Golitko & Daly

A Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer 
 
Can Help You Collect

Slip and fall accidents commonly cause serious injury, including damage to the spinal cord. In fact, falls are second only to vehicular crashes as a major cause of spinal cord injury. If you or a loved one experiences this type of injury at work, do not hesitate to seek the assistance of a work injury slip and fall accident lawyer. With office locations in Kokomo and Indianapolis, IN, the attorneys at Golitko & Daly focus exclusively on helping injured workers, providing legal representation for workers’ compensation, personal injury, and social security disability claims. We work on a contingency basis, so you pay no fees until a settlement or verdict is obtained. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.

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Slip and fall accidents can have devastating and costly consequences. Our attorneys can help you collect the compensation you deserve.

About Spinal Cord Injuries and Falls

Falls occur commonly in the workplace, causing varying degrees of injury. Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating, and can leave victims and their families to cope with a challenging change of circumstances. The most severe injuries result in limited mobility and reduced ability to maintain gainful employment.

In the course of the job, an employee might trip and fall downstairs or slip on standing liquid and fall, striking an object. On a construction site, workers may fall from a height or trip over debris. Resulting spinal cord injuries can range from a ruptured or slipped disc to fractured or dislocated vertebrae.

When the spine is impacted, extensive medical care is required, and it may be months before the full extent of the injury is known. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain 
  • Nerve compression and numbness 
  • Varying degrees of weakness and paralysis, including loss of mobility and function 
  • Inability to walk (paraplegia) 
  • Loss of control from the neck or chest down, with an inability to use the arms and legs (quadriplegia)

Falls are second only to vehicular crashes as a major cause of spinal cord injury.

Legal Recourse with Golitko & Daly

Spinal cord injury impacts the whole family, with many emotional, practical, and financial challenges. The victim may need ongoing treatment, home care, equipment, and modification of living quarters to accommodate the injury. Loss of wages is involved, with need for retraining or permanent employment disability.

If you are severely injured, you and your family need to focus on healing and rebuilding. At Golitko & Daly, we go to work when you cannot, handling your legal issues, and advocating for you as we have for thousands of clients. Practicing statewide, our firm has attained many favorable results, including multi-million dollar settlements and jury awards for injured employees.

Monetary compensation may be available through workers’ compensation benefits, and damages in a civil case for negligence or product liability may be pursued. There can be multiple parties involved, and our attorneys know the steps to take, investigating the details and gathering evidence. In case of temporary or permanent disability, benefits may also be available through social security disability, and we provide guidance throughout this process as well.

A Farm Accident Lawyer  Can Help You Collect the Compensation You Need

A tractor pulls tilling equipment across a farm field.If you have suffered an injury while working on a farm, contact the spinal injury lawyers of Golitko & Daly serving Kokomo.

A farm’s livelihood depends on the hard work of its employees, as well as the advanced technology and equipment that keep operations running smoothly. When an accident injures a farm employee, the consequences can be devastating.

The personal injury lawyers at Golitko & Daly have vast experience in representing employees who have been injured while working on a farm. We take great pride in helping the hard-working people of Indianapolis and Kokomo to collect the damages they need to rebuild their lives following a work-related injury.

Types of Farming Accidents

Farming accidents can involve heavy-duty machinery, tools, and other equipment utilized in the daily maintenance of an agricultural operation.

Often, equipment- or machinery-based farming incidents are the result of improper operation, malfunction, or a disregard for proper safety standards. Farm accidents known to cause spinal injury include:

  • An employee becoming tangled in moving equipment
  • Tractors that roll over on top of an employee
  • Flailing parts or equipment extensions
  • Falling machinery parts that strike an employee
  • A fall from a large piece of machinery, such as a combine

Machinery that is commonly involved in farm accidents causing spinal injury include:

  • Corn pickers
  • Combines
  • Tractors
  • Balers
  • Augers
  • Skid loaders
  • Mowers

Employees who use any of these pieces of machinery should know the safety standards and understand all related risks.

In addition to equipment-related accidents, heavy lifting and livestock have the potential to injure employees. Extenuated stress on the back, or a fast jolt of movement can result in spinal injury. Cows, horses and other large animals can charge or kick an employee, causing serious damage. Since farm animals are unpredictable, the risk of an injury remains relatively high regardless of the safety precautions an employee follows.

Farming incidents can cause broken or displaced vertebrae, damaged or worn discs, and damaged nerves. Spinal cord damage, which can cause paralysis or death, is also a risk farm employees face on a daily basis.

If you have suffered from an accident that occurred while you were working on a farm, contact us today to learn about your rights. We have the experience and expertise necessary to help you collect compensation.

Collecting Compensation

We have worked with several farm employees injured in work-related accidents, and we understand the toll a spinal injury can take on an individual. As with most other occupations, workers' compensation is available in many cases to help employees pay for the treatment they need. Other compensation may be available to cover medical bills and income lost while undergoing treatment, recovering, or living with a disability. In addition to workers' compensation, employees who are injured because of an equipment malfunction may also be entitled to damages collected from the manufacturer. The surest way to collect enough compensation to cover your expenses is to enlist the help of an expert attorney who can uphold your best interests in this complex process.

