Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have a legal claim?
If you have been injured in an accident and are not at fault, you may have a legal claim. Please contact my office to discuss the facts surrounding the accident and so we may better advise you.
Can I handle the case on my own or do I need an attorney?
There is no requirement that you must hire an attorney to represent you; however, insurance companies can be difficult to deal with especially when negotiating the amount your claim is worth. I strongly suggest retaining counsel to aid you through the process, ensure you don't make any statements which could potentially damage your claim and negotiate the best settlement for your injuries.
Should I accept the insurance company settlement?
Insurance companies are in the business of making money and try to settle claims at the lowest possible cost. property damage settlements are generally straightforward; however, when injuries are involved, especially serious injuries, the insurance company's interests in not making sure you are adequately compensated.
What is my case worth?
This varies depending on the nature and circumstances of the case and the severity of your injuries. After discussing your claim and learning about your injuries and medical bills, we are in a better position to advise you of a ballpark figure for your claim. Personal injury lawsuits are not designed to pay "jackpot winnings." At minimum though, you should receive sufficient compensation to cover medical costs and provide for your pain and suffering.
How do I handle insurance adjusters?
The best way to handle the insurance company is through an attorney. There are several elements to establishing a personal injury claim which you may not be aware. It is possible to jeopardize your potential claim through conversations or recorded statements with the insurance adjuster.
When will my lawsuit be filed?
The statute of limitations in Indiana is 2 years for personal injury suits. Depending on the medical treatment you receive, the status of negotiations and other facts of the accident, your case may be filed sooner; however, at the latest it will be roughly two years following the date of the accident.