Lake County Personal Injury Lawyers
How to Make a Personal Injury Claim in Lake County, Indiana:
Lake County is located in the Northwest region of Indiana and is the second most populous county in the state after Indianapolis. The county is bordered on the south by Newton and Jasper counties and is adjacent to Porter County on the east. Lake Michigan is to the north and Illinois is to the west. The region is part of the Chicago metropolitan area, creating a cultural melting pot with diverse urban, suburban and rural influences.
Lake County is right at the heart of mid-America’s economic activity with convenient and
accessible stretches of major highways that include:
- Interstate 65/Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway
- Indiana Toll Road
- Interstate 80-94/Frank Borman Expressway
- U.S. 41
Lake County, Indiana Facts
- Cost of Living: 3.1% lower than the U.S. average. Provides “Chicago living at Indiana prices”
- Population: 496,314 (2014 stat); population growth of 2.20 percent since 2000
- Median Family Income: $50k
The largest community in Lake County is the city of Gary and Crown Point serves as the county seat or governmental center of the community. In the event that you are injured and want to take legal action, your case will be heard in the Lake Circuit Court — the Circuit Court for 31st Judicial Circuit of the state of Indiana.
When the Unexpected Occurs, Rely on Seasoned Lake County Personal Injury Attorneys
If you call Lake County, IN home, you never know when you may suffer an accident and need legal representation. We hope you never find yourself in this position, but if you do, you deserve to have local legal representation you can trust.
Being seriously injured in an accident is a frightening and traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of your life. Your injury may require substantial medical care and force you to take a leave of absence from work or quit working altogether. As medical bills pile up and your employment status remains uncertain, it’s easy to become increasingly overwhelmed and anxious about your future.
Sarkisian Law is a law firm exclusively concentrated in personal injury law and wrongful death. The mission of its founders, two brothers — Leon and James Sarkisian — is to protect the rights of injured persons and their families, as well as families who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of someone else.
Reclaim Financial Security for You and Your Family
While there is nothing we can do to take away the immense pain and suffering you have endured, we can help you pursue a claim against the liable party to ease some of the financial burden you are experiencing. Our goal is to help you recover the maximum compensation available as quickly as possible so you can concentrate on healing and moving forward with your life.
We are proud of the reputation we have built over the course of 30 years among clients and residents in Lake County and throughout the many towns and municipalities in Northwest Indiana. As brothers who started a practice together, we understand the importance of family and looking out for one another.
If you become our client, we’ll treat you the same way we would want to be treated — with compassion, respect, and understanding.
Whether you’ve been hurt in a motor vehicle crash, on the job, or on someone else’s property — our personal injury attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience to hold liable parties accountable, whether it be an individual, business, property manager, or government entity.
You can count on our team to:
- investigate your accident: gather evidence, talk to witnesses, consult with medical experts
- file a claim on your behalf
- defend against any counterclaims
- negotiate a settlement with the insurance company and/or litigate in court if necessary.
Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. If we take your case, we don’t get paid unless we win for you.
Merrillville: (219) 942-7171
Valparaiso: (219) 477-3998
We Handle Negotiations with the Insurance Company
Following an accident, do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company without first speaking with a Sarkisian Law attorney. They may use what you say against you later. In addition, if an insurance adjuster offers you a quick settlement, don’t take it. While it may seem tempting, it’s probably nowhere near how much your claim is actually worth.
After years of dealing with insurance companies, we can attest to the fact that they don’t always have your best interests in mind. In fact, they will do everything they can to delay, reduce or deny your claim.
As a for profit enterprise, their primary goal is to increase their own bottom line by limiting their payout to you. At Sarkisian Law, we don’t let insurance companies take advantage of our clients.
Hurt in a Car Crash? Consult with a Car Accident Lawyer in Lake County
Indiana is aptly nicknamed the “Crossroads of America” for its vast network of major interstate highways that crisscross the state and connect to the rest of the country. While these heavily traveled thoroughfares offer great convenience to Hoosiers, they also pose great risk. The majority of traffic fatalities in Indiana happen on interstates, particularly urban interstate highways.
