Getting in a bad car accident changes your whole life. You may be permanently injured, dealing with trauma, or have even lost a loved one in an accident. Dealing with the aftermath of a bad car accident is tough enough — you don’t want to have to start planning a legal case in addition to that. But you can’t simply ignore the insurance company or other parties involved in the accident if you want the chance to recover compensation for the damages you’ve suffered in your accident.
Our Indiana car accident attorneys can help. We’ll be by your side and fight for the justice you deserve. We take on all the legal challenges you’ll face so you can focus on your recovery.
The Damages You Could Recover From a Westfield Car Accident
After you’ve been in a car accident, your first thoughts may be toward your recovery. Although money may never be able to make up for your losses, receiving monetary compensation can provide the financial support and peace of mind you need to carry on with your life.
If you’ve been in a Westfield car accident, you may be eligible to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses: These expenses include the costs of hospitalization, emergency room care, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, lab tests, prescription medicine, and post-treatment services. You may also be able to recover damages for anticipated medical costs you’ll have in the future.
- Property damage: If your vehicle became badly damaged in the accident and you must either repair or replace it, you could receive compensation for it.
- Pain and suffering: Most people experience pain after a car accident, whether it’s the physical pain of an injury or the emotional duress resulting from a tumultuous financial or legal situation. Our attorneys can help you determine the monetary value of your pain and suffering, based on other damages.
- Loss of income: Injuries from your accident may have forced you to take time off work. You could therefore qualify for damages for lost wages or benefits, including paid time off you were forced to use. Another potential source of damage recovery is if you were demoted to a lower-paying position or had to leave your career as a result of your accident, thereby reducing your “earning potential” over the long-term.
- Permanent disability or disfigurement: If a medical professional has designated your injuries as permanent, we can calculate how this disability or disfigurement (such as scarring) will affect your life and help you pursue compensation for it.
- Emotional distress: You may become depressed or anxious following your car accident, and could claim emotional distress damages. This could also apply if you have suffered insomnia due to the stress of your situation.
- Diminished quality of life: Your overall quality of life may have diminished as a result of injuries or other complications from your accident. Trauma from the accident that prevents you from driving again, or an inability to enjoy hobbies and activities you enjoyed before the accident due to a physical injury could factor into a diminished quality of life.
It’s possible that you qualify for compensation for other damages not listed here, and our team will examine your case thoroughly to ensure we seek everything you are owed. We understand that talking about these losses may be difficult for you so we aim to be as patient and understanding as possible, all while answering any questions you have.
You Have a Deadline to File Your Case
After a bad car accident, the last thing you want to feel is rushed. You should be able to take the time you need to recover. However, you should not delay contacting an attorney about your case if possible. In Indiana, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. After that expiration date, you risk having your case dismissed for tardiness and not having the ability to seek compensation you’re owed.
The sooner you contact Yosha Cook & Tisch, the sooner we can begin working on your case.
The Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Indiana
Accidents are caused by a multitude of factors. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you could still end up in a bad car accident due to someone else’s negligence. There are some factors that are more common than others, however. In 2021, Hamilton County reported 90 crashes, 38 of which happened on the interstate.
The most common reasons for car crashes in Westfield and Hamilton County are:
- DUI: Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is unfortunately common in Hamilton County, which can lead to accidents.
- Failure to stop: Failing to stop at a red light, usually from not paying attention, can result in collisions.
- Speeding: Speeding is a top cause for accidents in Hamilton County because many people don’t see the risks of speeding. But it reduces response time and increases the likelihood of an accident.
- Distracted driving: Using a phone, listening to music, chatting with passengers, and other distractions can lead a driver to pay less attention to the road and thereby cause an accident.
- Road rage: Anger or frustration behind the wheel can lead to poor decisions, which result in accidents.
- Fatigue: Driving while tired makes a driver less reactive and can cause bad accidents.
The Services Our Legal Team Provides for Your Car Accident Case
Choosing to contact a car accident legal team is a big decision and you want to be sure the attorney you choose can handle your case throughout the entire process. You can trust our experienced legal team to take care of everything concerning your case, and expect the following services from us:
- Explaining all your options in order to recover damages for your injuries and losses
- Answering all questions you have and ensuring you understand everything
- Determining all liable parties in your accident
- Proving how the liable parties’ negligence caused or contributed to your car accident
- Investigating your accident thoroughly
- Assessing damages and calculating the financial value of your case
- Providing expert witnesses and forensic investigators to help gather evidence for your case
- Negotiating with the insurance company and other parties’ attorneys on your behalf
- Representing you in all legal proceedings, including if your case goes to trial
- Filing all paperwork for your personal injury lawsuit
We Will Be Ready to Go to Trial
For some car accident cases, going to court is the only way to seek the compensation you’re entitled to. We start off preparations for every case as if it would go to trial, even if we don’t know in advance that it will go to trial. That way, if we do end up having to take your case to court, our legal team has already done the prep work needed.
We’re prepared to defend your rights and seek justice for you in front of a jury. When you hire Yosha Cook & Tisch as your car accident attorney, you can be confident in our courtroom experience and prior results for our clients.
Our Firm Works on Contingency
After a car accident, you may be in a precarious financial situation — medical bills, vehicle repairs, and loss of income add up quickly. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is paying for the services of a qualified attorney. At Yosha Cook & Tisch we work on contingency, meaning we don’t accept any payment from you upfront. We actually take a percentage of whatever compensation you receive as part of a settlement or court-ordered award. That means that we don’t get paid unless you do.
You can contact our legal team and we can get to work right away on your case, without you having to worry about payment.
Call Our Car Accident Attorneys Today
The consequences of a bad car accident can feel like too much. Trying to seek justice on your own is not a wise move when you have so much on your plate already. The attorneys at Yosha Cook & Tisch are ready to support you and take some of the burden off. Give us a call today for a free consultation, and we’d be happy to discuss your case and answer your questions. Call (317) 334-9200.