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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.

Why You Should Choose The Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC To Represent YouIn Your Personal Injury Claim

Besides the fact that you’ll never pay us a dime unless we’re able to recover money for you, there are plenty of reasons to choose our firm to represent you in making an injury claim. Our attorneys and staff are experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to helping our clients get the best result possible.
With over 70 years of combined experience, our attorneys know how to properly handle any situation.

We know that the most important part of job is treating our clients with respect, making sure they’re happy and informed throughout the process, and doing everything necessary to achieve successful results. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Take a look at our client reviews.

We’ve also been recognized by other lawyers for the work we do in representing accident victims. A few of the awards we’ve received are listed below:

  • Our Law Firm has been selected as one of Indiana’s best personal injury firms by Best Law Firms In America;
  • Our Law Firm has been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell;
  • Our Partners, William W. Hurst and Alexander J. Limontes, have been selected as some of Indiana’s best personal injury lawyers by Best Lawyers in America, click here for more information;
  • Our Partners, William W. Hurst and Alexander J. Limontes, have been selected as some of Indiana’s best personal injury lawyers by Super Lawyers, click here for more information; and
  • Our attorneys have received several other awards from both the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Finally, you can’t argue with results. The attorneys at our office have represented thousands of Hoosiers in making claims for their injuries and William W. Hurst’s law firms have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of those clients. Simply stated, you can’t go wrong choosing our office to represent you in your claim for personal injuries.

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:

Car 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 in Indianapolis 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.

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.

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