Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire an attorney?
Charlie Berger’s years of experience can help alleviate some of the worry injured parties face.  Charlie can work with insurance companies and medical providers on your behalf.  Settlement of a case can pay medical bills and provide you and your family with financial and emotional relief.
What can I expect from my attorney?
Charlie Berger can work with you through every step of the legal process, from the initial filing of your case through the settlement negotiations, and if need be, represent you at trial.  In addition, Charlie can be available to answer your questions and advise you along the way.
What types of cases does Berger & Berger handle?
Berger & Berger handles personal injury cases, wrongful death claims, and civil litigation.  Personal injury cases include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, and slip and fall injuries.
Does Berger & Berger take cases on contingency? What fees should I expect if I hire an attorney?
At Berger & Berger, we receive no fee until we win your case.  There are no costs up front and we advance the expenses necessary to reach settlement on your behalf.  Your initial consultation is free.
When must I file a personal injury suit if I have been injured?
Every state, including Indiana, possesses “statutes of limitations”, which dictate how long an injured person has to file a lawsuit.  If you have been injured and you fail to file your lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, your claim will be forever barred.  Because statutes of limitations may differ based upon where you were injured and other factors, it is important that you speak with an attorney regarding your claim as soon as possible after your injury to ensure that you do not lose your claim.

There are also other earlier deadlines to preserve a claim in some cases that expire before the statute of limitations, which require very quick action on an injured party’s part to preserve their claim.  Therefore, we believe you should contact an attorney as soon as an injury or death has occurred.

What should I do if I have been injured in an accident?
First and foremost, if you have been injured, you should ensure that you receive the necessary immediate medical care.  After your immediate medical care, you should consider gathering information related to the accident, including the name of the individual who caused the accident, the name and address of his or her automobile insurer, and the names and identifying information of any witnesses to the accident.  If a police report is prepared, you should consider obtaining a copy of this report.

It is very important that you not agree to provide any recorded statements to the insurance company representative for the driver whose negligence caused your injury and that you do not sign anything from such representatives without first consulting an attorney.