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When to Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Updated February 22, 2023 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Have you been injured in an accident? Did someone else’s negligent actions or lack of action cause you or a loved one harm? It may be time to contact a personal injury lawyer.

Contacting an attorney usually isn’t the first thought on your mind after a serious accident occurs. When you are injured, you’re already under duress due to possibly life-changing physical or mental health issues. Plus, if someone you love ends up dying in a wrongful death situation, it brings everything in your life to a standstill.

Accidents Caused by Negligence

If you have been hurt due to another person’s negligence, chances are you could make a legal claim. After an accident, you’ll have a lot of questions. Personal injury attorneys can answer your questions, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and handle all aspects of your claim.

Some of the most common types of cases personal injury lawyers handle are car accidents, medical malpractice lawsuits, and products liability cases.

Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents, including those involving cars, are one of the most common cases in personal injury law. Car accidents happen frequently and often leave someone in need of medical attention. Be sure that you don’t sign any papers or accept any money from insurance representatives before you have spoken with an attorney. You could be signing away your right to fire a future legal claim.

Medical Malpractice

Who holds medical professionals responsible when they hurt a patient through malpractice? Personal injury lawyers fight for the patient. Hospitals and doctors have large insurance companies looking out for them. Who is looking out for the patient? Hire an attorney who is focused on helping you restore your life.

Products Liability

If you have been injured because of a product failure, you may have a legal claim. The most important aspects of a products liability claim are taking photos of your injuries, how the product failed, and the product itself. The sooner you get a consultation with a personal injury lawyer, the better your chances of securing compensation will be.

When to Contact a Lawyer

The time period following an accident or injury is incredibly difficult. Regardless, you have to seriously consider your future and recovery. Should you hire a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident occurs, or should you wait a while as you recover physically and emotionally?

We recommend that you contact legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident occurs—especially due to the statute of limitations in Indiana, which is set at two years for most personal injury cases. While it might sound like a lot of time, it’s really not. Remember that it takes time to prepare a case before it can be filed. Your attorney needs to investigate the accident, order and review medical records, hire expert witnesses, collect evidence, and then file the suit.

To give yourself the best chance at a successful case, call a lawyer right after your accident so they can immediately start working for you.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Depending on the type of accident you were injured in, the statute of limitations—or how much time you have to file a lawsuit—varies greatly. Don’t navigate the process alone. We are here to help.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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