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Your bills do not tell me what your injuries were, did you require surgery? More than once? What are the permanent damages. It is hard to tell you without knowing more, consult an attorney in your area.
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Based on your medical expenses it is clear you have a very serious claim. You will be outmatched by the insurance company and it will take advantage of your inexperience if you try to settle this yourself.
You need to retain an experienced Louisiana lawyer to assist you in making sure you obtain top dollar for your claim.
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Contact a local area personal injury attorney. Most offer a free initial consultation. You could contact a couple of attorneys and then choose and retain one based on experience and how comfortable you feel with that attorney. To pursue this on our own will not provide you with an adequate resolution of your claim as the insurance companies know how to avoid reasonable settlements. Hire an attorney. Sorry to hear about your injuries. Best of luck.
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Some lawyers seek medicals X 3 to calculate general damages. But, that is a very VERY rough estimate. It sounds as though you have had a serious accident. You should speak to an attorney and quickly. You only have one year from the date of the accident.
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