An accident can change your life in an instant, leaving you with serious injuries that can impact everything from your ability to walk or talk, to your ability to communicate, earn a living and live independently. In some cases, an accident or injury can go beyond life-changing to life-ending, leaving the person’s loved ones to pick up the pieces.
But there is help. At Tuley Law Office, our Evansville, Indiana personal injury lawyers are committed to helping clients get the compensation they deserve for their losses. Money cannot bring back a loved one, nor can it restore your body to its pre-accident condition, but when you’re fairly compensated, you’ll have an opportunity to recover and rebuild your life. It may not be the same life that you had before the injury, but this new life can be equally fulfilling. As personal injury lawyers, our goal is to help with your legal issues as you take the first steps down the path to recovery.
At Tuley Law Office, our talented team of experienced attorneys can handle many different types of personal injury cases, including (but not limited to):
dog bite injuries;
slip and falls;
work injuries; and
veterans’ disability law cases.
Contact the team of personal injury lawyers at Tuley Law Office to discuss your case in a confidential, no-cost case consultation session. The law does place a limit on the timeframe for filing a civil claim, so do not delay in taking action.
Call the attorneys of Tuley Law Office at (812) 434-1936.
The Most Common Questions About Personal Injury Lawyers and Accident Lawsuits
Fortunately, serious injuries are not something that you experience on a daily basis, so it’s understandable that many are unsure of what to do and how to proceed after they’ve been injured in an accident or any other mishap.
The Evansville personal injury lawyers at Tuley Law Office get lots of questions from new and potential clients. The following are a few of the most common inquiries that we address.
What Should I Do If I’m Injured in an Accident or Mishap?
Any moment that you suffer a serious injury, it’s generally best to take certain measures that will ensure you have the information and evidence you need in the event that civil action is required in the future.
The most important priority of all is to seek medical attention. Many injuries may not be immediately visually evident, and your perception of pain can be dulled by adrenaline. Some injuries can have permanent effects if they’re not treated properly, so it is vital that you get medical care as soon as possible. Your medical records will also serve as key documentation if you pursue a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana.
In addition, you should photograph the injuries and accident scene if you are safely able to do so. You can always ask someone else to take the photos on your behalf if you are too injured to take action. Ideally, you should photograph the accident scene before anything is moved, cleaned or altered. These photos can prove to be important evidence in your case.
You should also get the name and contact information of any witnesses who observed the accident or the conditions that led up to the incident. Eyewitnesses can play a key and critical role in your case. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, contacting the police department can often work to your advantage, as the police can provide a valuable third-party account of the accident scene.
If you have suffered injuries that required medical attention, there is a possibility that you may have a viable personal injury case. So it’s always best to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to maximize your chances of a good outcome. As time passes, evidence can disappear or degrade, witnesses can become more difficult to track down and other aspects of your case will become more complex. For this reason, you should contact an Evansville attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Your personal injury lawyer can be a valuable ally, offering insight, legal advice, and guidance as you work to recover from the accident.
How Do I Know if I Have a Viable Personal Injury Claim?
The only sure fire way to determine if you have a viable personal injury lawsuit is to speak with a qualified attorney concerning your case. There are a number of situations and scenarios that can justify a personal injury claim, including the following:
any injury that requires medical attention, hospitalization and/or leaves you with medical bills;
a serious injury causing long-term or permanent disability;
a neck, back, head or brain injury;
injuries involving a motor vehicle versus a pedestrian or bicyclist;
an accident or injury that causes scarring or disfigurement;
an injury that impairs a vital function, such as your ability to walk, talk, see or hear;
an injury resulting in amputation or paralysis;
an accident that causes significant property damage and losses;
any injury that impairs your ability to work and earn an income;
any injury that impairs your ability to perform tasks required to live independently;
an accident that is caused by another person’s negligence, inattention or carelessness; and
an incident that leads to the death of a loved one.
These are just some of the situations that can serve as the basis of an Indiana personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death case. Each case is truly unique, so it’s always best to consult one of our experienced lawyers to determine if you may have a viable claim.
What Type of Compensation Can a Personal Injury Attorney Secure on My Behalf?
