If you want to demand car accident compensation in the Hoosier State, you need to file a personal injury claim with the civil justice in your county. You can work with Vaughan & Vaughan’s car accident lawyers in Indiana to calculate the total value of your losses and defend your right to each with hard evidence.
Our attorneys can then guide you through the process of either negotiating for car accident support or taking your case to trial. You can trust our team to defend your right to comprehensive support in both environments. No matter which approach you choose, we make it easier for you to focus on accident recovery without compromising your right to financial aid.
Outlining Your Right to Compensation in a Civil Claim
You can receive compensation after an Indiana car accident by demanding it in a civil claim. That said, filing a civil claim allows you to advocate for your right to financial compensation. You don’t receive that compensation automatically. Instead, you can use this document to:
- Outline the negligence that led to your accident
- Emphasize the financial difficulties you’ve faced since your accident
- Use evidence to argue that a liable party owes you compensation for your losses
You have a limited amount of time to bring this information together, format your complaint, and file it with a county judge. Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4 allows you to take no more than two years to investigate your losses. If it’s been longer than two years since your car accident, you may no longer have the right to pursue a civil claim through Indiana’s court system.
That said, each car crash is unique. You can discuss the specific circumstances that contributed to yours with an Indiana car collision attorney. An attorney can subsequently initiate an investigation into your losses, format a complaint on your behalf, and verify which filing deadlines apply to your case.
How to Secure Car Accident Compensation
If an Indiana civil court moves your claim forward, you get to summon a liable party and their representative to discuss your right to post-accident compensation. You can also begin discussing what means through which you’d prefer to receive your car accident compensation with Vaughan & Vaughan’s Indiana car crash attorneys.
Our team has courtroom experience and knows what steps to take to bring your case in front of a judge and jury. That said, there’s more than one way for you to secure the financial aid you deserve.
Negotiate for a Settlement
For example, you have the right to negotiate for a car accident settlement. Negotiations allow you to meet directly with a liable party and their attorney to elaborate on the nature of your losses. So long as you and your lawyer can convince the liable party of both their fault and the value of your case, you can secure post-accident compensation.
You must bring evidence to these conversations, even if you don’t have to prove your right to liability to a party like a judge. Without evidence of your losses’ value on hand, a liable party may try to undervalue the losses you endured due to their negligence.
You may, of course, receive an insufficient settlement offer during the negotiating process. This, however, is where your attorney can step in. Our team can cross-reference a settlement offer against our calculations and point out means of compensation that a liable party may have deliberately overlooked or missed.
In other words, our attorney can ensure that your car crash negotiations resolve only after a liable party gives every consideration to the wrongs you endured.
Go to Court
Unfortunately, not every liable party recognizes the value of your car crash losses. These parties may consistently argue against your right to certain forms of compensation regardless of the evidence you bring to private negotiations. If a liable party proves unmoved or becomes belligerent, you may have to transition out of negotiations and into a trial.
The car accident trial process consists of all of the following parts:
- Opening statements
- Examination and cross-examination
- Closing statements
- Deliberation and verdict
You play the most important role during examination and cross-examination. An attorney can go over the questions they intend to ask you in advance so you can succinctly outline the nature of your recent accident to a judge and jury. We can then prepare you for the defense’s cross so that their questions don’t catch you unawares.
Unfortunately, car crash court cases can take a considerable amount of time to resolve. You can count on our attorneys to keep you up to date on your case’s progress, though, and to try to find other, faster means through which you can secure the compensation you deserve.
Calculating the Total Sum of Your Damages
You know how you can receive damages for your losses. What kind of financial support does a car accident entitle you to, though?
Most car accident survivors can bring forward evidence of their right to economic and non-economic damages. It’s an attorney’s responsibility to determine the value of those damages and calculate the total sum value of your lawsuit. To find that sum, our attorneys take stock of your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or opportunities for employment
- Property damage
- Vehicular restoration, rentals, and/or replacement
- Funeral expenses, if applicable
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Our personal injury lawyers value the losses that don’t generate bills with help from pre-established state policies. If you have questions about the compensation you feel you deserve after a car accident, you can turn to our team. We can go over each of your losses and outline the methods we use to assign a dollar value to your case.
Vaughan & Vaughan Want You to Get the Compensation You Deserve
It takes more than time, and well wishes for you to recover from a car accident. The bills that these accidents wrack up can wreak havoc on your financial well-being. Before you dig into your emergency savings, contact an Indiana car accident lawyer with Vaughan & Vaughan. Our team has the experience to help you fight for post-accident financial support.
You can trust our attorneys to accurately calculate the value of your car crash losses. We can then defend your right to comprehensive support in private negotiations with a liable party or when your case goes to trial. You can learn more about our post-car accident services by scheduling a case evaluation with us online or by phone.