Insurance companies are not profitable businesses because they willingly pay out fair compensation to victims injured by their insured. Especially now, the “new normal” of COVID makes it easier for insurance companies to deny and delay the paying out of money.
The five things to “KEEP” in mind after an accident is advice, I give new clients to ensure a more level playing field to ensure your claim is settled fairly.
► Keep quiet. After seeking medical attention, the most important thing is to consult with an attorney. It’s possible that after a vehicle accident, the at-fault person’s insurance company may contact you to make a quick settlement. Don’t fall for this. Do not speak to the other party’s attorneys or insurer as conversations may be recorded and used against you. Speak about your case only with your attorney. Do not sign any documents without your attorney’s consent. If you get any letters from anyone in connection with your case, send copies of them to your attorney immediately. Keep your original.
► Keep it real. Be honest when talking to your attorney about your medical history, including injuries, addictions, ailments, and illnesses. Insurance companies share information. Pre-existing medical conditions will likely be discovered so informing your attorney about past problems is especially important so there are no surprises.
► Keep records for all medical expenses. You have the right to copies of your medical records. Collect copies of everything, including prescriptions, bills, and receipts for medicines taken. All these expenses contribute to the value of your claim so save every bill relating to your claim (hospital expenses, medicines, therapy, appliances, home aides – anything relevant to your recovery). Pay bills by check or credit card. If you must pay by other means, make sure to get complete receipts with bill headings.
► Keep a complete record of all lost wages. Lost wages are another component of damages so documenting time lost, rate of pay, hours worked weekly, and any relevant losses suffered is critically important. Like medical expenses, keep copies of your lost wage documentation.
► Keep detailed notes. Daily journal entries detailing how your life has changed because of the accident may help illustrate to a jury the physical and emotional damage you may experience after an accident. Describe what you feel like in the morning, the type of effort put into your family, work, and personal activities. Describe all changes experienced in your post-accident life, symptoms, setbacks, and inconveniences.
After being injured in a serious motorcycle accident in Indiana that was not your fault, you will certainly be subjected to various damages, including medical bills and lost paychecks from time missed at work. For your pain, suffering, and financial losses, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated. How can you get the maximum settlement for your Indiana motorcycle injury claim? The answer is simple. Choose Carl Brizzi LAW for experienced and dedicated civil litigation after being hurt by another in a motorcycle collision in Indiana.
Continue below to learn why you should choose our Indianapolis personal injury law firm, and how to get started before the statute of limitations runs out on your motorcycle accident claim.
Our Indiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Will Obtain a Settlement for You
Here at Carl Brizzi Law, our board certified personal injury attorneys have more than 20 years of litigation and trial experience in Indianapolis, Indiana. We have represented numerous victims of motorcycle accidents, both cyclists and surviving families, and have prevailed in recovering high-dollar case results for them all. As a motorcycle accident victim, you deserve to be fully compensated for your damages and losses, including hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, disabilities, amputations, permanent scarring or disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, and much more.
The only obstacle standing in your way is the insurance company you are up against, which wants to pay out as little as possible for accident claims. But our aggressive and skilled motorcycle attorneys have seen all the tactics used by insurance adjusters to lower the value of motorcycle claims, and we know how to put a stop to them all.
The Devotion and Expertise to Protect Your Rights to Recompense
We refuse to back down to the insurance company, and will not settle for any offer less than what you rightfully deserve in order to get your life back to the same quality it was before your accident, or as much as possible. Not only do we ensure to obtain compensation for your past and current losses, but we also make sure that all your future, expected losses are covered too. This includes prolonged physical therapy, metal health recovery, loss of ability to work, and more. For this reason, we navigate every case as our top priority, no matter how minor or major. Our seasoned Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers work around the clock, using every resource in our power to fight the insurance companies, and collect the maximum settlement for our clients. You can trust our motorcycle accident lawyers to operate solely in your best interests, because if you don’t get paid, neither do we.
Did You Lose a Loved One to a Wrongful Motorcycle Accident?
As a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a deceased motorcycle accident victim, we can help you pursue an Indiana wrongful death claim for your losses, including loss of companionship, loss of consortium (intimacy), mental anguish, reduced quality of life, and more. If your minor child is a motorcycle accident victim, you can make a claim on their behalf, or they can make one themselves once they turn 18 years old.
No Need to be Worried About Paying for a Lawyer at Carl Brizzi LAW.
Carl Brizzi Law strongly believes that all innocent victims wrongfully injured by another deserves justice and financial compensation, regardless of social class or income level. For this reason, we built our law firms business model to operate on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything until we obtain a settlement or social security disability benefits for you. There are absolutely no upfront fees, hourly costs, or retainers for our services.
