Practice Areas

Personal Injury

May Oberfell Lorber has extensive experience handling some of the most complex personal injury and wrongful death cases in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.

We develop a personal relationship with you and stay “in the trenches” every step of the way.

We have obtained judgments or achieved settlements for our clients in some of Michiana’s most significant cases. Clients value our strong and aggressive representation, coupled with our subtle, yet direct approach.


Our experience includes

  • Products Liability / Defective Products  +
    • One case involved an infant who died as a result of the failure of a medical device. The child’s death occurred despite numerous complaints by the parents to the medical device supplier of prior events of failure in the machine. At the time the verdict was rendered by the jury, it was believed to have been the largest verdict ever in the history of Indiana for the death of a child.

      Another case concerned a factory worker whose hand became entangled in a machine as he was cleaning it, resulting in the degloving of his hand. The machine did not have any mechanism to stop it in an emergency situation, which would have prevented the accident. After it was proved that the accident could have been prevented, the manufacturer of the machine found it to be in their best interests to settle the case rather than risk going to trial.

  • Fires / Traumatic Burns  +
    • A State employee, negligently driving a mowing tractor in a rural part of the County, caused a young man’s truck to leave the road, strike a telephone pole, and burst into flames. The man sustained severe burn damage to the lower half of his body from the fire. We obtained a substantial judgment against the State which justly compensated the man, his wife and two young children as a result of his severe injuries.

  • Electrocutions  +
    • An out-of-court settlement was reached just before trial on behalf of the family of a man who was electrocuted while making repairs in a large manufacturing facility. The case required us to prove that personnel at the manufacturing plant had created a hazardous condition of which the man was unaware and which resulted in his death.

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries  +
    • The firm obtained a verdict against the negligent driver of an automobile who struck an attorney. The man sustained a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident and was unable to continue to earn a living in his chosen profession after the accident similar to what he had become accustomed during the healthy days of his working career.

  • Faulty Installation of Equipment  +
    • A recent case involved the faulty installation of a new furnace in a home that had sustained extensive damage from a fire. The furnace was not properly vented upon installation during the rehab of the home and the family that returned to the home experienced serious and long-term effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Litigation was instituted against the contractor who installed the furnace and a settlement was reached prior to trial.

  • Gas Explosions / Fireworks  +
    • During a Fourth of July celebration, a young man lost an eye when a defective firework exploded prematurely. He endured several surgeries to repair the damage and had great difficulty, due to his growth, with the fitting of his prosthetic eye as well. A settlement with several of the defendants allowed for a successful conclusion of the case.