If your or a loved one was in an accident, you may not be able to readily determine if you need the help of a Fort Wayne personal injury attorney. People frequently believe that they can handle personal injury cases on their own, but this could not be further from the truth. The Insurance Companies have lawyers. You call a Fort Wayne personal injury attorney to even the odds. We can help with your car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death claims.
Car accidents are a growing problem and as a victim, you have the option of filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer or you may elect to file a lawsuit. You may even have the option of filing a claim with your own insurer. This is especially common if the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage to compensate you for medical bills, injuries, and property damage.
What you may not be aware of is that if you fail to file a lawsuit within two years of an accident, you may be forfeiting your right to do so. Indiana’s statute of limitations on personal injury suits is two years and the Tort Claim Notice requirements are significantly less if the at-fault party is a government entity. Your personal injury attorney can help you determine when you must file a lawsuit.
Keep in mind, in order to have grounds to file a personal injury suit, injuries must have been the result of someone’s careless behavior. Whether that behavior was deliberate or not, if you suffered an injury or lost a loved one, then a Fort Wayne personal injury attorney can help you recover financial damages for injuries, lost wages, and in many cases, even pain and suffering.
Indiana is known as a “comparative fault state” which means that if you were partially responsible for an accident, your final judgment may be reduced by that fault that is attributable to you. One example of this is if you were struck by a drunk driver when you ran a stop sign, the court may determine you are 20 percent liable for the accident. In this case, if you were awarded $200,000 for injuries and damages, you would receive $160,000 in compensation because the award is reduced by 20 percent.
Injuries can vary from minor injuries to serious injuries and unfortunately even death. Whether you or a loved one has broken bones, head and neck injuries, or spinal cord injuries, chances are these injuries will result in hospitalization, lost wages, and in some cases, permanent disability. Regardless of the severity of the injuries, you may have the right to file a personal injury suit.
When you are injured because someone else was negligent or simply careless, contact a Fort Wayne personal injury attorney at Lebamoff Law for help. We will review your case free of charge and advise you whether or not you should pursue a case through the courts or settle with the insurance company.