If you are hurt because of an accident due to another party’s negligence, Indiana may allow you to recover civil damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Common examples of personal injury claims include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slips, falls, and trips
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace injuries
- And more
Civil compensation may be awarded to victims of these injuries to cover their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you believe that you were hurt because of the actions of another party, contact the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Our lawyer represents Bloomington personal injury victims.
A member of our team can discuss your case and your legal options when you call us for a free consultation at 317-720-3229.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
Personal injury claims require that you suffer harm as a direct result of negligent conduct. This can occur in a variety of scenarios, such as:
If you were injured in a car accident in Bloomington, you may be able to recover compensation from your insurer or the insurance company of the other driver.
Who else may be a liable party for a car accident?
Rarely, your case could be against manufacturers of defective automotive parts, a party that left debris in the road, or the local government for having a poorly maintained road.
As commercial trucks weight substantially more than passenger cars, collisions with them result in devastating injuries and property damage.
When do truck drivers act negligently?
Truck drivers can commit negligent acts such as:
- Changing lanes improperly
- Failing to stop or yield
- Driving fatigued
While riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, it can also be dangerous. A Bloomington motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm wants motorcycle victims like you to focus on recovery, not managing a complicated civil case.
Can motorcycle parts manufacturers be liable for a crash?
When certain parts of a motorcycle malfunction, like the handlebars, suspension, lights or signals, throttle, or tires, you can pursue damages from the product’s manufacturer.
What if your loved one passed away in a fatal motorcycle accident?
We can pursue compensation for the damages your family suffered, including:
- Annuities, benefits, and other loss of income, if applicable
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
- Non-economic damages, including loss of consortium and mental trauma
Bicycles are a great way to enjoy Bloomington, especially at the Paynetown State Recreation Area. Regrettably, bicyclists face severe injuries in a collision with a vehicle.
How do you file an insurance claim after a bicycle accident?
When a driver that caused your bicycle accident has liability insurance, you can pursue a settlement against their policy, and we can help. We can examine applicable policies, contact and interact with the insurers, and submit a comprehensive demand package to them.
If you are injured because of a defective product, a Bloomington personal injury lawyer may be able to help you file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Defective products can cause severe injuries. Product liability cases can involve items ranging from passenger vehicles to appliances.
What should you do if you were injured by an unsafe product?
If you believe your injuries were caused by a defective product, we advise that you document your injuries and keep all evidence related to the injury. If possible, try to keep the defective product.
You can file a personal injury claim if you experience medical malpractice, which occurs if a medical professional’s care falls below a reasonable standard and causes you harm.
If you hire the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. to represent your medical malpractice case, we may be able to hire a licensed practitioner to attest that your injuries fell below a reasonable standard of care, and that another doctor in the same situation would have acted differently.
What are examples of medical malpractice?
Examples of medical malpractice may include:
- Prescribing unsafe medications
- A misdiagnosis that results in actual harm
- Unnecessary or defective medical procedures
If you suffered a serious burn, another party could be held accountable for all the damages you face as a result.
What common burn injury cases does our firm handle?
We typically accept cases as a result of motor vehicle accidents, work-related accidents, unsafe property hazards, and dangerous products.
Other types of personal injury cases we handle
Any time somebody injures you because they exercise poor judgment or act recklessly and violate a duty to care, you can receive compensation. Negligent behavior means the responsible party did not intend to commit harm, but their actions were inconsistent with what a reasonable person would do in the same situation.
Common personal injury claims based on negligence can include:
- Dog bites
- Workplace accidents
Damages That May Be Available to You
A Bloomington personal injury lawyer can pursue damages for:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Attorney fees
- Lost wages
- Mental and emotional distress
- Future lost earnings
These damages may generally be grouped into two categories—economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are ones that you can prove you paid or incurred because of your injuries which were caused by the responsible party’s negligent act.
For example, if your injuries are related to a car accident, the at-fault driver’s policy may reimburse you for costs like medical bills, vehicle repairs, and transportation to medical appointments you have to attend because of the accident can be compensated for through economic damages.
Since economic damages are actualized, it is important to keep records of all costs you paid because of the accident.
Non-economic damages take in to account the future harm of your injuries cause. For example, if your injuries prevent you from living independently, non-economic damages may compensate you for and emotional distress. Since personal injuries can lead to mental health problems, non-economic damages may consider factors such as trauma, anxiety, and depression and how they impact your daily life.
Losing the ability to work can lead to a diminished earning capacity or future lost wages, which may be recoverable damages in your case.
Because each case is different, it is impossible for us to estimate the compensation you may be able to recover in your case without a direct consultation with our firm. Call the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. today at 317-720-3229 to schedule a free consultation to review the details of your personal injury case.
In some cases, Indiana may impose a cap, or limit, on the amount of damages you can collect. Per IC 34-18-14-3, the current amount of damages available in a medical malpractice case is limited to $1,800,000. Per IC 34-13-3-4, the limit for personal injury lawsuits against a government defendant is $700,000.
The Statute of Limitations in Your Case
Personal injury claims must be filed within Indiana’s statute of limitations or you may not be able to collect damages.
The general statute of limitations for personal injury claims is:
- 180 days for claims involving a government
- Two years for medical malpractice claims
- Two years for product liability claim
- Two years for most other personal injury claims, according to IC 34-11-2-4
To discuss what specific statute of limitations pertain to your case, call the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.
A Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side
When you are the victim of an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer in Bloomington from the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. may be able to defend your right to compensation.
If injuries impact your daily life or prevent you from the activities you enjoy most, call the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. today at 317-720-3229 to schedule your free consultation to review your legal options.
We may be able to take your case on a contingency-fee-basis where you pay us nothing in advance.