will be heavily influenced by the extent of your injuries and the damages sustained. For example, a case involving whiplash injuries after a car accident may yield a smaller settlement than a case involving the wrongful death of a loved one. It is best to discuss your case with an attorney to get a more accurate representation of the value of your claim.

Are personal injury settlements taxable?

In most cases, no. While the answer to this question may vary depending on the specifics of your case, most settlements awarded as compensation for out-of-pocket expenses incurred related to an injury are not taxable. It is best to speak with a tax professional to determine the exact tax implications of your settlement.

If I hire a lawyer, does that mean my case will go to trial?

Not always. Most personal injury claims are settled through out-of-court negotiations. With that being said, if our firm believes there is a considerable discrepancy between what the insurance company is offering and what we believe your case is worth, we are prepared to take your case to trial to pursue a favorable outcome. Our trial lawyers have 30+ years of combined trial experience and have the skills necessary to maximize your chances of success.

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.

Reach us online or call (337) 222-3434 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation today.


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  • “I have to say Shane Hinch is an excellent attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in many areas of the law. Thank you, Shane, for the great advice and direction.”

    - David E.
  • “Very diligent and hard-working, computer knowledge helps his research and analytical skills enormously.”

    - Former Client
  • “Shane is very knowledgeable, extremely professional, and a highly effective advocate.”

    - Former Client

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