Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys
“Accidents happen.” It’s an age-old saying that some people use to explain the occurrence of tragic, senseless events. While it’s undeniable that some terrible incidents will happen no matter what we do, some accidents are completely preventable. Thousands and thousands of people each year are severely injured by accidents caused by another party’s negligence or deliberate behavior. At Hankey Law Office, our injury attorneys firmly believe that those accidents should never happen. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s reckless actions. That’s why we are proud to help victims in Indianapolis fight for the financial compensation they deserve from the party responsible for their injury.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Personal injury accidents can take a number of forms. It is important to know that if you were hurt in an incident caused by another party’s recklessness or negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against that party. A qualified attorney will be able to evaluate your case, identify the type of claim you should file, and advise you about the next steps you should take in pursuing your claim. The attorneys at the Hankey Law Office are prepared to fight for your rights in cases pertaining to the following practice areas:
Passenger vehicle accidents account for a majority of personal injury accidents. All it takes to cause a serious car accident is for another driver to take their hands, eyes, or mind off the wheel for a few seconds. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact our attorneys. We will quickly work to investigate the accident and analyze the circumstances that led to its occurrence. Car accidents can be caused not only by reckless drivers, but also by road defects, car defects, and improper signage, among other things.
Large commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers are enormous in size and power, especially compared to your average passenger vehicle. Trucking companies, truck manufacturers, and truck drivers all have a responsibility to make sure these vehicles are as safe as possible when on the road. When these parties ignore their responsibility, the results can be disastrous for anyone involved. Our attorneys are prepared to work quickly on analyzing the cause and circumstances of a truck accident, and we are ready to fight large and ruthless trucking companies to get you the money you need.
Motorcycles are a quick and convenient way to get from point A to point B. With that being said, motorcycles do not have the safety features provided by a passenger vehicle, and they have the potential to be very dangerous if involved in an accident. It is common for the driver of a larger vehicle not to notice bikers or to fail to treat bikers with the same respect or caution as they would another car driver.
Bikes offer very little in the way of protection. Cars are supposed to be conscious of cyclists on the road, giving them adequate space and the right-of-way. Too many times, however, drivers will neglect their duty to share the road with cyclists. When a cyclist is involved in an accident with a vehicle, they could incur very serious and life-changing injuries. Our attorneys believe that drivers need to be held responsible for cyclist negligence, and we will do all we can to make sure justice is served.
Derailment, track switching malfunction, brake failure, and unprotected crossings are among the factors that can contribute to serious accidents that occur at railroad crossings or on trains. Train companies will do all they can to deny liability, but our attorneys are prepared to fight for accountability.
When airplane accidents occur, they are devastating and usually affect a large number of people. Our attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected as an investigation ensues. We will also make sure you are not overlooked and that your legal needs are met.
Municipalities are responsible for making sure that roads are safe and free of defects. If a construction company is working on the highway, they are responsible for making sure areas are properly marked. In the case of a highway defect accident, our attorneys will investigate who exactly is to blame.
If you are on a boat, jet ski, or any other water vehicle and a reckless boater hits you, you may have a personal injury claim on your hands. Fellow boaters have the same duties as fellow drivers on the road, and when they neglect their safety responsibilities, they risk other people’s lives. Our attorneys will look into exactly why the boating accident took place, which party is at fault, and what needs to be done to get you the compensation you need.
When you are a visitor on another person’s property, the property owner has a duty to make sure that the premises are as safe as possible. If you are injured in a fashion that could have been prevented if the property owner had been better equipped or prepared, they are likely liable for your injuries. Premises liability claims can be complex, but our attorneys are prepared to guide you through the entire process.
Brain injuries can lead to many problems for victims. Memory loss, morphed perception, sight and hearing problems, among other troubles, can result from serious brain or head injury. If you suffered from a brain or head injury due to an accident caused by the carelessness of another person, our attorneys will fight to make sure they are held accountable for the consequences this injury will have on your life.
