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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Every year, millions of Americans are injured as a result of the negligence of another person. When this occurs, victims are normally entitled to some form of compensation.  However, to obtain just and fair compensation, victims need to hire a competent and experienced attorney to represent their interests. 

There are many types of personal injury claims that result from:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Fires and/or Burn Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Injury causing death (Wrongful Death)
  • Workplace injuries
  • Line of duty injuries or deaths (firefighters, police officers – injury or illness as a result of defective or faulty equipment and/or third-party actions)

Many law firms list many types of personal injury, which can be very confusing especially if your injury does not fit into a listed category.  The key point to be made is that any time you are injured, regardless of the mechanism or incident that caused the injury, it is known as a personal injury.

The Hastings Law Firm has handled many different types of personal injury cases.  With 75 years of collective experience, our attorneys will assure you the best possible advice to assist you in the decision making process.  However, there are just a few things you do if you have been injured to preserve any claim you may have:

  •  See a physician immediately
  • Be concerned by telephone calls you receive from medical professionals offering treatment following your accident.
  • If you are not able to speak with an attorney, ask a family member to do so for you.  In cases of personal injury, the investigation is an essential component of the attorney’s job and to properly perform the investigation, it should be done as soon as is practically possible following the injury.
  • Do not post anything about the incident on any social media page.
  • Take photographs of the injury, scene, automobile or defective device or have a family member take them for you.
  •  Do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company of the person you were involved in the accident with, unless first consulting with or hiring an attorney.
  • Document everything you remember if you are able.
  • Secure your claim by signing a contract with an attorney to preserve any time sensitive deadlines that are required for your type of injury.  For instance, if injured on state, city or municipal property, in Indiana a Tort Claim Notice must be filed within 180 – 270 days depending upon the entity requiring notice.

Many individuals, having never been through the process of hiring an attorney, believe they can handle the situation without counsel, only to find months into the process they are making no progress.  By that time, in many situations, clients have not followed doctors’ orders or have given statements to insurance companies or investigators without counsel that could ultimately hurt your case.

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