Trusted Carmel Personal Injury Lawyers
Hollingsworth & Zivitz: Call Us at (888) 211-3888
Accidents happen. But when it is someone else’s fault, you may be
entitled to compensation. Even if you have health insurance, your out-of-pocket
expenses can add up. Medical bills are a leading cause of bankruptcy.
Chances are, the insurance company is going to lowball you; refuse to
offer a fair settlement. It is not enough to show that you have been injured
in order to recover compensation. You have to establish what’s called
“liability” — that someone else is legally responsible
for your injury.
Indiana has what is called comparative fault. In a nutshell, this means
that the people involved in an accident share legal responsibility based
on their respective percentages of fault. If you’re partially at
fault for an accident, your entitlement to compensation may be reduced.
If your fault is substantial, you may not be entitled to any compensation
at all. Not all cases are governed by comparative fault. Some types of
claims are exempt from the statute. In these cases, the victim’s
contributory negligence may bar recovery.
It’s not enough to show that the other person responsible was careless
in order to recover under the law. Under Indiana law, certain elements
must be proven in order to establish negligence and be entitled to recover.
If you don’t have a case, we will tell you. If you do, we will zealously
represent your interests. At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, we are trial
lawyers and have handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured, you are probably dealing with
physical or emotional pain and may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of
surgery, missed work, and medical bills. Our personal injury lawyers can help.
To which compensation may I be entitled?
Our Carmel personal injury attorneys can tell you what compensation (damages)
you may be legally entitled to recover, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Impairment of function
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Future care costs
- Loss of consortium
Our lawyers know how to evaluate these damages. We will work with leading
experts in order to develop compelling evidence and work to help you receive
fair compensation for your injuries.
If you have been injured, speak with our
Carmel personal injury attorneys
Call our firm today
at (888) 211-3888.
We Take a Stand Against Big Insurance Companies
We’ve dealt with insurance companies for years and know how they
play the game. Insurance companies are large and impersonal. Settling
your claim promptly and fairly is simply not a priority for them. In fact,
they hope that by stonewalling, low-balling, or even ignoring you, you
will eventually get frustrated and give up on your claim. If you retain
Hollingsworth & Zivitz, we won’t let some insurance company
ignore you or bully you into an unfair settlement.
Insurance adjusters are generally cynical people. For starters, they normally
say that their insured isn’t at fault. And if he or she is, they’ll
never admit it. Why? Because it’s their job. They’re evaluated
based on how much they pay out on claims victims. The less money they
pay you, the better their evaluation by their supervisor.
Insurance companies always whine about “frivolous lawsuits.”
They hire expensive lobbyists to get tort reform legislation passed. But
it’s their refusal to pay valid claims against them and their policyholders
which forces people to sue them. Truth is, it would probably cost them
less if they settled valid claims promptly instead of fighting every single
one as if it were fraudulent. But in their eyes, even if they occasionally
get whacked with a large verdict, if they end up paying less overall on
claims because of their hardball tactics, it makes sense for them to do so.
Experienced Litigators Since 2004
We have represented insurance companies defending claims like yours. These
large companies have an army of claims adjusters and lawyers standing
by who are paid to defend claims brought by the victims of their policyholders’
negligence – people just like you. Their job is to pay you as little
money as possible; ours is to recover as much compensation for you as
we can. Our lawyers have been dealing with these companies for a long
time. We’re not intimidated by their heavy-handed tactics or afraid
to make them go to trial. You may feel intimidated by the prospect of
going up against a large insurance company, but that is why we call the
law The Great Equalizer. When you file a lawsuit, large insurance companies
are subject to the exact same rules of procedure and evidence that you
are. An impartial judge or jury – not some claims adjuster –
will decide your case.
Statistically, the vast majority of cases settle out of court. Despite
this, we treat each case as if it were going to trial. Unfortunately for
their clients, many personal injury lawyers count on all of their cases
settling. There are some who wouldn’t know what to do if their client’s case
didn’t settle. Our Carmel personal injury lawyers at Hollingsworth & Zivitz
aren’t afraid to go to court – and insurance companies know it.
We represent people who are facing the following types of cases:
- ATV accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Child molestation and sexual abuse victims
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Hit and run
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse / neglect
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- School injuries
- Sexual abuse victims
- Slip and fall
- Spinal cord injuries
- Tort claims against the government
- Truck accidents
- Uninsured / underinsured motorists
- Work injuries
- Wrongful death
We’re not a settlement mill looking to make a quick buck by churning
out hundreds of cases per month. From the moment you retain us, we will
prepare your case for trial. We offer home and hospital visits, weekend
and evening appointments. There is no obligation and we don’t charge
a fee unless you recover.
Call us today for a
free, confidential consultation.