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Accidents can happen anytime or anyplace, sometimes resulting in serious injury. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an accident due to another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham are here in Plainfield and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Finding yourself injured due to another person or entity’s negligence can be traumatizing. You may feel overwhelmed and concerned about mounting medical bills. You might not be able to work due to the injury, adding more stress to the situation.
Personal injury claims result from a wide variety of accidents, including everything from car and boating accidents to dog bites or a slip and fall incident. And they can result in life-altering injuries. But unfortunately, accidents do happen—even in your hometown community of Plainfield, Indiana.
Plainfield is a small but growing community located in Hendricks County, Indiana, with a population of more than 35,000. The town is attractive to families and boasts a popular trail system for all to enjoy. And due to its proximity to Indianapolis International Airport, it is also home to the county’s only full-service hotel and convention center.
Accidents can happen anytime to anyone. In other words, nobody plans to be in an accident. Depending on the type of accident, resulting injuries can range from minimal to life-altering. As a victim, you may have medical bills piling up and find yourself unable to work. The stress can feel overwhelming.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have handled all types of cases, from car and truck accidents to workplace injuries to toxic mold. Personal injury lawsuits have been the primary focus of our law firm for more than 30 years.
Plainfield has its share of car accidents because of its proximity to our capital, nearby highways, the Indianapolis International Airport, and also due to driver negligence.
Looking at car accidents in the state of Indiana as a whole, 43% of fatalities and 70% of non-fatalities happen in cities like Indianapolis. In 2019, Indiana drivers experienced 217,396 collisions, 739 of which resulted in fatalities.
Car accidents are one of the most common reasons for a personal injury claim to be filed. When drivers behave negligently, severe injury can be inflicted upon the victim, leaving them impacted for life. The personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham can help you get compensation for medical costs, ongoing treatments, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, for the exact reasons stated above, Plainfield also sees truck accidents, especially because of its proximity to nearby highways. Given the sheer size of 18 wheelers, the injuries from trucking accidents can be catastrophic—or even fatal. Trucking accidents have the added complexity of potentially involving multiple liable parties. In addition to the possibility of driver error, the truck may have been loaded incorrectly or suffered a mechanical failure, such as the brakes.
Medical malpractice suits happen when a doctor either failed to act or acted in a way that caused harm to a patient. It typically requires an extensive investigation of what happened to prove that the doctor or medical facility is at fault. Cases may include prescription error, surgical negligence, medical device failure, or improper treatment.
Personal injury cases have been a primary focus for Wilson Kehoe Winingham for more than 30 years. We have secured full and fair settlements for our clients and successfully taken cases to trial as needed. Other representative areas of personal injury cases we handle include:
Legally, there is nothing stopping you from representing yourself in the state of Indiana. This is known as “pro se” representation. However, most individuals who decide to go it alone end up frustrated and drained. Not to mention that they have likely settled for far less money than an experienced attorney would have secured.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have helped clients for decades to secure favorable outcomes in the face of an unfortunate situation. Chances are, your injury would be the first time you’re encountering this process. Why go it alone when there’s an experienced and caring team here in Plainfield to help you through this crisis?
There’s no simple answer when our clients ask us what their case is worth, as each injury and set of circumstances is unique. Many factors determine the worth of a case, including how much blame is apportioned to each party, the severity of damages or injury, and the amount of insurance involved. Generally speaking, an attorney will need to do some research and learn more about your personal circumstances before offering even a ballpark number for a potential settlement.
Compensation that is awarded to victims in personal injury cases generally falls into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are easier to put a dollar amount on, as they generally correlate to an exact figure, including:
Non-economic damages are more abstract in nature—but just as valid—and can include:
Just as accidents can come in all forms, so can the resulting injuries. But no matter the severity of the injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Some of the more common injuries we see in Plainfield personal injury cases include:
Any injury is serious when it happens to you or a loved one. It is recommended that you seek medical care immediately following an accident. Your safety should always be your top priority. In addition, you’ll want to have a medical examination on file for your claim in case your injuries worsen over time.