Your attorney will work to identify any past, current and future losses that have occurred as a direct result of the accident or injury. If your lawyer can draw a direct link between the other party’s actions (or inaction), your injury and the damages, then you typically stand a good chance of recovering compensation for those losses.
Some of the most common losses that are compensated via a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana include:
hospital bills and medical expenses;
physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other recovery related costs;
lost wages (including future wages that you would have earned if you were not injured);
funeral and cremation/burial costs;
costs for a home nurse, personal care attendant or other basic living services that are required due to a disability that has resulted from the injury;
the cost to repair or replace damaged/destroyed property;
non-economic losses, such as pain, suffering, and loss of companionship; and
the legal fees incurred while pursuing the personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.
These are just some of the areas where you can seek compensation after an injury or accident.
Does Indiana Have Personal Injury Damages Caps?
Many states implement a limit on how much money can be recovered in a personal injury case, including Indiana.
Indiana personal injury damage caps are placed at $1,250,000 for medical malpractice lawsuits.
There is a $300,000 limit on wrongful death cases involving an unmarried adult who does not have any dependents (i.e. children.)
Indiana’s Tort Claims Act has set a limit on the maximum payout for a single event at $5,000,000 – something that can prove problematic for cases involving multiple victims, such as Indiana’s State Fair stage collapse.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Indiana?
In the state of Indiana, the statute of limitations is set at two years for most personal injury claims. This two-year time frame begins on the date of the injury or accident. If you do not file a personal injury lawsuit within two years, the court will typically refuse to hear the case.
You should also note that if you are filing a personal injury case against an Indiana city, town or county, you must take action within 180 days of the incident. If you are seeking to file an injury lawsuit against a government agency with the state of Indiana, you have a period of 270 days.
Under What Circumstances Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is typically filed in the same type of circumstances where you might file a personal injury lawsuit (except in the case of a wrongful death claim, the accident or mishap resulted in fatal injuries.)
Indiana defines “wrongful death” as a situation whereby “the death of one is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another.” A representative of the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death case (with the exception of the death involving a child; in this scenario, one or both parents must file the claim.)
Similar to a personal injury lawsuit, Indiana wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years, per the statute of limitations.
What is Indiana’s Comparative Fault Rule and How Does It Impact Personal Injury Lawsuits?
The state of Indiana uses a comparative fault system for determining how much fault a party holds in an accident. Using this system, the evidence and facts in the accident are reviewed and a determination is made, assigning a percentage of fault to each person who was involved in the accident.
If one driver is found to be 20% at-fault for an accident, then their damages award in civil court will typically be reduced by this same amount. So instead of receiving $10,000, the driver who holds 20% of the fault would typically receive $8,000 (reflecting a 20% decrease).
This is one area where it is important to have an experienced Indiana personal injury lawyer who can present evidence and facts if you’re deemed to hold more than your fair share of fault.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
It is typical to accept personal injury cases and wrongful death cases on a contingency basis. This means that the actual dollar amount spent on legal fees will vary greatly amongst cases.
With this sort of arrangement, the attorney usually works without an up-front fee. Instead, the lawyer’s fees are paid by deducting a specific percentage of the total recovered sum. In other cases, the opposing side may be court-ordered to pay your legal fees (in addition to other damages).
Get the Compensation You Deserve with an Evansville Personal Injury Lawyer
The legal professionals of Tuley Law Office understand how stressful it can be to suffer serious, life-altering injuries or even the loss of a loved one. You may be going through a difficult time, faced with worries about your health, your finances, and your future — all while you try to recover your health and heal from your injuries.
Our aim is to make this recovery process easier by offering comprehensive support, legal advice and representation to our clients. Our personal injury lawyers will work hard to help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Tuley Law Office was founded by Attorney Daniel Tuley, a personal injury lawyer with over 30 years of experience, and we always put our clients first. Our Evansville law firm is committed to you, our client, as we take a strategic and aggressive approach to ensuring that you see the best possible outcome to your case.
If you or a loved one have been injured, turn to some of the region’s top personal injury lawyers at Tuley Law Office to arrange a confidential, no-cost case consultation. Call us at (812) 434-1936.