If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver or corporate entity, you face a battle with the liable party's insurance carrier through the legal process. At the Boughter Law Office, we have the legal understanding and the expertise necessary to fight for your rights and obtain you fair compensation in your Fort Wayne personal injury case. Put a fighter on your side to obtain the settlement or verdict that you deserve!
Types of Personal Injury Cases
As an experienced South Bend and Fort Wayne personal injury law firm, we have extensive experience guiding clients through a wide range of cases, including:
Personal injury cases are tricky—proving pain and suffering alongside whatever parts of the injury are physically visible requires an experienced attorney and a strongly built case. Even the slightest unintentional error can affect your case’s progression and overall success, which makes every conversation with another attorney or insurance adjuster crucial. Even a post carelessly made to Facebook about the accident could be the difference between a win or a…
If you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligence of a third party, the last thing you want to do is search for references to learn about your options for filing a personal injury claim and then have to figure out how to translate all the legal jargon within. Here is a quick walkthrough of the components of a personal injury case.
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is defined as harm suffered by a person in an accident. The personal injury category…
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Do you offer home or hospital visits?
Yes. We will gladly meet you at your home, hospital or other convenient location at no extra charge.
Will I be billed monthly for any costs?
No. At our discretion, we advance all costs during our representation of you and do not send monthly bills. At the end of our representation, all costs advanced will be clearly itemized for you so you know exactly where every dollar is going.
What’s meant by statute of limitations?
Statute of limitations refers to the need to file a lawsuit within a time limit. In Indiana, most injury cases, such as auto accidents or slip-and-fall claims, have a two-year statute of limitations, but not all. Some lawsuits, such as lawsuits against the government require a notice within a shorter period of time. The time begins to run when a cause of action accrues. A good example is someone negligently running into your car. The statute of limitation begins on the day of the accident. This issue can become more complicated, however. Sometimes, you have no way of knowing that you have a cause of action for years, such as discovering ill effects from taking a medication or being exposed to chemicals. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney and doctor if you suspect that you are having problems but don't know for sure if it relates to the negligence of another or an unreasonably dangerous product.
What am I entitled to recover after an accident?
You may be entitled to a number of different types of damages under Indiana law. Some of the more common types of damages in accident cases are: reasonable and necessary medical expenses, lost earnings, reduced earning capacity in the future, future medical expenses and prescriptions, pain and suffering, and permanent impairment.
What if I have already hired another personal injury attorney?
If you already hired another attorney to handle your personal injury or wrongful death case and you are not happy with their services, the first thing you should do is try to work through the problems with that attorney. Lack of communication, disagreement over the amount of a potential settlement, and lack of attention to your case are the reasons we most frequently hear as to why clients are unhappy with their current attorneys. It is very important to be comfortable and confident with your attorney, however. If you have tried, but failed, to work things out, you have the right to switch attorneys. Your prior attorney may assert a “lien” for attorney fees and expenses incurred on your case, but our firm policy is to pay that lien out of our attorney fee if you switch attorneys. In other words, you have the right to switch attorneys and it will not cost you anything to do so.
Do I have to go to court if I want to recover monetary damages?
Maybe. Your case may settle even before your attorney files a lawsuit; on the other hand, it may go all the way to a trial and a jury verdict. The majority of lawsuits are settled before they get to trial, but what happens in your case depends on the facts, the law and the parties involved.
If the accident was my fault, can I still recover compensation?
Some states have no-fault insurance laws. This means that you may be able to make some recovery of economic damages from your own insurance company. In other states, if your fault is found to be over a certain level, it is more difficult to recover compensation. An attorney in your state can advise you on the rules in your area.
Can I sue my employer?
In Indiana, you cannot sue your employer in a regular court for their negligence in causing your injury; your only remedy is work comp. There are special situations on construction sites, however. Call our office for more information. 1-877-750-HURT (4878).
How can I pay an attorney to represent me when I have been injured and am unable to work?
If you’re hurt and off work, you do not have the money to hire an attorney. Fortunately, our law firm works strictly on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid until you receive a settlement. Also, attorney fees in work comp cases are set by law and are lower than other types of personal injury matters. The attorney fee is generally 20% of the first $50,000 in work comp benefits, and 15% of any amount recovered over $50,000.
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