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Winter May Increase Your Injury Risk

Winter Accident Attorney Indianapolis

Treacherous Indianapolis winters can bring subfreezing temperatures and heavy accumulations of snow during storms, causing slippery conditions that can make getting from place to place dangerous. While snow, ice, and other winter weather conditions are an inevitable part of living in the Midwest, poor weather does not absolve people of the duty to act in a way that prevents putting others at an unreasonable risk of injuries. For this reason, if you are hurt in an accident in which snow or ice played a role, then review your case with an attorney as soon as you can.

Some of the accidents that winter weather in Indianapolis can cause follow below. For more information about a specific case, call our office today.

Car Accidents

Snow, ice, wind, and poor visibility can make driving extremely difficult. That said, drivers have a responsibility to drive safely in light of weather conditions. For example, while driving at the posted speed limit during a snowstorm may not violate the law, it is not necessarily reasonable. Under Indiana law, when people fail to use the degree of care that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would ordinarily use, they can face liability for any injuries their unreasonable conduct caused. As a result, if a driver injures you after failing to use an adequate degree of care during winter weather, you may recover compensation for your losses.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Winter weather can also significantly increase the likelihood of slip and fall accidents in the Indianapolis area. As anyone who has walked on snow or ice can attest, these conditions can make getting from place to place on foot extremely dangerous. When people slip and fall on snow or ice, they can sustain extremely serious injuries, including broken bones, concussions, serious soft tissue injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.

Under Indiana law, business owners have a general duty to remove snow and ice from their premises, and a failure to do so can result in legal liabilities for any injuries that take place as a result. The question to address in these cases is the reasonableness of the property owner’s efforts to remove the snow or ice, which may depend on timing. For example, if only a matter of minutes pass since a significant change in the weather results in a dangerous condition, the landowner may not face serious liability for weather-related accidents on the property. On the other hand, a landowner who fails to address a significant accumulation of snow or ice for a week may face greater liability for any accidents that take place as a result of the accumulation.

Protect Your Rights and Call an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If your injured in an accident this winter, discuss the matter with an attorney as soon as you can. In many cases, Indiana law entitles people injured in winter weather accidents to significant compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in Indianapolis, call attorney Bill Hurst today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.

 

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If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney