A car accident can leave you with more than just property damage—and we can help.
If you were injured in a Bloomington car accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A Bloomington car accident lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. may be able to represent your personal injury case. Unlike discount law firms that are jacks of all trades but masters of none, our firm is dedicated to personal injury cases.
You can call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis where you pay us nothing in advance to get started working for you.
Medical Care After a Car Accident
While some injuries are minor, car accidents can cause serious medical problems, such as:
- Mobility impairments
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal problems
- Scarring and disfigurement
- And more
If you have been in a car accident, we recommend you see a doctor for an evaluation as soon as it is safe to do so. This will not only allow you to begin treatment for your injuries, but it can create a link in your medical record between your injuries and that accident that could be useful in your pursuit of compensation.
Your doctor may give you information about your recovery prognosis and process. Some car accident injuries could include medium-term, long-term, or chronic symptoms. This could require years of treatment or ultimately compromise your quality of life. A personal injury lawsuit may be able to compensate you financially for these damages.
Damages That May Be Available in Your Case
If the other party is deemed liable for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit, Indiana may allow you to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are expenses and costs related to your accident. To prove economic damages, you may need to provide copies of the bills that you paid because of the accident.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical devices required as a result of your injuries
- Unreimbursed medical treatment costs
- Costs to tow your vehicle from the accident scene
- Costs to acquire a replacement vehicle or temporary transportation
- Lost wages
- And more
Non-economic damages may not have bills. These are for injuries that impact your future quality of life, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of affection
- Compromised quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Other unliquidated damages
We can discuss what specific compensation may be available in your case.
Keep in mind that some circumstances may limit the amount of compensation you can recover in Indiana. For example, per IC §34-13-3-4, if your car accident was caused by a municipal or government vehicle, your case against a state entity may be limited to $700,000 in damages.
Finding the Party Responsible for Your Damages
A judge may assign fault to the driver that caused a car accident due to negligent behavior. Negligent driving behavior can include:
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield
- Improperly backing up
- Unsafe lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Any violation of traffic laws
When Someone Other Than the Driver is Responsible
If the driver responsible for your injuries is driving their own personal vehicle, they may be the liable party in your case. However, liability can be more complicated, such as in the following situations:
- When an accident involves a motorist who is working as a driver, you may be able to pursue damages against the driver’s employer.
- An accident involving a taxi or rideshare driver can create additional liable parties. If a ridesharing company hires a driver with a dangerous or reckless driving history, the company may be liable for negligence.
A Bloomington car accident lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. may be able to identify the liable party in your car accident and gather evidence that demonstrates their liability.
Regarding Comparative Negligence
Comparative negligence is a legal rule in Indiana that deducts the percentage you are responsible for the cause of action from your judgment. Per IC §34-51-2-5, you can collect damages in Indiana as long as you are less than 50% responsible for the injuries you sustained.
A Bloomington Car Accident Lawyer in Your Corner
When you hire Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. to represent you, a Bloomington car accident lawyer from our firm can:
- Answer your questions and give you legal advice
- Collect evidence of the responsible party’s liability
- Interview witnesses
- Hire accident reconstructionists or medical experts to testify in your defense
- Investigate the other motorists’ driving history
- Communicate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Negotiate a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company
- File a personal injury lawsuit and take them to court if they do not make you a fair offer
- Ensure your case meets the state’s statute of limitations, which dictates the deadline to file your lawsuit (per IC §34-11-2-4)
You do not need to face the party responsible for your injuries alone. When we take on your case, you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries while we pursue compensation on your behalf.
When Should You Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident?
If you’ve added up your medical bills, car damage costs, and income losses, your losses may appear straightforward. It may seem possible to represent yourself in an insurance claim.
While you aren’t legally required to work with a lawyer, there are many reasons why the team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. could prove a valuable asset during your case:
You May Receive a Lowball Offer
An early settlement offer could come in from the insurance company soon after your accident, which may be encouraging. However, this amount is likely to be lower than the true value of your case. Without an understanding of how to value personal injury cases and gather compelling evidence, you may not know how much you could demand in your case.
You Could Be Facing Unfair Insurance Tactics
In some cases, insurance companies will go to great lengths to undervalue or deny your claim. They could try to take your words out of context or even use your social media posts to claim your injuries aren’t serious. It can be tricky to handle these tactics on your own.
Personal Injury Law Can Be Complicated
From the statute of limitations to comparative negligence laws, there is a substantial amount of legalese to interpret. Misunderstanding these laws could affect your case.
You don’t have to be alone in your case or leave money on the table. When you work with us, we can be sure that all your losses are taken into consideration—including present and future damages.
Car Accidents Statistics in Indiana
Car accidents and injuries are an unfortunate reality of driving in Indiana. According to Indiana Traffic Safety Facts, 217,018 car accidents in Indiana in 2018 resulted in 32,383 injuries and 789 fatalities.
Sustaining injuries in a car accident can impact your career, personal life, and long-term health. If you were injured in a Bloomington car accident, you may be able to recover compensation for these damages.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Today
While you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. may be able to coordinate your personal injury case, gather evidence in your defense, and negotiate for your compensation.
We may be able to take your case on a contingency-fee-basis where:
- You pay us nothing in advance.
- We only receive payment if we win your case.
For a free consultation to review the details of your claim, call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. today at (317) 636-7777.