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Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Serving Indiana
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or as a result of negligence in a hospital or nursing home, you may be eligible for compensation. Having an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer by your side can help you get the settlement you deserve.
The last thing you need in these situations is to deal with the legal complexities of filing a personal injury claim. This is where Eskew Law can help. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys dedicate themselves to fighting for your rights and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. From our reliable and trustworthy approach to our commitment to simplifying the legal process, Eskew Law is the right choice for anyone seeking legal representation after an accident. We bring everything we have to the table for every client, including the following:
- Decades of experience with various legal matters in Indiana;
- Personalized attention from a single attorney;
- Legal strategies tailored to your unique situation;
- Honest and straightforward advice, including your chances of success, case value, and potential risks;
- Accessible and responsive attorneys;
- A detail-oriented approach to evidence and investigations;
- A dedication to simplifying the legal process;
- A focus on achieving results and maximizing your compensation; and
- A 10.0 rating on Avvo.com, demonstrating our attorneys’ exceptional legal skills and reputation.
You can trust our attorneys to handle all aspects of the legal process, including paperwork, negotiations, and court appearances—so that you can focus on your recovery.
Outstanding service! I couldn't be happier with the results.
Working with the Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys at Eskew Law
Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers help injured victims and their families make informed decisions in times of uncertainty. At Eskew Law, every injury case starts with a free consultation. When you schedule your consultation, you will sit down one-on-one with an attorney who will take the time to answer your questions and explain the options you have available. This is not a sales pitch. We do not believe in pressuring clients into hiring us, and we will not try to scare you into “acting now” to protect your rights. Our experience has shown that the best results come when clients feel comfortable and confident in their choice of legal representation.
So, what can we do for you? Why do you need a personal injury attorney? The honest answer is, “It depends.” If we do not think it is necessary for you to hire a lawyer, we will let you know. If someone else was at fault in the accident and you sustained severe traumatic injuries, we will help you understand the full extent of your losses. Then, if you choose to hire us, we will develop and execute an aggressive case strategy designed to secure the largest possible settlement or verdict as quickly as possible.
Together, our attorneys bring decades of negotiation and litigation experience to the table. We know when accident victims are entitled to compensation; we have the skill, drive, and resources to help them win the compensation they deserve. Each of our attorneys draws upon experience in a wide range of legal matters – an approach which has earned high praise from our past clients:
“Chris Eskew is the epitome of what you would want from an attorney. Honest, hardworking, very upfront about the possibilities and genuinely cares about you, your family, and especially your results. He answered all of my questions and kept me informed of procedures along the way. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Mr. Eskew and any of his associates.”
“Chris and his staff were by far some of the best!! I have used other lawyers for other services and none of them have kept me informed the way that this firm did!! We could not have asked for a better lawyer to handle our case!! We got the best possible result we could have and if he were not involved it would not have happened!! Thanks again!!”
Types of Accident Cases We Handle
As attorneys focused on personal injury law, we take cases where one person’s actions have injured someone. We handle everything from car accidents to medical malpractice. We make it our job to work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve. However, different cases require different standards and expectations for a successful case.
In Indiana, most personal injury claims are governed by the law of “negligence.” As a general rule, this law states that if someone else makes a mistake that causes you physical harm, that person (or, typically, his or her insurance company) is liable for all of your physical, financial, and emotional losses flowing from the accident.
Here is an overview of the type of cases using the negligence standard:
- Wrongful death (for family members whose loved one died after an accident).
These losses can be substantial, and making sure you do not let the insurance company talk you into accepting a minimal settlement is one of the main reasons to hire an attorney.
Strict Liability Cases
A smaller portion of injury cases is governed by the law of “strict liability.” Under the Indiana Product Liability Act, companies that manufacture and sell defective products (including appliances, tools, toys, and vehicle components) can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by the product defects. This means that proof of negligence is not required. If you were injured by a product and you can prove the product was defective, the law entitles you to just compensation.
Cases with a Greater Standard of Care
Further, certain circumstances require the negligent actor to act with a greater standard of care than is typical. For example, a business owner must protect a customer from foreseeable dangers on the premises. A successful slip-and-fall case requires proof that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to correct it. In addition, doctors and nurses must meet the standard of care for a healthcare professional in medical malpractice and nursing home abuse cases.
When you contact us, we do not expect you to know the nature of your case. In fact, we do not expect you to know if you have a case at all. During your free initial consultation, we will collect the information we need so that we can provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your legal rights.
