When building a personal injury case, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Victim and witness testimony provides a detailed account of what happened, but the narrative is only part of the information necessary to express your side of the story.
There are two broad topics to cover in putting together your case. We need to establish fault; show that another person or persons were responsible for your injuries. We also need to detail your losses, not all of which are easily quantifiable.
Once we take your case, our firm will call upon an array of resources to protect your interests. Putting together a team of experts on various subjects as they apply to your situation—and your future—is the best way to help ensure you’re treated fairly.
It’s not enough to establish fault. It’s imperative that your legal team be able to clearly present, and quantify, all the losses resulting from your injuries. We consider it crucial to cover all the bases, from the moment of your accident to the most far-reaching effect on your future.
The Injury Victim’s Immediate Losses
In most cases, identifying your immediate and current losses is a straightforward matter. Medical bills and lost wages are generally hard dollar figures that are easy to document. Your attorney’s knowledge and experience will guide you in adding up every expense and loss—including things you may not think of.
Immediate losses may include:
- Medical bills, including doctor, laboratory, imaging and hospital charges
- Cost of medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Expense of retrofitting your home to accommodate short or long-term disability
- Cost of transportation to and from follow-up visits and therapy sessions
- Lost wages
Every case is different, and there may be other expenses to tally as well. You deserve compensation for all your losses; every expense and missed opportunity. We will strive to help you get what you deserve.
Since future losses are more difficult to document, we have to use other methods to quantify them. We’ll consult a variety of experts to help make sure we’re presenting a comprehensive picture of how your future life has changed due to your injuries.
We may retain medical experts to evaluate your injuries and future prognosis. We may also retain life care planners, to evaluate the amount of future money you’ll be out due to your injuries. These and other experts will help us to assign real dollar amounts to your future expenses and lost income potential.
In addition to expenses and lost income, you may qualify for monetary compensation for pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life. If you have to miss important events, such as a planned vacation or family wedding, because of your injuries, that’s a loss for you—even though there may not be a direct financial cost.
Establishing Fault in a Personal Injury Case
In addition to carefully listening to your own description of events, we will locate and interview witnesses. In some cases, it can be productive to interview persons who didn’t witness the incident, but have other useful knowledge pertaining to the location or circumstances surrounding your injury.
For instance, if you tripped on uneven pavement in front of a store and no one witnessed your fall, we may interview workers who may have seen others trip and escape injury. That would establish that the uneven pavement was a known hazard. This is just one example; our experienced lawyers have many trusted methods of identifying and demonstrating fault in personal injury cases.
Putting it All Together
The Indiana personal injury law firm of Wilson Kehoe Winingham has over 30 years of experience advocating for injury victims and their families. Whether or not your case goes to trial, we will assemble a comprehensive case to be sure your voice is heard. You don’t have to suffer alone—our team of legal professionals is on your side.