If you have been injured in a farming accident, we are here to help you collect the damages you deserve. Contact us today

Do You Need a Sports Injury Lawyer?

football playersMinor injuries are expected in sports, but some sports-related injuries are catastrophic, and can be permanently life-altering. In these cases, the help of an experienced sports injury lawyer is essential. With offices in Indianapolis, IN, and nearby Kokomo, the law firm of Golitko & Daly provides expert legal representation for injured parties, and we are dedicated to supporting victims and their families.

At Golitko & Daly, we practice personal injury law on a contingency basis. You do not worry about legal fees until a settlement or jury award is obtained. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact us today.

About Sports Injuries

There are as many types of sports-related injuries as there are sports. Accidents frequently happen in the middle of play when a victim is struck by an object or field opponent. Sports injuries can even occur in the stands, when, for example, spectators are injured by flying debris at a race track. Many incidents cause minor injuries, but some result in catastrophic injuries to the head or spinal cord. Victims can be left with lifelong disabilities that will require ongoing treatment and radical lifestyle changes. In some cases, injuries prove fatal.

Sorting out insurance coverage for sports injuries can be complicated. In the case of professional or semi-pro athletes, injuries that occur during play or practice are considered work injuries, and may be covered by worker's compensation. For college athletes and cheerleaders, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides a Catastrophic Insurance Plan. For any type of serious sports injury, it is best to speak to a sports injury attorney before negotiating with insurance representatives. 

Legal Help For Traumatic Injury

If a sports injury is attributable to the negligence or willful action of another party, victims may be eligible for a significant recovery of damages. Golitko & Daly attorneys have assisted many injury victims, fighting for maximum compensation for medical treatment, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other damages. 

Sports injuries caused by negligence may involve entities or individuals associated with an athletic team, the venue, or the equipment used. Sometimes gross negligence is demonstrated, when, for example, a player willfully attacks another. This intentional behavior can warrant additional punitive damage awards in some cases.

If faulty sports equipment is a cause of injury or wrongful death, there may be a products liability case. Or, if a team trainer or doctor makes a misdiagnosis or other mistake, a sports injury can be exacerbated by medical malpractice. Golitko & Daly attorneys are experienced in all aspects of these areas of law. We know how to investigate, establish clear evidence, and negotiate with insurers from a position of strength. We are forceful advocates for injury victims in and out of the courtroom. Over the years, we have attained many favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

Protect Your Interests  Following a Spinal Cord Injury Caused by an Auto Accident

If you have suffered a work-related car accident back injury, you need the help of our Indiana law firm to help you collect the compensation you deserve.

Back injuries resulting from car accidents can have a serious effect on a person’s life. Coping with these injuries involves considerable medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a work-related car accident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation, disability compensation, as well as compensation from other liable third parties. Our attorneys have helped many clients who suffered spinal injuries on the job to collect the damages they need.

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An attorney can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for a work-related injury.

Employees who will be traveling for work should understand their rights and their coverage should an accident occur. For more information on what you should discuss with your employer if you are expected to travel on the job, please contact us online or call us at (765) 865-9300 today.

A Worktime Car Accident Can Have Devastating Consequences

Many Americans travel during work for a variety of reasons including:

  • Attending meetings or training
  • Meeting with clients
  • Transporting goods
  • Picking up supplies

Determining liability when an employee is in an auto accident is, in many cases, more complicated than when an injury occurs at a job site. If an employee is injured in a crash with another vehicle, and the other party is found responsible, the other party and their insurance will be ultimately responsible for all:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent impairment or disability 
  • Prescriptions 
  • Other damages

However, your claim may take considerable time to process, as the insurance company will likely fight to reduce the amount of damages they are obligated to pay. In the meantime, you may need workers' compensation to cover your medical expenses.

Spinal cord injuries can have lifelong effects depending upon which area of the spine is injured, and the severity of the injury.

We have worked extensively with clients who have suffered physical trauma resulting from on-the-job spinal injuries in car accidents. Our attorneys can investigate your case and make sure the amount of compensation you receive will cover the costs of your expenses.

About Our Firm

John P. Daly Jr. and Matt Golitko, who specialize in workers' compensation, discuss why they chose to work together. Combining these areas of expertise has strengthened their ability to help clients. This allows their personal injury law firm to handle all aspects of clients' needs under one roof, providing the focus and attention each case deserves.

Car Accidents and Injuries Can Occur in Various Forms 

Car accidents that carry a high risk of spinal injury include:

  • Rollovers
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • T-bone collisions
  • Collisions with stationary objects such as trees or medians

These accidents can cause severe physical trauma when:

  • A person’s body continues with the locomotion of the car, and is jolted forward and then quickly jerked back (whiplash).
  • A foreign object comes through the car and comes in contact the person.
  • A person is catapulted through the windshield.
  • The car’s roof is crushed, injuring those inside.
  • A person’s body is jolted during a rollover.

