Suffering a severe injury that causes you pain, prevents you from working, and forces you to incur costly medical bills is frustrating and stressful. It can be even more devastating when the accident could have been prevented if another person had acted responsibly.
If you have been injured in a Merrillville car accident or other accident caused by someone else’s negligence or disregard for safety, you may have legal recourse to seek compensation to cover the medical costs and losses you are facing.
The partners at Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC founded their personal injury law firm in 1999 with the goal of helping people in Indiana struggling to overcome injuries caused by others’ negligence. Our dedicated team has won multiple awards for the ways we have helped clients across Indiana get maximum compensation for their injuries. With five offices across Indiana, our attorneys are ready to help you move forward on the road to recovery.
How can a personal injury lawyer help me?
When you’ve been injured in an accident or you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you need to inform yourself of your legal options. You may have a right to seek compensation. However, pursuing fair and just compensation is a difficult task if you try to do it on your own.
We will review your case for free and help you understand your legal options. As soon as we take on your case, we will conduct an extensive investigation to determine what caused your injuries and identify those who are potentially responsible. During the investigation, we will gather evidence that helps us prove your claim. This may include evidence such as surveillance camera video showing the accident or documentation from the other party that could get lost if it isn’t preserved quickly.
Insurance companies deal with costly personal injury claims every day and try to deny or reduce claims whenever possible to increase their profits. To get fair compensation, you need someone on your side that has significant experience in fighting successfully against insurance companies. The experienced attorneys at Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC personal injury law firm are not afraid to stand up to insurance companies. We will use the evidence that we’ve gathered to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and demand full compensation for your injuries. If the insurer declines to agree to a fair settlement, our experienced trial attorneys will be ready to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf and demand justice in a Lake County courtroom.
Throughout this process, the devoted team at Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC will keep you updated on our progress and treat you with the respect and personal attention that you deserve.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries
Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC represents injured people in a wide range of personal injury claims. Many people in Merrillville and the greater Gary, Indiana area, are hurt in motor vehicle accidents including car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian each year. These accidents can cause life-altering or life-threatening injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, internal organ damage, broken bones, and whiplash.
Another common cause of injuries is negligence on the part of property owners and managers. When you lawfully visit another’s property, whether it is someone’s home or a commercial establishment, you have a right to expect that you’ll be safe from harm.
When property owners and managers fail to maintain safe conditions or post signs warning of hazards, visitors can suffer everything from slip and fall accidents to drownings to animal bites.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Personal Injury in Merrillville?
Depending on the details of the accident, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Indiana, people that have been injured because of someone else’s negligence can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries. In some cases, multiple parties could potentially be liable for the accident and might owe you compensation.
If your loved one died due to someone else’s recklessness, you might have a right to file a wrongful death suit. While no amount of money can adequately make up for your loss, a lawsuit might help you get compensation to cover expenses caused by this tragedy and provide financial security.
Do I Have Legal Rights to Personal Injury Compensation?
Whether you are entitled to pursue compensation depends on the circumstances of your accident and who was at fault.
Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, Indiana law allows you to pursue compensation. Through the modified comparative negligence legal doctrine, anyone who was less than 51% responsible for an accident may file a personal injury claim in Indiana, though the amount you could collect could be substantially reduced. Compensation is typically allocated according to how much each party was at fault.
Furthermore, any personal injury claim in Indiana is limited by the state’s statute of limitations. In Indiana, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If your injury claim is against a government agency, you have even less time to file, and there might be a cap on how much money you can recover in the suit.
Given the complexities of Indiana law and the importance of filing legal documents on time, it’s critical to work with a lawyer who has deep experience in Indiana’s personal injury law and can advocate on your behalf for fair compensation.
Damages that may be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Disability accommodations
- Lost wages
- Diminished capacity to earn comparable wages in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage or destruction
- Diminished quality of life
The types of damages that may be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of services performed by the deceased
- Lost income
About Merrillville, IN
Merrillville, Indiana is southeast of Chicago and just across the Indiana border. Merrillville is centrally located along the Lincoln Highway and is the hub of retail trade in the region and is home to a growing industrial and technology park.
At Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC, we want to do all we can to serve our fellow Hoosiers. We have included some important resources below as a service to the community.
Police stations serving Merrillville, IN
If the police were called to the scene of your crash, they should have completed an official accident report. To get a copy of this report, contact one of the below agencies, depending on the location of your accident.
Merrillville IN Police
Merrillville, IN 46410
Non-Emergency Dispatch Center: (219) 660-0000
Administration: (219) 769-3722
Indiana State Police
District 35 Commander
19411 Highway 41 North
Evansville, IN 47725
Lake County Sheriff
2293 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307-1854
Hospitals serving Merrillville, IN
When you have been in an accident, it’s critical to get proper medical care. If you require emergency medical treatment you may be transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room for evaluation and treatment. If you did not see a doctor at the time of the accident, you should make an appointment and see a doctor for an assessment of your injuries.
Methodist Hospital Southlake
Merrillville, IN 46410
Courts serving Merrillville, IN
If you need to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident in Merrillville, you will most likely need to file the suit at the Lake County Superior Court.
Merrillville Town Court
Merrillville, IN 46410
Lake County Superior Court
2293 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC can help you determine which venue is most appropriate and represent you in court.
Get a Free Consultation for Your Personal Injury Claim
At Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC, we want to help you pursue justice and compensation for your injuries. If you are too injured to travel to our office, we can arrange to visit you at the hospital, the rehab center, or another location convenient to you. Our legal team represents personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. We do not receive a legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you. No matter what, we will not collect fees from you unless we help you win your case.
Don’t wait another minute to get a clear explanation of your legal rights at no charge. Call our skilled Merrillville personal injury lawyers today at (800) 746-0226 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.