New Albany Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in an accident or injured on the job, you have rights under the law. An experienced New Albany personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you have a case and who is liable for your injuries. The team at Stein Law has 75 years of combined experience advocating for injured Floyd County residents.
New Albany, Indiana, is located on the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana. Along with Clarksville and Jeffersonville, New Albany forms the Indiana side of the Louisville, KY Metro Area and many residents commute across the river on the I-64 and I-65 each day.
It is home to Indiana University Southeast and New Albany High School, the oldest public high school in the state. It is the hometown of actor Josh Dallas and band Houndmouth and has ties to Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton and astronomer Edwin Hubble, who both lived there for a period.
At Stein Law, we represent New Albany residents like you who have been injured in an accident, while at work, or through medical malpractice.
Personal Injury Accidents in New Albany
A personal injury is an injury you suffer through an accident or incident you didn’t cause. Personal injuries can happen anytime and anywhere in New Albany, from driving over the Ohio River to boating on it.
Our New Albany personal injury lawyers handle common personal injury cases, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, brain and spine injuries, medical malpractice, defective consumer product injuries, and slip-and-fall cases all from our office in New Albany.
If your loved one died as a result of a personal injury accident, we also handle wrongful death cases on the family member’s behalf.
What can a New Albany personal injury attorney do?
Victims of a personal injury accident have the right to pursue damages from the at-fault party, the person, or the organization that caused the incident. Damages can include compensating the victim for any medical bills and property damage.
For example, suppose another driver hits you. In that case, your damages could include the cost of treating your injuries—including follow-up care or physical therapy—and the expense of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
Our New Albany personal injury lawyers will construct a case against the party that caused your accident, gathering evidence to prove their negligence, recklessness, or other fault for the incident.
For a car accident victim, the case can include a report from the Floyd County police, your medical bills, witness statements from the accident, and any traffic camera footage that captured the incident. Your lawyer uses this evidence to prove that the other driver caused the accident and your injuries.
If a malfunctioning consumer product injured you, then your New Albany personal injury lawyer can build a case against the manufacturer.
For example, if you were diagnosed with sleep apnea and used a CPAP machine to assist your breathing while you are asleep and that machine contained foam that was learned to be toxic, you may have a case against the manufacturer for a defective or dangerous product.
In this instance, your lawyer would have the machine tested to identify if it contained toxic foam and review information about the manufacturing process to see if the company was aware of the toxic foam and what recalls had been issued.
Then, your attorney can construct a case to seek damages from the manufacturing company.
Your New Albany personal injury lawyer is your advocate in the Floyd County courts, during mediation, and while negotiating with the other party’s insurance company. We protect your interests and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury attorneys seek justice on your behalf by ensuring you are financially compensated for your losses.
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Indiana
The statute of limitations is how long a victim has to file a case for damages. If you miss the deadline, the judge will dismiss your case. It is better to file a lawsuit as soon as possible while evidence and witness accounts are still fresh. Your lawyer will make sure that all deadlines are met.
The statute of limitations in Indiana is two years for:
- Personal injury
- Wrongful death
- Nursing home abuse
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
In some personal injury cases, the damage is evident immediately after the accident. Other personal injuries, however, may not show up right away.
For example, if you’ve been exposed to asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, the damage to your lungs occurs over time, and you may develop lung cancer. The statute of limitations in this case could be the date of discovery or the date that you received the diagnosis.
Compensation for a Personal Injury Case
If you are a victim in a personal injury case, your New Albany personal injury lawyer will seek compensation on your behalf. Plaintiffs receive compensation for damages in a lawsuit — the sum of money entitled to a plaintiff after a violation of rights or a breach of duty.
Suppose another party caused an accident that injured you or damaged your property. In that case, you may seek compensation for the money you spent on medical bills, the time you missed from work because of the accident, and the pain and suffering you experienced.
Your lawyer will seek the maximum damages for your case, both economic — the dollar value of your medical care, property, or lost wages — and non-economic, including pain and suffering and emotional trauma or diminished quality of life.
Sometimes your lawyer will seek punitive damages as well. These are a form of financial punishment for the defendant and may be awarded if the court finds that the defendant’s actions were especially harmful.
It is common to see these in cases of defective consumer products, where the manufacturer was grossly negligent in producing the product, or in medical malpractice cases, where a physician or medical care provider was reckless or negligent.
Who may be liable?
Determining liability in a personal injury case may be straightforward, such as in a case where a driver hits a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The driver is most likely liable in this case, as the pedestrian has the right of way.
Other times, liability can be murky.
With the Lincoln and Kennedy bridges crossing the Ohio River, New Albany drivers often have to navigate around large semi-trucks going in and out of Louisville. If you are heading down the highway on I-64 and a semi-truck driver hits you, the driver may be liable for the truck accident.
However, your New Albany personal injury lawyer may discover that the trucking company failed to complete due diligence in hiring, and the driver has a history of driving under the influence. The liable parties, in this case, might be both the driver and the trucking company.
Or perhaps the truck driver’s cab malfunctioned, causing the wreck. The truck manufacturer may be liable for releasing a malfunctioning product.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to determine liability and present evidence before a judge.
When to Contact a Lawyer in a Personal Injury Case
Immediately after an accident, your first thought might not be about legal representation. But the earlier you hire a New Albany personal injury lawyer, the more protection you have and the better they can construct your case.
The other party’s insurance company may come to you with a fast settlement offer, which many people find tempting. However, insurance companies are not on your side. Their goal is to settle as fast as possible, for as little as possible.
Once you accept a settlement, you cannot seek further compensation. An experienced lawyer knows the difference between a fair settlement and a lowball offer.
Suppose you slipped and fell at the local Kroger on State Street, breaking your ankle. If the judge found the store liable for the accident, its insurance company might offer you a settlement covering the cost of having a doctor set your ankle.
You may accept that offer so that you can pay your medical bills. However, two months later, your doctor may realize that your ankle needs surgery. At this point, the cost of the surgery comes out of your pocket.
But the store’s liability should have covered the cost of the surgery, too, since the surgery stemmed directly from the accident. A lawyer can ensure that your settlement covers not just immediate medical care but follow-up treatment too.
Cost of a Personal Injury Lawyer
Many people may not hire a lawyer because they think they can’t afford the legal fees. Money should not be an obstacle to any injury victim seeking justice for someone else’s negligence. Our New Albany personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they get paid only if they win your case.
A personal injury lawyer’s fees will be a percentage of the settlement you’re awarded, so you won’t pay anything out-of-pocket.
Stein Law, Your Choice for a New Albany Personal Injury Lawyer
The legal team at Stein Law has decades of combined experience in representing personal injury clients just like you.
Our focus is on representing injured clients in New Albany, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and the surrounding areas in Southern Indiana, giving you the compassion you deserve and the legal expertise you need. We aren’t afraid to fight for your case in court, and we are experienced negotiators in mediation.
Whether you’ve been hurt in an accident on the job or bitten by a dog, we can help. Don’t wait to pursue the compensation you deserve.
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