The law firm of Keffer Hirschauer is here for you if you, or a loved one, has suffered a serious personal injury or worse in an Indianapolis car accident or other injury caused by another’s negligence or misconduct. Our Indianapolis injury lawyers know the law, and we know how the insurance company lawyers on the other side operate. From car and truck accidents to slip and fall injuries or nursing home abuse, we take on cases involving the most severe of injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and wrongful death. Keffer Hirschauer LLP’s trained attorneys know how to interpret the facts, apply the law, and present the strongest case for compensation.
Most crashes only cause property damage. Only about 15-20% of wrecks result in personal injury to a vehicle occupant or pedestrian, and, thankfully, less than one percent of crashes on average are fatal. Serious accidents do occur, however, and if they happen to you or a member of your family, this is when you want to make sure you get legal help and representation from a team of lawyers who have a great deal of experience handling the most severe of crashes. Attorneys Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer both spent years as fatal crash prosecutors in Indianapolis and Tippecanoe County, investigating and prosecuting cases involving serious bodily injury and death due to drunk driving and hit-and-run. As criminal prosecutors, they litigated the most serious cases and proved those cases beyond a reasonable doubt, a much higher standard than is required in a civil case. Very few car accident lawyers have this level of training and expertise.
Skilled and experienced in the most complex cases
As Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) prosecutors in Marion and Tippecanoe counties, Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer were trained in crash investigations and were on the scene in the most serious bodily injury and fatal drunk driving and hit and run accidents in Indianapolis, Lafayette and the surrounding areas. In these roles, Brad and Tom gained an in-depth knowledge of the most highly technical aspects of investigating accidents and proving liability. Not every Indianapolis accident lawyer can tell skid marks from yaw marks and knows the significance of the difference. Fewer still know what hot shocks are and how they can help determine whether a driver had headlights on at the moment of a nighttime crash. When it comes to investigating the cause of a crash and determining fault, Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer received training directly from investigators who personally investigated accidents and used that knowledge to prosecute and convict persons criminally responsible for causing the crash. Lawyers must meet a much higher standard to prove a criminal case than a civil case, and Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer were the attorneys trusted by the State of Indiana to prosecutor these cases. They have taken on the hardest cases and won, and are ready to help you achieve success in an insurance claim or litigation in any Court in Indiana.
Drivers have a duty to drive safely and carefully, paying attention to the traffic, weather, road conditions, and adjusting their driving accordingly. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of vehicle accidents happen in Indiana every year because of drivers who were speeding, drowsy or fatigued, driving drunk, or texting while driving or engaging in other distracted driving behaviors. As former Fatal Alcohol Crash Team prosecutors in Marion and Tippecanoe counties, Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer are trained and experienced in crash scene investigations and have handled every aspect of a crash case from investigation through prosecution and jury verdict.
Our Indianapolis auto accident lawyers have litigated some of the most serious crashes and understand the mechanics of all types of accidents, including rear-end and head-on collisions, multi-vehicle crashes and rollover accidents. We take on all types of car accidents, including rideshare (Uber) accidents, accidents involving uninsured drivers or hit-and-run, and collisions involving pedestrians, bicycles, or e-scooters. Keffer Hirschauer LLP is the firm to turn to for help after a severe motorcycle accident or truck accident, including complex cases involving a jackknife or underride accident.
Property owners owe a duty to their guests and customers to ensure a safe environment for those they invite on their premises or who have a lawful right to be there. This duty includes fixing dangerous conditions and warning people about hazards on the property that may not be obvious. Slip and fall accidents can be painful, traumatic and cause lasting injury. They can also be complex cases that are challenging to prove. Property owners often claim they did not know about the danger or have time to fix it before the accident happened. Other times, they’ll claim that accident victims weren’t looking where they were going and slipped and fell when they could have avoided the hazard. Our experienced Indianapolis premises liability lawyers know how to prove the property owner knew or should have known about the danger yet failed to fix or warn in a reasonable time, and we won’t let you get blamed for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When our loved ones require regular medical attention or a level of care that we can’t provide ourselves, we entrust their care to the trained and skilled professionals at a nursing home or assisted living facility. Unfortunately, these facilities don’t always live up to their mandate to provide quality care. All too often, nursing home residents are the victim of neglect or even intentional abuse. Of the 90 nursing homes in Indianapolis, 25 are rated “below average” and another 16 as “much below average” by Medicare. Even when you think you’ve found a good facility, staffing turnover, shortages and other factors may still put your loved one at risk. Complaining to state agencies about abuse or neglect can be slow, frustrating and ineffective. Our Indianapolis injury lawyers take action now to stop and prevent any further abuse while seeing to it that your family members get the care and compensation they need when they have been deprived of medical services, dignity, or the quality of life to which they are entitled.
What if I am deemed partly to blame for causing the accident?
In Indiana, so long as you are not more than 50% at fault for an accident, you can still bring a lawsuit and recover compensation for your injuries. Whatever award you receive in a jury verdict will be reduced by the percentage of blame the jury assigns to you. This is an important fact to keep in mind when deciding whether to accept a settlement offer from the insurance company or take your case to court. Determining fault in a car accident is one of the areas where the Indianapolis accident lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP possesses a great deal of experience beyond what you will typically find in a personal injury law firm.
What kinds of damages are recoverable in a personal injury claim?
Injury victims can recover compensation for all of their medical costs, such as doctor bills, hospital bills, prescriptions, physical therapy, and medical equipment. If medical expenses are projected into the future for a permanent disability, these costs can be factored in as well. Additionally, victims can recover compensation for lost wages or income for all the days they missed from work after the accident, as well as any lost income if they can no longer work at the same earning capacity or at all after the accident.
Other types of damages recoverable in a personal injury claim include compensation for a victim’s pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and other so-called “noneconomic” damages. Punitive damages are also sometimes awarded to punish a defendant for especially reckless or willful behavior that causes an injury. A drunk driving car crash or hit-and-run accident that leaves behind a seriously injured and helpless victim are a couple of situations where it may be appropriate to pursue punitive damages against an irresponsible driver.
Call our Indianapolis Injury Lawyers for Immediate Help After an Car Accident or other Personal Injury
If you or a family member has been injured by another’s negligence in an Indianapolis car accident, slip and fall, nursing home abuse or other incident, call Keffer Hirschauer LLP for a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located near interstates 65 and 70 in downtown Indianapolis’ wholesale district, but if your injuries prevent you from traveling, we’ll come to you. We also never charge a fee unless and until we are successful in recovering compensation for you. Call today for immediate assistance, and trust your case to a team of highly skilled and dedicated Indianapolis injury lawyers.