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When you or a loved one has been injured, you deserve justice. An Indianapolis personal injury lawyer can work with you to help you navigate the steps that can lead to getting compensation for your expenses and give you peace of mind in a wide range of potential scenarios.

Of course, you’ll need to know exactly what it takes to get there. When they are ready to take action, many of our clients have wondered what qualifies as a personal injury. This page will show you the types of cases our Indianapolis attorneys take, how our legal team can help you get justice, and what to do to get a free consultation to start the process


What Qualifies as Personal Injury in Indianapolis?

Within the Indiana legal system, personal injury describes any scenario in which someone receives bodily, emotional, or psychological harm as the result of someone else’s actions. If you or someone you love is hurt because of someone else’s intent, recklessness, or carelessness, you are entitled to justice and potential compensation within the law.

Unfortunately, the process of getting there can be complicated. For example, a medical malpractice lawsuit requires a claim with the Indiana Department of Insurance as well as review by a medical panel. You will also need to be mindful of a statute of limitations that, in many cases, extends just two years beyond the date on which the personal injury occurs. That’s why it always makes sense to work with specialized lawyers who can help you navigate these complexities and get the justice you deserve.

11 Types of Cases Our Personal Injury Attorneys Take

The term personal injury is broad, and comes with many nuances in how the legal process will turn out. So let’s get more specific. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers will work these 11 types of cases within the broader category:

Birth Injury

At a time that’s both exciting and nerve-wracking, an injury is the last thing you want to happen to your newborn, especially one that could have lifelong consequences. If a child or mother has been diagnosed with an injury or serious condition related to a birth, it may have happened as a result of negligence or mistakes by the medical professionals who were involved. Talk to a personal injury attorney to learn about your options for justice and financial compensation.

Medical Malpractice

Medical practitioners are heroes, but they can make mistakes – and those mistakes can have devastating consequences. If they fail to provide you with acceptable medical care that should be within their expertise, they have failed their duty to their patient. Medication errors, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and medical record mistakes are just some of the many ways in which doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers may harm their patients, who in that case may be entitled to compensation.

Wrongful Death

When your loved one dies as a result of a car accident, work accident, or another type of preventable death, you deserve justice. Cases can get incredibly complex, due to the many factors involved. In Indianapolis, financial compensation may be capped based on factors like the cause of death, the age of the deceased, and more. Talk to a personal injury attorney about your options and the next steps you need to take to achieve that justice.

Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Indiana saw 814 deadly vehicle crashes in 2020 alone, an increase from 752 the previous year. Qualified injury attorneys can help you find justice in a number of vehicle crash types, including:

Each of these vehicle accident types comes with different legal and situational nuances to keep in mind. A reliable legal partner can help you navigate these complex situations to ensure that you and everyone involved finds appropriate justice.

Catastrophic Injuries

At their worst, personal injuries can be both traumatizing and life-changing for the patient and everyone around them. Severe burn injuries, brain injuries, loss of sight, spinal injuries, and other types, no matter the cause, will require significant financial and personal investment to live with and move on from. Medical care and equipment may be ongoing, making the legal compensation that qualified injury attorneys can help you gain all the more important in the pursuit of justice.

Injuries to Children

When your child gets injured, you want immediate justice. They rely on you for their well-being, and a partnership with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get on the right path. The attorney can seek the financial compensation you need to adjust your life and cover medical costs, work with insurance companies, and even set up a trust fund to ensure future financial security for your child.

Defective Drugs and Medical Devices

The American public deserves to be protected from unsafe drugs and medical devices. After all, you rely on them for your health and well-being. While the FDA covers that safety on a broad scale, you may still be negatively affected when a company distributes a defective drug or medical device to consumers caused by design, manufacturing, or marketing mistakes. Talk to a personal injury attorney about your options to seek justice and the appropriate financial compensation.

Premises Liability

It’s every property owner’s responsibility to keep their property free of dangers. If they don’t, and you get injured, seek justice with the help of an experienced legal partner right away. Slip and fall accidents are an especially common cause of this legal dispute, and you deserve financial compensation to account for the harm caused if the property owner was clearly responsible through clutter, loose cords or rugs, uneven surfaces, wet floors, or unsafe stairwells.

Product Liability

A defective product intended for consumer use can result in potentially serious injuries, in which case you may be entitled to compensation. Product liability cases are based on one of three types of defects:

  • Design defect, in which case the original product design makes the product unsafe.
  • Manufacturing defect, in which case the design was sound but an error was made in production that made the product unsafe for use.
  • Warning defect, in which case the product was safe when used properly but the manufacturer didn’t provide ample guidance or warning on proper and safe use of the product.

