Personal injury law applies to a wide range of accidents in which one party is injured as a result of another party’s direct actions or negligence. These cases can be very complex, requiring experienced legal representation in order to help the injured party collect the compensation he or she deserves. Our attorneys have proven personal injury law expertise that has allowed our Indianapolis, IN, firm help many clients protect their best interests in the wake of injury. Contact Golitko & Daly today to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury lawsuits can involve several different kinds of accidents, with injuries ranging from minor to severe and life threatening. Sadly, some accidents are fatal.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: These accidents may involve personal and/or commercial vehicles, and may also include motorcycle accidents or pedestrian accidents.
- Medical Malpractice: When a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional acts negligently, those actions can have devastating and costly results.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Property owners have a duty to maintain their property and provide sufficient warning of hazards. If they fail to do so and another party is injured, the property owner is liable for the victim’s damages.
- Work Injuries: Employers are responsible for providing employees with a safe work environment. When they fail to do so, serious and life-threatening injuries can occur on the job. Injured workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation, although other avenues of compensation may be available as well.
- Construction Accidents: Construction sites are one of the most dangerous work environments. When safety requirements are not closely followed on construction sites, the risk of severe injury is significant. Serious injury to a construction worker could leave him or her out of work for an extended period of time, or could prevent him or her from returning to construction work altogether.
- Dangerous Products: Manufacturers have an obligation to design and create safe products with detailed instructions. When they fail to do so and injuries occur, they are liable for the damages caused.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of another party’s direct action or negligence, you should contact an attorney. Even if the injury takes place on the job and workers’ compensation laws apply, you should secure the representation of an experienced attorney. A personal injury lawyer can make certain you receive the maximum possible compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at Golitko & Daly have successfully represented numerous personal injury victims, securing maximum settlements or awards for their damages.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney
Attorneys well-versed in personal injury law have extensive knowledge of these types of cases. The personal injury attorneys at Golitko & Daly have successfully represented numerous personal injury victims, securing maximum settlements or awards for their damages. There are several reasons to hire an attorney with this type of experience.
First, your attorney will thoroughly investigate your case. Unfortunately, not all circumstances warrant filing a claim, as the costs to do so could be more than any potential settlement. After reviewing your case, your attorney can tell you whether filing a claim is recommended or not.
If he does recommend filing a claim, he can help you do so within the statute of limitations. These limitations vary by state, but for many personal injury claims, it is two years from the date of the injury. You need an attorney who will act swiftly to ensure your claim is filed within these limitations.
An experienced personal injury attorney knows the tactics insurance companies use to minimize victims’ claims. Your attorney can fight these tactics ad negotiate a more fair and just settlement based on your injuries and damages. Without proper legal representation, you could end up with a fraction of the settlement you deserve.
Types of Damages
As long as you have an experienced attorney from Golitko & Daly on your side, you can expect full compensation for the damages you have suffered. The damages you receive compensation for will vary depending on the circumstances of your case and extent of your injury, but may include:
- Any past, present, or future medical expenses related to your injury, including medications, operations, physical therapy, the cost of medical devices or equipment, etc.
- Lost wages due to a temporary inability to work
- Lost income if your injury prevents you from working for an extended period of time or permanently
- Lost earning capacity if your injury renders you unable to return to your previous level of employment and pay
- Property damages to repair your vehicle, home, or any other property damaged in the accident
Your attorney may also pursue damages for non-monetary losses. This may include both the physical and emotional trauma you have suffered. It may also take into account how your injury has negatively affected your quality of life.
Loved ones may also pursue compensatory damages in limited circumstances. Your attorney may also seek punitive damages to further punish a grossly negligent party.
Timeline of a Personal Injury Case
Immediately following an accident, you should seek professional medical treatment. This is not only important for your health, but also for your case. If you delay going to see your doctor or to the hospital, insurance companies and their attorneys may argue your injuries are not as significant as you claim.
Once you have received medical treatment, you should contact an attorney. If there is an insurance company involved in you injury, they will commonly attempt to offer you a minimal settlement amount. Consult with an attorney before considering any settlement presented by the insurance company.
After meeting with our attorneys, they will begin to investigate the accident and review your medical records associated with your injury. This will help them establish whether you have a case and determine the extent of compensation to which you may be entitled. At this time, our attorneys may decide to file a lawsuit or attempt to negotiate a settlement before filing a claim. If a suit is filed, the discovery process will begin. This process involves an investigation of the evidence both parties possess.
As the discovery period ends, attorneys can initiate negotiation of a settlement. If both parties cannot come to an agreement on a settlement, the case will proceed to trial.
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If you have been injured in an accident, contact our office to schedule your free consultation.