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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases In Indiana

After a catastrophic accident, you may have many questions about what to do when your injuries are keeping you from living the life you once knew. Below, our team at Langer & Langer provides some general answers to a few of the frequently asked questions we hear.

This information is not meant to be substituted for talking to your lawyer and does not constitute attorney advice. This information is merely meant to be an aid to you in understanding how to pursue a personal injury claim in Indiana.

Disclaimer: None of the information provided in these materials is intended to serve as legal advice. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

How long do I have to file a personal injury case?

The statute of limitations in Indiana is typically two years from the date of the incident that led to your injuries. If you delay action beyond that point, you likely will be unable to bring a claim.

How long will it take to settle my claim?

The timeline to settle a personal injury claim depends upon the specific facts of your case, including the extent of your damages, the amount of medical treatment needed and the reasonableness of the insurance company. You can generally expect most claims to settle within one to two years, but some take longer.

How do I pay my medical bills until I get my settlement?

If you have health insurance, submit your bills to your health insurance first. Some people, as part of their insurance policies, have coverage known as med pay.” After having bills submitted to your insurance, this is a great option to cover copays and bills not covered. Both will likely need to be paid back from any eventual settlement, a process often referred as subrogation.

How do I make up for my lost wages until I get my settlement?

You may be able to use sick leave or vacation time to help make up for your lost income. If this is the case, please make sure to have it documented by your employer, so we are able to help you be compensated for your loss.

What if the accident happened on the job?

If you were injured on the job, you may have two possible avenues: a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim. It is important to know how these paths may impact each other. If you are injured while working, you should make sure you have filed a written report and reach out to a law firm.

Do I need a lawyer for a personal injury case?

Absolutely. The insurance company is not your friend. It takes an experienced attorney to understand what your claim is worth and what it takes to get past the hurdles the insurance company sets up to receive a fair settlement. If the insurance company won’t settle, you need a lawyer to aggressively represent your interests in court.

How much does it cost to hire an Indiana personal injury attorney?

Most injury attorneys in Indiana accept cases on a contingency fee basis to ensure injured victims have access to legal representation and justice. This means that generally, it is no cost to you unless we win compensation for you.

Will my personal injury case go to trial?

It depends. More than 80% of personal injury cases settle out of court in Indiana. If the insurance company fails to offer a fair settlement, however, your case may go to trial.

What is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in Indiana?

According to the Injury and Violence Prevention Program of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), motor vehicle accidents cause the most unintentional deaths in Indiana, accounting for approximately 41.5% of accidental fatalities in the state. When a loved one is killed in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you can pursue a wrongful death claim.

Call Our Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers

To see if you have a case, call the personal injury lawyers at Langer & Langer in Valparaiso at 219-246-4759 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.