You’ve Been Injured…Now What?
A negligent act has hurt you or a loved one. Now what? Who will pay the medical bills? You can’t work. How will you be able to take care of your other financial obligations? The insurance company is calling. You are in pain and taking the medications prescribed at the emergency room. Should you talk to the insurance adjuster who is leaving messages and let her take a recorded statement? How do you evaluate your damages? What type of information will influence the insurance company to make a fair offer? Will they take you seriously without an attorney? If you hire an attorney, how will you recover enough after the attorney’s fees to feel like the hassle and frustration were worth it? Will the attorney be willing and able to take your case to trial if the final offer by the insurance company is not fair?
An Experienced Evansville Injury Attorney
Choosing a personal injury lawyer isn’t anyone’s favorite task. When you or a loved one is injured, you need the help of an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney. After twelve years at a large, Evansville law firm, where he was a litigation partner, Todd Barsumian began his career as an Evansville injury lawyer in 2010. In 2013, Todd moved his office to Newburgh, where he has been practicing as a Newburgh injury lawyer with Barsumian Law LLC ever since. Todd now handles only personal injury cases for the injured and has nearly twenty years of combined experience from both sides. He knows how insurance companies and big corporations defend lawsuits. Trying to wade through the legal maze of insurance adjusters, attorneys and powerful corporations to give yourself the best chance of recovering a fair settlement is tough to do without a realistic threat of legal action.
From start to finish, Todd’s mission and goal is simple: quality representation through personal attention to give you the peace of mind you deserve. Then, once the full extent of your injuries is reasonably certain, he will help you pursue a recovery from the wrongdoer of the maximum amount of money the facts and law would allow under the circumstances.
If Todd takes your injury case, he will handle it on a no-recovery no-fee contingency basis where he is compensated based upon a percentage of your recovery. A written fee agreement spells out the scope and terms of his representation and your mutual obligations.
Former Insurance Defense Attorney a Phone Call Away to Answer Your Questions
As a highly-rated civil litigation and trial attorney, Todd has been handling injury cases throughout southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky for nearly twenty years. Before founding his injury law firm, Todd was a litigation and trial attorney often hired by insurance companies to defend individuals and companies who were alleged to have caused serious injuries or death. Todd’s experience as an Evansville personal injury attorney and as an injury attorney in Newburgh enables him to efficiently and effectively evaluate your injury claim.
You can rest assured that if Todd takes your case, he will be the lawyer who handles your injury case from beginning to end. Todd only takes as many clients he believes he can effectively serve. His mission is always quality representation through personal attention.
Recovering for Personal Injuries
One of the oldest concepts in law is that people who cause harm to another may be called to account in a court of law before a judge or jury of your peers. You may have fallen due to an unsecured entry mat slipping, or stepped in an unmarked construction hole. Maybe your child has been bitten by a neighbor’s dog or you were injured by a malfunctioning automatic door, elevator or escalator. Todd Barsumian files both personal injury suits for people injured in accidents and wrongful death suits when a family member is hurt and dies.
Whether you’ve been injured as the result of a household appliance that has malfunctioned and caused a fire destroying your home and memories, a defective product, a wrong prescription or contraindicated medication, or a careless, texting driver, personal injury attorney Todd Barsumian uses his extensive experience, both as a former defense lawyer and plaintiff’s attorney to seek to recover your financial losses and full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
Car and Truck Accidents
Barsumian Law LLC, with offices in the Evansville - Newburgh, Indiana area, files personal injury suits for people who have been seriously hurt in car accidents or who have lost loved ones in auto accidents. Although accidents can happen without any party being at fault, more often one of those drivers involved chose to ignore a safety rule that would have prevented the harm if properly followed. Unfortunately, drivers who try to shave a few minutes off their evening commute by accelerating to make it through a yellow light, or send their co-worker one last text message while on the road home, have made a choice that can and often does result in harming an innocent party. Coal trucks speeding to meet a deadline or a semi driver rushing to pick up one more load can cause devastating injuries when their heavily loaded truck fails to stop in time. A driver who takes a short cut through a parking lot puts pedestrians at risk of catastrophic injuries.
Individuals who drive every day because of their job may be injured by a negligent driver while in the course and scope of their employment. Even though worker’s compensation may help pay medical bills and lost wages, these benefits are often limited or inadequate. Although worker’s compensation is generally the sole and exclusive remedy against a co-worker who causes harm, if a third-party has caused you harm while you were working, you may still bring a claim against that negligent party in a court of law.
Most injury cases involve automobile and truck collisions. In his practice as an Evansville personal injury attorney and while practicing personal injury law in Newburgh, Todd has handled auto collisions, truck crashes, and vehicle colliding with pedestrians that have caused serious injuries such as: head and brain injuries; neck injuries; back and spinal cord injuries; lacerations and facial injuries; internal injuries; amputations and psychological injuries
Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to injury due to the open nature of cycling combined with the average driver paying too little attention to motorcycles on the road. Accidents frequently result in a rider being thrown from the bike over the handlebars or being dragged behind it. Most motorcycle accident claims are often rooted in the simple negligence of a driver’s failure to keep a proper lookout for bikers. This failure to exercise reasonable care combined with a motorcyclist who is unprotected by a helmet or airbags can lead to life-altering injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain injuries or an amputated limb. Todd will work aggressively to reconstruct the accident, often with the help of an expert, to demonstrate that the other party acted negligently, failed to follow traffic laws or failed to pay proper attention to surrounding conditions.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Many pedestrians who are injured are seniors, disabled or children in strollers, i.e. those most vulnerable to a driver speeding through a parking lot or a cross-walk. When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the force of impact is often too great for a pedestrian to survive, leaving the family without recourse other than a wrongful death lawsuit. Other injuries left by a vehicle striking a pedestrian can be severe such as a skull fracture or require amputation or skin graft.
