Personal Injury Lawyers Who Get Results
The Indiana law firm with a winning history
Accidents caused by negligence can happen at any time and change your life in many ways. You may be seriously hurt, facing rising medical bills to treat your injuries. But if your injuries prevent you from working, there's less money coming in. The Indiana personal injury attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan can help you recover financial compensation.
We are Indiana's original personal injury law firm; we have been helping the injured since our founding in 1913. Our practice has expanded throughout Indiana—including offices in Lafayette, Indianapolis, Carmel, Muncie, Kokomo, and Anderson—but our focus remains the same as it's always been: holding negligent parties accountable and helping people who have been hurt get the compensation they deserve so they can recover as much as possible.
A personal injury can occur in many ways, but all cases have certain elements in common. Someone was negligent, and that negligence caused an accident that left you injured. But the negligent party may deny having done anything wrong. Here are some of the questions that we are frequently asked about personal injury cases:
What is the average payout for personal injury?
People usually want to know what the average settlement for a personal injury case is, but that isn’t an easy question to answer. In many cases, an injury case might be settled for thousands of dollars. Every case is unique, however, so some cases can be settled for more, often in excess of $1 million. The amount of compensation you can get in your case depends on many factors, so it is important to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible if you are injured in an accident.
What percentage do personal injury attorneys get?
Attorney contingency fees aren't set in stone, but typically a personal injury attorney may take a third of any compensation they obtain for you once the funds are disbursed through a successful claim, after deducting any upfront expenses.
What makes a good personal injury lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking for a lawyer to represent you, look for an experienced attorney who has the following:
- Years of practicing personal injury law
- Knowledge of the insurance industry
- Demonstrated skill and expertise in the courtroom
- Experience in civil lawsuits and wrongful conduct negotiations
- Honesty, integrity, and commitment
- Peer-reviews and board certification
Do I really need a personal injury attorney?
When you’ve been injured in an accident, the insurance company should help you. Often, they’re more concerned with their profit margins and usually try to pay victims as little as possible, maybe even trying to pin the blame on you for your own injuries.
A personal injury lawyer can fight to get you the compensation you deserve after your accident. Look for a lawyer who knows how to build a strong case that proves another person's negligent behavior was responsible for your accident. And look for one with a solid record or case results that show favorable verdicts and settlements for those who have been injured.
We begin by investigating your accident to get the facts. This involves reviewing all relevant documentation, which may include police reports, safety records and medical records. It involves identifying and interviewing witnesses to your accident. It may also involve consulting with experts who can help us better understand how your accident happened.
This helps us build a strong case that the insurance company takes seriously. It often convinces them it is in their best interests to sit down and negotiate with us. But we are not interested in a quick settlement that helps the insurance company save money. We are only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs.
Focused, determined, driven to succeed
We start by determining the total amount of damages you suffered. This includes current medical expenses for treating your injury, as well as medical expenses for future treatment. It includes lost wages if you are unable to work for some time. And it includes other damages, such as pain and suffering, any disability you suffered, and emotional distress.
Many times, we are able to negotiate a favorable settlement for you with the insurance company. But if they won't agree to a settlement that meets your needs, we will be ready to fight for you in court. We are skilled litigators and have won many significant awards for clients with juries in Indiana.
If you have been injured in an accident, it's important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitation for taking legal action, and over time evidence can be lost and memories can fade. Call us at 765-742-0056 to schedule a free consultation. Contact Vaughan & Vaughan today. Our firm’s offices are in Lafayette, Indianapolis, Carmel, Muncie, Kokomo and Anderson, and we serve clients throughout Indiana.