If you have been injured in an accident in Plainfield and it was someone else’s fault, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham can help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other potential losses. Our lawyers know that insurance companies will work against you to avoid any payout or to offer the lowest amount to just make the case go away. To these insurance companies, you’re just a file number, but if you work with WKW, you’re a client we care about and we’ll fight to get you a full and fair settlement.
The first step for your personal injury lawyer is to perform an investigation. This will include looking into the scene of the accident, studying any police reports, and interviewing witnesses. We will also determine whether or not there could be any video footage, when appropriate.
This is likely the top area where an experienced personal injury lawyer from WKW can have the most impact. While you are able to represent yourself in a personal injury suit, known as “pro se” representation, you will likely end up frustrated and walking away with just a percentage of what a lawyer may have been able to procure. Our attorneys have dealt with insurance companies for decades and are not intimidated by their tactics.
Even cases that appear straightforward may get more complicated once the investigation begins. For example, in some instances, there could be negligence by a parts manufacturer that was nowhere near the scene of the accident. Having multiple liable parties is not unusual in personal injury cases.
Another advantage to working with the experienced lawyers at WKW is that we have a Rolodex of professionals we can tap for additional expertise in their respective fields. In the case of medical professionals, we turn to them for advice on what your injuries mean to you both now and in the long run. Will they require long-term physical therapy? Could they prevent you from being able to perform a higher-paid job down the road? This will help determine the true cost of any injury you’ve sustained.
Typically, most personal injury lawyers and their clients aim for a settlement they can agree upon, eliminating the need to go to trial. Trials are drawn-out affairs and can take an emotional toll on the victim, who is ready to move on with their life.
But occasionally an agreement cannot be reached between the two sides. This typically happens when the stakes are higher, with more to gain—or lose. The personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have decades of trial experience, which is exactly what you want on your team. Insurance companies are businesses with their own team of lawyers whose job is to protect profits. Lawyers at WKW know their tactics and will fight for you every step of the process.
The personal injury team of lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have decades of experience handling personal injury cases of all types. In fact, it’s at the core of our entire practice as we work with our clients to restore their lives during challenging times. We limit the number of cases we take on so that every client gets the personal attention they deserve and need during this trying process. We are with our Plainfield clients every step of the way. And since we work on a contingency basis, there is no up-front cost to you, adding no additional stress to you during this difficult time.
The personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham are here in Plainfield and ready to help. We fight for all our clients to get you the compensation you deserve. Our firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation, so you can feel comfortable learning more about our services. Call our office today at (317) 669-9983.
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Each state has its own set of laws dictating when you may file lawsuits in court. These deadlines are called statutes of limitation, and they are strictly enforced.
According to Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4, Indiana’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases is set at two years, meaning you have two years from the day of your accident to file the initial court documentation.
It takes time to build an effective case, so it’s crucial that you act quickly following an injury due to another’s negligence. Seek medical attention, collect evidence where possible, and contact an attorney.
This is not a simple question to answer, but one that is always asked, understandably. It’s natural to want to know what you’re getting into. The vast majority of personal injury cases will draw to a conclusion during the settlement phase. Rarely, however, an agreement cannot be reached and the case will proceed to trial. While it depends on the complexity of the case, this can typically take two to three years from start to finish. This is another reason to make sure you select an attorney you not only have confidence in, but also one you’re comfortable working with as it will be a while.
If your injury happened at the workplace, you could have various options to pursue for compensation. It is likely that you’d be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits through your employer, which would cover medical bills and lost wages. If the cause of your accident was not your employer or a coworker, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim against a third party, such as the manufacturer of faulty equipment. It can get complicated, as your workers’ comp may be able to get reimbursed from any payout of that claim, but it still may result in a net gain for you. An experienced personal injury attorney with workplace accident experience can guide you through this process.
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