If you or a loved one suffered injury due to the fault of negligence of someone else, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
General Information About Injury Cases
In almost all injury cases even though the settlement demand or lawsuit is filed against a person or business, it is really that person’s insurance company who is on the other side. The insurance company is the one who will have to pay the damages and defend the case.
As you can imagine, insurance companies have vast experience handling claims like yours. Insurance company adjustors and attorneys are experts whose jobs are to minimize what the company pays out.
Usually there is a two year statute of limitations for injury cases but in some situations the law may require you to take certain steps to protect your claim within six months or even less.
Important Do’s and Don’ts for Injury Victims:
* Don’t admit fault
* Do make sure that the accident is fully documented. Take pictures and get contact information from witnesses.
* Do seek immediate medical attention.
* Do follow up with your doctor and other healthcare providers as they instruct you.
* Don’t speak to anyone other than your attorney about the accident.
* Do make an appointment with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Most injury cases involve the legal concept of negligence. Although the term may be used in confusing ways, negligence generally just means that someone owed a duty to another person, he breached the duty, and the other person was injured as a result of the breach of duty.
An easy example would be a driver runs a stop sign and collides into the car that had the right-of-way. As a result, the occupants of the other car are injured. The driver that ran the stop sign owed a duty to stop and yield to the other car, he breached that duty and injury resulted. The driver was negligent and his insurance company is responsible for the damages suffered by the occupants of the other vehicle.
Some types of personal injury cases include:
Auto and Truck Accidents:
Traffic accidents can have tragic consequences. Vehicle crashes cause thousands of deaths and millions of injuries every year. Compensation available to injured victims of recklessness and negligence in traffic accidents include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Whether your injuries are severe and life changing or just a temporary inconvenience, you need an attorney to ensure that the insurance companies treat you fairly and that you receive the maximum compensation.
In most car accident cases there are two parts of the case - personal injury and property damage. If you have the right type of insurance coverage, your insurance company should cover your property damage but if you do not have full coverage, you will need to negotiate with the other person’s insurance company to pay your property damage. Also, sometimes even if you are covered, your insurance company will not treat you fairly. Talk to a lawyer before settling your property damage claim.
Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents & Premises Liability:
Believe it or not, falls are one of the leading causes of injury in the U.S. In some cases a person who is hurt as a result of a fall may be entitled to compensation. This type of case is often referred to as “Premises Liability” because the liability has to do with the condition of the property (or premises) and who owns and controls the property. Premises liability is not limited to falls if you are injured in some other way as a result of a dangerous property condition you may be entitled to compensation.
If you are injured on someone else’s property and they have a duty to make their property safe and protect you, you may be entitled to compensation including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Examples include stores, shopping malls, restaurants, and other commercial buildings. Generally, when a business wants you on their property - in hopes of making a profit from you - the law requires the business to take reasonable steps to keep you safe. If you are injured due to an unsafe condition on the property, the business is responsible.
Wrongful death is a legal term that refers to a death by another person’s negligence. Indiana has wrongful death statutes that define wrongful death, explain the procedures that must be followed in a wrongful death case, and allow for specific types of damages. The wrongful death statutes can be found at this link:
If a loved one died as the result of someone’s negligence you should seek legal advice.
Reasons to Call the Griner Law Office:
* You should not settle with an insurance company until speaking to a lawyer. The insurance companies have all the information and expertise.
* Initial consultations are inexpensive, informative, and completely confidential.
* Your case is handled by and you speak with an attorney - not a paralegal or assistant.
* If we accept your injury case, we will take it on a contingent fee basis which means that you will not owe us any fees until we settle your case.
* We make house calls and hospital visits if you are injured and unable to come to our office.
* We have jury trial experience and we will make the insurance company take your case seriously.