F.Q. Hood, Jr.

Shreveport injury lawyer

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Shreveport-Bossier City

318-742-1000

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Life can get very complicated in the aftermath of a car accident. Questions about injuries, car repairs, compensation, insurance, medical bills  — bombard your senses and can leave you incapable of making a clear decision. That's why it pays to know ahead of time what to do if you are involved in a traffic accident. The questions and answers below are only brief insights on what to do after an accident. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury because of an accident, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of F.Q. Hood, Jr., APLC at 318- 742-1000 for a free initial consultation. We'll help you get the compensation you deserve.

Accident Q & A

Questions & Answers

QUESTION:

What is the first thing I should do after a car accident?

ANSWER:
  • You should remain at the scene of the accident.

  • If the vehicles are damaged and/or someone has been injured, call the police and ambulance.

  • Gather the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the individuals involved in the accident, including any witnesses.

  • Take down the other license plate details and the name and policy number of the driver’s insurance.

  • If possible, take photos of both vehicle's damage, the scene, and your injuries.

  • Notify your insurance agent, broker, or insurance company as soon as possible.

  • Contact the offices of F.Q. Hood, Jr. to learn about your rights.

QUESTION:

Should I seek medical attention, even though I don't feel hurt?

ANSWER:
  • Often times, injuries will not become apparent immediately following an accident. However, it is very important to see a doctor, as soon as symptoms arise, in order to prevent a delay in receiving any treatment that may be required.

QUESTION:

Can I settle my claim myself or do I need a lawyer?

ANSWER:
  • Personal injury law is very complex. It is in your interest to hire an experienced and competent lawyer who knows how insurance companies operate. At the very least, you should have a free consultation with a lawyer. Knowing your rights will help to place you in a better position.

QUESTION:

I can't afford a lawyer, what should I do?

ANSWER:
  • Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay anything during the course of the personal injury lawsuit. The lawyer is paid a percentage of the final settlement.

QUESTION:

I can't work because of my car accident injuries; How do I pay my bills?

ANSWER:
  • You may be entitled to Income Replacement Benefits from your insurance company.

  • You may be entitled to short-term or long-term disability benefits through your employer.

  • You should contact the offices of F.Q. Hood, Jr. to obtain more information.

QUESTION:

Do I have to accept what the insurance company offers for my injury claim?

ANSWER:
  • By accepting an offer from the insurance company, you run the risk of releasing them for an insufficient amount. Before agreeing to settle your claim, you should always speak to a lawyer and make sure that you are adequately informed of your rights.

QUESTION:

I can't work because of my car accident injuries; what do I tell my employer?

ANSWER:
  • Upon realizing that your injuries may prevent your return to work, you should notify your employer about your car accident. You should keep in touch with your employer throughout your recovery, updating them on the possibility of returning to your position in the future.

QUESTION:

Who will pay for my medical bills after an accident?

ANSWER:
  • The most important thing to know is that, if you get into an accident, you are generally responsible for the payment of your medical bills as you incur them. Even if the person who injured you is clearly at fault, the law does not require him or her to pay your medical bills on an ongoing basis. The only thing the law requires is that, if the other person is at fault, he or she must pay you damages to resolve your lawsuit -- and in many cases, your medical bills are a part of those damages. But the defendant does not have to pay your medical bills as they come in.

  • You should contact the offices of F.Q. Hood, Jr. for more information.

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