Injuries have financial, physical, and mental health implications that can significantly affect your life. Our skilled personal injury lawyers will represent your interests and guide you to make fact-based decisions. We’ll also ensure a thorough investigation of the circumstances that led to your injury. You or your injured family member can focus on recovery while our attorneys will negotiate and seek a fair settlement on your behalf.
Alvarez Law effectively represents the interests of residents of Hammond and surrounding communities who have been adversely impacted by injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.
Located in Lake County on the Illinois border and south shore of Lake Michigan, Hammond forms an L-shape from the shoreline along Interstate 90 and Interstate 80/94. A major industrial center of northwest Indiana, Hammond offers residents and visitors many indoor and outdoor activity options, including a nature preserve, marina, theater, casino, and numerous restaurants. It’s the only Indiana city to share a border with the city of Chicago.
Hammond’s roots go back to German farmers arriving in 1847 and its namesake George Hammond establishing a slaughterhouse and beef packaging plant in 1869. Incorporated in 1884, Hammond has been a bustling city of industry for well over a century. In addition to its industrial roots, Hammond is home to a campus of Purdue University. It also contains several historic districts that give residents and visitors a look into early 20th-century residential and commercial architecture.
As part of the Chicago metropolitan area with a population of 77,879 in 2020, Hammond has a lot to offer, including its share of car accidents. In 2019, there were 3,247 accidents in the city, with speed a factor in almost 19% of those accidents. Major thoroughfares bring a lot of passenger and commercial traffic throughout the city. Hammond’s heavily populated streets are commonly laid out in a grid pattern like Chicago, and they tend to increase the chances of being involved in an accident.
Why Consult a Hammond Personal Injury Attorney?
Personal injury cases can be very complicated, involving gray areas where there are liabilities, unpredictable recoveries, and uncooperative insurance companies. When it comes to consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer, time is of the essence. Evidence needs to be collected promptly, and mounting medical bills must be handled since insurance companies may seek a quick settlement. Consider three key reasons when looking to secure legal representation:
Disabling or Severe Injuries
Recovery may take a long time or, in some cases, cause permanent medical expenses and loss of earning potential. An experienced attorney can calculate tangible costs like medical care and lost earnings, as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Severe negligence by the responsible party can lead to punitive damages and economic and non-economic damages.
Liability Isn’t Clear
An experienced lawyer can gather information and communicate among those involved in the incident, including the insurance companies. Some cases may involve multiple injured parties seeking a settlement.
Unresponsive Insurance Company
Insurance companies may propose an unfair settlement. They may act in bad faith by denying claims without reason, mishandling accident investigations, or offering an insufficient settlement.
What Do You Do After an Accident in Hammond?
If you’re involved in an accident that leads to injury in the Hammond area, you must protect yourself and your interests. Your actions following an accident could affect your liability and the evidence available to pursue your case. The top considerations are the accident scene, evidence, insurance, and medical care.
Following an accident, stay at the scene and protect yourself and others by using your emergency flashers and proceeding to a safe place if you are able. Call the police to make sure the accident is correctly documented since this evidence will be critical to a personal injury claim should one be needed. Police reports are commonly required by insurance companies and provide an unbiased review of the event.
Documenting an incident will help the police, insurance companies, and potentially an attorney representing you. Provide as many facts to the police officer as possible. Injuries may not be evident right away, so don’t tell the investigator you’re not hurt. If possible, photograph the scene and exchange information with the other driver and witnesses. Witness accounts may be key to a personal injury case. Gather and organize information and consult with an attorney.
Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Check on the medical benefits available from your insurer. Gather your insurance information and the insurance information from the other party or parties, and provide the information to your attorney.
Even if you aren’t sure you were injured, it’s wise to visit an emergency room or your doctor to get checked out promptly. Injuries may not be visible at first, and serious side effects could develop.
Why Choose Alvarez Law?
A skilled Alvarez attorney can help you navigate the complexities of personal injury law and protect your rights as a victim. We will put your needs first and offer transparency about the details of your case, including fees, settlement estimates, timelines for a resolution, and other essential information.
We will conduct our own investigations into the accident, filling in missing details that may not be in the police or insurance company investigations. We may sometimes bring in expert witnesses, conduct our own accident reconstruction, or uncover new evidence like online communications.
Alvarez Law’s practice areas include car and truck accidents, bicycle accidents, driving under the influence, motorcycle accidents, and other personal injuries caused by construction, child abuse, dog bites, workplace injuries, and slip-and-fall injuries.
Connect With Alvarez Law
Our skilled personal injury attorneys place client needs first and make sound decisions based on facts and research. We will steer clients away from being pressured to agree to an insufficient settlement, and we will follow through with your case to ensure claims are distributed and contracts are followed. Call us at (866) 425-8273 or fill out our secure online contact us form. Or visit our offices at 1940 165th Street, Suite 200, in Hammond in Woodman Center.