Indiana is an outdoorsman's dream, but please remember to be careful — those activities can lead to a lot of accidents, and you don't always know where liability lies. Perhaps it was you who was hurt, or maybe it was a friend or family member. Whatever the case, if you need guidance for your personal injury suit, Enjuris has the answers.
Indiana Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Indiana statutes online
This is where you’ll find Indiana's laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, damage caps on personal injury cases, and other important information that you will need.
In Indiana, you have two years to bring both a personal injury claim and a property damage claim. That doesn't mean the whole lawsuit has to be completed in just two years; it just needs to be filed with the court before that time is up.
The initial meeting with a personal injury attorney should be free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as real estate law or tax law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus office expenses.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal importance that came out of Indiana:
Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008): This case ruffled a lot of feathers because it held that an Indiana law requiring people to show photo identification when voting did not violate the U.S. Constitution. The county's purpose was to prevent voter fraud, and as neither side could produce witnesses to prop up their arguments, the appellate court's holding was affirmed.
Jackson v. Indiana, 406 U.S. 715 (1972): A criminal defendant cannot be committed for an indefinite period of time because of permanent incompetency. Indiana tried this with a deaf-mute who could not read, and they essentially sentenced him to life in prison for petty theft.
Ex Parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866): These men offered comfort and aid to the Confederates, and also tried to incite rebellion. The holding: It is unconstitutional for military tribunals to apply to normal citizens if civilian courts are still in operation. Here, martial law was confined to military operations.
There are lots of issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.