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When you sustain a serious injury in a car accident, life gets thrown into chaos. You will have to deal with various stressful issues, from seeking medical treatment and repairing your vehicle, to taking sick leave from work for your injury and handling an influx of medical bills and other expenses.

Hoffoss Devall is here to help. For many years, we have been helping injured victims throughout Louisiana get the compensation they need and deserve after a car accident. To learn more about how we can help with your case, call 337-433-2053.

What are some key steps I need to take after a car accident?

In 2016, approximately 80,000 people were injured in Louisiana traffic accidents, according to the Highway Safety Research Group. If you or your loved one has been involved in a crash, the following can help you maximize your recovery:

  • Call the police to report the accident and obtain a copy of the accident report. This report can help verify your claim to the insurance company or the court.
  • Collect the names and contact numbers of any eyewitnesses and jot down their input about what they saw. This evidence can be pivotal to your case.
  • Photograph the scene of the accident, the damage to the vehicles, and your injuries. You should also photograph your injuries throughout the healing process, as well as notes about your pain levels and how your injuries are impacting your daily life.
  • Seek immediate medical treatment and stay consistent with any treatments your doctor prescribes. This not only helps you get better, but it also documents your injuries for legal purposes and ties them back the accident. Read more of our recovery tips here.

For additional information, read this FAQ: What to do after a car accident.

Should I consult an attorney about my case?

Yes. A car accident attorney will be able to provide you with valuable advice for getting the most out of your case and can answer any questions you may have about filing a claim or your legal rights to compensation.

And because we provide free consultations with no obligation to use our services, it simply just makes sense to run your case by one of our lawyers —preferably before you talk to the insurer.

When the injuries are substantial, there is a lot on the line; your claim could potentially be worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. It is critical to have a legal professional who understands the ins and outs of the claims process working as your advocate, one who can protect you from greedy insurers and can fight for full and fair compensation on your behalf.

How do I calculate the value of my car accident case?

Calculating the value of a car accident can be very complex. It is not just a matter of adding up auto body repair estimates and medical bills.

Before you can estimate the true value of your case, you, your doctor, and your lawyer must have a clear understanding of your medical condition and future needs. What kind of treatment will you need, how long will you have to take off of work, and what kinds of incidental expenses can you expect?

You have to factor in a lot of things into the equation — even losses like permanent partial disability and intangible losses like pain and suffering. Transportation expenses for your medical care and the cost of hiring help around the house are compensable, too. You do not want to overlook anything because you will likely miss out on money you are entitled to.

Because it is so multifaceted, your best bet is to have a lawyer appraise your claim.

We review your case, speak with your doctors, and work with forensic economists who can help us estimate the value of your future losses. We take the time to understand how this accident is affecting and will continue to affect you and your family, financially and emotionally. Then, we send a demand letter to the insurance company with a thorough and accurate valuation of your damages.

Why should I talk to a Hoffoss Devall lawyer about my accident?

Our team at Hoffoss Devall is dedicated to helping injured victims get the recovery they need and deserve. With over 60 combined years of legal experience, we have the know-how, resources, and determination necessary to stand up to insurance companies that try to slight victims. We will gather evidence to support your case and negotiate with the insurer to maximize your car accident settlement.

Of course, our lawyers are also skilled litigators. If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we will be on the ready to take your case to court. To see how we have fared, you are welcomed to read over some of our recent settlements and verdicts.

Call our office in Lake Charles today at 337-433-2053 and request a free consult with a car accident lawyer.

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