Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Injuries sustained in an accident can affect every aspect of your life, making daily tasks like driving, walking, and maintaining employment difficult or impossible. Many times insurance companies refuse to settle and trials are necessary.
Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys have tried and won cases involving auto, truck, motorcycle, and personal injury accidents and can represent you in pursuing recovery for your injury. Our attorneys are devoted to litigating or negotiating complex personal injury matters. We represent people who have been injured or who have a loved one who has died due to the fault of another person or company.
Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents
Discovery of important evidence can be critical to a successful auto accident personal injury claim. Our firm is highly familiar with the process necessary to gather the appropriate evidence to develop a compelling case. This may include the compilation of:
- Medical Reports
- Police Reports
- Witness Statements
- Expert Testimony
- Photograph of the scene and computerized recreations of the accident
- Accident Reconstruction
Contingency Fee Arrangements
We offer our serious car accident personal injury clients and their families a contingency fee arrangement – so there is no charge to you unless there is a recovery in your case.
When a truck or car hits a pedestrian, serious injury often results. These cases also may involve a negligently designed walkway or intersection. Our personal injury attorneys have successfully represented injured pedestrians against both the driver who hit them, and the entity responsible for designing the walkway or intersection.
Sadly sexual abuse is all too common in today’s society. This horrific crime often goes unreported as victims may be reluctant to come forward for fear of personal humiliation or because a group or organization has applied pressure to prevent disclosure.
Victims of sexual abuse can suffer long-term injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety resulting in the inability to have a normal relationship with one who is the same sex as the abuser. In order for sexual abuse to be stopped, the abuser must be held accountable.
Defending Your Legal Rights
Our Indianapolis based firm represents sexual abuse victims of all ages, including children, adults, and adults who were abused when they were children. Rest assured your case will be handled with the utmost discretion and care.
Our attorneys are here to help those who have suffered sexual abuse including:
- Inappropriate Touching/Fondling
- Sexual Abuse by Authority Figure – such as priests, employers, teachers, coaches, etc.
- Unlawful Restraint
- Abuse by Predators
Our sexual abuse attorneys have extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and across the nation. We can provide the resources and expertise necessary to address a non-compete whether a client is seeking to enforce or resist such a restriction.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Sadly, traumatic brain injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. An unexpected blow to the head may cause this type of injury, which most commonly occurs in vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, and defective sports equipment related injuries.
This devastating condition affects as many as five million Americans and contributes to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
While not all brain injuries are permanent or fatal, many people suffer from a lifelong disability due to this condition. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment required may include:
- Emergency Surgery
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Rehabilitation Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Neuropsychological Treatment
We represent individuals and their families who have been seriously damaged with a brain injury as a result of the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of others. We have assisted numerous clients who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury and are prepared to serve as your personal advocate.
Wrongful Death Claims
Losing a loved one is never easy, and when the loss of life is someone else’s fault, the situation becomes even more painful. While we can’t change what has happened, we can do our best to see that you and your family are financially protected.
If your loved one’s death was someone else’s fault, please know that you have rights. Our experienced Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers can fight for you.
In most wrongful death cases, the deceased’s spouse, parents, or children may file a claim against those responsible for the death. Damages can include:
- Expenses associated with the death, such as medical and funeral bills.
- Lost income and benefits, such as health insurance.
- Pain, suffering, or mental anguish suffered by the survivor of the decedent.
- Loss of love and companionship.
Unfortunately, injuries at construction sites are all too common. These types of accidents can result in serious injuries and in many cases could have been preventable. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, accident, or fall on a construction site, you may be wondering what legal action is available to you. In this situation, guidance from one of our Indianapolis construction accident lawyers can prove invaluable.
Our Indianapolis based personal injury attorneys offer significant experience assisting individuals who have suffered harm on a construction site, including:
- Defective Scaffolding
- Falls from Scaffolding
- Falls from Roofs
- Falls from Ladders
- Improper Usage of Ladders
It is due to these issues that a problem occurs.
The Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration imposes stringent rules on the construction industry, and many times such accidents can and should have been prevented. If the accident was due to the manufacturer of a product or an employee of a contractor other than your direct employer, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation.
