Proving Who Is at Fault
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may have a large number of ongoing medical expenses or outstanding hospital bills, and you may be even shorter on cash than normal from having missed work while you recovered from your injuries. Before you can recover the compensation you’re due through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim, you’ll need to be able to show who was responsible for your injuries. While in some cases this fact is obvious, in others it may require a more substantial showing.
When the at-fault party isn’t obvious, skilled investigation and trial advocacy are key
Accidents can be complex, confusing events. It isn’t always totally clear what triggered a catastrophic event. At Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP, our Indiana personal injury attorneys have developed the experience and knowledge needed to conduct a thorough factual investigation of your accident and use those facts to build a case in court showing fault on behalf of the driver that caused your injuries in an accident. We understand how to find and utilize eyewitness testimony, as well as testimony from experts who can recreate accidents using physical or computer models, making it clear what transpired that resulted in the accident causing your injuries.
When you are partially responsible for your injuries, you may not be able to recover the full amount of your damages from someone else. In Indiana, victims in a personal injury lawsuit can have an award received from a trial verdict reduced by the percentage for which the court determines that they were responsible for the accident occurring. This is known as contributory or comparative negligence—the extent by which the person determined to be a victim contributed with their own negligence to the accident. If a victim is shown to have been 51% or more responsible for their injuries, they will not be able to recover any damages against the other participant in the accident. The defense will often try to show that you played a substantial part in causing an accident, no matter what truly happened, in an effort to pay you less in damages. Our attorneys are familiar with their techniques and will take all necessary measures to show the court who was truly responsible for your injuries.
Retain experienced, dedicated Indianapolis attorneys to recover the damages you’re owed
If you’ve been hurt in an accident in Indiana, don’t go up against seasoned insurance defense or business attorneys on your own. Seek out compassionate and determined personal injury attorneys who will ensure that your interests are zealously represented in court. Contact Indianapolis personal injury attorneys Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP for a no-cost consultation on your case, at 317-631-5151.