Factors in Calculating Damages and What Makes a Case
The losses caused by a person’s negligence are called “damages.” Many factors impact damages in a personal injury case. Because not every car accident or slip and fall is the same, only an experienced attorney can help you know how much your damages are worth. However, many awards are made up of similar damages, including:
- Property damage—Damage to personal property, such as a vehicle, at the cost of repair or replacement;
- Medical expenses—Costs related to medical treatment, such as hospital bills, doctor’s visits, physical therapy, medical equipment, and rehabilitation;
- Lost wages—The value of your missed work days or reduced earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering—Physical pain and emotional distress caused by the injury;
- Loss of enjoyment of life—The value of the loss of enjoyment in life, including the loss of your ability to engage in your usual hobbies or activities; and
- Punitive damages—In some cases, the court may award punitive damages to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior.
Personal injury cases must be based on another party’s negligence or intentional behavior. Eyewitness testimony, medical records, and expert opinions can influence a case’s outcome. When awarding damages, a jury may also consider your own risky or negligent behavior leading up to the incident. Our attorneys are experienced in valuing damages and will work to maximize your compensation.
Indiana Personal Injury Law FAQs
Q: How much can I expect to recover for my injuries?
The amount you can expect to recover will depend on several different factors, and we will go over these factors with you in detail during your initial consultation. However, assuming there is clear evidence of fault and the at-fault party is adequately insured, determining the amount of your recovery will come down to calculating your current and future losses. In a typical case involving a severe traumatic injury, these losses will include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Prescription costs and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium, companionship, society, and enjoyment of life
Q: What are some of the most common forms of negligence?
Negligence takes many forms. Every day drivers, caretakers, property owners, and others make countless mistakes that cause life-changing, and sometimes fatal, injuries. Some of the most common forms of negligence include:
- Aggressive, drunk, distracted, and fatigued driving
- Failure to adequately screen and train employees (such as truck drivers)
- Failure to remedy known safety risks on private or public property (such as a cracked sidewalk or loose handrail)
- Failure to adequately monitor nursing home residents for signs of dementia, malnutrition, and physical injuries
- Failure to provide medical treatment in accordance with the requisite standard of care
Q: How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Indiana?
In Indiana, most personal injury cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you must file your claim within two years of the date on which you were injured. However, there are a variety of exceptions, and you have every reason to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Q: Do all personal injury claims involve dealing with someone else’s insurance company?
Not all personal injury claims go through the at-fault party’s insurance company, though most of them certainly do. There are circumstances in which it may be necessary to seek compensation above and beyond an at-fault party’s insurance coverage (typically in cases involving large corporations); and, if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage under your auto insurance policy, your case could potentially involve a claim against your own insurance company as well.
Q: Will my case go to trial?
Maybe. While the vast majority of personal injury and wrongful death cases settle out of court, in some cases accident victims will have no choice but to assert their rights at trial. At Eskew Law, all of our attorneys are experienced litigators. When a fair settlement is not on the table, we go to court to win the compensation our clients deserve.
Why Choose Eskew Law to Fight for You?
When you need help recovering from a traumatic injury, your choice of legal representation is important. So, what makes us the right choice for your personal injury claim?
1. Reliable, Accessible & Trustworthy
We make it a priority to keep our clients fully informed. We want to hear from our clients, and we strive to provide clear, straightforward answers when our clients have questions. We understand that you are going through a difficult time, and that the last thing you want is to get the runaround from your attorney.
2. Five-Star Avvo Rated Attorneys
In addition to our testimonials, we have received the highest-possible rating from our clients. We routinely receive five-star reviews, and founding attorney Christopher Eskew has a 10.0 rating on Avvo.com.
3. A Legal Philosophy Built on Honesty
As someone who needs a lawyer, what are your priorities? You want to know what your case is worth. You want to know your chances of success. You want to know how long it will take to achieve a result. What else? Regardless of what questions you have, at Eskew Law you can expect to receive honest answers from your attorney.
4. We Simplify the Legal Process
While the legal process is complicated, dealing with your attorney should be simple. By taking a thorough and detail-oriented approach to every case we handle, we take the burden off of our clients so that they can remain focused on their physical and emotional recoveries.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation An Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring a qualified personal injury lawyer is crucial when seeking compensation for an injury. By choosing Eskew Law, you are not only hiring an experienced attorney with a proven track record of success. You are also choosing a team that prioritizes honesty, accessibility, and simplicity. Whether you are dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, medical malpractice, or any other injury, Eskew Law is here to fight for you. Contact Eskew Law today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards recovery.
If you are ready to schedule a free consultation, we invite you to get in touch. You can contact us 24/7, and if we are not available immediately we will contact you as soon as possible. To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in confidence, call our Indianapolis, IN law offices at (317) 974-0177 or tell us what happened online now.
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