Nursing Home Neglect
When you choose to place a loved one in a nursing home, you do so with the expectation that they will be cared for, and essentially safer and healthier than they would be in their own home. Sadly, this isn’t always the case as nursing home abuse and neglect are far too common. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to neglect or abuse within a nursing home setting, we can help.
Our Indianapolis nursing home neglect attorneys represent those who have been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. We can help when a loved one has suffered injury or death due to the following situations and more:
- Bed Sores
- Financial Exploitation
- Health Care Fraud
- Medication Errors
- Sexual & Physical Abuse
- Unnecessary Use of Restraints
- Verbal Abuse
Common Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
At times, abuse can be hard to detect. Be proactive to ensure your loved one is safe by watching out for the following indicators of abuse, neglect or exploitation:
- Emotional withdrawal
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Heavy medication or sedation
- Development of bed sores
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Infections or Skin rashes
- Any incident involving broken bones
- Unexplained bruises or other injuries
- Sudden changes in financial accounts
- Unexplained or unexpected death
It goes without saying that the injury or death of a child is traumatic and in some cases, life-changing. When the injury could have been prevented, the situation becomes even more devastating. We understand the significant suffering that a child’s injuries can impose on a family, and the worries that parents endure in such circumstances.
Our experienced child injury attorneys can provide you with the legal support necessary to handle your child’s case. We will fight diligently on your behalf to right the wrong that has been done to your child, and provide guidance on your rights and options. Our team has the expertise necessary to assist with child injury cases including but not limited to:
- Playground Injuries
- Failed Child Safety Restraint Injuries
- Car and Bike Accidents
- Sexual Assault and Abuse
- Poisoning Injuries
- Fire Related Injuries
- Water Related Injuries including Drowning
- Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
- Lack of Supervision by Child Care Providers & Schools
- Sports Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
If your child has been injured, it is important to seek qualified medical treatment and discuss your rights with legal counsel.
Spinal Cord Injury
Sadly, spinal cord injuries are often permanent and leave a lasting impact to the lives of both the victim and their families. Many people experience paralysis, severe chronic pain, and in the most serious cases, death.
When someone else is to blame for a spinal cord injury, the victim and their family deserve to be fully compensated for the damages they have suffered. The responsible party should also be held accountable for the comprehensive costs, including the following:
- Ongoing Medical Care
- Mobility Products such as Wheelchairs
- Home Medical Equipment
- Home Health Care Services
- Counseling and Psychiatric Care
- Lost Income
- Home Renovations for Accessibility Purposes
Our experienced personal injury attorneys have extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and across the nation. We are dedicated to helping our clients receive the compensation that they deserve.
OSHA Workplace Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that regulates workplace safety. When a worker is hurt on the job and an OSHA violation exists, this failure to meet an OSHA standard can serve as compelling evidence for a personal injury claim.
In an OSHA Workplace personal injury lawsuit, the worker must show that their employee or other party acted negligently or failed to take reasonable steps to ensure worker safety. Your employer has certain requirements that they must follow in order to be OSHA compliant. This requirements list varies by industry, however in general your employer must:
- Provide employees notification of their rights under OSHA
- Maintain a safe workplace
- Comply with all OSHA standards
- Notify employees of hazards in the workplace
- Train employees on OSHA rules and on how to stay safe
- Provide employees with reports of OSHA inspections upon request
Not surprisingly, violations of OSHA standards tend to carry significant weight in a courtroom and may lead to a positive verdict in a workplace personal injury case.
The news media is full of reports of defective products and drugs that have caused thousands of injuries every year. Our product liability lawyers are dedicated to holding product manufacturers, sellers, distributors, and pharmacy professionals accountable for products that cause harm to consumers.
When a consumer buys a product or takes a prescription medication, he or she expects that the product or drug will be safe for its intended use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys can help you pursue your products liability claim.
Because it is very difficult and expensive to prove that a product is defective, many attorneys simply refuse to handle such cases. Product liability cases require extra time, effort, study, and analysis. These cases must be handled by an attorney familiar and experienced in handling products liability cases, not just general personal injury cases.
On October 20, 2016, after a three-day trial, a Fulton County jury awarded Jeanne Thompson $519,250 for injuries received in a 2014 car crash. Ron Waicukauski represented Ms. Thompson as lead trial counsel and is happy to report that the verdict has already been paid in full.
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