Accidents that result in injuries can impact your life in many ways. One second, you are working, driving, or participating in another activity, and the next, you may require medical attention for serious injuries. These injuries can leave you unsure of your future health and career prospects, in addition to any financial ramifications you face.
When an incident like this happens, you have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. Consider contacting a South Bend personal injury lawyer for help with your case. Call the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., at 317-720-3229 today for a free review of your case.
Common Personal Injury Cases
Multiple types of accidents can result in an injury for those involved. Sometimes, those accidents are no one’s fault. More often, though, someone’s negligent actions led to the accident and the resulting injuries and damages. Below are some common situations that may support a personal injury claim, as long as you can show that someone else’s negligence is to blame.
When another driver commits a negligent act and causes a collision, injuries are a strong possibility. Driver negligence can include actions such as:
- Drinking and driving
- Driving while distracted
- Violating traffic laws
Drunk driving can be especially dangerous for others on the road, often resulting in fatalities. According to the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, of the 789 fatal car collisions in Indiana in 2018, 8% involved a drunk driver. About 3.2% of the nearly 32,400 injury crashes in the state involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Business and property owners are responsible for addressing hazards on their premises in a way that protects visitors from the possibility of slip and falls. This is especially important at nursing homes, as about 3 million elderly Americans require emergency care for injuries after a fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Unsafe or Faulty Products
Those who sell or manufacture products must perform testing to ensure the products are safe before selling them to the public. Should a product malfunction when the consumer is using it, it could lead to a significant injury.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer or the sales company, you may be able to recover damages.
Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Any kind of situation in which you suffer an injury because of someone else’s actions can potentially qualify as a personal injury case. However, you may be unsure about whether you should attempt to seek a settlement and how to go about the process.
Understand that filing a personal injury lawsuit is simply a way to keep you from paying for medical costs out of your own pocket when another person is responsible for your injuries. Should you be unable to work or enjoy life as you did before the accident, you deserve financial compensation for these damages too.
Although many people focus on physical injuries after an accident, it may also leave behind emotional trauma and other intangible damages. Accidents can significantly impact your quality of life because of the emotional trauma you are suffering in the aftermath.
If you are hit by someone while driving a car, for example, you may have a fear of driving that requires therapy to attempt to overcome it. Other examples of suffering you may experience after a personal injury include the following:
- Inability to sleep
- Higher levels of stress
- Reliving the trauma over and over
- Inability to enjoy activities
- Inability to hold a job
Holding the Negligent Party Responsible
Beyond the financial ramifications, a personal injury claim ensures that the person who caused your injuries is held responsible for his or her actions. Without the claim, the person may continue to behave negligently, potentially harming other people.
For help with determining whether you have a case, contact a South Bend personal injury lawyer from the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., for a free consultation. Our team is ready to examine the details of your case and determine how to proceed. Should you choose to hire us, we can begin working for you immediately. Call us at 317-720-3229 today.
We Will Work Toward the Fairest Possible Outcome
According to Indiana statute IC § 34-11-2-4, those injured because of someone else’s negligence have up to two years to begin the process of seeking a claim. Although nothing in state law says you have to hire a South Bend personal injury lawyer to represent you in a case like this, going it alone can be a challenging process.
You can be certain that the insurance company representing the party that caused your injuries will have insurance adjusters and other entities representing their interests. Rather than taking the insurance company on yourself, let our team relieve some of your worries and handle the case on your behalf.
Reach Out to Sevenish Law Firm, P.C.
When you hire the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., to represent you during negotiations with the insurance company or in anticipation of a court case, know that we will fight for you. Our team focuses on personal injury law to best serve our clients.
We appreciate the opportunity to defend the rights of those who have suffered negligence and injuries at the hands of others. If your injuries occurred because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve a settlement that compensates you fairly. For a free consultation, contact us as soon as possible at 317-720-3229.