Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers

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Get back to your life.

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You’ve been injured in an accident

On top of trying to heal from your injuries, you’re dealing with

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Insurance Companies

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Lost Wages

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Uncertainty

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Inability to Work

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Medical Bills

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Confusion

We understand and are here to help!

With over 40 years of personal injury experience, our legal team is ready to take the burden off your shoulders and recover the compensation you deserve.

Client-Focused

We limit the caseload for each of our attorneys so you always get the care and focus you deserve.

Results-Driven

Our team always works to secure the best result possible in every case we handle for every client we serve.

Trial-Tested

We’ve seen it all and are ready to put our extensive personal injury experience to work in your case.

Take the next step to recovery.

1. Call us Today

Have your case evaluated with a free personal injury consultation from one of our injury attorneys.

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2. Hire our Team

Your case is in the right hands. We won’t charge a fee until we’ve earned the compensation you deserve.

3. Focus on Healing

With our personal injury team on your side, you can relax, focus on healing, and get back to your life!

What our clients are saying

“My daughter, a college student, was hit as a pedestrian in downtown Indy. The Garrison Law Firm represented her in her claim for damages/injuries sustained in the incident. They at all times treated compassionately, professionally, and competently and obtained a prompt and excellent settlement for her. I highly recommend The Garrison Law Firm!”

Susie

Parent of Client

“My wife was hit head-on by an F-350 that did not yield at an intersection from which, we found later, that she suffered irreparable nerve damage in her leg. We consulted with and hired Chris Garrison and his team to represent my wife. They guided us and handled everything from start to finish. We reached a successful settlement with the insurance company, thanks to Chris.”
Bill

Personal Injury Client

“I have had the pleasure of using the Garrison Law Firm. They are very respectful and professional. If you are looking for someone who treats you like a person not a means of income then they are the Law Firm for you.”

Eric

Personal Injury Client

Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys

You’ve been injured in an accident. All you want to do is get paid so you can heal and get back to your life. The problem is the insurance companies are giving you the run-around and undervaluing your injuries. 

You need a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney to maximize your compensation. Unfortunately, there are too many options to make sense of and you just want to focus on healing. It’s overwhelming.

The personal injury team at Garrison Law Firm, in Indianapolis, Indiana, has worked for over 40 years to help injured persons just like you get paid, get well, and get back to their life.

Don’t get lost in the filing cabinets of a huge law firm. Our team is big enough to provide exceptional legal service and small enough to give you the attention you deserve.

Call now for a FREE PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION or fill out the contact form to receive a prompt call back.

Our team will walk you through every step of the legal process and set your mind at ease. Often, that means securing an injury settlement and avoiding a lawsuit altogether.

You don’t want to add insult to injury by getting lost in a large law firm. Hire our injury team and get personal attention and someone who will return your call promptly every time.

Get your free consultation today. Virtual consultation options are available.

The GLF Promise

When working with our personal injury team you can expect

prompt responses and clear communication from our injury team.

a clear explanation of the legal process for your case.

our injury team to be your advocate, listen to you, and be for you.

someone who will always listen to you and work to reduce the burden of the situation in your life.

our injury team to protect you, your interests, and your rights while doing everything in our power to earn the outcome you deserve.

to have input and consent on decisions made in your case.

Personal injury cases we handle

Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in cases involving the following situations and more for over 35 years. Not sure if your case fits into any of these categories? Not a problem! Call us and we can help you with whatever situation you find yourself in.

Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Not all animal attack injuries are the result of a dog bite. Animal attack injuries can be the result of both domestic and wild animals. Indiana laws are different with regard to each. Call our Personal Injury Team today and we will guide you through what you need to know.

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Car Accidents

Anytime you are involved in a car accident, you should remember, first and foremost, not to panic! There are several things that you can do right away to help your potential personal injury claim: 

  1. Gather contact information from any and all witnesses on the scene, and make sure you do this right away because witnesses have a tendency to leave before the police arrive!
  2. Call the police to make a police accident report. Even though police accident reports are hearsay and not actual proof, they can provide you with some important information, such as the other driver’s contact and insurance information.
  3. Take photographs of everything (i.e., the scene, the vehicles, and your injuries).
  4. Seek Medical attention if necessary
  5. Contact our auto accident lawyers today!

