Personal Injury Lawyers in Lafayette Who Put Your Needs First
We can handle your injury claim, file a lawsuit or take other legal action for you
Accidents caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior often result in serious injuries. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), back injury or another type of injury due to slipping and falling or another type of accident. When this happens, it’s critical that you get the medical care you need right away, whether it’s at Franciscan Health Lafayette East Emergency Room or another medical facility. It’s also important that you take steps right away to protect your legal rights.
Our dedicated legal team in Lafayette, Indiana, can help your every step of the way. Our attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan have decades of experience dealing with complex personal injury claims in Tippecanoe County and throughout Indiana. Founded in 1913, our law firm has the knowledge and the expertise you need to deal with any obstacle you encounter after your accident. We know the law. We understand how the legal system works. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. Case results matter at our law firm.
What is a personal injury accident?
A personal injury accident can be any type of accident that results in an injury due to someone else’s reckless actions or negligent behavior. Examples of personal injury claims include:
- Slip and fall accidents, especially in stores, restaurants or on ice or snow-covered sidewalks or poorly maintained parking lots on South Street or another road in downtown Lafayette.
- Premises liability cases involving injuries sustained on someone else’s property due to unmarked hazards, dangerous conditions, poor maintenance or neglect. Premises liability accidents often occur at swimming pools, retail stores and other public places.
- Injuries on college campuses, including serious injuries sustained by students or employees at nearby campuses, including Purdue University.
- Wrongful death claims or lawsuits due to fatal accidents caused by someone else.
These are just a few examples of serious personal injury accidents in Lafayette. Whatever type of injury you’re dealing with, make sure you talk to an attorney who knows the area and understands how to handle such challenging legal cases in Tippecanoe County.
Who pays for my injury expenses?
Indiana has a fault-based insurance system. As a result, the at-fault party is responsible for paying for all injury-related expenses for anyone that’s hurt in a personal injury accident. In terms of your particular case, this means you should not have to pay for any expenses related to your accident. This includes
- All medical treatment related to your injury, both short-term (emergency room care, surgery, etc.) and long-term medical care (physical therapy, follow-up surgery, etc.).
- Any property damaged in your accident.
- Replacement income if you cannot work while you’re recovering from your injury.
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work due to a permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances.
The stakes are high after many accidents. Your injury claim could be worth thousands of dollars or significantly more. The insurance company for the at-fault party knows this. As a result, they might make a settlement offer that seems reasonable after your accident.
While it may be tempting to accept such an offer, it’s important to understand that you can often only receive compensation one time for all current and future anticipated expenses, even if your future expenses turn out to be significantly higher. This is why it’s important to carefully consider any offer before agreeing to accept it. A lawyer can guide you through this process and advise you on what you should do next.
Can I file a lawsuit?
In many cases, the best way to get the money you rightfully deserve for your accident-related expenses is to file a personal injury lawsuit. Only certain people can file a lawsuit in most cases. Normally, the person who was injured can file a lawsuit, along with immediate family members (spouse, parent, etc.). Each state has its own unique rules and regulations.
When you file a lawsuit, you normally file one against the at-fault party. In the case of personal injury accidents, this is often the owner of the property where your accident took place. If you do file a lawsuit, be prepared for the property owner to hire a lawyer to defend their actions and deny your claim.
In addition, you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit or take other legal action in Indiana. The deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is two years from the date of your accident. If you miss this deadline, you might miss out on your only opportunity to be financially compensated for all your accident-related expenses.
An experienced lawyer can make sure you meet these deadlines and that you have the strongest possible legal case in support of your injury claim.
Put your trust in a Lafayette law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us.
Experience matters when it comes to choosing a lawyer to represent you after your accident. That’s why many people in Lafayette choose Vaughan & Vaughan to represent them. We never take anything for granted. We thoroughly investigate every accident in search of evidence to support your injury claim, whether it’s reviewing inspection records, accident reports or other official documents.
We then present such evidence to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Often, they make a fair settlement offer. If they refuse to negotiate and act in bad faith, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit in Tippecanoe County Courthouse or whichever court has jurisdiction over your case. We don’t back down in the face of adversity. We rise to the challenge.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule a free consultation at our Lafayette office about your personal injury claim. We’re conveniently located on Main Street near Columbia Street and the Wabash River.