William W. Hurst
Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC
50 S. Meridian St., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204
“Personal injury” is a legal term, and generally refers to the harms to an individual caused by the negligence of another person or entity. We can categorize personal injuries in many ways, including non-catastrophic, catastrophic, and non-economic.
Non-catastrophic injuries are still serious. Non-catastrophic injuries may require medical care, hospitalization, and could even produce life-altering consequences.
The most common non-catastrophic injuries include broken bones and abrasions. Such non-catastrophic injuries may result in serious damages. For example, an elderly slip and fall victim may break a hip or thigh. Broken bones in older patients can take months and even years to heal, while one in three elderly patients with bone fractures will actually die from injury complications.
Catastrophic injuries cause permanent damage to the body. Such injuries may result in disabilities or death. Catastrophic injuries include:
Catastrophic injury victims often face a lifetime of follow-up doctor visits, multiple surgeries, prescription medication, and rehabilitation.
Non-economic injuries may include physical or mental pain and suffering. Anger, depression, lack of energy, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, and/or sleep disturbances are just some manifestations of pain and suffering. Such problems can prove so severe that they limit or prevent sufferers from working and participating in normal life activities.
Injuries are a leading cause of chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks. The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than half of chronic pain sufferers feel they have little to no control over their pain, and 60 percent experience break-through pain that damages their quality of life and wellbeing every day. A majority say that pain causes them to feel depressed, hurts their ability to sleep well, and decreases their energy levels.
Injuries can make you feel vulnerable. You may experience pain while coping with big medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The insurance company may pressure you to agree to a settlement that won’t cover your costs, but you may also wonder if you have any other real options.
A personal injury attorney may help calculate your damages and advocate for rightful compensation. The Law Offices of William W. Hurst is familiar with insurance company tactics, and has lawyers experienced in negotiating on behalf of our clients. In cases where settlement isn’t possible, we have used litigation to ensure the best possible results and the recovery of medical, economic, and non-economic damages, such as:
Most law firms offer free consultations to discuss potential cases. This allows a lawyer to evaluate the specific situation, and advise you as to the next steps. After a consultation, if the lawyer agrees to pursue your claim, you may not need to pay attorney fees and litigation costs up front. Lawyers generally handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning the lawyer will deduct fees and expenses from any eventual settlement or judgment.
If you were injured, you may feel overwhelmed. Don’t allow the time pressure of complying with Indiana’s statute of limitations add to your worries. Speak with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of William W. Hurst are committed to helping personal injury victims protect their rights. If someone else caused your injuries, call the Law Offices of William W. Hurst at (317) 636-0808 or use our online form and contact us.
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