Throughout life, individuals encounter many hurdles that prove challenging. Most people, whether it be in the personal, professional, or financial realms of their lives, try to minimize risk to themselves while maximizing the benefit that they receive to achieve their goals. Despite these intentions, some risks cannot be avoided, and often, life may throw us a curveball that derails our plans. One of these curveballs may, unfortunately, come as a personal injury due to the unreasonableness of another individual by way of a personal injury. Personal injuries can arise in an infinite number of ways – the most common types of ...
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April 11, 2019CD
Every judge is skilled, but every trial is dynamic and unique. To ensure a fair process and ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court has adopted Rules of Evidence1 to supplement all of the other bodies of law that apply to a given case. In civil litigation ranging from personal injury to divorce cases, an attorney may make objections to testimony (i.e., a person sworn under oath) or exhibits (i.e., documents). This blog explores three common objections to testimony and exhibits. With an objection to testimony, a litigant must stop his or her testimony until the trial court rules. If the objection is ...
June 24, 2015Adam Hayes
If you drive a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle on the roadways, chances are that even the safest driver will find themselves involved in a fender bender once or twice. Accidents can range from minor scratches and dings on your vehicle, to fatalities. Hopefully you never find yourself in this situation, but if you do, here are some key Do’s and Don’ts . DO take pictures at the scene. Most of us have cell phones with cameras, and these can be useful tools later should you find yourself in court or fighting an insurance company to pay out. DON’T admit fault. ...
December 2, 2014CD
Personal injury cases often involve many variables, and the injury of each person depends on the specific individual. For example, there may be a class action involving injury against a group of persons, but the impact of the injury on each person may be very different. To help quantify what would be otherwise difficult to pin down, injured persons can undergo impairment rating evaluations. An impairment rating evaluation is often performed by a physician, or member of the medical field. An evaluation of the person’s injury and the percentage of the whole body that has been impacted lead to a percentage ...
April 17, 2014CD
In matters of personal injury, key legal components of a case can include negligence and liability. A person is negligent if they owe a duty to another, breach that duty, and the person caused injury as a result of that breach, and there are damages. In personal injury cases, often the case comes down to the actions of the parties involved, and who is liable for any damages. By way of example, think of a car accident scenario. Driver A strikes Driver B, who is turning left at an intersection on a yellow light. Driver A gets out of the car ...
February 6, 2014CD
In the realm of personal injury cases, (have you heard television attorney’s ask “have you been injured in a car accident?”), there are several types of injuries that can occur to your body and mind. People have usually heard “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Meaning, someone caused a non-physical injury to another person that resulted in stress, anxiety, fear, or other mental maladies. The “Impact Rule” refers to the notion that in order to collect on damages (money) for mental injuries, there must also be an accompanying physical injury (or impact to the body). This means that a mental injury alone ...
February 6, 2014CD