A disproportionate number of bicycle accidents also involve young people who are not as confident about their abilities and panic when confronted with an inattentive driver making the situation ripe for serious injury. Many motorists are unaware that the law requires them to share the road and keep a lookout for potential dangers. In other words, even if a driver is confronted by someone who may not be behaving safely, this is no excuse for the driver to proceed with reckless disregard for injury. It is to be expected that we will face choices on the road, and jurors serving as the conscience of the community will be quick to find fault with a driver who picks the less safe alternative.
Serious accidents occur at construction sites for many reasons. These are not necessarily exclusively workers’ compensation cases, but accidents in which the negligent party is someone other than the worker’s direct employer. Although tool-box talks and daily safety measures are often the norm, when schedules fall behind or materials are late to show, profits may be placed over people. A subcontractor who leaves behind a dangerous condition at a work-site can cause harm to employees of another sub who come onto the scene without knowledge of the danger. Falls and falling materials from these unsafe conditions can injure or kill. Sometimes a contractor will disregard OSHA regulations that are designed to protect everyone working on the project. Other times, a contractor may have failed to properly train or supervise a heavy equipment operator. A negligently operated crane or excavator can cause instant devastation. Todd files personal injury suits against negligent equipment operators, unsafe subcontractors, property owners who fail to disclose their superior knowledge of dangers, and those who fail to follow safe practices.
Hiring an experienced Evansville personal injury attorney who knows how to identify the responsible party or parties in a multiple contract construction project is an important step in receiving the compensation you deserve for your loss.
Medical and Pharmaceutical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice and pharmaceutical malpractice claims have been on the rise in recent years as our health care system faces increasing challenges and physicians and pharmacists often fall into a pattern of assembly-line medicine. A simple medical error can cause a permanent injury requiring lifelong treatment like dialysis or even death. A physician and his staff fail to take an appropriate history, leading to a contraindicated medication or course of treatment. Failure to properly monitor vital signs after a surgery can result in a patient bleeding to death. Difficulties and failures to properly intubate a patient facing an emergency can lead to permanent brain damage or death. The failure to order proper tests or recognize signs of heart attack or stroke can result in an improper diagnosis and discharge of a patient to home where further damage is almost certain.
Indiana’s system of statutory caps and medical review panels can make claims and lawsuits against qualified healthcare providers challenging. In the past Todd has served as a chair of a medical review panel at the request of his peers and brings this insight to his medical malpractice cases. Effective July 2017, Kentucky adopted the medical review panel process that is nearly identical to Indiana’s government-mandated system. Although likely to face stiff constitutional challenge, a pre-suit physician review process is also now mandated by Kentucky law. Todd is also licensed in Kentucky and can bring his experience with the panel process to these Kentucky cases.
Pharmacists at pharmacies and staff pharmacists at hospitals can also make serious and life-threatening errors in prescribing medications. The wrong nephrotoxic antibiotic prescribed to someone with kidney disease can lead to full-blown kidney failure and never-ending dialysis. Other antibiotics when improperly prescribed, dosed or monitored, such as the aminoglycoside, gentamicin, can lead to permanent balance issues by causing bilateral vestibular impairment. Blood thinners prescribed to someone predisposed to bleeding can lead to devastating consequences. Todd has experience with these types of cases and can help gather the medical experts and literature necessary to demonstrate that the pharmacist breached the requisite standard of care and that breach was a substantial contributing factor in bringing about the injury or death.
Honored by His Peers and Professional Organizations
Indiana Super Lawyers selected Todd as a “Rising Star” four times – an honor bestowed on fewer than 2.5 percent of Indiana lawyers per year. The National Trial Lawyer Association also named him to its “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Indiana.” Todd is AV-Rated by his peers and has a perfect client rating with Martindale Hubbell. He also has a perfect 10 out of 10 rated by Avvo. Todd encourages his clients to review each prospective attorney’s credentials and experience before making the important decision of calling an Evansville personal injury attorney.
The Time to Consider Legal Action is Limited
Because the law limits the time to seek a remedy in court (the statute of limitations), it is important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured and don’t know what to do next, call Todd for a free consultation to discuss what happened to you. If he takes your case, you can expect personalized attention from him and his staff.
An Injury Attorney and Registered Mediator Who Listens and Cares
As a trained and registered mediator in the State of Indiana, Todd is asked by colleagues to mediate complex legal disputes. He brings this experience with the art of compromise to your case. But, do know, he is comfortable in the courtroom, having taken challenging cases through trial to jury verdict in state and federal courts in Indiana and Kentucky. Although Todd is unable to take every case, we think you’ll find Todd and his staff sympathetic. Todd strives to explain legal concepts so you don’t feel left behind and if he takes your case, he will do his very best to win you the compensation you deserve. He looks forward to your call.
Sincerely,Attorney & Founder
He went beyond the scope to investigate certain details that ended up being crucial, that had been missed by all others who had worked on this case prior. It is not possible to give a high enough commendation to him. We could not have asked for more capable hands to be in. If a reason to need counsel presents itself in the future, we will have to look no further than his office. If you are reading this review, you have found your lawyer!
Todd worked on a personal injury case for my family, walking us through all the legal jargon and process. We were very worried about everything, and his personal style and professionalism helped us through an extremely difficult time. Todd's integrity is beyond reproach.
Todd is an amazing attorney and an even better person. He went above and beyond to help us win our case. We had obstacle after obstacle and he never slowed down in working for us! There is no question, if we never needed an attorney again, he will be our go to guy!!