Dangerous Highways and Roadways in Lake County
Northwestern Indiana is home to some of the most congested and deadliest highways in
- Interstate 65 traveling through Lake County: I-65, also called Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway is one of the busiest and most dangerous interstates in the nation. It runs in a north south direction, stretching 260 miles from Gary Indiana and passing through Indianapolis, Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama toward Chicago.
- The stretch of I-65 between Lafayette and Crown Point has often been the
scene of many severe accidents.
- Interstate 80/94 – The Frank Borman Expressway is notorious for being heavily congested with semi trucks and tractor trailers, often leading to deadly accidents.
- U.S. 20 and Dombey Road intersection in Portage
- Calumet Avenue and Ridge Road intersection
- U.S. 30 from Taft Street to Broadway in Merrillville
If you were seriously injured in a car accident or a loved one was tragically killed due to the recklessness of another driver in Lake County, IN you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Proving Fault in a Lake County Car Accident Case
Sarkisian Law’s car accident attorneys for Lake County will launch an immediate investigation to determine the cause of the accident and who was at fault. Common injuries resulting from a car accident can include spine or neck injuries.
Many of our clients have been victims of the following negligent behaviors:
- distracted driving: talking or texting on a cell phone
- driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- violating traffic laws
- poorly maintained roads
As a modified comparative fault state, Indiana assigns a percentage of fault to each party involved in an accident. If you are less than 50% at fault for the crash, you can recover damages, but your recovery amount will be reduced by your degree of fault. If you are more than 50% at fault, you will be unable to obtain recovery.
Once the car accident attorneys at Sarkisian Law have completed their investigation and fully assessed the harm done to you, we will submit a demand to the at-fault party’s insurance company. If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we can take your case to court.
Auto Liability Insurance Requirements in Indiana
Indiana requires motorists in the state to purchase a minimum amount of auto insurance in the event they are in an accident and are at fault.
- $25,000 personal injury liability insurance per person
- $50,000 per accident for personal injury
- $10,000 for property damage
Sometimes, the amounts above are not enough to cover the cost of your damages which is why additional Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage is recommended. If the cost of your injuries does exceed the amount of coverage the other driver has, you can make a claim with your own insurance company under your UM/UIM plan.
Were You Involved in a Collision with a Semi Truck that Caused Injury or Death? Seek Justice with a Lake County Truck Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving semi trucks in Lake County, IN are often more severe than car
crashes. A semi truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – 25 times more than the average vehicle and up to 40 times more than smaller cars. A collision with a vehicle of this size and weight can lead to catastrophic personal injuries, even death.
The truck accident lawyers at Sarkisian Law have relentlessly fought to recover compensation for victims who have suffered life changing medical conditions ranging from paralysis, amputation, and traumatic brain injury.
Filing a claim for an injury sustained in a semi truck accident is much more complex than an auto claim. There are multiple key players in the trucking industry that could potentially be held liable, including
- Trucking Company
- Truck Manufacturer
- Truck Equipment Supplier
- Company that hires truckers and trucking companies to transport their product
In the trucking industry, truck drivers are under strict deadlines to deliver cargo from one place to another. In order to meet these deadlines, they sometimes work overtime traveling far distances without resting. When driver fatigue sets in, they put other drivers on the road in grave danger.
Truck accidents occur when drivers
- fail to perform routine inspections
- are inexperienced or were inadequately trained
- transport unstable cargo loads
Injured on Someone Else’s Property? A Lake County Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help
A simple trip and fall at a private social gathering or in a public retail establishment may be embarrassing, but it’s no laughing matter. Serious injuries can and do occur on other people’s property and in many cases it’s often due to the negligence of the property owner.
Whether it’s slipping on a spilled liquid at a grocery store because a store employee didn’t clean it up in a timely manner, or getting hit on the head by falling merchandise that was improperly stocked, or falling from a neighbor’s porch because of a defective railing — a property owner may be held liable for injuries sustained on their property.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed as the result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to file a claim against the property owner under premises liability law.