The spinal cord itself is a complex network of nerves through which every impulse passes. However, it is delicate and has little protection when the vertebrae become damaged. The spinal cord can become concussed, contused, compressed, or torn. All of these injuries can have lifelong effects depending upon which area of the spine is injured, and the severity of the injury.

A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You and Your Loved Ones Cope with Trauma 

Injuries from a truck accident are often severe and long-lasting, impacting the victim's overall quality of life. While semi trucks are an essential part of our economy, transporting goods, heavy machinery, and raw materials across the country, their sheer size and scale makes them capable of significant damage. Accidents involving compact cars can be very serious, however accidents involving multi-ton trucks are often devastating for both the driver and passengers in nearby cars. Common injuries affect areas like the brain and spinal cord, which can impact the victim's daily function, mobility, and ability to work. 

At Golitko & Daly, P.C., our team is dedicated to helping Indianapolis, IN, victims secure reparations for their injuries, which can alleviate the financial burden in the aftermath of an accident. Each truck accident lawyer from our firm understands the nuances of motor vehicle laws and the complexity of these cases. We can work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or your loved one has been injured in a collision involving a semi truck, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, or other commercial vehicle, contact our team today to review your legal options.

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Paraplegia can dramatically affect the course of your life.

Malfunctions Related to Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents often involve not only a truck and its driver, but other motorists as well. Because of the way trucks are constructed, these vehicles are prone to certain kinds of malfunctions, including:

  • Tire blowouts, which can be caused by an overloaded vehicle, as well as a large or small puncture in the tire.
  • Braking malfunctions, in which brakes overheat, are not set properly, or are poorly maintained.
  • Jackknife accidents, in which the cab and trailer angle away from one another and shift out of their proper lanes. In some cases, this can cause a rollover.
  • Underride accidents, in which another vehicle crashes into a tractor trailer and continues advancing beneath it.
  • Rollover accidents, in which a tractor trailer is knocked off balance and either rolls onto its side or turns over completely.
  • Fuel fires, in which a battery that is not sufficiently protected is crushed during impact and releases sparks that ignite the fuel.

While all vehicles are theoretically at risk of experiencing similar accidents, the sheer size of a truck can result in extensive property damage and personal injury.

Types of Injuries

Similar to smaller-scale car crashes, truck accidents can result in a wide range of injuries. However, because trucks are much larger and can carry a load of up to eighty thousand pounds or more, they almost always outweigh other vehicles in an accident. Consequently, injuries are often much more severe. 

Common injuries affect areas like the brain and spinal cord, which can impact the victim's daily function, mobility, and ability to work. 

In addition to broken bones and damage to internal organs, many victims report catastrophic injuries including burns, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. In addition to immediate medical assistance, patients who have sustained these types of injuries often require ongoing care, rehabilitation, and home modifications to account for disability.  

Determining Liability

Who is at-fault in a truck accident depends on the specifics of the case. Because most trucks are owned by a company, liability for an accident typically falls on a driver’s employer. Employers must ensure that their drivers have completed the special training and licensing necessary to operate the truck. Furthermore, they are also required to insure any work vehicles that their employees operate. Their insurance policy will generally cover any damages incurred while operating a work vehicle. If, however, another party is held accountable, than the responsible party's insurance will generally pay for any damages.

In addition to covering property damage, all employers are required to have workers' compensation. However, many employers will try to minimize the reparations a worker can collect. Consequently, an attorney can play an integral role in ensuring you receive the maximum compensation allowable. It is important to keep in mind that because truck accident injuries are often much more severe, insurance has much higher liability limits. These can lead to greater damages. 

In some cases, insurance or the court may assign liability to parties involved in production of the truck’s components. If an accident is triggered by faulty components, such as malfunctioning brakes, a poorly designed battery, or inadequate tires, victims may pursue a lawsuit against the designer or manufacturer of that piece. Our team can review the specifics of your case in order to pursue all appropriate parties.

Types of Damages

There are several damages that an injured party can obtain as a result of a lawsuit. These typically fall into one of two categories: 

Economic Damages

If an injury from an accident has left you unable to work, economic damages can help you recover current and future lost wages. This is especially helpful for victims whose mobility is significantly impaired by a traumatic brain injury or severe injury to the spinal cord. Victims’ claims can also cover the cost of medical care and rehabilitation, as well as at-home and nursing home services. 

Non-Economic Damages

To determine non-economic damages, we must consider how an injury has affected the plaintiff’s quality of life. This may include physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional trauma, inconvenience, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of care or consortium. If there is evidence that the defendant was negligent, reckless, or intended to harm, the victim may also be able to collect punitive damages. However, it is important to keep in mind that Indiana places a cap on these types of damages. 

Contact Us Today

If you have suffered a spinal injury or any other form of injury as a result of a trucking accident, you will need considerable resources to cover the cost of medical treatment and other expenses. Our compassionate attorneys can handle your case with the utmost consideration and incorporate the testimony of our vast network of professionals to establish liability. Contact our team online or at (800) 520-1644 to set up a consultation and learn how our representation can help you on the road to rebuilding your life. 

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