When you are injured, your life changes – maybe forever. Suddenly, you face physical pain and mental anguish, medical bills, loss of income and the inability to enjoy your daily activities. You may even face permanent disfigurement or a disability.
It is easy to feel isolated during such a difficult time. But you are not alone.
The caring and compassionate legal team at Truitt Law Offices has been assisting personal injury victims and their families in Fort Wayne, Huntington and throughout Northeastern Indiana for nearly four decades. We are here to help you.
Call us today or reach us online to schedule a free and confidential review of your case.
Injury Attorney Richard Truitt, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, can explain your rights and explore all of the options available to you for seeking a full recovery of your losses.
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We can discuss your case at our offices in Fort Wayne or Huntington, or we can meet at a location that is most convenient for you such as your home or the hospital. Before we meet, you should try to:
While your case is pending, we urge you to decline speaking with an insurance company representative. If you are contacted by an insurer, you can simply refer the insurer to Truitt Law Offices. Never give a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer without speaking to your lawyer first.
Injured by the reckless conduct of another? If so, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim. You would be the plaintiff. The person, company or government agency that harmed you would be the defendant.
The personal injury cases that we most often encounter at Truitt Law Offices involve motor vehicle accidents. In these cases, a person’s right to bring a personal injury claim is based on the defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care when behind the wheel. For instance, the defendant may have been speeding or run a red light.
With our skill, experience and resources, our legal team can help clients in a wide range of other personal injury cases, including those that involve:
Allow us to review the specific facts in your case and determine your ability to seek just compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Because of our extensive experience with handling catastrophic – or life-changing – injury cases, Truitt Law Offices can handle many types of claims, including those that involve:
We also understand the unique claims that can arise when medical negligence is an issue.
For instance, we know how patients can suffer harm due to a missed or delayed diagnosis of a serious medical condition such as a stroke, heart attack or cancer.
We also work with children and families who must face the consequences of medical negligence that causes birth injuries, including injuries that result in a child suffering from cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy.
Please contact us to discuss the unique physical and emotional injuries involved in your case and to learn about the role we can play in seeking maximum compensation for your losses.
Although some cases can be resolved without filing a lawsuit, most cases will require Truitt Law Offices to file a complaint on your behalf in a court such as Allen County Superior Court.
After a lawsuit is filed, Truitt Law Offices and the defendant’s lawyer will seek information from each other through a process called discovery. We will exchange documents and submit written questions. We will also seek statements from potential witnesses in person (depositions) or in writing (affidavits).
At the end of discovery, Truitt Law Offices will submit a demand for a settlement. The amount sought will be based on our careful calculation of the damages you have suffered. The defendant will then respond with a settlement offer.
We can help you to assess any settlement offer which the defendant makes, and we can negotiate with the other side on your behalf. Ultimately, the decision to settle will be yours alone to make.
If you agree to settle the case, you would sign a form that releases the defendant from further liability. In exchange, you would receive payment of your damages in either a lump sum or through a structured series of payments.
In most cases, Truitt Law Offices can obtain a full and fair settlement for our clients without going to trial. However, if the defendant contests liability or challenges the damages amount, your case may need to go to court.
A trial is typically broken into two stages – determining liability, or legal responsibility, and determining the amount of damages that should be awarded. The length of the trial depends on the amount of evidence each side presents. While you would attend the trial, you would not necessarily need to testify.
If a jury rules in your favor, then a judgment would be entered. Your lawyer would proceed to take steps to enforce that judgment and resolve any other post-trial matters.
However, even after a judgment is entered, Truitt Law Offices can still pursue and obtain a settlement on your behalf.
Roughly a decade ago, the Bureau of Justice Statistics analyzed more than 25,000 civil trials conducted in our country’s state courts. The BJS found:
In your case, many factors will determine the damages which are sought through a settlement or verdict. However, you can count on Truitt Law Offices to pursue damages that include:
If the person who harmed you was “grossly negligent,” punitive damages may be sought as well in order to punish and deter the defendant.
At your initial consultation, Truitt Law Offices will take the time to listen to the facts of your case and answer all questions you may have. We can then get to work on pursuing maximum compensation for you. You can count on us to:
We represent our clients on a contingency basis at Truitt Law Offices. In other words, you will pay no costs or fees for our legal services unless and until we secure a financial recovery for you.
When you are in need of caring and compassionate legal assistance with your personal injury claim, make Truitt Law Offices your first call. We can provide an immediate, free and confidential consultation and go to work for you right away.
Our attorneys serve clients in Fort Wayne, Huntington and throughout Northeastern Indiana. Allow us to help you, too.
Contact us today, for a free consultation!