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Legal Protections with Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
November 17, 2017

Many consumers often question whether or not they should purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage along with liability insurance coverage on their automobiles?


The answer is most definitely "YES".


Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage will pay you in the event that you are involved in an automobile accident and someone else is at fault. It is available to you when that other person is uninsured OR does not have enough liability insurance to compensate you for the full extent of your loss.


Most states, including Louisiana require that all drivers have liability insurance when operating an automobile. However, there are a significant number of drivers who allow their insurance to lapse through failure to pay premiums in a timely fashion. Often times these vehicles are involved in accidents before the state catches up to these individuals.


The minimum liability coverage mandated by Louisiana law is only $15,000 per each person injured in an accident or $30,000 maximum should more than one be injured. If you have a significant injury as a result of an automobile accident, the medical bills and lost wages will quickly exceed the $15,000 per person limit.


If the individual who caused the accident had no insurance or was underinsured, then the uninsured/underinsured provisions of your policy would be applied over and above that which you recovered from the wrongdoer. This will help compensate you for your injuries up to the applicable limits in your policy. A claim against your uninsured motorist coverage does NOT count as an at fault claim against your insurance and will not increase your premiums.


There is additional premium to be paid for uninsured/underinsured coverage, but it is well worth it. Some insurance companies offer uninsured/underinsured coverage for economic damages only at a reduced premium. This reduced coverage will only pay you for medical bills and lost income and NOT for you pain and suffering.


If you are injured in an accident, contact the lawyers at Jim Hall & Associates For a free consultation “CALL HALL” 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059.


 

Injured by a Commercial Vehicle? You Need an Experienced Attorney
December 12, 2016

At Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., we have handled thousands of automobile accidents. Many of those automobile accidents involved collisions with various kinds of commercial vehicles, including 18-wheelers and other big rigs.


If you have been injured by a commercial vehicle or big rig you should retain the services of an attorney immediately to protect your rights. The representative of the insurance company will probably contact you immediately in an attempt to get you to agree to a quick settlement involving a minimum amount, even before your injuries have been diagnosed or resolved. Additionally, they may attempt to obtain some admission from you which they can use against you in court.


The lawyers at Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., will immediately contact the owners of the truck and act as your representative, preventing them from contacting you directly.


Remember, no matter how friendly the company representative seems to be, their one and only goal is to dispose of your claim as soon as possible and for a minimal amount. When you need a ''tough trucking lawyer" call Jim Hall & Associates, LLC at 504-832-3000 immediately should you be involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or some other truck or big rig.


 

BLOOD CLOT FILTER (IVC) LAWSUITS NOW BEING FILED

October 21, 2016

In August of 2010, the FDA warned that IVC filters could fracture and migrate to other parts of the body. The FDA announced that it has received over 900 adverse event reports since 2005 involving IVC filters, including devices manufactured by C.R. Bard. After the FDA’s safety communication was made public, victims began to file IVC lawsuits against manufacturers Cooke Medical, Inc., and C.R. Bard.


Our office is presently investigating Inferior Vena Cava filters, more commonly known as IVC Filters or Blood Clot Filters. These cage-like devices are designed to catch and dissolve clots. They are surgically inserted in patients who have an increased risk for blood clots and cannot take blood thinners. The IVC filter works by trapping blood clots before they can travel to vital organs such as lungs or heart and cause life threatening injuries.


The use of the IVC Filters may cause the following problems:

  • • The device can fracture;
  • • The device can move throughout one’s body;
  • • The device can pierce blood vessels and organs;
  • • The device can tilt or become irretrievable, among other things.


If you or someone you know has received an IVC Filter, please call our office for a free consultation and case evaluation. We would be privileged to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.


For a free consultation “CALL HALL” 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059.

 

TALCUM POWDER (BABY POWDER) OVARIAN CANCER LAWSUITS

September 21, 2016

Research strongly suggest that when talcum powder is applied to a women’s genital area, it can travel into the vagina through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries. These extremely fine talcum powder particles can cause cancer cells to form, grow and spread. In 2016 there were two extremely large jury awards that came from jury trials in the State of Missouri against Johnson & Johnson.


