If you were injured in a collision, our consultation team can explain the benefits of having a lawyer represent your car accident case. While we gather, organize, and present your case’s evidence, you can focus on healing.
You can also trust your car accident lawyer to:
- File your lawsuit within Indiana’s statute of limitations
- Handle all case-related communications and correspondence
- Establish fault for your collision
Hiring a Lawyer Means You Can Focus on Getting Better
The injuries you sustain in an unexpected accident can change your life, mobility, and mental state. At the same time, your personal injury case is time-sensitive––meaning that you only have a limited time to file your lawsuit and gather evidence.
Reasons to consider legal aid include:
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Our Team Works on a Contingency-Fee Basis
With our team on your side, you don’t have to worry about paying attorney’s fees, hourly rates, or retainers. Compensation for our services comes from the compensation we get for you. If your case doesn’t succeed, we won’t request anything for our time and efforts.
We operate on contingency for two reasons. One, we want to make legal aid available to everyone, and two, we want to minimize your financial risk when partnering with us.
A Lawyer Can Compile and Organize Evidence
The last thing you need right now is the challenge and stress of building a personal injury case. Evidence is a critical part of your pursuit of damages, though. When you are represented by a lawyer, they will collect:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Medical records and bills
- Property repair estimates
- Paychecks and tax records
Your lawyer will collect evidence in two categories – proof of cause and proof of injury. This basically means they will assert your accident’s cause and injuries’ severity using supporting information.
Some evidence will fit both categories. Your lawyer will explain the collected evidence and how it will be used to support your case.
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A Lawyer Can Determine Who Should Pay for Your Losses
The type of accident you were involved in will dictate who to pursue for damages. It will also determine with whom you will negotiate. The liable party in your case could include:
- The at-fault party’s insurance company
- Your insurance company (if the other party was uninsured or underinsured)
- A government agency
- An involved vehicle manufacturer
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A Lawyer Can Correctly Interpret the Statute of Limitations
All civil cases in Indiana come with a filing deadline known as the statute of limitations. IC § 34-11-2-4 notes that you generally have two years to file your car accident lawsuit. Yet, this deadline could depend on:
- How old you were at the time of the accident
- Whether you lost a loved one
- When you discovered your injuries
- What caused your accident
The statute of limitations can also be shorter than the standard two-year period if you are seeking damages from a government entity. Here, you must notify the government within 180 days of your accident or risk losing the right to file a lawsuit.
When you partner with a car accident lawyer, they can assess your case’s filing deadline and take action.
A Lawyer Can Communicate on Your Behalf
A personal injury lawyer will likely discourage you from these things:
- Sharing information about your injury case on social media
- Giving the insurance company a recorded statement
- Replying to the claims adjuster’s requests via text message, phone call, or email
- Talking about the accident with uninvolved parties
Anything you say can be misconstrued as an admission of guilt or fault––both of which could damage your case. Your lawyer will handle all verbal, written, and electronic communications for you.
A Lawyer Can Help You Fight Allegations of Liability
An at-fault driver or their representative will not hand over compensation without question. To avoid paying for your losses, they might allege that you caused the accident and should pay for your losses out of pocket.
This accusation, if proven, can reduce your potential compensation by the same percentage of the fault assigned to you. For example:
- If you are found to be 30% at fault, a settlement of $50,000 will be reduced to $35,000.
- If you are found to be mostly at fault for what happened, a settlement in any amount will be reduced to $0.
It can be hard to fight these allegations on your own. A personal injury lawyer familiar with Indiana law can help you fight back and accurately assign liability.
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Were you or someone you love recently injured in a car accident? If so, you don’t have to fight for financial compensation on your own. Learn more about the benefits of having a lawyer represent your car accident case by contacting one of our client-focused team members.
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