Severe burns, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries – what do these injuries have in common? They are all catastrophic injuries that can stem from someone else’s negligence. If you or someone you know finds yourself contending with a catastrophic injury, you may be at a loss when brainstorming ways to recover.
Fortunately, you’re not alone. In addition to a community of loved ones and friends, you have Greenfield catastrophic injury lawyers ready to help you recover. The personal injury lawyers in Greenfield with Vaughan & Vaughan can guide you through the process of filing a civil claim with a local court. This process can win you the compensation you need to recover from your injury.
You can contact us today for more information about the civil process.
Your Right to a Catastrophic Injury Claim
You may have the right to a catastrophic injury claim if you can bring forward the evidence needed to prove that your accident stems from someone else’s negligence. What does this mean? It means you have an obligation, per Indiana’s burden of proof, to indicate the following:
- A named party owed you a duty of care
- That party engaged in avoidable, unpredictable negligence
- Said behavior violated your duty of care
- That violation resulted in a devastating accident
- Said accident inflicted marked economic stress on you and/or your loved ones
The evidence you bring forward to make these points can vary, but it all should help defend your claim that you deserve economic support in the wake of your accident. Fortunately, you can work with Greenfield catastrophic injury attorneys to determine what forms of evidence may play the biggest role in your claim.
When to File a Catastrophic Injury Claim
Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4 limits the amount of time in which you have to investigate your losses. This personal injury statute of limitations gives survivors like you no more than two years to bring a personal injury claim forward in civil court. How do you make the most of those two years?
While you can investigate a catastrophic injury accident on your own, the process can prove more challenging than most people anticipate. What’s more, your family may not know what forms of evidence may play the biggest role in your case.
If you want to make the most out of the two years you’re giving to investigate your losses, consider working with an attorney. Experienced lawyers throughout Indiana can return to an accident scene, gather the information most relevant to your case, and even capitalize on professional networks.
In doing so, they can help you build a strong case without compromising your ability to rest and recuperate.
When to Contact a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
If you do decide to work with an attorney, you may wonder when the best time to contact the catastrophic injury lawyer might be. In general, the sooner you can contact an attorney, the better.
That said, you have the right to reach out to an attorney at any point before your statute of limitations expires.
What Information to Include in a Catastrophic Injury Claim
The catastrophic injury claim that you bring forward to a civil judge needs to meet Indiana’s burden of proof. That burden dictates that you must have the evidence necessary to name a particular party liable for your losses. That evidence can range from statements from bystanders to medical reports detailing the severity of your accident.
You can request that our attorneys return to the scene of an accident to gather the information most relevant to your case. You can additionally use that evidence to elaborate on the total value of the compensation you believe you deserve in the wake of your accident.
The more comprehensive your catastrophic injury claim is upon its initial submission, the easier it may be for you to argue for your right to financial support in the long run.
Calculating Your Possible Compensation
You may have the right, after a catastrophic injury, to request support for both economic and non-economic losses related to your accident. Before you can request that support, however, you need to calculate the total value of those losses. You additionally need to bring together the evidence necessary to prove your right to loss-related damages.
Our catastrophic injury attorneys in Greenfield and beyond can often help survivors like you integrate the following losses into their claims:
- Emergency care
- Long-term medical expenses, including surgeries, physical therapy, and at-home aid
- Property restoration
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunities to work
- Lost opportunities to provide for family members
Other Ways of Securing Fair Catastrophic Injury Compensation
You may additionally have the right to file an insurance claim with a liable party’s provider after your catastrophic injury accident. We recommend filing this claim as soon as you can so that you and the insurance provider can enter into a productive dialogue.
Be aware that said dialogue may not always be compassionate. Insurance providers work with insurance claims adjusters who want to protect that provider’s bottom line. Insurance claims adjusters may subsequently attempt to minimize your catastrophic injury accident losses in an effort to save themselves money.
Catastrophic injury attorneys in Greenfield can help you get ahead of this bad-faith behavior. We can additionally help you appeal a denied catastrophic injury claim should an insurance provider refuse to acknowledge the nature of your losses.
Let Vaughan & Vaughan Go to Work for You
Catastrophic injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your personal health, but they do not have to alter the health of your finances permanently. You can work with a Greenfield catastrophic injury attorney to hold the party liable for your accident and your financial stress.
Vaughan & Vaughan can help you file a personal injury claim long before your statute of limitations expires. In doing so, we can win the right for you to fight for fair compensation based on your losses. Contact us today to learn more about how our services can help you recover after a catastrophic injury.