Get Started With a Free Case Evaluation Soon
All you have to do to hire Carl Brizzi Law is contact us. We handle everything else from there. Be sure to schedule your free consultation soon, before the Indiana statute of limitations runs out, and you are no longer eligible to pursue a motorcycle accident claim. Since most motorcycle accident victims are severely hurt, we don’t expect clients to travel for consultations or meetings. We can handle all interactions over the phone, or via video conferencing. If you prefer to meet us in person at our Indianapolis office, we are happy to oblige as well.
To get started, call our office directly at 317-636-7497, or submit an email from our website.
Apparently, the virus isn’t too concerned about folks getting their day in court. The Indiana Supreme recently ordered suspending jury trials statewide until March 1, citing “the need for drastic measures as COVID-19 continues to surge.”
Indiana joins other state and federal courts suspending jury trials over the past months as a result of spikes in Covid-19 infections. Courts in several states, including New York, Washington, Texas, Connecticut, Missouri, Florida, Arizona, Ohio and Virginia, have all suspended jury trials.
“In-person jury trials pose an exceptional risk to everyone involved—even if every precaution is taken. We have hope that 2021 will bring improved conditions,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in written remarks. “But hoping is not enough. There is more we must do, and we must act now.”
Infections related to juries have already been reported in other states.
In the Eastern District of Texas, at least 13 people involved in a civil jury trial tested positive for Covid-19, including two jurors and three staff members, Clerk of Court David O’Toole said. The court declared a mistrial and postponed jury proceedings in that courthouse through December, he said.
The Eastern District of Arkansas also suspended four jury trials in recent months after a juror either tested positive or was exposed. In a Nov. 6 order suspending jury trials, Chief Judge D.P. Marshall said almost 100 people had requested to be excused from jury duty in October and November for virus-related reasons.
To date, Indiana has reported 598,313 cases of the virus and 9,529 deaths. The US virus death toll eclipsed 400,000, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and is nearly equal to the number of Americans killed in World War II. And “experts” predict that the virus isn’t finished with us. Even with the arrival of vaccines touted as vanquishing the virus, a widely cited model by the University of Washington projects the death toll could reach 567,000 by May 1st.
So, while closing courtrooms is seriously inconvenient and creates a greater backlog of cases, it makes sense for public health reasons. Some legal experts warn the delays could create an overwhelming backlog of cases and have legal ramifications. The virus is aggravating what is an already strained system. Courts all over the state are grappling with a backlog of cases delayed by previous closures.
With each court setting its own pandemic procedures, the result is a patchwork of pandemic related rules. Some judges are more accepting of remote appearances and procedures. Rest assured, our lawyers are still fiercely advocating for our clients. Here at Carl Brizzi LAW, our Indiana civil litigators are doing as many phone conferences as possible to reduce the number of people physically going to court. As far as new clients are concerned, we remain flexible. We are happy to meet in person under the COVID protocols, or we are set up to use video conferencing. It’s up to you…the client.
Insurance companies approach truck accident victims as if they are on their side, but the truth is, they are trained to do one thing: persuade the wrongly injured into accepting the lowest possible offer they can get away with. The only guaranteed authority that has your best interests in mind after being injured by a big truck accident or commercial vehicle collision is a seasoned Indianapolis truck accident lawyer.
Here at Carl Brizzi Law, we are your legal advocates for financial recovery after being injured in a serious truck accident. Our experienced personal injury attorneys specialize in auto accidents, and retain a long history of successful case results with high dollar truck accident claims in Indiana. Whether you are a commercial truck driver that was injured in a serious trucking accident while performing work duties, or a driver who was hit by a large truck or commercial vehicle, we can help recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Continue reading to learn why you should choose Carl Brizzi LAW to represent your Indiana truck accident lawsuit, and how to get started with a free initial consultation.
Recover Your Financial Losses After Being Wrongly Hurt in a Trucking Accident.
We Set Ourselves Apart From Other Law Firms in Indiana
The attorneys at Carl Brizzi Law are acutely attuned to all insurance company tactics, and will not back down under any circumstances. Our goal is to gain justice and financial compensation for our clients, so we strictly refuse entertain any offers that are less than you ought to have. Although we can settle most claims out of court, we are confidently prepared to take your case to trial if the insurance company doesn’t want to budge. With a long history of successful, high-dollar verdicts and case results under our belts, you can feel confident in our ability to profitably represent your Indianapolis truck wreck accident claim, too. Set up a free consultation with licensed personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights to being compensated by the negligent party who hurt you in a truck collision in Indiana.
Expert Truck Accident Lawyers With a Genuine Passion to Help
Our Indiana truck accident attorneys have a reputation for success in all aspects of our practice. Although our case record can speak for itself, our compassionate client support and authentic desire to help innocent victims is what also sets ourselves apart from other personal injury law firms in Indiana. We retain more than 2 decades of trial and litigation experience, several professional accolades, and good-standing memberships with several esteemed legal associations. You can trust that we are the expert personal injury lawyers equipped with the right knowledge and resources to recover a successful outcome for your truck accident lawsuit.
