Valparaiso Personal Injury Attorneys Focus on Results
Attentive client service throughout the legal process
Valparaiso, Indiana has been at the “Crossroads of America” since Native Americans used the Sauk Trail to cross the Northern Plains. Today, the county seat of Porter County is best known as a college town and the home of the largest independent Lutheran university in the United States. But for the Allen Law Offices, Valparaiso is very much home. We are committed to serving the members of our community whenever the need arises, as it often does with personal injury claims. From auto accidents on any of the four major highways (U.S. 30, SR 49, I-90 and SR 2) to medical malpractice and workplace injuries, we are prepared to manage your claim and deliver the results you deserve.
What to expect when you have a personal injury claim in Valparaiso
Most personal injury claims get filed initially with an insurance company. The company then assigns an adjuster to process your claim. Adjusters usually appear cooperative and earnest at the outset, trying to win your confidence and convince you that you can handle the claim without attorney representation. Then comes the lowball offer and the endless series of delays as the adjuster tries to wear you down. By the time you realize you need an attorney if you’re ever going to get fair value for your claim, important evidence may have disappeared, and it can be extremely difficult to build a winning case. Rather than compromise your chances, you should immediately contact a reputable injury attorney as soon as you suspect you might have a claim.
Using the discovery process to maximize your personal injury claim
One of the reasons to file a lawsuit rather than negotiate a settlement is the power to demand information through the discovery process. When you file a lawsuit, you are able to subpoena documents, such as medical records, that can provide valuable information for proving the elements of your case. An experienced attorney knows how to use the discovery process to a client’s advantage. We know exactly what types of documents we need to assemble the evidence required to prove negligence and causation, two of the most important aspects of your case.
Overcoming the obstacles of comparative and contributory fault
One tactic of large insurance companies, especially in auto accident cases, is to claim the injured plaintiff was also responsible for the injury. Under Indiana’s comparative negligence law, you can receive compensation for your injuries from an at-fault party as long as you were not mostly at fault. However, the court reduces your recovery in proportion to your percentage of fault. For example, if you have a $100,000 claim for your injuries, and the jury determines you were 20 percent responsible, you can only recover 80 percent of your claim, or $80,000. However, if the jury decides you were 51 percent or more to blame, you cannot recover anything.
In certain cases, such as medical malpractice and injury suits against a state agency, Indiana applies the doctrine of contributory negligence. This is a much harsher rule that says if you are at fault to any degree whatsoever you are barred from recovering any damages.
As you can imagine, defense attorneys are eager to use these rules to drive down the cost of a settlement or judgment. Your attorney must be able to switch gears and act as your defense counsel to protect you from claims of shared fault.
Contact our seasoned trial attorneys in Valparaiso for your personal injury action
When a serious injury clouds your future, you can trust an experienced and determined lawyer at the Allen Law Offices. To learn how we can maximize your recovery for your personal injury claim, call us today at 219-462-3998 or contact us online. We accept injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no upfront legal fees. Our law office is conveniently located at 701 E. Lincolnway in Valparaiso.
For assistance in Crown Point, see our other office.