Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2023-09-27T11:17:46-05:00
Q: Should I speak with the other driver’s insurance company?2024-06-18T11:37:42-05:00

No, do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company or sign any documents without consulting your lawyer first. This might be the first wreck you’ve ever been in, and you may have never dealt with an insurance company before. We deal with them daily. If an insurance company wants to take your recorded statement or have you sign a piece of paper, call the Jack Pack first. We’ll sit down with you and make sure that you understand this process just as well as the insurance company does so that you can make the best, most educated decision for yourself.

Q: What should I do if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?2024-06-18T11:37:08-05:00

If you are in a wreck that is not your fault there is a chance that the other driver either doesn’t have any insurance or they don’t have enough Insurance to compensate you fairly for your injuries. Our lawyers will investigate all potential insurance policies, including your own, to ensure you receive fair compensation. They will review all available coverage options to protect your interests.

Q: I was hurt on the job, should I quit?2024-06-18T11:36:35-05:00

No. If your employer is able to offer you a type of modified work that your physician says you can do they are entitled to do that. If you quit your job, you give your employer an automatic defense to not pay any workers’ comp. We do not recommend you quit your job. Contact our team today and we’d be happy to discuss further.

Q: Can I receive workers’ compensation benefits and unemployment benefits at the same time?2024-06-18T11:36:16-05:00

No, when you apply for unemployment benefits you sign an application with the state of Louisiana that says you are physically capable of working and when you draw workers’ comp benefits, you are stating that you are unable to work. Additionally, Louisiana law specifically says you may not draw unemployment and workers comp at the same time.

Q: Can I work while receiving workers’ compensation benefits?2024-06-18T11:35:56-05:00

No, you cannot work or earn wages while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Doing so could terminate your benefits and might be considered fraud.

Q: Can I choose my own doctor in a workers’ compensation case?2024-06-18T11:35:28-05:00

Yes, you have the right to choose your own doctor. In fact, picking a good doctor is the best way to have a successful claim. Don’t go off any list given to you by your employer or a list of doctors given to you by a nurse case manager. It is crucial to select a physician who understands workers’ compensation cases and has a good reputation. Our team can offer guidance on picking a physician to help you such as which physicians work well in workers’ comp and who will accept Louisiana workers’ comp.

Q: How can a lawyer help me immediately after an accident?2024-06-18T11:34:52-05:00

A lawyer can help you get medical care quickly, navigate insurance challenges, and ensure that you receive appropriate treatment. They can also handle legal aspects to relieve your stress, allowing you to focus on recovery.

Q: What if I have both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim?2024-06-18T11:34:26-05:00

These cases are typically referred to as third-party liability or combo cases. You need a law firm experienced in handling both types of claims simultaneously. This ensures that all your rights are protected and that both cases are pursued effectively without any oversight.

Q: What should I do if I’ve been in a wreck with a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler?2024-06-18T11:33:50-05:00

It is important to hire a lawyer with experience in handling commercial vehicle accidents. These cases often involve complex defenses and require detailed knowledge to fight against the insurance companies’ experts and strategies.

Q: Should I contact my lawyer frequently?2024-06-18T11:33:21-05:00

Yes, you should feel free to contact your lawyer whenever necessary. Our team works for you and we’re here to provide guidance, answer questions, and keep you informed about your case.

Q: Can you meet me if I’m unable to visit your law office?2024-06-18T11:32:31-05:00

Yes, our lawyers can visit you at your home, hospital, or any convenient location if you are unable to visit our office. We prioritize accessibility and will accommodate your needs to ensure you receive the best legal assistance.

Q: What would be the timeline on each course of action—settle vs. sue- so that I mentally prepare for the length of this case, overall?2023-08-02T15:34:05-05:00

A: Our job is to handle all legal aspects of your case and to monitor, track and assist in gathering evidence preserved, getting you the medical attention you need. You should do all that is necessary to make recovery from your injuries possible.

The injury or its effects should not be exaggerated. The plain truth works best. You have every right to bring to light EVERY aspect of your life that has been impacted by this accident. We will do our part in helping you achieve that. The insurance company will respect a meritorious claim that is seriously and firmly presented as true.

From a time-frame aspect, do not rush yourself or your treatment. Reaching Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is the triggering point to prepare a settlement package and present it complete; not before.