If you were wrongly injured by a big rig or 18-wheeler, you need a hard-hitting semi-truck accident attorney in Indianapolis who can go head to head with their stubborn and evasive insurance companies. Carl Brizzi Law has a long-standing reputation for obtaining settlements for big truck accident victims, and one way we maintain our record of success by staying current on all relative state and corporate trucking regulations. There is nothing that gets past our expert truck wreck lawyers, and in our experience, the insurance companies eventually figure this out and settle as they should.
Schedule an Indiana Truck Accident Case Evaluation Soon
Contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our seasoned Indiana truck accident lawyers, today. There are never any upfront lawyer fees, and only collect payment if we recover a settlement or verdict for you. We serve clients in Indianapolis and all throughout the state of Indiana. Get started on your truck accident lawsuit soon before the statute of limitations runs out on your claim.
No one is prepared for a car accident – they happen in an instant. And, unless you’ve been involved in a serious wreck, no one truly understands how disruptive it is…until it happens. Healing properly from the injuries sustained is the number one top priority. And, many times, the injuries are serious enough that time off work is necessary to recover. The question of when you can return to work depends on the specifics of your injury and situation. Every collision is different – every injury in different. There is no exact formulaic table of recovery time used to calculate when you’re healthy enough, and feel well enough, to return to work after being involved in a serious car accident.
However, many accident victims I’ve talked to feel pressure to get back to work as soon as possible for a variety of reasons, both personal and economic. Accidents are unexpected…THAT’S WHY THEY’RE CALLED ACCIDENTS. And, most people don’t save up sick or vacation days to take the necessary time off work needed to recover.
Plus, even if you want to get back to work right away, the potential exists that returning to work early may aggravate your injuries, delay the healing process, and needlessly suffer additional pain and complications due to the fact that you haven’t fully recovered.
The amount of time needed to recover depends on the severity of your injuries and the limitations caused by the accident. The most reliable source of information is your doctor. Most doctors will recommend a recovery time, and we advise that it’s best to ask your doctor when determining when it’s safe for you to return to work.
The pain and injury associated with being in a motor vehicle crash can be somewhat misleading. If you’ve ever been involved in an accident you know that it can take your body 24-72 hours before the adrenaline caused by the suddenness of the impact leaves your system. This is when accident victims really start feeling the full physical symptoms of any underlying injuries caused by a car accident. You may experience pain sooner, however, three days is a reasonable amount of time to determine if you have physical injuries that you cannot feel immediately after the accident.
If your injuries require hospitalization, employers are more apt to accommodate additional time off work. After seeking medical attention, and retaining an attorney, please be sure to notify your employer of the accident immediately. Your company’s human resource department will be able to relay the options available. Company rules differ from employer to employer so be sure to get all the details needed to properly understand your employer’s policy regarding time off for injuries.
It’s important to remember that lost wages is a component in a personal injury lawsuit. Call me at 317-636-7497 to discuss how you can recoup lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to medical bills after a car accident.
After you are in a car accident that you were not responsible for causing, it is vital that you take certain steps to protect yourself full-circle. Anything you say or do can be used against you when making a claim for compensation. For this reason, you must ensure that you make good decisions, starting at the very scene of your wreck. Of course, everything you do will be dependent on how physically capable you are, as some car accident victims are unconscious for days or weeks, while others must be rushed to the emergency room for immediate medical attention.
But even after a car accident, whether days or weeks later, once you are conscious and capable, you can begin to take the necessary steps toward protecting your auto accident injury claim.
Follow These Steps After Getting into a Car Accident:
☑ Collect People’s Information
Gather identification and contact information for all persons involved in the auto accident, including passengers, as well as any onlookers or witnesses. Write down their phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. Witnesses are especially important, so do not be afraid to ask someone if they are willing to provide their information for the sake of your claim. For drivers involved, be sure to get their drivers’ license numbers, plate numbers, and registration.
☑ Record Evidence
If you can, take photos and video recordings of the accident. Snap shots of everything related, at all angles and viewpoints, including shots that might indicate how the accident was caused. If you are too injured, delegate this duty to someone who is with you. You can even ask a police office or EMT to contact a loved one to come to the scene and do it for you. If you are medically capable days or weeks later, pick up this step wherever you can, starting with photos and video of your injuries. Do this too if your injury symptoms arise after your accident.
