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Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer

Each personal injury attorney at the Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC knows being involved in an accident can change your entire life in just seconds. If you are seriously injured in an accident medical bills could begin to pile up, you may be forced to miss work, and an insurance company will be trying to pressure you into settling your claim quickly, for far less money than you deserve. The stressful of all this can become unbearable.

Luckily, that’s where our legal team can help. Not only will we make sure you are adequately compensated for your injuries, we will deal with the insurance companies for you and ensure that you can focus solely on recovering from your injuries while we handle your insurance claims.

Our top rated law firm and team of Indianapolis personal injury attorneys have over 35 years of experience helping injury victims in Indiana recover the financial compensation they deserve.

We’ve handled every type of claim including minor slip and falls that cause bumps and bruises, car accidents resulting in spinal cord injuries such as whiplash, complex product liability cases, catastrophic semi-truck accidents resulting in brain injuries, and even devastating wrongful death claims. Because of our experience, you can rest assured that our team can handle any legal issue that may arise.

Why Do You Need an Injury Attorney?

Indiana Injury Facts show that more than 32,000 Hoosiers are hospitalized each year and more than 600,000 visit the emergency room for injuries each year. Statistics show the average cost of an emergency room visit is $3,300, while the average lifetime cost of being hospitalized is $57,000. How would you pay for these bills? What if you were forced to miss work due to your injuries? Well, if your injuries were caused by the negligence so someone else, we can help make sure you aren’t the one “footing the bill” by holding the insurance companies accountable.

The insurance companies all have the same goal in mind, making money. If they pay out insurance claims, they’re losing money. That means they’ll do everything they can to either avoid paying you or pay you as little as possible. They know you can’t fight them on your own and the only way to show them you’re serious is by hiring an injury attorney who they know isn’t afraid to take your case all the way to trial. Jury trials cost both sides money and they’re difficult, but a personal injury law firm like ours has both the resources to take your case to trial and the experience to win it. Insurance companies know that and they’ll be more willing to offer you fair compensation if we’re on your side.

Without an attorney you risk being under compensated for your injuries. This could lead to you paying for medical bills out of pocket and never being compensated for the pain and suffering you were forced to endure at no fault of your own.

The effects of the injuries you or a loved one receives as the result of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident are devastating enough without these types of long lasting effects. It is vital that you obtain the best legal advice possible and do so as early as possible so an attorney familiar with personal injury law can properly handle your injury claim.

Why Should You Choose Us To Handle Your Claim?

You will want the best possible representation when making your personal injury claim and we can provide just that. The Law office of William W. Hurst, LLC has been serving accident victims for more than 35 years and our attorneys have been recognized as being some of the very best in Indiana because of both our experience and compassion.

We understand that properly handling an injury claim isn’t just filling out legal forms. Our number one goal is always making our clients feel at ease, allowing them to get the medical treatment they need and make a stress free recovery. That’s why so many of our clients have given positive testimonials and reviews. We’ll take care of you like you’re family and we’ll never treat you like you’re just another number.

Experience:

William W. Hurst is recognized as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Indianapolis and in the state of Indiana. Below are a few awards and honors Bill has received:

  • Named in “Best Lawyers in America” from 1989-present (25+ years)
  • Recognized by “Super Lawyers” from 2004-Present (10+ years)
  • Selected as Indiana’s “Trial Lawyer of The Year” by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association in 2000
  • Rated AV Preeminent (highest possible rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated Superb (10.0, highest possible rating) by Avvo.com
  • Graduated from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law with Honors
Compassion

The Attorneys and Staff at the Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC know that representing accident victims involves more than just dealing with the technicalities of the law. We’ll make sure that you can focus on getting back to 100% while we handle the stress of dealing with the insurance companies and answer any questions about the process you may have.

We have been representing accident victims since 1981 to ensure they are fully compensated for their injuries. Not only will we fight to make sure your medical bills are paid, we will also make sure you are compensated for any pain and suffering, future medical costs, wage loss, loss of earning capacity, and other damages resulting from the accident.

Our office urges you to ask family, friends, attorneys, judges and/or insurance representatives about our skill and reputation.

We always provide a free consultation and if you are disabled we will come to your home, work, or hospital and discuss your case for free. Contact Bill Hurst today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

What Does It Cost To Hire an Injury Attorney in Indianapolis?

