Personal Injury FAQ
Commonly Asked Personal Injury Questions
The team at Smith, Carrillo & Reeder understands what you are going through when you suffer a life-changing injury. It can be difficult to know what steps to take and whether you should hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim. We can answer your questions and guide you through this overwhelming process.
Read our answers to these frequently asked questions to learn more about personal injury claims in Indiana. Our attorneys are available to answer other questions you may have or to discuss the specifics of your case.
Should I File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Filing a claim allows you to pursue justice for your loved one’s death and obtain the compensation you need. If you do not file a claim within two years of their accident, you could lose the ability to file a wrongful death claim.
You may be able to pursue compensation for funeral costs, medical costs, property damage, loss of financial support, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
What Benefits Can I Get From Filing A Personal Injury Claim?
You may secure compensation to cover your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and lost earning potential. If your injury requires ongoing care, you could also win compensation for your estimated future medical expenses.
How Much Will It Cost To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?
Nothing. Our attorneys are hired on a contingency basis. Instead of paying an hourly fee, we get a percentage of whatever we recover at the end of the case. If we do not win the case, we do not get paid.
Should I Call My Insurance Company After An Accident?
First call an attorney. Your insurer may try to minimize the settlement. An attorney can evaluate all offers and advise you as to whether it is a fair compensation offer. If it is not a fair offer, we can negotiate for higher compensation, or represent your best interests in court.
What Steps Should I Take If I Am In A Car Accident?
The actions you take after a motor vehicle accident can have a lasting impact on your physical health and the success of your personal injury claim. After an accident, we recommend taking the following steps:
- Call the police from the scene of the accident so they can file a report
- Take photos of the accident and the other driver’s information
- Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses
- See a doctor so your injuries are on record
- Call a skilled personal injury attorney
- Talk to the insurance company under your attorney’s guidance
Do I Have A Personal Injury Claim?
To have a personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that another party’s negligence contributed to your injury. An attorney looks to prove negligence, the cause of your injury and the extent of your injuries to determine just compensation.
We can carefully evaluate the circumstances surrounding your injury and advise whether you should pursue a claim.
We Have Answers To Your Personal Injury Questions
If you have questions that were not addressed here, or if you wish to discuss your accident with our legal team, we want to hear from you. Call Smith, Carrillo & Reeder in our Anderson office at 765-393-8894 or use the simple online form and to schedule your appointment.