In Lake County, IN, residential homeowners and commercial business owners have a legal responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment for their guests or customers. When property owners breach this responsibility, they put people at risk of getting injured, even killed.
A slip and fall accident attorney or premises liability attorney at Sarkisian Law can successfully negotiate your claim by proving the following:
- the owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition
- the owner failed to repair the dangerous condition or provide sufficient warning that the dangerous condition existed.
Call us today for a free case evaluation.
Hurt on the Job? A Workers’ Compensation Injury Lawyer in Lake County Can Help You Secure Benefits
Northwest Indiana’s economy accounts for nearly 9% of the state’s gross domestic product and is driven in large part by the manufacturing industry, primarily steel. Factories in the area produce paper products, plastic, chemicals and rubber.
In Lake County, tourism is emerging as a popular profession as urbanites from Chicago and elsewhere come to enjoy the miles of beaches, acres of parks, festivals, casino boats, numerous dining options and other entertainment the area has to offer.
Businesses in Lake County, IN are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in case an employee gets seriously injured or develops an illness on the job. While workplace accidents can happen in any profession, they are more common in the construction, industrial and manufacturing industries. Hoosiers who work in these professions are exposed to heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, high scaffolds, and other hazards.
Dangerous working conditions like these can lead to severe burns, head and neck
injuries, broken bones, disfigurement, respiratory illnesses, cancer, and much more.
If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive benefits under Indiana’s Workers’ Compensation law including weekly wage compensation, medical care reimbursement and vocational rehabilitation services.
Make sure to report your injury to your employer within 30 days of the date of your accident. Failure to do so could risk your ability to recover.
The insurance company may try to delay or deny your workers’ comp claim or make it as difficult as possible to access these benefits. A workers’ compensation and workplace injury attorney at Sarkisian Law knows how to leverage medical evidence like your impairment rating to prove the seriousness of your injury and get you the compensation you deserve.
What if my employer doesn’t have workers’ comp?
Even though Indiana requires businesses to carry insurance, some do not. If this is the case, the Workers’ Comp Insurance Board has the option to take action against your employer and can petition the attorney general to prosecute, ordering your employer to cease doing business until they comply and provide insurance. The Board also has the authority to award double damages for pain and suffering.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Indiana
- Medical benefits
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD) — If you are out of work for more than seven days and need temporary assistance, you will receive 2/3 of your weekly wage based on 52 weeks prior to injury. Maximum TTD benefit is $650/week.
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD) — If you are able to return to work but at a lesser pay rate than what you were making prior to injury, you will be paid 2/3 of the difference between your pre and post injury wage. You can receive up to 300 weeks of TPD.
- Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) — If you are capable of working in a partial capacity but your abilities are restricted due to a permanent impairment such as the loss of the use of a body part, you may be compensated based on an impairment rating which states the degree to which your injury affects your productivity.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) — If you have a severely debilitating injury or illness and are unable to return to work in any capacity, you can collect a maximum of 500 weeks of income benefits.
- Death Benefits: $7500 in burial expenses
- Dependent spouse and children receive 2/3 of average weekly wage up to $650/week for maximum of 500 weeks (dollar maximum of death benefits is $294,000)
Have You Lost A Loved One in a Tragic Accident? A Lake County Wrongful Death Attorney is Here For You
Nothing can ever prepare you for the sudden loss of someone you love, especially if the death of your loved one was caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person. Under Indiana law, a surviving spouse, dependent children, and dependent next-of-kin are entitled to file a wrongful death claim to pursue damages for
- medical bills
- loss of love and companionship
- loss of the deceased’s future earnings
- funeral and burial expenses
At Sarkisian Law, we have an enormous amount of compassion and empathy for families who endure devastating loss. Our wrongful death lawyers are committed to protecting your family’s rights and are prepared to assist with cases in Lake County and Northwest Indiana stemming from
- car accidents
- truck accidents
- slip and fall/premises liability
- workplace injuries
- medical malpractice
To schedule a free consultation with Sarkisian Law in Lake County, call Merrillville: (219) 942-7171