Learn more about our car accident lawyers here.

Construction Accidents

Unfortunately, many injuries from construction accidents are serious injuries, life-changing, and sometimes life-ending! Construction accidents can lead to medical expenses and lost time from work. They can also cause the loss of jobs and careers. The may impose hardship on the worker and his or her spouse and family. Future medical expenses and lost opportunities for future employment can increase the value of the worker’s damages.

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Electric Shock Injuries

Did you know that electric shock injuries can lead to things such as deteriorating memory and behavioral personality changes? If you’ve experienced electric shock due to the negligence of another person or business call our personal injury team today.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Cases present unique problems for bikers. This is why you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Both the public and insurance companies have unfounded prejudices against bikers. Often, bikers are viewed as risk-taking thrill-seekers. Some feel bikers are partly at fault for their own injuries because of the increased risk of riding a motorcycle. There is also prejudice associated with head injuries to bikers not wearing helmets. Assumptions by the public and insurance companies that bikers tend to speed, race, and cut between cars cause extra hurdles for bikers to recover proper damages.

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Product Liability or Defective Product

There are many examples of defective products. Some of the more common examples include:

  • a defective vehicle airbag that fails to deploy in an accident when it should;
  • a defective tool, machine, or other product that breaks despite being used properly
  • or a product that fails to provide an adequate warning or instruction label.

Product liability cases in Indiana are governed by the Indiana Product Liability Act (IPLA). They can be brought under several different legal theories. Those theories include but are not limited to: strict liability and negligence. There are also strict time limitations in Indiana for product liability cases. This includes a statute of limitations and a statute of repose. For this reason, it is important to call our personal injury law firm immediately if you believe you were injured by a defective product.

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Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents

Have you ever experienced a slip and fall or trip and fall? Were you injured on someone else’s property, such as a store or restaurant? We know that people frequent many places. It would be hard to imagine anyone being able to completely avoid these common incidents.

If you have been able to completely avoid these incidents, consider yourself lucky!

If you have experienced a slip and fall or trip and fall, we hope that you were not injured. However, if you were, you might not have known the best way to handle the situation. This is where Garrison Law Firm can help you.

Want to learn more about slip and fall or premises liability cases? Click Here.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can impact the rest of your life. You deserve to be compensated accordingly. We’ve helped people with cases just like your for over three decades. We can help you too.

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Truck Accidents

Truck accidents involving commercial carriers such as semi-trucks are more complicated than auto accidents. There are important steps that you need to take right away to preserve evidence at the scene. Be sure to secure the truck’s data recording device or “black box.”

Truck accidents can cause huge losses and serious bodily injuries that will not be adequately covered by the low limits of liability required for them. It is important to find out what liability limits the carrier has under its policy. Fortunately, we find that many commercial carriers have million, or multi-million, dollar policy limits.  Often, the carrier is able to pay damages in excess of policy limits. Yet, this is not always the case.

Commercial carriers are only required to carry a minimum of $300,000 in liability insurance if the vehicle weighs less than 10,000 lbs. You might find that surprising. The minimum is only $750,000 for vehicles weighing over 10,000lbs.

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Worker's Compensation

While we don’t personally handle workers compensation claims, we have trusted local attorneys that we can refer you to so you can be sure you’re getting strong, quality, legal representation.

Wrongful Death

When someone loses a loved one due to the intentional or negligent act of another person their response is always varied. That response is almost always tied to the emotion of grief. People grieve differently. Grief can affect some or all the aspects of a person’s life. Loss of sleep, eating habits, and productivity can be affected. It can affect our emotional well-being through, anger, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, fear, among others.

Many people immediately think about making a wrongful death claim. Others either fear or dread facing that process. Often, the sudden trauma of the loss, shock, and need to make funeral arrangements take the focus. This causes many to not realize how important it is to collect and protect crucial evidence. The experienced lawyers at Garrison Law Firm can take much of that stress off the shoulders of loved ones. You just need to get us involved early in the process. There are many types of personal injury cases. None need immediate investigation like a wrongful death case.  

