Do you want to get your life back on track after a catastrophic injury? Lawyers in Noblesville, IN, want to give you a hand. You can meet with a representative from Vaughan & Vaughan to discuss how Indiana’s civil statutes allow you to demand Fair compensation for your losses.
If you decide to move forward with legal action, you can bring your losses to the attention of a civil judge. Our personal injury attorneys in Noblesville can stand at your side throughout this process and make it easier for you to fight for your right to the time before a civil judge.
Distinguishing Catastrophic Injuries From Other Personal Injuries
How do you distinguish a catastrophic injury from other still severe personal injuries? Our attorneys assess the impact an injury has on your ability to meet your everyday needs. Catastrophic injuries can permanently transform the way you go about day-to-day responsibilities.
Some of the most common catastrophic injuries to appear in civil claims brought to Indiana’s courts include the following:
- Severe burns
- Temporary paralysis
- Permanent paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
Our Noblesville catastrophic injury attorneys can communicate with medical professionals to most effectively categorize your accident.
Taking Action in Civil Court
If you want to take legal action against the person liable for your catastrophic injury, you need to do so within Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations, or Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4. Regardless of your circumstances, you have no more than two years to gather the evidence needed to meet the state’s burden of proof.
If you do not act within those two years, Indiana civil judges may assume that you do not wish to take legal action against a liable party. You may subsequently lose the right to do so.
That said, there are some exceptions to this otherwise strict personal injury statute of limitations. Minors are often given more time to investigate their losses. You can schedule a case evaluation with an experienced lawyer to discuss the deadline applied to your case and how you can most effectively use that time.
Gathering Evidence of Liability
You are not obligated to take up a civil claim against the party liable for your accident. Should you do so, though, you have an obligation to meet Indiana’s burden of proof before your case moves forward.
How do you meet that burden? You bring forward evidence indicating that someone else’s negligence directly contributed to the economic stress that you feel in relation to a catastrophic injury.
The evidence you bring forward can take on many forms and will vary depending on the nature of your case. You can request that bystanders contribute their testimony to your losses and that expert witnesses give their opinions on the nature of your accident. You can additionally bring forward video footage, photos, and cell phone data elaborating on the nature of your accident.
Fortunately, you do not have to gather evidence of someone else’s catastrophic negligence on your own. Noblesville catastrophic injury attorneys can return to an accident scene while you prioritize meeting with doctors to restore your previous quality of life.
Estimating Your Right to Economic Support
The primary reason catastrophic injury accident survivors and their families go to civil court after an accident is to win compensation for their losses. You have the right to damages so long as you can prove that someone else’s negligence contributed to your accident.
What damages can you request after a catastrophic injury? That depends both on the nature of your injury and the degree of negligence that contributed to your accident. You must bring forward evidence establishing the value of every loss you include in a catastrophic injury claim. Without that evidence, you may lose your right to demand equivalent compensation.
In general, you can request both economic and non-economic damages after a catastrophic injury accident. These damages can include the following:
- Long-term medical care
- Upcoming surgeries
- Pain management and mobility aids
- At-home assistance
- Restoration of damaged property
- Lost opportunities to work
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Negotiating Versus Going to Trial
You do not have to go to court if you want to win fair compensation after a catastrophic injury. Some liable parties recognize their role in your accident and may agree to meet with you for out-of-court negotiations. These negotiations can resolve more quickly than a traditional trial but may see you have to compromise when requesting fair compensation.
Going to trial tends to see your case resolved several months or even years after your actual accident. That said, defending your right to fair compensation in front of a jury minimizes the chances a liable party has to ask you to waive your right to certain damages.
You can discuss which of these paths toward a comprehensive recovery suits you best when you meet with a Noblesville catastrophic injury attorney for a free case evaluation.
Filing a Claim With an Insurance Provider
If the party liable for your accident has insurance, you may have the right to file a claim with that provider in addition to filing in civil court. You can work with our attorneys to simplify the claim filing process and accurately represent the nature of your losses.
Moreover, our team can step in if an insurance claim adjuster attempts to undermine or otherwise minimize the economic value of your losses. We can help you appeal a denied claim and even sue a bad-faith insurance provider should that provider refuse to acknowledge the severity of your accident.
Meet With a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Noblesville Today
Catastrophic injuries can change your life, but they don’t have to prevent you from living it. You can work with Noblesville catastrophic injury lawyers to bring your losses to a judge’s attention. In doing so, you can fight for your right to Fair compensation based on someone else’s negligence.
Vaughan & Vaughan can help you gather the evidence you need to meet Indiana’s burden of proof. In doing so, we can make it easier for you to hold a liable party financially responsible for your accident recovery. Contact us today to book a free case evaluation with our team of experienced attorneys.