Jim S. Hall & Associates is presently investigating cases related to talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Talc is a mineral and is ground up to make talcum powder, which is used to absorb moisture and is widely available in various products including baby powder, body powder and facial powder.


This issue has been researched since the early 1970's. One study suggests that out of 13 ovarian cancer cases, 10 were found to have deeply embedded talc particles. Manufacturers of talcum powder, including Johnson & Johnson have failed to warn consumers about this danger for a very long time.


Some signs and symptoms and complications of ovarian cancer:

  • • Abdominal bloating
  • • Fatigue
  • • Pressure and pain
  • • Indigestion
  • • Abdominal fullness after eating
  • • Heart burn
  • • Difficulty eating
  • • Constipation
  • • Increase in urination
  • • Menstrual irregularities
  • • Increase in urge to urinate
  • • Menstrual cramps
  • • Back pain
  • • Painful intercourse


If you or a loved one has used talcum powder and has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or cancer of the Fallopian tubes, you may have a valuable legal claim. We would be privileged to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.


For a free consultation “CALL HALL” 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059.

 

Experienced Staff Retention Matters When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

July 11, 2016

Jim Hall & Associates, LLC is very proud of its professional staff. All of the attorneys and paralegals employed by Jim Hall & Associates, LLC have been working here for ten years or more. This fact serves as a huge advantage to our clients who place their trust in our staff to handle their individual case in a professional manner.

If you have dealt with other law offices you may have experienced situations where every time you call to speak to someone you speak to a different person each time that may or may not know something about your case. At Jim Hall & Associates, LLC your case is assigned to a particular paralegal and attorney and will remain with those individuals from beginning to end. This allows you, the client, to gain confidence that your legal rights or being protected by someone who knows you and knows your case.

Additionally, it is likely that if you should have another case with Jim Hall & Associates, LLC at a later date that same attorney/paralegal will be handling your claim. Continuity in service to our client is very important to us and we strive to achieve that in each and every case.

For a free consultation “CALL HALL” 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059.

 

What to do in case of an accident!
April 22, 2016

You think insurance companies act in your best interest. BUT THEY DO NOT!

Insurance companies will require that you complete claim forms, reports, unlimited authorizations for medical and wage information and (not limited to the accident), other paperwork and may even request recorded statements. All of this may be used against you at a later date. Insurance companies often act quickly to deny your claim or encourage you to settle for a lower amount before you have time to talk with a lawyer. Your insurance claim should be handled properly and professionally in your best interest.

In the blink of an eye your life may change forever!

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  • » Working for injured persons and their families for over 20 years;
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  • » Licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas


We offer free consultation so you have nothing to lose by contacting us first.



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RECENTLY FLOODED? IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW!
March 17, 2016

Jim Hall & Associates has vast experience in handling flood claims. The office has literally handled thousands of flood claims growing out of not only Hurricane Katrina but subsequent hurricanes and other flood events.

Coverage for flood damage is not generally provided by your usual homeowner’s policy, but requires a separate policy issued pursuant to the National Flood Insurance Program. This program is a federal program and therefore has strict requirements in order to make a successful claim for the damages sustained to your property by a covered event.

Most importantly, under the National Flood Insurance Program, applicable to all policies of insurance issued by all insurers under the program, a completed “Proof of Loss Claim Form” must be filed within sixty (60) days of the date of loss. This “Proof of Loss Claim Form” must be signed and sworn to by you as a policy holder and documentation might be submitted to the insurer in support of the amount you are claiming as your flood damages. This Proof of Loss is more than just a claim. In fact, your insurer should provide you with a “Proof of Loss Claim Form” for you to complete after you have notified them of the fact that you are making a claim.

Failure to timely file a Proof of Loss can result in denial of your entire claim. If you have questions about making a claim under your flood insurance policy or filing a Proof of Loss with the National Flood Insurance Program, call the lawyers at Jim Hall & Associates and they will be happy to help you.

Once again, you are reminded that you must file this “Proof of Loss Claim Form” within sixty (60) days of the date of loss, the date upon which the flooding occurred. Failure to do so will most likely result in denial of your entire claim.

For a free consultation “CALL HALL”.


 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION THAT YOU MAKE REGARDING YOUR CASE
January 26, 2016

A motorcycle, truck or car accident can be a life altering event that can injure your body and mind. You will have many decisions to make after the accident one will be choosing the right personal injury attorney.

