New Castle catastrophic injury attorneys want to help you get justice for the wrongs you endured in an accident. We can make it easy for you and your family to bring your losses to a civil judge’s attention. In doing so, we help you fight for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
What does this process look like, though, and how can the legal process and your recovery coincide? With our help, you can balance time spent with medical professionals alongside the pursuit of civil justice. You can meet with a personal injury lawyer in New Castle free of charge to learn more about the services available to you.
Vaughan & Vaughan stands prepared to go to bat on your behalf. You can contact us to learn more about the civil process in Indiana today.
What to Do After a Catastrophic Injury Accident
No matter what kind of injury you’re contending with after a devastating accident, you need to take time to rest and recuperate. You can work with your community, including medical professionals, to determine what steps you need to take to get your life back on track.
Some of the most effective steps you can take to restore your previous quality of life after a catastrophic injury include the following:
Secure Essential Medical Care
Emergency responders will have likely already given you the care you need to stabilize following a catastrophic injury. In the days and weeks following that care, you can work with a general practitioner and other specialists to determine what steps you need to take to address your long-lasting symptoms.
The benefits of working with specialists and other medical care professionals are twofold. While a catastrophic injury can permanently change the way you meet your daily needs, these professionals can give you the tools to tackle those challenges with as little disruption to your daily routine as possible.
What’s more, the professionals you work with take note of the severity of your losses. They record specifically recommended treatments and the price of that recovery.
Should you choose to take legal action against the party responsible for your accident, that paperwork can help you build your case. It can even help you defend your right to fair conversation in conversations with an insurance provider.
Elect a Representative, If Necessary
Your catastrophic injury may make it temporarily or permanently impossible for you to represent your best interests in civil court or even in conversations with parties like police officers, medical professionals, or the liable party. In these cases, we recommend that you elect a personal representative.
Many Indiana residents assign a personal representative, or executor, in their wills. These parties can help discuss what legal rights you have in the wake of an accident and communicate the severity of your losses.
If you need help selecting a personal executor after a catastrophic injury accident, our catastrophic injury attorneys in New Castle can guide you through the process.
Contact an Attorney
You are not obligated to work with an attorney after a catastrophic injury or related accident. Rather, you have the right to. It’s up to you and, if applicable, a personal executor to determine when or if you reach out to a personal injury lawyer.
There are benefits to working with personal injury attorneys that can make the whole of your recovery more straightforward. For example, working with an attorney does not mean you have to go to trial. It may mean that you can more easily communicate with insurance providers, police officers, and related parties.
Attorneys can even minimize your contact with a liable party to ensure that your recovery is as straightforward as possible. You can discuss these services during a free case evaluation.
Filing an Insurance Claim Versus Going to Court
There are a few different ways for you to secure fair compensation in the wake of a catastrophic injury. You can, as suggested here, go to a lawyer for legal advice and pursue a civil case. You may alternatively, or even additionally, file a claim with the offending party’s insurance provider.
That said, it can be difficult to pay an insurance provider down even in the wake of a catastrophic injury. Insurance providers and insurance claim adjusters prioritize their own finances. They are not your friends. Many will attempt to misrepresent the value of your losses to save themselves money.
This misconduct gets referred to as bad faith behavior and is a sueable offense if you can bring forward enough evidence to prove that it took place. That said, you can also request that an attorney help you with the claim filing process to better manage your conversations with an insurance provider.
You can discuss which of these paths toward fair compensation, or what combination thereof, best suits your interest during a free case evaluation with Vaughan & Vaughan.
When to File a Catastrophic Injury Claim
You are not obligated to file a catastrophic injury claim after your accident. Instead, you have the option to reach out to a New Castle catastrophic injury lawyer and request legal support. No one will force you into a trial or any other form of legal action. This legal action is, however, designed to help you find the tools you need to recover from a life-changing injury.
With that in mind, when should you file a catastrophic injury claim? You first and foremost need to file your claim within Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations as outlined by Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4. According to the statute, survivors like you have no more than two years to investigate your losses.
You ideally want to make the most of the two-year time allotment in which you may investigate your case. As such, it’s in your best interest to schedule a case evaluation with a catastrophic injury attorney as soon as you feel physically up to it. You may request that your personal executor schedule and go to this meeting on your behalf.
Our Attorneys Can Represent Your Best Interests Throughout Your Recovery
A catastrophic injury may change your life, but it does not have to dictate how you live it. You can work with the catastrophic injury attorneys in New Castle to hold the party responsible for your accident financially liable for their negligence. In doing so, you can make it easier for both you and your family to get the care you need to restore your previous quality of life.
Our attorneys want to help you get justice for the losses you wrongfully endured with as little stress as possible. We offer free case evaluations to parties in need of legal representation. These consultations do not obligate you to further legal action. Rather, they serve as informative sessions that allow you to dictate how your recovery progresses.
Are you ready to learn more? Contact us to book a free case evaluation today.