FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. I have been injured or my family member has been killed as the result of the negligence of another. How do I select an attorney to help?

The selection of an attorney to help you with your claim is an important decision. It can also be challenging because there are many attorneys practicing in Northwest Indiana.

We recommend that you don’t just rely on TV commercials, ads in telephone books, or billboard advertising. Word of mouth from previous clients, family and friends can often be an option for you.

When deciding which firm you would like to represent you, you should also focus on whether you are comfortable with the law firm and the attorneys who will be representing you. If you make an appointment to see us, there will be no high-pressure sales tactics used to try to get you to retain us.

We tell every person that we want them to retain us if they feel we are the right people to help them with their case.

Our attorneys have focused on catastrophic injury and death cases and have been practicing for over 30 years. We use a team approach so that we are able to use the assets of each attorney and paralegal when working on your case.

We are dedicated and want to help you through the process so that your claim can be resolved as effectively and efficiently as possible.

People often seek second opinions when dealing with medical issues. We urge you to do the same when selecting a lawyer.

If you are uncertain if a lawyer is the right one for you, please call us for that second opinion. There is never a fee for an initial consultation.

2. What type of cases does Sarkisian Law Offices handle?

We represent people who have been seriously injured or have had a family member killed due to the negligence of another. We handle cases involving:

  • car accidents
  • semi-truck accidents
  • motorcycle accidents
  • pedestrian accidents
  • catastrophic injuries
  • wrongful death
  • train accidents
  • aviation accidents
  • construction injuries
  • steel mill injuries
  • factory injuries
  • workplace injuries
  • brain injuries
  • back/neck/spine injuries
  • slip, trip and fall injuries
  • premises liability
  • products liability

Remember that the causes of an injury are not always obvious, and it may take an expert to identify the party responsible for your injuries. This is especially true when you have experienced a workplace injury.

The laws of the State of Indiana limit the amount of time you have to hire an attorney and bring a claim to recover money damages for your injuries or the death of a loved one.

Therefore, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you think you may have a claim.

3. Where do you practice?

Our experienced and professional team of lawyers at Sarkisian Law Offices began serving the Northwest Indiana area in 1981 and today we serve:

  • Merrillville
  • Valparaiso
  • Lake Village
  • Lake of the Four Seasons
  • Schneider
  • Shelby
  • Winfield
  • Dyer
  • East Chicago
  • Hammond
  • Highland
  • Schererville
  • Hobart
  • Crown Point
  • Miller
  • Gary
  • Saint John
  • Whiting
  • LaPorte
  • Michigan City
  • Burns Harbor
  • Lake Station
  • Portage
  • Chesterton
  • Hebron
  • Beverly Shores
  • Kouts
  • DeMotte
  • Knox
  • Rensselaer
  • Other communities in Lake County, Porter County, and LaPorte County, Indiana
  • Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.

4. What types of damages can I recover and how much is my case worth?

If you or a family member were injured due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to past, present and future:

  • medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • future economic losses

The types of damages you can recover relate to:

  • the pain and suffering you have experienced
  • your loss of enjoyment of life
  • any scarring or disfigurement related to your injuries
  • any related damages to your personal property
  • other damages which may be unique to your claim.

Determining the monetary value of your claim is a complex matter which will require a thorough evaluation that can be performed only after discovering and reviewing all the facts. We can review your claim and analyze the important information about your case so that your claim may be resolved for its full value.

5. I have spoken to an insurance company and their representative says I don’t need a lawyer to represent me. Do I really need an attorney?

An attorney is not required in every case. There are some minor accident and injury cases that a person may be able to resolve without the use of an attorney.

However, as the injuries become more serious, or in death cases, it is prudent to consult with an attorney so that you know what your rights are. We recommend that you do not sign any release or allow the insurance company representative to take your statement immediately after the accident.

Remember that insurance companies have a primary purpose, which is to earn a profit. The less that they pay in claims, the more money they will make from the premiums that they are paid by their insured.

Quite often, before offering you money to resolve your claim, insurance companies will consult with their in-house counsel to determine what they should do about your claim. Frequently, they will offer you far less than your damages are worth.

The insurance company is going to do what is best for their company, not what is best for you.

Since Sarkisian Law Offices has a policy of providing free initial consultations, you may wish to consult with our office to determine whether you need an attorney in your case. We promise to give you a full and fair evaluation on that issue.

6. How should I expect to pay my attorney?

Our policy of allowing free initial consultations results in you being able to consult with our office at no cost to you. If you decide to retain Sarkisian Law Offices to represent you in your case, we are paid on a contingent fee basis. This means that we are only paid attorney fees if we obtain a recovery for you.