Like brain injuries, spinal injuries can lead to problems that are more serious for victims. Backaches, morphed posture, walking trouble, and even paralysis can result from spinal injuries. Our attorneys are prepared to fight for the compensation you need so you can focus on recovering from your spinal injury.
Pet owners are responsible for making sure their pets are not a danger to other citizens. This duty means making sure animals are trained, safe, and in an area where they will not be able to harm anyone. If you are injured in an animal attack, our attorneys will promptly investigate ownership, pet shot records, and any other information necessary in creating a case.
Your child is your life. They are precious and fragile gifts. Products made for children, such as toys, childcare products, and child safety products, are trusted to be safe for your kids. When designers and manufacturers make mistakes, these products can go from being fun and helpful to extremely dangerous. Our attorneys will work to determine who is responsible for your child’s injury, and we will do all we can to get the compensation your family needs.
Construction sites can be generally hazardous in nature. They are full of unfinished structures and wiring, tools, machines, and building materials. If you are a construction worker or passerby and you were injured in an area not adequately maintained or marked, our attorneys are ready to hold the construction company liable.
Victims can suffer burn injuries after being involved in a car accident, a fire accident, or a work accident. It is often difficult to recover after severe burns because victims can face physical pain, expensive medical bills, and a loss of income. Contact our attorneys to see if we can help you to get the compensation you need.
Lifeguard negligence, defective gates, pool operator negligence, and other malfunctions can lead to the devastating circumstance of a drowning accident. If you are swimming at another person’s pool or a public pool, the owners and operators have a responsibility to make sure everyone is as safe as possible. When safety responsibilities are neglected, the results can be disastrous. Our attorneys understand that the time following a drowning accident is extremely difficult for a victim’s family, and we will do all we can to take the legal stress off you.
We trust physicians to do their job quickly, efficiently, and correctly. However, physicians are not immune from committing errors. When a medical professional makes a mistake, it could put your health and well-being at risk. If you experience injury or a worsened condition because of medical malpractice, you will need an attorney to represent you in the face of large hospitals or medical networks.
When your loved one is in a nursing home, you hope that they receive the care and respect they deserve. As citizens become older, they also become more vulnerable and fragile. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for nurses or physicians to take advantage of the vulnerability of senior citizens. If you suspect or witness nursing home abuse or neglect, our attorneys will assist you in fighting the nursing home facility so that your loved one gets the compensation and care they need.
Injuries in Indiana
Injuries can be extremely painful, long-lasting, and costly. It is unfair for you to have to pay for the consequences of someone else’s negligence actions. However you were injured, if another party caused or contributed to your injury, they might be held legally liable and required to pay you financial compensation. For the best chance at securing damages, you need the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. The legal team at Hankey Law Office has faithfully served accident victims in the Indianapolis area for years.
Injuries occur when you are harmed by some kind of external force. We consider a broken arm an injury, but a winter cold does not qualify. However, if you get unexpectedly sick because a doctor has prescribed the wrong kind of medication, that can be an injury. Injuries don’t necessarily have to manifest as physical wounds that can be visibly seen on your body.
Every year, people in Indiana suffer injuries due to a large variety of accidents. In fact, it’s downright shocking that so many individuals are forced to endure the pain and hardship of an injury. The Indiana State Department of Health gathers data concerning the amount of people who are injured each year, the type of injuries they sustain, and the causes of their injuries. These statistics can demonstrate that unsuspecting people find themselves seriously hurt on a disturbingly frequent basis. A few startling facts concerning injuries in Indiana include:
- Injury is the leading cause of death for Indiana residents under 44
- Injuries cause over 600,000 emergency room visits each year
- 719 people died in unintentional vehicle crashes in 2014
- 181 people needed immediate medical attention for a firework-related injury in 2015
Unintentional vehicle crashes were the leading cause of injury death for people between 1-24. For Indiana residents over 65, unintentional falls were the leading cause of injury death. Infants under one year of age who died due to injury were most often the victims of unintentional suffocation.
