Lake County Indiana Car Accident Lawyers

Located in Schererville, Indiana, the Law Office of Karl E. Hand, P.C., represents personal injury clients throughout northern Indiana. Our law firm provides experienced and highly personalized representation to clients in a wide range of personal injury matters.

Contact our Indiana accident and injury attorneys by e-mail or call us today for a free initial consultation.

Client Focused Personal Injury Representation

Auto/car accidents: We handle all types of motor vehicle crash claims, including legal actions arising from car accidents, truck accidents, semi/tractor-trailer wrecks, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, taxi accidents and drunk driving/intoxicated driver accidents.

Premises liability: Our firm can help if you have been injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence. We handle premises liability claims, including slip-and-fall injuries, dog bites, swimming pool injuries, trampoline injuries, construction injuries, electrocution, burns and negligent security.

School accidents: If your child has been injured in an accident at school, we will explain your options. We handle a variety of school accident claims, including injuries sustained as a result of a playground accident.

Nursing home neglect and abuse: If your loved one has suffered a serious or fatal injury resulting from nursing home neglect or abuse, contact our firm; we can provide helpful advice and representation. Let us know if your family member or other loved one has suffered an injury, malnutrition or abuse, and you suspect substandard care or negligent practices. We also handle nursing home slip-and-fall accident claims.

Wrongful death: We handle all types of serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, neck, back as well as those that are catastrophic and fatal. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, we can file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf.

Common Personal Injury Questions

What is personal injury?  A personal injury is a physical or psychological injury that is caused by another.  An individual or company may act negligently or intentionally or may be held strictly liable for causing an injury to a person. Lawsuits involving personal injuries are handled in civil court where financial penalties are enforced, as opposed to criminal court where criminal penalties such as imprisonment are enforced. You can learn more here.

What is negligence? General negligence can be described as any failure to act with proper caution or care, when this causes harm to another.  A good way to determine whether a person or company was negligent is to ask oneself: “Would a reasonably prudent and careful person have acted in the same manner if put in the same or similar circumstances?” If the answer is no, then the person may not been negligent. You can learn more about negligence here.

What is liability and how do I know who should be held liable for my injuries?  Liability is defined  as a legal responsibility for something, especially costs or damages. If someone else caused your injuries, intentionally or unintentionally, they may be held liable. This means that that they would pay for your medical care, lost income and other damages associated with your injuries.

What is financial compensation? Financial compensation is a term used to describe money paid by an at-fault party (the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit) to the injured party or to a representative of the injured party (the plaintiff). This money is intended to reasonably compensate the plaintiff for the damages, losses and injuries that were caused by the defendant.

What are compensatory damages? Compensatory damages are paid to a plaintiff in a personal injury claim or lawsuit in order to help the plaintiff rebuild to the same or similar situation as before the injury occurred.  Compensatory damages may include money for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and future medical expenses.


I slipped and fell on someone else’s property. How do I know if it their fault or mine?  If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on another’s property, they may be held responsible for your injuries if their negligence caused your accident to occur. For example, the property owner may have known of a missing stair or other unsafe condition but failed to post a warning sign or get it repaired in a timely manner. If you fell while walking down that staircase, it is possible that the property owner would be held accountable. Every case presents a unique set of facts, therefore,  it is important to have your lawyer thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine who is at fault.

What are the factors that may influence what my personal injury case is worth? The primary factor that will influence the value of your personal injury case is the nature and extent of physical injury that you have experienced. More serious injuries result in a higher medical expenses, more time away from work and long lasting consequences such as a permanent disability or an inability to return to work at all. The value of a personal injury claim may be determined based on medical bills, lost earnings, future medical care, future loss of earnings and the extent of emotional distress that you have experienced.

How do we determine what your case is worth?

We work with and hire outside experts to understand the true value of your case. After we gather ALL the facts from you in our free consultation and case review, we will discuss your case with other experts to understand what the true and full value of your case is.

Some experts we work with:

  • Economists
  • Vocational Experts (occupational /job)
  • Medical Professionals and Doctors

Personal Attention From Northwest Indiana Lawyers

If you choose to retain our firm for your legal matter, your personal injury case will be handled by a dedicated attorney who is accessible to answer your questions. We will promptly return your calls and keep you informed throughout the duration of your case. Personal and client-focused service is a hallmark of our firm.

Contact Us — Lake County Personal Injury Claim Attorneys

We represent clients throughout Northwest Indiana, including Lake County, Porter County and the surrounding towns, areas and counties.

Small Firm Service, Big Results: Call or contact us by e-mail to schedule a no-charge consultation with a personal injury attorney at our Schererville law office. We are always available via e-mail and cell phone.