Car Accident Lawyers Serving Valparaiso & Merrillville Areas

The car accident attorneys at Sarkisian Law Offices serve clients in Lake County & Porter County

If you suffered from a personal injury resulting from a car accident, you may have severe and long-lasting effects that require extensive medical treatment.

Indiana & Illinois car accident lawyers

If you depend on the evaluation of an insurance company, this type of injury may not be properly treated or diagnosed. Often, insurance companies will do as little as possible to provide car accident victims with the care and compensation they deserve.

There is no reason to take a chance with your health or future. Contact a car accident injury attorney to determine your options.

Car Accident Injuries

After a car accident, you may not immediately realize the extent of your injuries, since not all injuries become apparent until days or weeks later. Car accidents create strong and painful impacts to various parts of your body. Some of the more severe injuries involve the back, neck, and fractures; some of these injuries may result in death.

Severe injuries to the back and spine can result in debilitating pain, as well as a severe loss of mobility.

Fractures and head injuries also can lead to long-term health issues that affect your daily life for years to come. Head injuries and brain injuries are more likely to result in temporary or permanent disability. Other common injuries that result from car accidents include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Blood loss
  • Limb amputation
  • Wrongful death

Car Accident Attorneys in Merrillville & Valparaiso, Indiana

If you have been involved in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible to receive fair financial compensation.

Causes of Car Accidentsvalparaiso-car-accident-attorney

Many people assume car accidents are just that — an accident. However, many automobile collisions are the result of negligence or carelessness by other drivers on the road. Potential causes of car accidents can include:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Texting and driving
  • Negligent driving
  • Poor road conditions
  • Vehicle defects

Determining the cause of an auto accident is critical to the success of a personal injury case.

In some scenarios, more than one cause may be at play. When more than one issue causes an auto accident, multiple claims may be involved in order to obtain adequate compensation for damages.

For example, in an accident where a drunk driver caused a vehicle to roll over and kill a passenger, both the drunk driver and the vehicle manufacturer may be held liable for damages. 

The experienced attorneys at Sarkisian Law Offices will examine your case in detail to discover potential at-fault parties, and we will make a final liability determination in order to pursue compensation from one or more parties.

Negligence Factors

In many car accident cases, the factors used to prove negligence are met quite easily.

  • Duty: Motor vehicle drivers inherently have a duty to exercise caution and care when operating their automobile on the road.
  • Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant breached the duty owed to them under the law.

For example, a driver may be breaching their duty to others on the road if they are intoxicated while operating their motor vehicle.

  • Causation: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant directly caused the automobile accident that resulted in injury.

For example, in cases where the defendant has broken a law (such as running a stop sign), causation is generally clear. In that type of case, fault is typically established by negligence pro se.

  • Actual Damages: The plaintiff must be able to show that he or she suffered actual damages as a result of the accident. Medical bills, proof of property damage, and other documentation can be used to establish actual damages.

Car Accident Lawyers in Lake County & Porter County

At Sarkisian Law Offices, we take car accident cases seriously. As leading personal injury attorneys, we will thoroughly evaluate your case and use our unique expertise and resources to establish and prove each factor to build the foundation of your case.

Compensation For Damages

In an auto accident claim, there may be numerous damages. Determining the type and extent of damages a person suffered as the result of a car accident is the first step to evaluating the value of an injury claim. Damages that most commonly occur in auto accidents include:

  • Medical expenses (including hospitalization, surgery, medications and physical therapy)
  • Future medical expenses
  • Vehicle damage
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages

Working with a skilled attorney who is adept at calculating damages and pursuing every potential source of compensation is key to maximizing your settlement amount. 

Lake County attorneys for auto accidents:

Working With Insurance Companies After a Car Accidentmerrillville auto accident lawyers

One of the primary entities you will be dealing with after a car accident is the insurance company of the other party. Their goal is to settle the case for as little cost on their part as possible.

Often, the first settlement offered by insurance companies is quite low and is likely to be far less than the total amount of damages that resulted from an accident. 

Working with an experienced attorney will help you determine the minimum amount of compensation you need to cover all current and future expenses related to the accident. You can decline to settle with the insurance company until they offer a settlement amount that at least meets your basic needs.

At Sarkisian Law Offices, we will help you communicate with the insurance companies in order to pursue the maximum amount of financial restitution available in your case. If we are not able to settle for an adequate amount, we will help you pursue litigation against the parties at fault.

Contact Our Merrillville Auto Accident Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and emotional trauma.

Call Sarkisian Law today at (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998 for a free consultation to discuss your case.