These numbers become all even more devastating when we consider how many injuries and deaths could have been avoided. How many infants would still be alive if all potentially dangerous products were properly labeled with age restrictions? How many car crashes would not have happened if drivers always paid attention to the road? Legally, when someone’s negligence directly causes an injury, the hurt party can seek financial compensation. You should not have to become a tragic statistic because of someone else’s careless behavior.
Our Record of Success
State and federal laws allow victims to seek monetary recompense when they have been injured by another party’s irresponsible behavior. Victims can receive damages from another individual—a drunk driver, for example—or an organization such as a shopping mall with an icy, dangerous parking lot. If you suspect that you are legally due damages to help you cover the costs of your injury, you want to secure the best legal help available. Hankey Law Office has proudly provided legal representation services for Indianapolis residents for years. We have the experience, skills, and knowledge to fight for you in even the toughest personal injury cases.
Our record of legal successes, along with our long catalog of qualifications, proves that we have the ability to handle your case. Satisfied clients have been awarded damages to cover an array of injury-related costs including medical bills, lost work wages, pain and suffering, and drastic lifestyle shifts. We have been so successful because we employ highly qualified attorneys who prioritize their client’s needs. Our list of qualifications and awards includes:
- Attorney Charles D. Hankey recognized as one of the Top 100 Litigations Lawyers of 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates
- Attorney James M. DuBach named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Indiana in client satisfaction for personal injury litigation
- 75 years of combined experience in legal practice
Additionally, the skilled personal injury attorneys at Hankey Law Office understand the stresses and issues that come with being seriously hurt. We know that our clients are handling financial uncertainty, physical pain, and other anxiety-inducing problems. We firmly believe that you deserve a compassionate legal representative who will listen to your concerns and communicate with you openly throughout the lawsuit process.
Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a few of our clients’ most-asked questions.
What is personal injury law?
The law is divided into two main branches—criminal and civil. Criminal law involves the government bringing charges against a person for a specific crime and focuses on punishment. Criminal cases can result in the defendant being sentenced to time in jail or forced to pay fines. On the other hand, civil law involves private citizens or groups seeking compensatory damages from another party for some sort of wrongdoing. Personal injury law falls under civil law. When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you accuse someone else of hurting you through malice or negligence. The courts can order the responsible party to give you financial compensation for the costs of your injury.
Will this case cost me a lot of time and money?
Many people are deeply concerned about the cost and effort involved in a personal injury lawsuit. A lot of individuals simply assume that any kind of legal proceeding is going to wind up costing them too much money and too much time. This common assumption tragically means that many people do not even seek an attorney’s opinion on their case. You can recover substantial damages when you win a personal injury case—enough money to severely reduce or entirely cover medical bills, lost work wages, and other injury-related costs. If you suspect that you were hurt due to another party’s deliberate actions or negligent behavior, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. A skilled personal injury attorney can speak with you about the projected costs of the case and the time commitments that may be involved. You can make a decision about whether or not to pursue your claim from there.
How long can I wait before deciding to file a lawsuit?
Indiana law specifies that you normally have two years to pursue a personal injury claim. Since there is a statute of limitations, you need to act quickly. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured to discuss your case even if you think you might not actually file a lawsuit. Some people who worried that the statute of limitations on their injury has expired can also benefit from talking to a personal injury attorney. For example, could you still file a lawsuit if it took you longer than two years to notice that you had been injured? Some back injuries and internal damage can take a long time to diagnose, and you might still be able to pursue your case.
Call an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been hurt due to someone else’s reckless, careless, or cruel behavior, you may be legally entitled to monetary recompense. You can seek to recover damages to pay for your past and future medical costs, work days lost to recovery, and even pain and suffering. At Hankey Law Office, we believe that victims of injuries deserve skilled, qualified legal representation. We are ready to protect your rights and fight for the financial compensation you need. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about how we can help you with your personal injury case.