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Medical Malpractice

While Garrison Law Firm doesn’t personally handle medical malpractice cases, we love to refer you to a great medmal attorney in the area.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Our injury attorneys field a lot of questions throughout the course of a case. Here are some of the most common questions our clients ask our team.

How long will my personal injury case take?

This is a typical question we address in our first meeting with a client. That first answer likely will not be a timeframe measured in days, weeks, or months. It will most likely be measured in stages of a case.

For example, if you are in the hospital when you employ the legal services of Garrison Law Firm, you may be in a prolonged period of recovery. That may include continuing medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. No personal injury attorney can accurately determine the value of your case without knowing the following.

  • How much are your total medical bills?
  • How much lost income will you incur?
  • Will you have any permanent injuries and future ongoing treatment?
  • How painful of a recovery period will you have?

Once you finish treatment we will collect and review your medical bills and records. Then we collect lost income records and determine permanent injury value before considering a total value. This evaluation process can take many weeks. It depends on how quick medical providers and employers submit their records and how complicated the medical issues are to present in a demand package to the insurance company.

Once we determine the value of your case, we will make a demand for settlement to the insurance company. That insurance company may respond quickly or may sit on the claim for weeks or even months. Therefore, any lawyer telling you that your case will settle quickly is just trying to sell you on his or her services as “fast,” not “complete.” There may be considerable value in patience by the patient (client).

How long does it take to get a personal injury settlement?

Generally, 4 – 12 months. Each case is unique. Call for a free consultation and we can give you a better idea of timing based on the details of your injury case.

After a personal injury settlement, how long does it take to get paid?

Typically, payment for a personal injury settlement can be received in 2 – 4 weeks.

How much will it cost me to hire a personal injury law firm?

Our accident lawyers handle all injury cases on a contingency fee. That means you only pay an attorney fee if we make a recovery for you. That fee is a percentage of the total recovery. Here’s how that breaks down…

  • If your case is settled without filing a lawsuit: We charge one-third of the total recovery.
  • If it is necessary to file a lawsuit: We raise our percentage to 40% once we file your lawsuit in court.
  • Both rates are subject to rare exceptions.

Processing a claim is different than litigating a lawsuit. In personal injury law, the negotiation process often leads to a settlement without filing a lawsuit in court. In this case, there are no court hearings to attend, no depositions to prepare for and attend, and no written discovery to respond to or draft. The case becomes much more labor-intensive for the lawyer once they have to file a lawsuit. Thus, the fee percentage goes up.

 

Are there additional costs of a personal injury case?

At Garrison Law Firm, we typically advance the claim preparation costs for medical records on behalf of the client. If we file a lawsuit, we typically advance all litigation expenses. This includes expert witness fees.

Once the case is resolved, those advanced expenses must be repaid by you. This typically is paid out of settlement proceeds or from the collection of a jury verdict.

Under Indiana law, contingent fee agreements must be in writing. So, we will give you a contract to sign that explains in more detail the agreement for your case.

How do you calculate pain and suffering?

There is no set formula. The duration of treatment, the medically noted level of pain during the treatment period, and whether the pain was temporary or permanent all play a role in the value of pain and suffering.

What is the statute of limitations on a personal injury case in Indiana?

Two years, but if the State of Indiana or any political subdivision thereof has fault, you must file a tort claim notice with the proper authorities in as little as 180 days.

What should I expect during my first meeting with my injury attorney?

Expect the lawyer to initially inquire about how your accident happened and what injuries you received, then the lawyer should explain the claim process and the potential litigation process if a settlement is not reached before suit is filed.

How do you prove my injury case?

We must prove that the other “person” was primarily at fault for causing the accident. We must prove that the injuries for which you wish to recover damages were actually caused by the accident. Important elements are witness statements, photos and videos, medical records and medical bills, permanent impairment ratings, expert opinions on fault and on medical prognosis, and lost income information.

When is a personal injury lawsuit necessary?

Although many clients believe they are immediately in a personal injury lawsuit once they have hired an attorney for their case, this is typically not true, nor is it usually advantageous for the client! However, there certainly are times when filing a lawsuit is necessary.

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How does insurance work?

Most people believe that if they are injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault that they will be able to collect all their damages from the guilty party’s insurance carrier. Although there is truth in that statement, it is not completely true all the time.

