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Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Tippecanoe County

If you or someone you love was harmed by the negligent, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek financial compensation for certain losses you have experienced related to your injuries or your loved one’s death. These include things like medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, and pain and suffering, among others. It is important that you consult an experienced attorney, as these claims can be very complex. An attorney can handle the legal details and protect your rights while you focus on your physical and emotional healing.

At Hovde Dassow + Deets, our Lafayette personal injury lawyers have over a century of combined experience and have recovered more than $300 million in compensation for our clients. We strive to maximize each of our individual client’s recoveries, fighting for the maximum amount they are owed. As your legal team, we will provide personalized and compassionate representation, and a partner attorney will be directly involved in your case from start to finish.

Injured due to someone else’s negligence? Call (317) 576-3241 or contact us online 24/7 for a no-cost, free consultation.

When Should You File a Personal Injury Claim?

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligent, wrongful, or intentional conduct of another person or party, you could be entitled to financial compensation. As the plaintiff, or the person bringing the claim, you have the burden of proof. This means that you (along with your attorney) are the one responsible for proving your case.

To file a personal injury claim based on negligence, you will need to prove the following:

  • The party against whom you are bringing the claim (the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a legal responsibility to act reasonably, follow the law, and take certain precautions to avoid causing injury
  • The defendant failed to uphold the duty of care, whether by acting negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully or by intentional inflicting injury
  • You were injured and/or suffered measurable damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or lost enjoyment of life due to your injuries
  • The defendant’s negligent, wrongful, or intentional conduct was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and/or damages

You will also need to prove that you were not more at fault for the incident that caused your injury than the defendant. Under Indiana’s rule of modified comparative negligence, you can only file a claim for compensation when you were 50 percent or less to blame. If you are found to be partially at fault, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. For example, if you are found to have been 25 percent to blame for an accident that led to your injuries, you could only recover up to 75 percent of the amount you are seeking in compensation.

How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Indiana?

Like other states, Indiana has what is known as a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. This means that you have a deadline by which to file your lawsuit; if you miss the deadline, you will almost certainly lose your right to sue the liable party for damages.

The statute of limitations on most personal injury cases in Indiana is two years from the date of injury. In some cases, however, when the injury is not immediately discoverable, you have two years from the date on which you discovered the injury or reasonably could have discovered the injury to file a lawsuit. This discovery rule often applies in cases involving medical malpractice and negligence.

One exception to the two-year statute of limitations is cases involving child injuries. When a child under the age of six is injured and has grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit, they (or their parents or guardians) have until their eighth birthday to sue for damages.

In any case, it is important that you act quickly if you believe you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. The sooner you reach out to our Lafayette personal injury attorneys, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence and building your case. In addition to the statute of limitations, there may be other deadlines (such as insurance claims filing deadlines) that could apply. We encourage you to reach out to our firm today if you were recently injured due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another. Your initial consultation is free.

Types of Cases We Handle

At Hovde Dassow + Deets, we are well-versed in all types of personal injury cases.

Our attorneys frequently represent clients in cases involving:

  • ATV accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Child injuries
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective drugs and medical devices
  • Defective products
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Nursing home injuries
  • Premises liability
  • Train accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Uber and Lyft accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Wrongful death

No matter how complex or serious your situation may be, our team is here to help you meet and overcome the challenges you are facing. We take the time to get to know each and every one of our clients. We listen to their stories and create personalized legal solutions with the goal of securing the best possible outcome.

There are absolutely no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you hire our firm. Instead, we provide all our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover compensation for you.

Get in touch with us today by calling (317) 576-3241 or by contacting us online to get started with a free consultation.

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  • "Very professional, honest, upfront all throughout the case."
    We had Nick Deets representing our case. We can’t say enough good things about him! He was very professional, honest, upfront all throughout the case, and very diligent. We were very happy with the work he did for us and would highly recommend him to anyone.
    - John H.
  • "The best thing about working with Hovde Dassow + Deets was Nick's professionalism & knowledge."
    The best thing about working with Hovde Dassow + Deets was Nick's professionalism and knowledge. He had a lot of confidence. I could tell that he cared about my case even though he and the firm had a lot on their plate. They were prompt at answering emails and prompt with information. He put a lot of effort into making sure we were happier than what we had planned on going in.
    - Sarah S.
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    The best lawyer office around. Rick my attorney was very helpful and acted fast on my case to get things handled in a great timely manner. A very nice and friendly person plus did an excellent job with my case. Went above and beyond for me. Everyone that I spoke to in this office was always nice and answered all my questions in a timely matter, if there were unavailable I did not wait long for them to get back in touch with me. If anyone is ever in need of a lawyer for any of these types of cases this is the best law firm to choose. The rating is well above a 5-star.
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    goshen, IN
  • "We wanted to say thanks to Nick and the staff of Hovde Dassow + Deets for the excellent work you did as our attorney."
    We wanted to say thanks to Nick and the staff of Hovde Dassow + Deets for the excellent work you did as our attorney. We know you have a lot of clients and some cases much larger than ours but you gave us equal time and treatment, you were always there for us, we really appreciate your professionalism, passion and dedication and were very pleased with the mediation and the settlement.
    - Dennis F.
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