Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys
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If you or a loved one has sustained a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Due to the many factors involved, personal injury cases can be very complex. We recommend seeking professional guidance for matters related to your personal injury case before it is too late. An experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyer can help you identify the options for compensation in your case.
Why Choose Our Personal Injury Firm?
Hovde Dassow + Deets is ranked in the highest tier of plaintiff’s personal injury litigation in Indiana and have over 150 years of combined legal experience. We provide clients with compassionate legal counsel as we aggressively fight for their fair compensation. We are positive that we can help you.
While other personal injury practices might assign your case to an associate or paralegal, we believe that you should have an attorney assigned to your case who is consistently and deeply involved in your case from beginning to end. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers recognize the immense significance that this case has for you which is why we strive to provide direct and personalized assistance every step of the way. We treat each injury claim with utmost gravity and commit our complete focus and effort to achieve the outcomes you require.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law refers to civil cases in which an individual is injured or otherwise harmed due to the negligent, careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another. The injured individual is referred to as the “plaintiff,” and the party against whom the case is brought is the “defendant.” In personal injury cases, the defendant can be another person, or it can be a corporation, business, property owner, landlord, manufacturer, government agency, or any other entity.
To have grounds for a personal injury case, there are several things you must prove:
- First, you must prove that the defendant had an explicit or implied duty to act reasonably and prevent others from being injured. This is known as the “duty of care.”
- Next, you must prove that the defendant breached the duty of care, whether by acting negligently, wrongfully, or unlawfully.
- You will also need to prove that you were injured and/or suffered damages, whether economic or non-economic. If you were not harmed, you do not have a case.
- Lastly, you must establish that the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and/or damages was the defendant’s breach of the duty of care.
At Hovde Dassow + Deets, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys work with an array of industry experts, including accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, and others, to investigate claims and obtain expert testimony. This is often a critical element of proving your personal injury case and has helped us achieve numerous successful results, both in and out of the courtroom.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
No matter how complex or straightforward, large or small, your personal injury case is important to us. Our experienced personal injury lawyers in Indianapolis handle a wide range of cases, including but not limited to claims involving:
- ATV accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Car accidents
- Defective products
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Truck accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Wrongful death
We also handle complex medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries, emergency room negligence, hospital negligence, medication errors, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and more, as well as mass torts involving widespread harm by single entities to multiple parties.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Provided below are a few frequently asked questions that you may have about your personal injury case.
Can I file a personal injury claim?
If you have sustained injury after an accident, you can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party whether they are an individual or a company.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
In Indiana, you can file your injury claim up to two years after the accident occurred.
Will I have to pay for my medical bills out of pocket?
Typically, medical specialists will wait until you have reached a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurer before you have to pay. You may have to pay copay fees, but you can include those in your claim.
How much is my case worth?
Compensation varies case by case, and to identify what you may be entitled to, you will want to discuss your case with a lawyer.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Personal injury lawyers typically do not collect payment unless you obtain a settlement, so there is no risk to get started. Rather than charge an upfront fee, you only pay attorney fees if and when we secure you compensation for your injuries.
What percentage do most personal injury lawyers take?
The average contingency fee for a personal injury lawyer in Indianapolis is 33%. However, each attorney is free to charge their own rate, as long as it is considered reasonable.
Will my personal injury case go to trial?Only 5% of all personal injury cases ever proceed to trial. The vast majority of personal injury cases are resolved outside of the courtroom, either through a settlement or mediation. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys always work for the best interests of our clients. Usually that means securing a favorable settlement, however, there are cases where we will advise our clients to go to trial - if we are confident that a more favorable verdict can be obtained.
What is the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Indiana?The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing a lawsuit, on most personal injury cases in Indiana is two years from the date of injury. If you fail to file a lawsuit within two years (with some exceptions), you will almost certainly lose your right to sue the liable party for damages.
Is my injury severe enough to file a Claim?You should contact a lawyer if you are not sure. There are different factors that would indicate if your injury was severe enough to file a claim. Scenarios such as missing prolonged time from work, wage loss, the need for surgery, time spent in hospital, or an unfortunate permanent disability would be factors the lawyer would review in order to determine the severity.