 

Here at Jim Hall & Associates we have experienced and effective personal injury attorneys and employees that can get you a settlement that will recover for you lost wages and medical bills as well as compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of your accident.

 

We believe that you deserve to be compensated for your losses. You also deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. We pride ourselves on the high level of service we provide. Our philosophy is first rate legal services in addition to compensation. We are here to help.

 

Jim Hall & Associates have been representing those who have been injured in car, truck, including tractor trailer and motorcycle accidents in Southeast Louisiana for more than 30 years, and we have the experience that you need. We are dedicated to helping the truly injured with unparallel personal service. We will walk you through every step of the process, insuring that all of your questions are answered and that you always feel comfortable and confident with us. You will never feel alone when you are working with Jim Hall & Associates.

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Call Hall!
November 18, 2015

Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., is very proud of its professional staff. All the attorneys and paralegals employed by Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., have been working here for ten years or more. This fact serves as a huge advantage to our clients who place their trust in our staff to handle there individual case in a professional manner.

 

If you have dealt with other law offices you may have experienced situations where every time you call to speak to someone you speak to a different person each time who may or may not know something about your case. At Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., your case is assigned to a particular paralegal and attorney and will remain with those individuals from beginning to end. This allows you, the client, to gain confidence that your legal rights or being protected by someone who knows you and knows your case.

 

Additionally, it is likely that if you should have another case with Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., at a later date that same attorney/paralegal will be handling your claim. Continuity in service to our client is very important to us and we strive to achieve that in each and every case.


 

Important steps for slip and fall victims
October 21, 2015

Recently, Jim Hall & Associates was able to recover a substantial amount from a local retail grocery chain for our client who slipped and fell. Important steps were taken by the victim which led to a favorable outcome.

 

At Jim S. Hall & Associates we are contacted by many people who have sustained an injury as a result of a fall at a commercial establishment or an apartment complex or even at someone’s private residence. These injuries occur as a result of either a slip or trip on a foreign substance or object that is not readily visible. If you are a victim of a slip or trip and fall it is not enough to simply show that the incident occurred. In order to recover it is necessary to show that the slip or trip occurred as a result of a defect in or on the premises which the owner new or should have known about and failed to remedy or that the slip or trip resulted from a foreign substance on the walking surface, which once again, the owner knew or should have known about and failed to correct or warn customers of its presence.

 

To put it another way, in order to recover for your injuries, it is necessary to show that the owner was negligent and that negligence was a cause of your injury.

 

It is important to notify management if you slip and fall or trip and fall while in or near a commercial establishment. Often times there are security cameras that may document your accident on a video tape. Additionally, reporting the incident to management establishes a record with them documenting the occurrence of your accident, the condition which caused the accident and the extent of your injuries. The information that is recorded at that time, which may include photographs, is extremely helpful, should you need to pursue a personal injury claim against that establishment. Your lawyers can obtain copies of the information collected on the day of the accident, including copies of photographs and copies of any security video tape that may be available.

 

It is important that you promptly seek legal representation should be you injured in a trip and fall or slip and fall so your lawyer can take the necessary action to preserve all the evidence collected at the time of the injury. The lawyers at Jim S. Hall & Associates are experienced in the areas of slip and fall and trip and fall law and have successfully litigated claims against many large commercial retailers throughout the New Orleans area.


 

Injured by a Commercial Vehicle? You Need an Experienced Attorney
October 2, 2015

At Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., we have handled thousands of automobile accidents. Many of those automobile accidents involved collisions with various kinds of commercial vehicles, including 18-wheelers and other big rigs. If you have been injured by a commercial vehicle or big rig you should retain the services of an attorney immediately to protect your rights. The representative of the insurance company will probably contact you immediately in an attempt to get you to agree to a quick settlement involving a minimum amount, even before your injuries have been diagnosed or resolved. Additionally, they may attempt to obtain some admission from you which they can use against you in court. The lawyers at Jim Hall & Associates, LLC., will immediately contact the owners of the truck and act as your representative, preventing them from contacting you directly. Remember, no matter how friendly the company representative seems to be, their one and only goal is to dispose of your claim as soon as possible and for a minimal amount. When you need a ''tough trucking lawyer" call Jim Hall & Associates, LLC at 504-832-3000 immediately should you be involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or some other truck or big rig.