None of these defect types are the fault of the consumer. Talk to personal injury experts like Wagner Reese to learn how you can get the justice you deserve after being harmed by a product in one of these ways.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is among the most understandably sensitive types of personal injuries. Too often, cases go unreported as victims are intimidated into silence. But while the criminal process is an important step to take, a civil suit to find justice and compensation can also play a crucial role in bringing closure to victims. Injuries do not need to be physical; emotional and psychological damage is just as important to acknowledge and treat. Work with personal injury attorneys specifically qualified in this sensitive type of case to take the steps you need for justice.

Workplace Accidents

In almost every case, an injury on the job is preventable and should not have occurred. And yet, in the state of Indiana, 4 out of every 100 workers are injured or killed on the job every year. If it happens to you, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, but may also be able to claim damages beyond that threshold. If you get injured while performing the duties of your job, talk to personal injury lawyers experienced in Indiana labor laws as well as the steps needed to get you justice.

Why You Need to Seek Compensation for Personal Injuries

When you get injured, it’s a natural tendency to blame yourself. But often, and as outlined in the many examples above, someone else may have been responsible. Finding who that someone might be, and asking for financial compensation, is a crucial step to make sure you find not only justice but also the financial compensation you need to recover sufficiently.

Especially serious injuries will incur potentially significant short-term and long-term costs. Medical treatments may need to extend for months and years, including the purchase of equipment like wheelchairs that no one can be expected to pay on their own. In addition, a serious injury or wrongful death may result in the loss of income, which no insurance is likely to cover. 

Being injured in any situation is bad enough. Seeking financial compensation from the responsible party ensures that you don’t also have to manage the significant stress and anxiety that come from the financial worries that too often accommodate the physical recovery from the injury.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You Get Justice?

As important as financial compensation can be when suffering an injury, it can also be exceedingly difficult to achieve without a reliable partner at your side. The Indiana legal system is complex, and navigating it without the help of an attorney specifically qualified in personal injury cases is close to impossible.

Any personal injury cases related to medical malpractice, for example, will need to go through a medical board review in addition to the other legal steps included. The many limitations and “capping” factors of wrongful death claims can make the case look very difficult depending on who is involved. And of course, defendants in these cases will go to lengths to win the case and avoid admitting any wrong-doing that could require them to pay out a significant sum to the victim in question.

Finally, personal injury cases in Indiana have a very strict statute of limitations, generally set at two years. Working with a reliable legal advocate minimizes the danger of missing any deadline that could otherwise cause you to miss out on compensation you are otherwise entitled to.

A personal injury attorney can help you navigate these complex situations. Just as importantly, they can also help you take the pressure off the legal proceedings, allowing you to focus entirely on recovering from your injury and getting your finances in order. Hire the right attorney, and you will find a true partner, able to help you not just with the case itself but with the entire process related to the insurance and legal system.

Finding Experienced Legal Advocates to Work on Your Behalf

Of course, you shouldn’t just hire any lawyer to help with your personal injury claim. It’s crucial to find the right legal expert, able to advocate on your behalf for the specific situation you find yourself in.

That starts with limiting your search to your state and potentially even your city. Indianapolis personal injury lawyers have extensive expertise in the legal environment and codes for the location in which you seek to file, taking any confusion about differences in state or local regulations out of the equation. 

Next, look to find an attorney or law firm with dedicated expertise in handling personal injury cases. The law is so specific that going with more general practitioners may lead to an expertise gap you do not want to be a part of. And of course, you need to find lawyers who are recognized by their peers and clients as being at the top of their field in lists like The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers

This is where Wagner Reese comes in. Our track record in working with personal injury cases, particularly in Indianapolis and the surrounding area, allows us to help you find justice where possible. Here’s what some of our previous clients have said about us

“Thank you all for the support and hard work and dedication. No one else wanted to take our father’s case but you never hesitated and for that you all will forever be in our heart and prayers.”

“Thank you for your time and advice. You gave me final peace in a very difficult and painful situation. I feel that I have gained a good friend along the way.”

“The staff at Wagner Reese has super interpersonal skills as well as excellent law related abilities. I was kept apprised of the progress of my case on a regular basis. The conclusion of the suit resulted in a timely and highly acceptable settlement. It was a pleasure to work with this firm.”

“When my baby died, Attorney Jason Reese took our medical malpractice case when other attorneys wouldn’t. He fought hard from the start and had my case resolved in less than a year. The attorneys and staff are professional, knowledgeable and always available. I was impressed with their confidence and knowledge of the law. They blew my expectations away.”

“Mr. Reese always kept me informed of every detail of my case. I always trusted everything he told me about the steps of my case. I never once had to call for an update. If you need a dedicated attorney, I would suggest you call his firm. Plus we won our suit.”

Contact the Indianpolisy Injury Lawyers at Wagner Reese

With more than 150 years of combined legal experience in managing personal injury lawsuits, we’ve helped countless other clients like the above. Contact us to request your free consultation today, and work with us towards the justice and financial compensation you need and deserve.

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