Q: If my car has little or no damage from a collision, can I still recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages from the at-fault defendant?2023-08-02T15:34:42-05:00

A: Yes. Often in an automobile collision, the human body will sustain serious injury with little or no damage to the vehicle. For instance, many newer vehicles have parts that bend and snap right back into place after a collision, while the person inside of the vehicle has lasting bodily damage.

It is an insurance industry created myth that low speed car accidents do not cause injury.

Q: If I accept a settlement offer from the other side, can I ever go back against them for unforeseen injuries and medical expenses resulting from this accident?2023-08-02T15:34:47-05:00

A: No! That is why having a lawyer who does not want to settle quick and cheap is so important!

It is why having a lawyer who will invest time, money, staff and expertise in your case is so important. You only get one chance to have your case handled the right way.

Q: Does the other side have to pay your lawyer fee if I win?2023-08-02T15:34:53-05:00

A: No. It comes out of the total amount of recovery. Louisiana law does not require liable defendants to pay your attorney fees.

Q: Do we settle or litigate?2023-08-02T15:34:59-05:00

A: We open all of our client’s cases with the mind-set that we will have to go to trial. This is how you get a fair settlement or result. All of our case management and file administration is geared toward that end. Showing the insurance companies that we are prepared from the beginning, is an invaluable tool to reach settlement. Settling a case can be the better outcome, especially when the fact situation is good (such as a rear-end collision = gut cinch liability) so that the only real area of argument is only what the fair settlement value is. Our job is to leave no stone uncovered in listing, enumerating and assigning a just value to every aspect of the damages you have incurred. A case must be taken to trial only because one, or both sides just have grossly different ideas about the level of damages, or because liability is unclear. Going to trial is an expensive exercise, especially if by jury trial.

You make the final decision after we answer all of your questions and give you our best advice.

Q: As I approach recovery from my injuries, where do we go from here?2023-08-02T15:35:04-05:00

A: The prime directive in a personal injury matter is to give you every opportunity to reach maximum medical improvement. We will only proceed to settlement negotiations when you, and your treating physicians, feel that you have either fully recovered, or you are as good as you are going to get.

If an attorney moves forward without the client being fully recovered medically, a quick settlement will short change you.

Q: How soon should I hire a lawyer after an accident or injury?2023-08-02T15:35:09-05:00

A: The sooner you hire an attorney, the better. Evidence can disappear, witnesses can leave town and memories or recollections of events can change or fade. The sooner you have a qualified, experienced attorney working for you, documenting your case, helping you, the better.

Q: How long do I have to make a claim for my injuries?2023-08-02T15:35:15-05:00

A. In most personal injury cases, you have one year from the day of the accident to file a claim. In Louisiana, this is called the prescriptive period. In many other states, it is called statute of limitations. Louisiana has the shortest statute of limitations period in the country. Call our office for advice and how to take action now!

Do

  • Do choose an attorney that will focus on all the details of your case so that you can focus on recovery.
  • Do find a lawyer that will fight for a full, fair settlement.
  • Do choose a lawyer who cares about you and your family.
  • Do get a lawyer that expects as much as you do.
  • Do get an attorney that treats you as a real person. Choosing the right lawyer is critical; do your due diligence and ask the right questions.
  • Do ask questions like, have you ever worked a similar case? How did the case turn out? How long have you been practicing in the area? Do you have offices in multiple cities? Which attorney will really be handling my case?
  • Do ask for references.

Don’t

  • Don’t make a decision until you have looked the lawyer in the eye and talked to him or her. The lawyer should understand you and your situation, and have the experience, background and track record that gives you peace of mind.
  • Don’t choose a lawyer because of an advertisement or others’ opinions. Your lawyer is your partner and should take time to educate you and understand your situation. Make sure you trust and feel confident in your lawyer.
  • Don’t let others’ opinions stop you from a calling a lawyer.
  • Don’t settle cheaply.

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We have one office, in one location. With deep roots in Northwest Louisiana, our local group of attorneys is here to provide you with personalized representation and deliver results. Our experienced attorneys understand the stress and uncertainty that can come with being injured and not knowing where to turn for help. That’s why we work tirelessly to provide our clients with the legal support they need to get back on their feet and move forward with their lives. We understand the time-sensitive nature of filing a claim and are ready to help you maximize the benefits you rightfully deserve.

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