How much you can settle for a back injury will depend on many different factors specific to your accident, such as your injuries’ severity and damages’ cost. Financial recovery, whether through a claim or lawsuit, can account for your past, present, and healthcare costs.
Partnering with a lawyer can take the legal process off your shoulders. You have a limited time to pursue recovery after suffering a back injury, so we encourage you to consider your options now.
What Type of Compensation Can I Get After Suffering a Back Injury?
The extent of your injuries will determine the types and amounts of compensation you can pursue. If you represent yourself pro se (without an attorney), it can be difficult to accurately assess your recoverable damages.
A personal injury attorney can seek:
- The cost of your necessary medical bills, including rehabilitative care
- Lost income for the time your back injury prevents you from working
- Ongoing physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lasting disabilities and disfigurements
- Loss of enjoyment of life, mental trauma, and other non-economic damages
- Property damage expenses (if your car was damaged in a collision)
Your treatment-related compensation can vary greatly depending on whether your injuries are temporary or permanent. Your settlement’s value will also depend on your day-to-day function after suffering a back injury.
How Do I Prove My Right to Financial Recovery?
If someone else’s negligent, careless, or reckless actions caused your injuries, you can seek damages. To advance your case, you must use evidence to prove:
- Duty of care
A personal injury lawyer can prove each of these elements using your medical records, the police report, and information from witnesses. By proving these elements, you show that because another party caused your back injury, you incurred various losses.
How Much Time Do I Have to Seek Compensation?
Indiana imposes a statutory deadline on all civil cases, including those resulting in back injuries. Per IC § 34-11-2-4, you generally have two years to file your lawsuit. Your filing deadline depends on the date your accident happened or the date you discovered your back injury.
By failing to pursue a lawsuit within the allotted two-year period, you could lose the right to seek damages. This would jeopardize your ability to recover compensation for your losses. When you entrust your case to an injury lawyer, they can manage your case’s deadlines and take legal action within the prescribed timeframe.
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Back Injuries Can Arise from These Situations in Indiana
Mayo Clinic notes that back injuries generally result from collisions. Yet, they can also stem from:
- Slips and falls
- On-the-job incidents
- Construction accidents
- Dangerous or defective products
- Dog bites
These incidents stem from negligence and allow you to seek reimbursement for your losses.
What Constitutes a Back Injury?
Indiana allows you to seek financial recovery for these injuries:
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Torn ligaments
Back injuries can require lifelong, specialized care. You deserve compensation that accounts for the cost of your necessary medical treatments and other injury-related losses.
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What Should I Do After Suffering a Back Injury in Indiana?
If you’re interested in pursuing damages for a back injury, these measures could support your right to damages:
Document Your Back Injury Treatment Plan
As noted, back injuries can require intensive care. You should document each aspect of your treatment plan, including:
- Emergency room records
- Hospital records and bills
- Physical therapy records
- Rehabilitation records
- Doctors’ visits
- The names of your prescribed medications
The more information you have to support your back injury case, the better. When you partner with an attorney, they can investigate your case and use evidence to support your right to damages.
Seek Medical Care and Follow Your Treatment Plan
The longer you wait to seek treatment for a back injury, the worse the condition could become. Visit your family physician or an urgent care center if you haven’t already. The information you get (like the items listed above) could support your case’s progression.
Limit What You Share with the Liable Insurer
You may have already filed an insurance claim, hoping to recover damages for your back injury. The insurance company will likely ask you for a recorded statement, where a representative will ask “loaded questions.”
Anything you share, even by accident, could hurt your case’s progression. Don’t share anything on the record that could jeopardize your right to damages, such as admitting fault. In fact, don’t give a recorded statement at all.
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If you or a loved one suffered an accidental injury because of someone else’s negligence, you can recover damages. Yet, how much you can settle for your back injury ultimately depends on your situation.
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. advocates for personal injury claimants in Indiana. To explore your legal options, connect with our team now.
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