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.
We have the skills and experience necessary to handle a wide variety of personal injury cases including those involving:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Railroad Crossing/Train Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Highway Defects
- Boat Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Brain/Head Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Dog Bites/Animal Attacks
- Child Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Burn Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect
- Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
People can be injured in a wide variety of preventable accidents. Drivers and car passengers can get seriously hurt if a drunk driver causes a crash. Automotive crashes involving cars, trucks, and/or motorcycles often result in broken bones, burns, intense lacerations, spine and head fractures, and other painful, long-lasting injuries. Vehicles certainly are not the only source of danger for Indiana residents. Many people slip and fall in icy parking lots each winter. Countless dangerous products make their way into consumers’ hands. Bad product design or low-quality manufacturing can make a common item lethal. For example, an electric stove with poorly-wired circuits can cause a devastating fire.
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. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out more about our services and your legal rights.
Injuries in Indiana
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. [Firm-name] 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.