If you or a loved one was injured due to another person's negligence, make sure you call a Hamilton personal injury lawyer at Young, Reverman & Mazzei to get your Free Consultation scheduled today. Young, Reverman & Mazzei L.P.A was founded in 1972 by experienced attorneys and their mission is to provide residents of Indiana with outstanding auto accident and personal injury representation. This is why we fight vigorously at all times for our clients. We understand just how devastating injuries by the negligence or wrongdoing of that others can cause. We are fully committed to assisting you with recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible for your suffering and losses.
At times, it isn't too difficult to obtain a reasonable amount of compensation to cover your personal injuries without assistance from a Hamilton personal injury lawyer. For example, if you have been in an auto accident that caused some minor injuries and caused just a couple of hundred dollars in damage to your vehicle, you can file an insurance claim successfully by yourself and recover the amount of compensation that you need for your injuries. However, there are certain circumstances where it will be important for you to have a personal injury attorney in Indiana in order to have the best chance of obtaining the compensation that you deserve and need for all of the various types of damages you have suffered. That include circumstances that involve the following:
At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, our lawyers work solely on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not owe us any money out of pocket. We will not be paid until and unless your case ends with a successful settlement. At that point, our fee will just be a small percentage of your settlement amount or verdict. Also, we provide free consultations with any obligation, so we can review your potential claim and its merits to determine whether there are sufficient grounds or not for you to file a lawsuit. We can also provide you with the necessary legal guidance for establishing whether or not filing a claim is the best option for your situation. Below are some of the most important benefits that come with hiring a Hamilton personal injury lawyer:
Here at Young, Reverman & Mazzei, our law firm does not charge any costs upfront. Instead, we work on a contingency basis. That means we will not charge you anything for the services that we provide to you unless we get compensation for you via a verdict by a jury or settlement, from an insurance company or an out-of-court settlement.
What that means is we will fight aggressively for your justice and obtain the highest amount of compensation possible for you based on the party at fault's insurance policy, or on the limits imposed by the state on personal injury damages. One of the most important benefits of a contingency fee system is you do not have to be concerned with how you will for the services we provide to you. We want you to be able to focus on your recovery and allow us to build the strongest possible case for you.
In certain cases, the first way to obtain compensation is from the insurance company of the party who is at fault. However, it can be very difficult to work with insurance companies, particularly for the average individual. It is much different to work with an insurance company following a minor accident compared to filing a claim following a serious accident that has caused serious damage and injuries.
Remember that insurance companies are looking to pay the lowest amount of compensation that they can. Their adjusters have been trained to act polite and convincing to make it appear they are on your side. However, they can use anything that you say to them against you to deny your claim or devalue your case. An experienced attorney can work with an insurance company for you. They have been through these insurance claims processes numerous times and they know precisely how to effectively defend your rights in these types of cases and how to pursue obtaining fair compensation for you. Also, our attorneys are very familiar with the negotiating process, and will not be pressured into accepting an insurance company's lowball offer.
Other than your friends and family, your attorney is the only other individual who really cares about accurately valuing your claim. The insurance companies and attorneys of the party at fault will attempt to devalue your claim whenever possible.
Our lawyers will gather all of the evidence that is necessary to come up with an accurate value for the compensation that you deserve, for all of your past, present, and future damages. That includes pain and suffering as well as other non-economic damages such as loss of enjoyment, which are more difficult to prove compared to economic damages such as medical expenses. We will provide you with our professional recommendation on how to collect the necessary evidence for proving your economic damages since we understand that in addition to physical impacts, personal injuries have psychological and emotional effects as well.
A revised rule for contributory fault is used by courts in Indiana to deal with personal injury claims. The following is mandated by this rule:
In cases where the court determines that an individual is more than 50% responsible for an accident, and therefore their injuries, they cannot recover compensation on a personal injury claim. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault for an accident, the amount of your compensation awarded will be decreased according to their percentage of fault. For example, if you were found to be 40% at fault and your claim was awarded $100,000, then you would only receive $60,000 since the amount is reduced by 40%. Our attorneys are fully committed to building the strongest case possible for you. This will help to ensure that more fault is not assigned to you by the court than what you deserve. In the event your case goes to trial, we understand how to counter arguments that the defense will bring up to claim you are the one to blame for what occurred.
