Another person’s negligence could, in an instant, trigger a lifetime of suffering, pain, and disability. If you have suffered injuries due to the carelessness of a business or another person, a proven and professional lawyer could help improve your chances of getting compensated for your injuries and damages. The Indiana personal injury attorneys at Young, Reverman & Mazzei, L.P.A have been delivering exceptional results to the Indiana residents since 1972. One of the reasons why we are the best people to approach is because we always do our best to secure maximum compensation for our clients for cases arising out of medical malpractice, auto accidents, and any other type of incident that could have been avoided if due diligence was followed.
If you have suffered a personal injury in Indiana, call our office today at 513-854-8885 to schedule a risk-free case review with one of our expert attorneys. Our office is conveniently located at 117 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, IN and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions or concerns.
Why Hire an Indiana-based Personal Injury Lawyer?
Laws surrounding personal injury can be confusing and complicated, especially to someone without legal training. For instance, if you are planning to sue a governmental institution (be it a school, county, state, or the city), you are required to file a Tort Claim Notice within a specified period – in Indiana, you should do so within 180 days.
If you are not conversant with Indiana Laws, chances are you don’t know about this requirement, which, if not met, will cause your claim to fail. As a law firm that’s been handling these types of cases for over five decades, we can help improve your chances of getting compensated for your injuries compared to going at it alone – but that is if you let us represent you. The quicker you hire a lawyer, the quicker the lawyer will start working on your cases. This is essential considering that the other party’s insurance agency’s representatives and attorneys will not waste any time before they begin building a case against you to ensure that they don’t lose any money.
What is the Cost of Hiring an Experienced Indiana Personal Injury Attorney?
Irrespective of the gravity of your injuries, the last thing you should be worrying about at this point is money. Yes, you might be worried, considering that your medical bills are piling up, you’ve lost wages, and your expenses are piling up. There is also psychological and physical pain to cope with and the uphill task of starting your life all over again.
At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, L.P.A, we understand that you, or someone you know, have been and are going through a difficult time. You should not let money stress you too. We believe that whoever’s responsible for your injuries should pay for them and devote our resources and times to ensure this happens. You do not have to pay a cent to recruit our help. At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, L.P.A, we use a contingency structure where we front the costs of a case and do not get paid until you have been paid for your injuries and damages.
What Injuries are Considered Personal Injury in Indiana?
Automotive accidents are a top contributor to personal injury cases in Indiana. Others include workplace accidents, slips, and falls, boating accidents, unsafe products, dog bites, and motorcycle accidents. Basically, injuries caused by the carelessness or negligence of a company or individual, are grounds enough to file a personal injury claim.
Is There Any Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Indiana?
Yes, there are! Generally, claimants have two years from the day they got injured to file a claim. If the period, referred to as the statute of limitations, comes to an end before you’ve submitted your suit, you will end up losing your rights for filing a complaint. This is not in your best interest if you are looking to get compensated for your injuries. While the two-year period is the general rule for most of these cases, the time period can be shorter or longer depending on circumstances like the victim’s age, if the injury was caused on government property or by a government vehicle or by a public employee, and whether your injuries are a result of medical malpractice.
In any event, make sure you contact an Indiana personal injury lawyer as soon as you can – preferably immediately after the crash. Doing so is vital as it will allow the attorney to get started on collecting and compiling witness testimony and evidence while it’s still fresh. At the same time, it enables them to direct and advise you on the steps to take to ensure you get the most out of your claim. Time can easily slip through your fingers as you deal with recovery and getting paperwork from hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and the police. If you make the mistake of waiting until the time limit is about to come to an end before getting in touch with an attorney, then you will be hurting your chances of getting a positive result from your compensation claim.
What Does Comparative Fault In Personal Injury Claims Mean?
In Indiana, personal injury cases are determined by a system of comparative fault or comparative negligence. This means that if you, the victim, are found partially at fault for the incident, then the amount you’re entitles to will be proportionately reduced. Let’s say it’s determined that you are ten percent at fault; this means that you’ll only receive ninety percent of the amount to be paid for damages. If it is determined that you more than fifty percent at fault, then you will not recover anything from your claim.
Insurance companies like to use this law to place as much blame on you as possible to lower the amount they’re required to pay or, if possible, to avoid paying you a single cent. As such, you should never let an insurer tell you who is at fault. It is up to a jury to determine who is at fault. If an insurer is putting the blame on you, our attorneys can be of help and will present your case in a court of law for a jury to decide.
What is the Meaning of Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Cases?
In most cases, when you’ve suffered injuries due to the negligence of another person, you should expect to receive compensatory damages – that is, money to recover what you have lost through lost income, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. In some cases, however, the best thing to do would be to seek punitive damages. But what does punitive damages mean? It means that instead of seeking compensation for your losses, the defendant gets punished for their negligent behavior. Punitive damages are generally sought after in cases where the other party’s conduct was wanton, willful, grossly negligent, or particularly reckless. However, it is rare to find a case involving punitive damages.
In the state of Indiana, the award for punitive damages is limited to greater than $50,000 or 3X the amount of the compensation awarded. The victim only receives 25 percent of the amount awarded through punitive damages, while the rest of the money goes to Indiana’s Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund. Any fact used to justify punitive damages must be proved by “convincing and clear evidence.” This option tends to have a higher standard compared to what you have to prove for compensatory damages. While it’s harder to acquire punitive damages, our lawyers can seek them for you through appropriate cases.
Is It Common to Find Personal Injury Cases Settling Out of Court?
Most personal injury lawsuits settle out of court, with only very few going to trial. However, for your case to be successful, it’s essential that you work with a law firm that is experienced in handling such cases and which starts to prepare your case as soon as you get in touch. Acting early will increase your likelihood of getting the best settlement possible with or without going to trial. If the need to go to trial arises, you and your lawyer will be well prepared, increasing your chances of success.
The First Officer on Site Says the Accident was My Fault. What Do I Do?
It’s up to a jury or judge to decide who is at fault, not a police officer! In Indiana, there is a comparative fault law that is in place for such things. Your amount paid for damages will be reduced by how much you are at fault. In other words, if a jury determines that you are 15 percent at fault, the amount you get paid for damages will be reduced by the same margin – 15 percent. However, if you are determined to be over 51 percent at fault, you will not receive any compensation for your damages.
What is the Value of My Indiana Personal Injury Case?
One of the things on the minds of people thinking of filing a personal injury is how much they will get as compensation should they win. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee or predict what an individual will receive, either through a trial or in a settlement. The amount you will be awarded is determined by various factors, such as whether or not you were fault and the severity of your injuries.
Call Young, Reverman & Mazzei, L.P.A Now for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a car accident, choosing to work with an experienced Indiana lawyer is one of the best decisions you will make. The Law Firm of Young, Reverman & Mazzei, was established in 1972 and has successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases, and that includes those related to automotive accidents of all types. Our attorneys do their best to ensure that they recover maximum compensation for all our clients within the shortest time possible. If a settlement is unjust or is not forthcoming, we have the expertise and resources needed to take your case to court.
Our consultations are free-of-charge and are obligation-free. The initial consultation is essential as it allows us to weigh your case and help you understand your options. Furthermore, our lawyers work following a contingency plan, which means that they do not get paid until they have successfully resolved your claim for compensation – we only get paid when you get paid. Call our office at 513-854-8885 or get in touch with us through the online contact form to learn more about how we can be of assistance.