Nothing, Unless we are successful in getting you money for your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis only, meaning we only get a fee if we obtain a recovery for you. There are no exceptions. In addition to there being no up front costs for you, our injury lawyers will commit the necessary resources to fight any insurance company, large corporation, or other negligent party and only get paid back if we obtain a recovery for you. This is one of the reasons so many choose our law firm when they need an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer.

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer

For more than three decades, the legal team at The Law Office of William W. Hurst has successfully represented hundreds of clients with personal injury claims. Many of our clients have suffered catastrophic injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, caused by negligent actors in motor vehicle accidents, premises liability cases, and workers’ compensation claims. Our dedicated lawyers have worked to ensure that liable parties are held to account, and recovered millions of dollars in damages for victims.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of suffering a serious injury knows the burden of the accompanying physical, emotional, mental, and financial stress. Regardless of the circumstances, no victim has to endure this alone. An injury caused by someone else’s negligence should be remedied, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can advocate for and may be able to help a victim get relief from their losses.

If you were injured by someone else, speak to one of the personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we can help. Contact us today at (317) 636-0808 or online for a free consultation.

Indiana Accident & Injury Practice Areas

Although we have the experience and resources to handle all types of personal injury cases, these are the practice areas we have frequently represented clients:

Auto Accidents

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Traffic Safety Division reports that approximately 3,500 persons suffer accidents causing incapacitating injuries on Indiana’s roads and highways each year. This does not include the multitude of less severe injuries that still might make victims miss work and endure significant recovery periods. Regardless of the severity of injuries, when a car accident happens it is best to work with a lawyer who has experience dealing with multiple liability issues, damages and claims, the complicated insurance process, and, if necessary, litigation.

Bicycle Accidents

The most recent Indiana Crash Facts reports that almost 900 motor vehicle and bicycle collisions occurred in 2016, with a dozen of those resulting in fatalities. Indianapolis has a reputation as a bike-friendly city, and while accidents are comparatively low to other states, they still happen. Bicycle accident injuries can be particularly severe because cyclists usually lack substantial protection from bodily impact. Common bicycle accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. If you or your child have been injured while riding a bicycle, The Law Office of William W. Hurst may be able to advocate for you.

Dog Bites

In 2017, the United States Postal Service ranked Indianapolis among the cities with the most dog attacks. Common victims are postal workers, package deliverers, and children, but almost anyone can be harmed by a dangerous dog, or even a normally friendly dog who was negligently managed by their owner. Dog owners have a duty of care to protect others from their pet, and if you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk drivers have been involved in almost 5,000 collisions each year in recent years, and were responsible for more than 80 fatalities in 2017. Drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or prescription medication put others at mortal risk, and breach their duty of care to all who use the roads. A negligent driver who has injured someone else may be found liable for the damages they have caused.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists in Indiana were involved in about 3,400 collisions in 2017, resulting in 2,300 injuries and more than a hundred fatalities. Motorcyclists are often some of the safest drivers on the road but they remain especially vulnerable to other drivers who fail to see them until it is too late. Motorcyclists are at high risk for fatal and life-changing injuries such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents

Almost 2,000 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles on Indiana roads in 2016, and the majority of pedestrian accidents occurred when a person was crossing at an intersection. Pedestrians are at high risk from inattentive and negligent drivers, and the lack of bodily protection for victims makes them especially susceptible to catastrophic and life-changing injuries.

Product Liability in Medical Devices

When a medical device causes an injury, any party in the chain of distribution may bear liability, including the manufacturer, medical device sales company, doctor, and associated hospital or care facility. Victims have brought successful claims against manufacturers of defective pacemakers, replacement knees and hips, and defective breast implants.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen virtually anywhere, but when they occur because of a property owner’s negligence or failure to warn, that owner may incur liability for the damages they cause. Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a private citizen’s failure to clear snow on the sidewalk, or employees of a grocery store business failing to mop or warn of a puddle of water in front of the produce aisle. Regardless of whether a slip and fall accident occurred in a private residence, community space, or at a commercial property, victims commonly fall backward and are at high risk for head injuries including concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

Truck Accidents

The size and weight of trucks mean that when they are involved in an accident, the damages to victims are almost certain to be much more severe than in almost any other type of accident. In addition to the challenge of safely operating an inherently dangerous vehicle, truck drivers are at special risk for fatigued driving and driving under the influence to meet demanding schedules and mileage log requirements. Truck accident victims need a personal injury lawyer with experience in complex cases, because the resulting claims often involve multiple liable parties and large insurance providers.

