Anytime someone suffers a personal injury, there is a series of steps one must take on the road to recovery. Always ensure that you receive proper medical attention after your injury and be cognizant of the time period after the accident and when you receive medical attention. Don’t wait too long afterwards to seek medical care. Courts often view a long gap in time between the accident and medical attention as a sign the injury is not as serious, compared to a situation requiring more immediate medical attention. The best way to receive the best compensation you can after an injury is to be proactive and quick to act following the accident. Another thing to keep in mind is that the defense team could potentially use the gap in time between medical attention and the injury to their advantage in the case. Regardless of the severity of your injury and whether or not you feel you require it, it is essential to your case that you have a proper medical assessment to present during trial for evidence.

There are a number different types of personal injury cases: common types include negligence, defamation, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall cases, product liability, assault, and wrongful death. Regardless of the type of personal injury case, ensure that you follow the advice and treatment recommended by your medical doctor. This includes follow-up visits, therapy, medications, or whatever other medical discourse is suggested by your medical professional. The bottom line is this: If you hope to recover damages from a personal injury lawsuit, you must go to a medical doctor and meticulously follow every piece of their advice. This is your best way for recovering any damages and getting fair and adequate compensation for your injury.

Indiana State Law has strict time limits on a person filing any personal injury claims. It is extremely important to consult with an experienced attorney in a timely manner in order to discuss your potential case. The average timeline for a personal injury case is 2 years, but varies from case to case. Indiana’s model of compensation is based on a modified comparative negligence system. This means that a personal can only recover damages if that person is less than 50% at fault in the accident/incident. Damages are rewarded based on the percentage of fault. So, for example, if an individual sues for $100,000 for damages, but the court determines you’re 20% at fault while the defendant is 80% at fault, the defendant would end up paying $80,000 (80% of $100,000).

Compensation for personal injury often can include medical fees, lost wages or property damage. However, there is also the potential for compensation for emotional duress, punitive damages or injury to one’s reputation (defamation). Many individuals aren’t aware they can potentially receive additional compensation for things like future medical expenses and emotional duress (i.e., pain and suffering). This is why it is extremely important to talk to an experienced attorney, familiar with the know-how to maximize your claims and rewards. Riley Williams & Piatt LLP has experience, including the recovery of more than $15 billion dollars for our clients. Contact Riley Williams & Piatt today for the proper representation in your personal injury case.