Indiana law only requires passenger vehicle insurance limits of $25,000. Indiana law does not require YOU to have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Nor does it require you to have underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). Let’s break down those laws and what it means to you as an injured client.

The guilty driver that injured you may only have insurance coverage for your injuries for $25,000. If you had to have surgery and/or a lengthy stay in the hospital, all that money will go to pay your medical bills. Even if you have medical insurance for those medical bills.

Why is that?

Your health insurance carrier in almost all cases will have “subrogation” rights. This means that if it pays your medical bills for injuries that were the fault of someone else, the health insurance company will “stand in your shoes” and be entitled to take part of your recovery for your injuries. “That part” meaning the amounts it paid for your medical treatment.

The guilty party may not be insured at all. If the guilty party is not insured, then your only recovery could come from the guilty party’s personal assets. Generally, people who do not have insurance also don’t have assets. This, of course, makes it hard or impossible for them to pay a judgment for serious personal injuries. 

UNinsured Motorists Coverage vs. UNDERinsured Motorists Coverage

This brings us to YOUR insurance coverage if you have uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Then, UM and UIM coverage on your policy must pay the difference between the insurance coverage limit of the guilty party and your UM or UIM limits. Your UM and UIM limits are not generally in addition to the guilty party’s limits. They only make up the difference between the two.  Your maximum insurance recovery then is determined by the greater of the limits of the guilty party’s liability limits and your UM/UIM limits. Thus, you need to cover yourself and your motorcycle passengers with higher UM and UIM limits.

To buy higher UM and UIM coverage limits, you must also, under Indiana law, purchase at least as much liability coverage for others as you provide for yourself under UM and UIM limits. By “for others,” we mean if you caused an accident and someone else was injured, the limits they would be entitled to would be at least as much as the limits you provided yourself under your UM/UIM.

Some clients ask the question, “Why should my insurance company have to pay anything if the accident was not my fault?” The answer is because you hired them to pay UM or UIM coverage in the event that the guilty party did not have sufficient covered limits. You have a contract with them to protect you and your passengers, and you paid your insurance carrier money for that coverage. 

We also get the question, “Well, won’t my insurance company want to take care of me because I’m their customer?” The answer is, NO! At the point you make such a UM or UIM claim you will become their adversary. Your insurance company will view you no differently (if as well) as the uninsured or underinsured guilty party. Is it wrong for your insurance company to treat you that way? It’s just business to them and it is just the way it is.

Will you help me get paid for my damaged property?

The answer is, no. Why? Generally, an Indianapolis personal injury law firm cannot get you enough more money for your property as it would cost to represent you to do so.  Economically, it just does not make sense to hire a lawyer for the property damage. Our law office can make a huge difference for you in your personal injury claim value but not for your property damage claim. The property is worth what it is worth in a value book. We want you to be happy with the total result. That means you processing your property damage claim on your own. We can give you some helpful advice from our accident lawyers.

How long can a lawyer hold your personal injury settlement check?

We are required to hold for at least 5 business days in the trust account.

What if I think I am at fault for my accident?

Indiana has a comparative fault statute so sometimes you can still recover if you have some of the fault for causing the accident. If you are more than 50% at fault you cannot recover. Learn more about how comparative fault works in Indiana.

What should I bring with me to my first meeting with an injury lawyer?

Bring as much information about how the accident happened and what the injuries were to your first meeting. However, don’t sweat over information that is not presently available – there is usually time to hunt down information later. Here is a simple checklist if it helps you to prepare.

What is my personal injury case worth?

Your case cannot be properly valued until you have completed all treatment for your injuries. Any lawyer that tells you what your case is worth before treatment is completed is just giving you a sales pitch.

Should I hire a personal injury attorney?

We would estimate that our clients net a larger recovery than they would have gotten on their own in over 95% of the time

Meet our Personal Injury Lawyers

Attorney Chris Garrison Headshot

Chris Garrison

Indianapolis Injury Attorney

Attorney Martha McDermott Headshot

Martha McDermott

Indianapolis Injury Attorney

Attorney Greg Garrison

Greg Garrison

Indianapolis Injury Attorney