☑ File a Police Report
As soon as possible, if they haven’t already responded to the scene, call 911 and report the accident. This step is vital to your accident claim, so do it even if you think you are only slightly injured. In fact, make a report even if you think you are completely fine. Injuries from car accidents are known to appear later, or worsen overtime, so you need an official record to refer back to in the case that you file a personal injury claim. If you leave without making a report, contact the police when you get home or to the hospital. In your police report, be 100% honest and stick to the facts. Don’t apologize, admit any level of fault, or say too much.
☑ Read the Full Police Report
After making a police report, not only do you need to be sure to get a copy for yourself and your attorney, but you need to read the report in full. If the police officer cannot provide you with a copy of the report at the scene, they can email it or mail it to you. When reading the report, look out for anything missing or incorrect, then notify your accident attorney about the inconsistencies.
☑ Seek Medical Attention Soon
After you have collected information and made a police report, it is vital that you accept medical attention at the scene by responding EMT’s. Otherwise, be sure to see a doctor as soon as you get home, without any delay. Just like a police report, medical evaluation and treatment serve as an official record of your accident and subsequent injuries. Never skip medical care, even if you think you are not seriously hurt.
☑ Don’t Give a Statement to the Adjuster
Do not speak with the insurance adjuster, your own or the other party’s, until you have spoken to a car accident lawyer. Anything you say can be used against you to lower the value of your claim. Not only do you want to avoid giving a recorded statement to the insurance company, but you also want to refrain from posting anything on social media that they can use against you to justify paying you less.
☑ HIRE A SKILLED LAWYER
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF AN AUTO ACCIDENT THAT WAS NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, WHETHER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, BUS ACCIDENT, OR PEDESTRIAN HIT AND RUN, YOUR BEST CHANCE AT OBTAINING THE MAXIMUM PAYOUT FOR YOUR DAMAGES IS TO RETAIN A SKILLED INDIANA CAR ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYER.
Carl Brizzi LAW retains the qualifications and experience to go head to head with insurance companies, and win the full settlement you deserve.
An Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer That Fights for Your Right to Payment
Contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 to learn more about car accidents, and how to make a claim for your personal injuries in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our accident lawyers will work around the clock to ensure your rights to compensation are protected and fulfilled. We can recover damages for hospital bill, lost wages, medical expenses, pain, suffering, and much more. Carl Brizzi LAW also offers free initial case evaluations, and does not collect lawyer fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for your personal injury case. We also represent victims injured in motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and all other motor vehicle collisions. Get started as soon as possible, before the statutes of limitations runs out on your claim. Call 317-636-7497 and speak with a friendly legal secretary who will help you schedule a free consultation to discuss the viability of your accident claim with a seasoned Indianapolis personal injury lawyer.
My name is Carl Brizzi. I am the two-term tough Indianapolis prosecutor who’s personally handled some of the biggest cases in the state’s history. I no longer work as a prosecutor. Instead of pursuing bad guys, I’m putting my talents to work with the law firm, Lewis and Wilkins, LLC, practicing personal injury law and pursuing justice for people who’ve been injured
Throughout my career as a personal injury attorney…the question I am asked most is, “do I have a case?”
And most of the time my answer is, “well, it depends.”
Attorney Carl Brizzi Will Listen to the Details of Your Personal Injury Case, for Free.
We know accidents happen. And, aside from geological, meteorological, zoological, and astrological events, most injuries to people result from some human involvement. However, when a human is involved in causing an injury, the question then becomes whether they are legally responsible for the harm caused.
Ethical, responsible attorneys don’t take every case that walks in the door. Many factors are part of the decision process. For example, if there’s a dispute regarding fault, if someone is seriously injured, then pursuing a legal remedy may be a good idea. Other factors may mitigate against pursuing a legal claim like nature of the injury, gratitude, or compassion.
However, please remember that If you’re involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you suffered serious injuries, it’s likely that pursuing a legal remedy may be the only avenue to receive compensation for your personal injuries.
It is possible that after a vehicle accident, the at-fault person’s insurance company may immediately contact you to settle the claim. Exercise caution when dealing with the insurance company. Be careful what you say when speaking with the claim’s adjusters. You may want to consider speaking with us before dealing with the insurance companies.
Insurance policies are complex, and adjusters sometimes use hardball tactics to coerce settlement. Dealing with claims adjusters may leave you frustrated — and you may not receive the compensation to which you’re entitled.
If you’ve been injured, please call us immediately to discuss your options.
Many injury attorneys like me are smart, idealistic, justice seekers. The origin of these motivations go way back to the nineties when I was the Chief Gang Prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
I am a personal injury lawyer, but I am also an advisor for potential clients during moments of great stress. I will assist you not only with legal options, but also answer questions regarding emotional stress, impact on relationships and future ability to receive adequate health care.
I receive no payment for these consultations. Call our office today for either a virtual or “in person” appointment. Whatever setting you are most comfortable with.