 

Mesothelioma and Asbestosis Cases Require an Experienced Lawyer
September 15, 2015

The lawyers of Jim S. Hall & Associates are experienced in the handling of mesothelioma and asbestosis cases. 

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer.  In this disease, malignant cells can develop in the protective lining that cover most of the bodies internal organs, most commonly in the lungs and around the heart.  Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways.  Washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can also put a person at risk for developing mesothelioma. 

Mesothelioma typically goes undetected until the final stages when it is too late to treat.  Asbestosis is another illness caused by asbestos exposure.  It is more common than mesothelioma.  Asbestosis is not cancer but it can kill you.  The exposure to asbestos probably occurred some time ago, as much as 20-50 years ago.  The victims have a history of working in or as:
  • Navy/Armed Forces
  • Boilermakers
  • Shipyards
  • Electricians
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Carpentry
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Roofing
  • Steel Workers
  • Insulation
  • Pipefitters
  • Construction
  • Refinery Workers
  • Automotive Industries
  • Welders
If someone in your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, or even if that family member has died, your family may still be entitled to make a claim against the companies that manufactured or used asbestos, knowingly exposing their workers and the general public to this deadly substance.

Please call Jim S. Hall & Associates at 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059 to submit your case for Free Evaluation.

 

 

update: NOPD OFFICERS CLASS ACTION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 11 - 140 OFFICERS OPTED IN
September 10, 2015

The September 11, 2015 deadline for opting in to the New Orleans Police Officers Class Action suit against the City is fast approaching. To date approximately 140 officers have opted into a class action suit to recover compensation reimbursing them for overtime for which they were never compensated together with attorney fees, costs and expenses. In order to be part of this Class Action suit, opt-in forms must be received in this office no later than September 11, 2015.   The trial is set for the spring of 2016 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.   In other news, this office continues to aggressively pursue personal injury claims on behalf of its clients. Because of this aggressive pursuit, many of the claims are able to be settled out of court resulting in our clients receiving just compensation in a timely manner.   If you would like to speak with anyone concerning your possible personal injury complaint, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

update: NOPD OFFICERS CLASS ACTION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 11
August 19, 2015

To date, ninety current or former New Orleans police officers have opted in to the Class Action against the New Orleans Police Department alleging that officers of the department as early as 2011 were denied proper pay for the hours they were on duty performing activities required by their job.

 

Jim S. Hall & Associates is lead counsel iin this class acton wherein we are pursuing claim on behalf of the class members to recover compensation for them, reimbursing them for the overtime for which they were never compensated together with attorney fees, costs and expenses. The matter is set for trial in the spring of 2016 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans. To join the class action suite, please call (504) 832-3000. Deadline is September 11, 2015.

 

NOPD OFFICERS CLASS ACTION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 11
July 24, 2015

Jim S. Hall & Associates is lead counsel in a Class Action filed by members of the New Orleans Police Department.  The Class Action alleges that officers of the New Orleans Police Department, as early as 2009, were denied proper pay for the hours they were on duty performing activities required by their job.  It is alleged that these officers were denied overtime pay or denied compensatory time off and that these denials constituted a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The Class Action seeks compensation for class members reimbursing them for the overtime for which they were never compensated together with attorney fees, cost and expenses.   The matter is set for trial in the spring of 2016 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.

 

Notices to members of the New Orleans Police Department have been both  mailed and e-mailed and there is a September 11, 2015 deadline for these officers to opt into the Class Action lawsuit.  Should you know an officer serving with the New Orleans Police Department or an officer who has served in the past and they are unaware of this pending Class Action please have them contact the law office of Jim S. Hall & Associates at 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059.

 

The lawyers at Jim S. Hall & Associates are experienced in handling Class Action lawsuits.  We have represented hundreds of clients in a number of post Katrina Class Action lawsuits against various insurance companies and government entities.  Additionally we have represented clients in Class Actions regarding various drugs and medical appliances such as artificial hips and knees.

 

Contact Jim Hall & Associates at 504-832-3000 or 1-800-299-5059 to submit your claim.