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Indianapolis Personal Injury Law

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Protect Yourself by Preserving Evidence

Preserving evidence after an accident is important. Preserving evidence can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. You can help by preserving vital information:

  • Take pictures of your injuries….BEFORE you begin healing.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene and any damage to vehicles – including close-ups.


The Fountain Law Firm is committed to obtaining the best possible settlement available under Indiana law for *specific items such as:

  • Lost income and potential future income
  • Funeral expenses relating to the loss of a loved one
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement

*Everyone’s personal injury case is unique and you may be entitled to compensation for other damages as well.

If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind.  Merry Fountain will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding.  Merry is committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.

Personal Injury Indianapolis & Surrounding Areas

 

 

Fault

If you believe that you had some fault in your accident, or the other party has already assigned fault to you, you may still be able to recover a settlement. In Indiana most claims are covered under the Indiana Comparative Fault Act. You can recover as long as you are found to be 50% or less at fault, but your compensation will probably be reduced.

State agencies and municipalities are covered by the Indiana Tort Claims Act. Contributory negligence law further limits the recovery of the injured. Examples of entities covered by laws of contributory negligence are state and local government, including school systems, state colleges and universities, most buses, and the police. There are also very strict time frames for bringing notice of these claims and you should ensure these time limits have been met.  If you have any questions, you should consult with an attorney.

If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind.  Merry Fountain will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding.  Merry is committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.  Call the Fountain Law Firm today.

Taped Statements

It’s important to remember that the insurance adjuster who tells you they need to take your taped statement works for the other person’s insurance company. Their objective is to help their employer, the insurance company. One of the most important things you can do is understand your rights, options and the consequences of your decision.  If you’re unsure of your rights, consult an attorney before proceeding.

First of all, Indiana is a comparative fault state. This is a legal concept which divides fault between the plaintiff, the defendant and any non-parties.

 * That means that one person or business entity does not have to be 100% at fault.

For example, most people think that if they were rear-ended by another vehicle in an auto collision, the other driver is automatically 100% liable. 

Insurance companies often use common reasons when determining to not fully compensate the victims, including that you stopped too suddenly, did not have brake lights, or should not have been stopping where you were. In more complicated situations, such as intersection crashes and non-auto injuries, there are even more reasons an insurance company can find to reduce their liability or deny a claim.

Secondly, if you have any prior medical problems, the insurance adjuster may try to find a way to reduce the value of your personal injury claim. An attorney can fully explain the legal consequences of prior injuries.

*The Indiana Comparative Fault Act does not apply to claims under the Indiana Tort Claims Act.

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