Carmel Personal Injury Accidents Can Be Serious
Our Indiana law firm can help you recover financial compensation
Some of the most devastating injuries in Carmel, Indiana start small like a rolled rug in an Old Town Caramel shop, slippery ice on Rangeline Road, or a dog walking with its owner down 116th Street.
Regardless of the size of the item, pet, or environment that injured you, if you were seriously hurt outside your home, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. A successful claim ends with you getting money for medical expenses and property loss.
At Vaughan & Vaughan we represent people hurt in all kinds of personal injury accidents including:
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites, animal bites
- Wrongful death
- Premises liability
- College and university campus injuries
These incidents often result in burns, contusions, back pain, bone fractures, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), herniated discs, assault (due to lack of security), nerve damage, shoulder aches, hearing loss, loss of motion, tears, twists, and strains.
Vaughan & Vaughan has been helping Indiana accident victims get their lives back on track for more than a century. We have the experience, knowledge, local contacts, and the skill you need to get the maximum compensation you deserve for your claim.
Contact Vaughan & Vaughan for a free case review. From our Carmel office on Clay Terrace Boulevard, we can explain how the law applies to your specific situation and help you weigh your best legal options.
Three types of visitors
Carmel is generally a very safe place to live, but accidents still happen here. In just one year, there were 154 reported personal injury accidents with more than 200 injured people. Carmel has the lowest rate of injury out of any of Indiana’s large cities.
The value of your personal injury claim is affected by what type of visitor you were at the time of your injury. Indiana recognizes three visitor types, which one were you?
- Invitee – Someone who has been invited on a property for the benefit of the property owner. People invited to a dinner party, grocery shoppers, and those visiting service offices like doctors, accountants, computer repair, etc. are examples of invitees.
In Indiana, a property owner has a duty to invitees to locate and fix real and potential hazards to health and safety. If these issues have not yet been addressed, at the very least, the owner must warn invitees of a property’s risks.
- Licensee – This person has permission to be on the property, but for their own benefit, not that of the owner or operator. Someone who has an owner’s approval to hike on private property is a good example of a licensee.
In this situation, an owner must warn the licensee about any hidden dangers they are aware of on their property.
- Trespasser – This person has not been invited on the property. An invitee or licensee can become a trespasser if they are asked to leave the premises by the owner or operator and refuse to do so.
In general, property owners have a single duty to trespassers: They are not allowed to willfully harm them or increase the risk of harm. This standard of “no-harm” applies to licensees and invitees, as well.
How much is my claim worth?
Accurately determining a claim’s value takes years of study and practice. Pulling a number out of thin air won’t work. You need to be able to prove to the insurance company, or a judge, that you need every cent that your claim requires. Vaughan & Vaughan knows how to build solid evidence to support the maximum payout for your injuries. Your final settlement or verdict may cover damages (legal term for financial compensation) like:
- Emergency medical care
- Follow-up doctor’s appointments
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Reduced retirement savings and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Disability equipment
- Mental anguish
- Damaged property
- Future medical care
- Household expenses
What is a wrongful death?
For the most part, a fatal accident may be considered a wrongful death if the victim dies due to another’s recklessness or negligence. Wrongful death claims can be filed by a victim’s surviving family members - spouse, guardian, children, and in rare instances, grandparents.
The statute of limitations on filing a wrongful death claim in Indiana is two years from the date of the death. If you miss this deadline, your family could miss out on your only opportunity to obtain the money you rightfully deserve.
We will fight for you
Vaughan & Vaughan understands what is at stake for you when you file a claim. It is up to us to get you the money you need to pay for accident-related health care and other damages.
Our firm takes pride in holding negligent people accountable to those they injured. Among our recent case results are settlements and verdicts that include:
- $2.5 million for a wrongful death claim
- $1 million for a fatal car-semi truck accident
Our legal team works hard and digs deep so you don’t have to accept the insurance company’s lowball settlement offer.
Don’t leave money on the table
Taking a too-low settlement could lead to you paying for most of the damages you suffered. About 40 percent of American adults of working age are in medical debt or struggling to pay these bills, according to a study. We don’t want this to happen to you, too.
Vaughan & Vaughan is not a settlement mill. We reject any offer that doesn’t meet our clients’ financial needs. If the insurance companies won’t make you a fair settlement offer and act in bad faith, we will not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit and take them to court.
To learn more about how the law applies to your specific situation and the value of your claim, contact Vaughan & Vaughan for a free case review. Our attorneys often represent accident victims on contingency. This means that you don’t pay our legal fee - the insurance companies do. We only get paid when we win.
Call or email Vaughan & Vaughan now to schedule a case review.