Your attorney will provide you with expert guidance and assist you with preserving critical evidence associated with your case, track down all of the expenses you have incurred for the injuries you have suffered, and document the severity of all of the injuries you have sustained. Your Hamilton personal injury lawyer will also be thoroughly familiar with the process that tends to be followed in these types of cases, and how to file and complete all of the necessary documents. Having an attorney working on your behalf can help you avoid missing obtaining a settle due to common errors made in the legal process.
Indiana, like all other states, has a deadline for when personal injury claims must be filed. The deadline is called the statute of limitations. You will be prohibited from filing your claim after the statute of limitations has expired. The deadline for filing a personal injury claim in Indiana is two years from the date that your accident occurred (or the cause of the action). In some specific circumstances, the law does provide additional time. For example:
One of the most important factors that go into determining your claims' value is the costs of the damages you have suffered.
You can recover compensation successfully for any damages that relate to your personal injury being treated, including past, present, and future expenses such as:
In the event you are unable to work due to the injuries you have sustained, such as being unable to physically do your job or having to receive treatment, you can recover compensation for your lost earnings.
It is also possible to receive sufficient compensation for the lost potential of earnings in the future that your injuries have caused. That may apply in situations where the injuries you have sustained prevent you from being able to work or perform certain parts of your job. The specific amount of compensation that you receive will be determined based on the difference between what your current earning potential is and what your earning potential would have been if you had not suffered the injury.
At times, the physical pain of your injury and emotional suffering caused by the accident can be just as severe as your financial losses. That is why the law allows injury victims to receive compensation for such intangibles as pain and suffering.
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit. There are four key elements of negligence that must be present in order to prove your case. They include the following:
This refers to the duty of an individual to exercise the same type of care that a reasonable individual would under similar circumstances. For example, a health professional has an obligation to provide the same type of attention and care that a similarly trained professional would in a similar situation.
After you have established the situation's duty of care, your next step is providing that the defendant did not uphold their obligation.
There has to be a credible link between the breach of duty of care and your injuries. That means you need to demonstrate that your injuries were caused directly by the defendant breaching their duty of care to you.
The major reason why personal injury claims are filed is due to people suffering damages. Those damages include lost earnings, medical expenses, lost earning potential, as well as pain and suffering.
Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable about what to do to conduct a thorough investigation in order to collect the evidence that is necessary to prove all four elements of negligence for your claim.
That will depend on several different factors:
Your Hamilton personal injury lawyer will typically not start to negotiate a settlement until your treatment is completed. That will ensure they know the total amount of your medical bills. If the negotiations are started too soon that risks depriving you of a significant amount of compensation you need.
Generally speaking, some claims take longer to resolve compared to others. For example, it usually takes longer to resolve medical negligence claims than it does car accident claims. Medical negligence claims can take a year or longer to resolve whereas a car accident claim will tend to last a couple of months.
Cases that go to trial typically take a lot longer to resolve compared cases settled out of court.
That is determined by your specific claim's statute of limitations. As previously mentioned, a legal deadline is set by the statute for failing your lawsuit. If that deadline is passed, then you can no longer file a claim for your injury. In the state of Indiana, personal injury claims have different statutes of limitations. Most personal injury claims have a statute of limitations of two years from the date that the negligence or accident occurred. Premises liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability have their own statutes of limitations.
It is not necessary for most cases to go to trial since your Hamilton, Ohio personal injury lawyer can negotiate a settlement out of court for you. However, in certain situations, the parties involved might be very contentious, and obtaining fair compensation might only be possible through taking a case to court. The thought of having to go to trial can cause personal injury victims a lot of stress and anxiety. However, your Young, Reverman & Mazzei attorneys can effectively manage all aspects of your case and recommend the best course of action to take.
In certain personal injury claim cases, a defendant is found to be 100% at fault for injuries. However, there are other cases where both the victim and the defendant are found to be at fault. According to the contributory law in the state of Indiana, when injury victims are more than 50% at fault for their injuries, they are prohibited from obtaining compensation. However, if their percentage of fault is less than 50%, they can receive compensation. It will be reduced by the percentage of their fault. So if $50,000 in compensation is awarded, it will be reduced down to $40,000 if the victim is found to be 20% at fault for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another person, you deserve to receive justice. Our attorneys are prepared and trained to fight effectively for your rights and help you with recovering the maximum amount of compensation for your damages and injuries. Do not hesitate to contact us to get your no-obligation free consultation scheduled. Remember that residents of Indiana have a limited time frame for filing their personal injury lawsuits. The sooner you can speak to us, the faster we can get started working on your case and assisting you with getting the compensation and justice you deserve and need.