If you are injured by another person’s negligence in the state of Indiana, you are entitled under state law to complete reimbursement for your medical expenses and lost wages, compensation for your pain and suffering, and sometimes more.
However, being “entitled” to compensation for a personal injury or injuries seldom means that an amount is simply handed to you or deposited to your bank account. In most cases, an injured victim of negligence will need a personal injury lawyer’s assistance.
If you are injured by someone else’s negligence in this state, and if you seek compensation, you will probably have to prove that you were injured, that the other person was negligent, and that you are entitled to the compensation that you are seeking.
HOW CAN YOU PROVE YOUR CLAIM?
How can you prove a personal injury claim? Anyone can be injured by someone else’s negligence, so it is important to know the facts.
Generally speaking, winning a lawsuit means having:
1. the evidence to prove that what you are claiming is true
2. an attorney who can organize and present that evidence effectively on your behalf
If you expect your personal injury lawsuit to succeed, you must have both elements in play. The best attorney can’t help you without evidence that supports your claim, and the best evidence can’t help you unless your attorney knows how to present that evidence effectively.
If you are injured by another person’s negligence in a traffic collision or any other accident scenario in Indiana, after you have obtained medical treatment, arrange at once to discuss your case, your rights, and your options with an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney.
WHAT SCENARIOS TYPICALLY TRIGGER PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS?
What kind of accidents constitute “personal injury” accidents? An injury victim may have a personal injury claim arising from almost any accident where one person is injured because another person was careless, negligent, or irresponsible, including:
1. slip-and-fall accidents on private or public property
2. dog bites
3. swimming pool accidents
4. birth injuries and other medical malpractice incidents
Your injury attorney will handle all of the legal aspects of your personal injury case, but the other key to prevailing with your injury claim – having the evidence to prove that what you are claiming is true – will take some effort on your part. Here’s how.
When an accident occurs, and you are injured, there will not be an accident attorney at the scene to advise you, so you will need to think clearly and take some important steps.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS?
What is listed below are the steps you should take if you are injured in a traffic accident – most personal injury claims arise from traffic collisions – but if you are injured by negligence in any scenario, you will need insurance details, medical documents, photos, and witness statements,
When a traffic crash happens:
1. If anyone seems injured, call immediately for medical help. Even if you do not “feel” injured, get a medical examination within 24 hours, because you may need that documentation.
2. Call the police. Ask the officers how and when you can obtain a copy of their written accident report.
3. Trade full insurance and contact details with the other driver or drivers.
4. Take photographs – abundantly – of the accident scene, the vehicle damages, and your own visible injuries.
5. If there are witnesses, try to obtain their contact details. Later, your attorney may need their statements or testimony.
WHY IS A MEDICAL EXAM SO IMPERATIVE?
A medical examination is imperative after any traffic accident, sports accident, serious fall, blow to the head, or dog bite. It does not matter if you feel absolutely splendid. You may have sustained a latent or difficult-to-detect injury.
If you sustained any injury in an accident, without a medical examination you will have no proof that you were injured in that particular accident – or because of that particular party’s negligence – and your personal injury claim will be more difficult to prove.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU DO NOT GET A MEDICAL EXAM?
If you wait until a latent or difficult-to-detect injury becomes a serious medical condition to be examined, your health may be at risk, and after some time has passed, there may be no way to link your injury back to the accident.
The police may not be called in every personal injury case. For instance, if you slip, fall, and you’re injured in a parking lot or a department store, you may be seriously injured, but it is probably not a police matter.
However, most larger retailers, restaurants, hotels, and attractions – as well as schools, corporations, and larger public facilities – will ask you to complete an accident report if you are injured on their premises, so if that happens, be certain that you obtain a copy.
The more documentation that you can provide on your own behalf, the better. Photographic evidence and eyewitness testimony can be powerfully persuasive in personal injury cases.
WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS WILL YOUR ATTORNEY NEED?
Abundant, convincing documentation in a personal injury case quite often leads to a quick, out-of-court settlement.
Keep and make copies of every document that is connected in any way to your accident and personal injury or injuries; accident reports, medical bills, test results, insurance paperwork, receipts – anything that might potentially be pertinent to your case.
Your attorney will also need documentation of your lost wages and any documents that you receive from the defendant or from the defendant’s insurance company or attorneys.
WHAT WILL IT COST TO LEARN MORE?
Personal injury law is complicated. A personal injury claim is not like a damage claim for a dented fender. Your health and your future may be at stake. If you are injured in Indiana because another person was negligent, you are going to need a lawyer.
A personal injury attorney will provide the injured victims of negligence with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case review, so it will cost you nothing to learn more if you’ve been injured.
Nothing is more important than your health and your future. If you’ve been injured by negligence – or if you are injured by negligence in the future, get the legal help you need, and do it at once. That is your right.