Personal Injury Lawyer in Gary, IN

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Gary is the ninth-largest city in Indiana by population with 75,282 residents, according to the 2018 U.S. Census estimates. Gary is only 25 miles from Chicago and is next to both the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan. Gary residents and visitors can be injured in a wide variety of accidents within the city. Many injury victims face challenging roads to recovery that are often worsened by difficulties in obtaining compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in an accident in the greater Gary area, the experienced Indiana personal injury attorneys at Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC are here to help. We’ve been recovering compensation for injury victims throughout Indiana since 1999, and we’re ready to put our extensive knowledge and skills to work for you.

Our firm can fight to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation you need and deserve to rebuild your life when someone else’s negligence causes you harm. We can provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (888) 673-7275 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

How can a personal injury lawyer help me?

Your first concern after any accident always needs to be seeking medical attention, even when you do not think that you were harmed. An attorney is going to be able to speak to your physician to get a full understanding of your injuries and the future care that will be required.

Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC will be able to quickly commence an independent investigation of your accident to determine the actual cause as well as all liable parties. We will also make sure to identify and preserve any key evidence at the scene of the accident.

A major benefit of having a lawyer is they can deal with insurance companies on your behalf and help protect your rights. You should always avoid speaking to an insurer. Be especially careful not to provide any recorded statements, as agents are often looking for any way possible to get a victim to unknowingly admit fault, prohibiting them from recovering damages.

When you work with Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC, you also do not have to worry about paying anything upfront. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means quite simply that you only get charged when you receive a monetary award.

Common causes of personal injuries

Our firm handles a wide variety of accident cases, including:

Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC also has experience with many different kinds of injury claims, including soft tissue injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and spinal cord injuries. We also handle cases involving injuries to children.

It’s important that you get an attorney involved in your case as soon as possible, and there are also certain steps to take on your own immediately after an accident. You should always try to take as many pictures as you can of everything involved in your accident scene before that evidence disappears. Also, try to collect the contact information of any witnesses, if applicable.

Can I file a lawsuit for personal injury in Gary, NC?

You could be able to file a lawsuit in Indiana, but many cases are ultimately resolved through settlements. Several insurance companies will usually decide that settling a case will be less costly than taking the case to trial and risking a possible judgment on top of that.

Indiana Code § 34-51-2-6 establishes that in any personal injury action, a person is barred from recovery if their contributory fault is more than the fault of all persons whose fault proximately contributed to their damages. This means that Indiana is considered a modified comparative fault state with a 51% par.

When a lawsuit is filed, a person will have to prove a defendant’s negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a much lower burden to satisfy than the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt used in criminal cases, as a preponderance of the evidence only means a majority, or 51%, of the evidence.

You will want a lawyer’s help when you are preparing to file a lawsuit because there could be specific requirements that you need to follow in filing your suit. Injury cases involving the negligence of governmental entities are especially tricky claims.

Do I have legal rights to personal injury compensation?

Most negligence actions are going to require the plaintiffs to prove four things:

  • The defendant had a duty of care to a victim to conduct themselves in a safe and reasonable manner
  • The defendant breached that duty of care by not conducting themselves in a safe and reasonable manner
  • The breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries
  • The injuries resulted in damages

If you are successful with your claim, you could be awarded various kinds of compensation for your injuries. Compensatory damages frequently involve some combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the losses that can be calculated and proven, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage

Noneconomic damages are far more subjective and usually cannot be quantified. Common noneconomic damages include:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering

Indiana also allows for awards of punitive damages, but these kinds of awards are exceptionally rare. Indiana Code § 34-51-3-4 limits (or “caps”) punitive damages to three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded or $50,000, whichever is greater. Damage caps can apply to other kinds of personal injury cases. For example, medical malpractice awards cannot be more than $1.25 million, and a wrongful death case involving an adult 23 years of age or older with no dependents is limited to $300,000.

In cases filed against governmental entities in Indiana, awards cannot exceed $700,000. When multiple victims are injured in the same accident, then total liability cannot be more than $5 million. In July 2015, the Supreme Court of Indiana opted not to hear an appeal of a Court of Appeals ruling upholding the state’s $5 million liability cap relating to the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed seven people and injured 58 other people.

Information about Gary, IN

Methodist Hospitals has the mission “to provide compassionate, quality health care services to all those in need.” The hospital has multiple facilities, including all of the following locations in Gary:

Midlake Campus
2269 West 25th Ave.
Gary, IN 46404
(219) 944-4160

Northlake Campus
600 Grant St.
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 886-4000

Northlake Physicians Center
650 Grant St.
Gary, IN 46402

Physician Clinic (OB/GYN)
2200 Grant St.
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 944-7565

Physician Clinic (Internal Medicine)
3195 Broadway
Gary, IN 46409
(219) 887-0900

Physician Clinic (Internal Medicine)
6101 Miller Ave.
Gary, IN 46406
(219) 938-0700

Gary is also served by a number of law enforcement agencies. Some of these entities in Gary include:

Gary Police Department
555 Polk St.
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 881-7300

Indiana State Police District 13
1550 E. 181st Ave.
Lowell, IN 46356
(219) 696-6242

Lake County Sheriff’s Office
400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 886-3621

Many different courts are located in and around Gary, with different courts being dedicated to different kinds of cases. Some of the courts include:

Lake County Superior Court – Civil Division 3
15 West Fourth Ave.
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 881-6157

Lake County Superior Court – Civil Division 4
15 West Fourth Ave.
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 881-6146

Gary City Court
555 Polk St.
Gary, IN 46402
(219) 881-1271

Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC has five offices in Indiana, including locations in Indianapolis, Batesville, Connersville, Richmond, and North Vernon. Our firm won the 2014 and 2015 Litigator Award, was named one of the 10 Best Law Firms of 2015 by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and are members of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

David W. Craig has more than three decades of legal experience and has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in 2017, 2018, and 2019. William J. Kelley II wrote the book “Soft Tissue Injuries and Hard Ball Tactics: Dealing With Soft Tissue Injuries and Insurance Companies,” a step-by-step manual on dealing with insurance companies in personal injury claims. In 2015, Scott A. Faultless received the Top 10 Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and was also recognized in the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC is a team of attorneys with all of the resources needed to help everyday people recover all of the compensation they need and deserve. Call (888) 673-7275 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our team is ready to help you if you’ve been hurt in Gary or the surrounding area, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for the qualified legal counsel you deserve.