Wrongful Death

The lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst have represented many clients coping with incredibly difficult situations, but perhaps some of the saddest are those where the client is a survivor of a loved one who lost their life because of someone else’s negligence or intent to harm. If you have suffered the impact of a wrongful death, you need a compassionate and experienced advocate for your grieving family.

Compensable Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuits

In personal injury cases, victims usually recover compensatory damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant when they have been grossly negligent. Such damages are rarely awarded in many states, including Indiana, which has the following restrictions:

  • Punitive damages are not recoverable in wrongful death cases in Indiana;
  • The court only awards punitive damages in cases of gross negligence that include intentional harm;
  • Indiana law caps punitive damages at the greater of $50,000 or three times the amount of compensatory damages; and
  • If the court awards punitive damages, victims only recover 25 percent. The remainder goes to the state’s violent crime victims’ compensation fund.

Compensatory damages are meant to aid victims with the financial, physical, and sometimes emotional losses they have suffered because of their injury. The severity of the injury, age of the victim, and other factors determine what a victim may be entitled to. Common damages include:

  • Medical costs. Ambulance, emergency services, hospitalization, surgery, radiology, prescription medication, physical therapy, psychological counseling, assistive devices, and long term care may be compensable. In cases of permanent disability, a victim may claim future medical care and treatment as well.
  • Lost wages. Work missed because of an injury, including future lost earning capacity in cases permanent injury.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of consortium.

Strategies the Defense May Use

Defendants named in personal injury lawsuits, and their insurance carriers, want to minimize or avoid paying claims and damages. If responsible parties can not evade admitting liability, they may employ other strategies:

  • Offering a victim a quick settlement that is worth much less than actual damages that could be awarded. Such settlements are often accompanied by waivers, and it is always in a victim’s best interest to speak to a lawyer before accepting any money or signing any document from an insurance company.
  • Experts hired by the defense, and the doctors who work for insurance companies, may claim that a victim’s injuries were caused prior to or after the accident, or that their injuries are not as severe as they claim.
  • In a motor vehicle accident, the defense might attempt to shift all or some of the blame to the victim. They may suggest the victim was violating traffic laws, driving under the influence, speeding, driving while distracted, driving too fast for conditions, or any other variety of other violations. The defense has good incentive to argue: if it succeeds in proving a victim is 51 percent or more at fault for their own injury, they will be barred from recovering damages in Indiana.

Why You Should Choose The Law Office of William W. Hurst to Represent You

With more than 35 years of experience representing personal injury victims, the lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst know how to navigate complicated personal injury claims. Dedicated and resourceful, our lawyers recognize the common tactics used by defendants and how to respond.

Past clients have given us the most rewarding feedback, and our colleagues in the legal community have recognized us with listings in Best Lawyers of America and SuperLawyers, as well as awards from the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.

We are committed to pursuing justice for our clients while compassionately supporting them like family through the most challenging of life’s unfair circumstances. While we can not make guarantees of results for any particular case, we will work to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney in Indianapolis

Some people may avoid calling a lawyer when they have been injured because they are worried about the cost of representation. Like most personal injury firms, we offer free consultations for victims to discuss their potential case with a qualified attorney. The free consultation is an opportunity for a lawyer to determine any potential claims, assess the victim’s eligibility for compensation, and advise on possible next steps. It also gives the victim an opportunity to ask any questions or bring up any concerns that they might have. If we agree to represent a personal injury client, we will often handle the case on a contingency fee basis. That means that payment will not be needed up front, and attorney’s fees and any litigation costs will be paid from the eventual settlement or verdict.

If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to damages. A personal injury lawyer may be able to review your case and the evidence, and then negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. If litigation is necessary, they may use our network of qualified experts to help support the claims and damages to get the right verdict for the case. Whether a personal injury case needs to be resolved in a mediation room or a courtroom, the lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst are prepared to advocate for our clients.

If you live in the Indianapolis area, call The Law Office of William W. Hurst at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online for a free consultation and discuss your case with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.


Testimonials

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“The Law Office of William W. Hurst helped my parents recover emotionally and financially from the costs related to the critical injuries and medical bills after their car being struck by another vehicle. The expertise of The Law Office of William W. Hurst was a tremendous support during a very difficult time.”

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