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If you’ve been injured in an auto accident or car wreck, it’s important to seek out a committed auto accident attorney. Those in the New Orleans area turn to The Law Offices of Chip Forstall. I, Chip Forstall, along with my legal team, take the optimal steps toward an ideal outcome.

After the Accident

Directly after an automobile incident occurs, there may be any number of questions or concerns on your mind:

  • How will the damage to my car be covered?
  • How will this affect my income?
  • How will this affect my quality of life?

During this emotionally charged time, remembering a few important steps will help ensure the eligibility of any potential claims and protect your rights.

It is crucial to stay at the scene. By leaving the scene of an accident, you are taking on significant legal liability and could face hit-and-run driver penalties. After the safety of everyone involved has been verified, I recommend calling the police. A police report is a very powerful piece of evidence. Make sure to record the name and badge number of the officer who responds. Photographs taken directly after the incident are also a good indicator for determining the level of damage sustained. Next, exchange basic information with all parties, including any witnesses who may be present. Insurance providers need to be promptly informed to ensure coverage. Finally, a detailed medical record that traces all treatments, medications, and bills needs to be maintained. In the event of a trial, this evidence could help determine final compensation amounts.

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights or medical expenses, my team is here to explain everything during a free consultation.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

My legal team has assisted injured parties recover compensation for medical expenses as well as for pain and suffering incurred because of an accident. Each case varies, but there are a few common car accident injuries.

Some of the most serious car accident injuries afflict the head and back. Drivers or passengers could strike their heads against a window, the dashboard, or the steering wheel. In severe situations, an impact to the head could cause traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, hearing loss, and vision problems. A car accident could also lead to irreversible spinal cord damage. Victims could suffer from a herniated disk, nerve damage, or even become paralyzed.

Neck and chest injuries are also common occurrences in auto accidents. Whiplash, or the sudden and quick movement of the head or neck, could cause serious harm to neck muscles and ligaments. The chest is particularly vulnerable because of blunt force trauma, which can break ribs as well as cause collapsed lungs and internal bleeding.

These are just a few of the most common auto accident injuries. Damage to arms, legs, hands, and feet also frequently cause pain and suffering. Emotional pain and psychological injuries also need to be taken into account during proceedings. It is important to keep a detailed record of all treatments, medications, injuries, and bills. In the event of an auto accident case, this information will help determine the amount of compensation the victim deserves.

What to Expect From Our Team

Along with the team of lawyers at my firm, I will take the time to address all your concerns in a free initial consultation to find out what steps need to be taken to arrive at the best possible outcome. In our interview, we'll verify exactly what happened. We have a network of 20 doctors, each of whom specializes in specific types of injuries. For your convenience, one of these doctors can arrange to meet you at the best possible location to examine you so that we will have an accurate idea as to the extent of your injury and precisely how to proceed.

If the injury will result in periods of lost income, we'll do whatever it takes to ensure that you are compensated commensurate with the amount of income that you stand to lose. We'll examine car, medical, and income damages and review your case with insurance companies. What's key is that the insurers know we are ready and prepared to go to court if we don't believe the offer is fair. Because of this, we are very often able to settle out of court — the key is that we're ready and willing to investigate and take any action available to maximize your compensation.

There is a good reason my advertisements say "Chip Forstall takes care of it all." At our firm, we care about our clients, and we’re ready to work with you. As a New Orleans area car accident attorney, I seek to assist my neighbors in the community.

To learn more about how we can serve you, visit our practice areas page. To schedule a free initial consultation at The Law Offices of Chip Forstall, call (504) 434-5518 or e-mail us to speak with an experienced attorney.