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

  • Truck Accidents  +
    • We successfully concluded litigation with excellent results in several accident cases involving semi-trucks. One accident concerned the death of a young woman and two children on the Indiana Toll Road when the van in which they were riding crossed the median and was struck by a truck traveling in the opposite direction. In another, when a trucker ran a red light, the ensuing collision resulted in significant facial and bodily injuries to a young man and his fiancée. Another accident involved a young man who was killed by a speeding truck driver who struck the boy’s vehicle near an intersection.

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents  +
    • One case involved a young woman who sustained head and back injuries when she was run over by a truck as a result of an altercation at an outdoor party. An intoxicated young man in a pickup truck struck our client, tearing off a large portion of her scalp, fracturing her eye socket, and injuring her back. A substantial judgment was granted by the trial court.

      A settlement was reached in another case in which a woman, on her way to work in the early morning hours, struck two horses that had broken free from their gated pasture and wandered into the middle of the road. After hitting the horses, her car then struck a tree, causing severe facial and sinus injuries to our client. She underwent several surgeries to repair the damage and still suffers today from vision difficulties and pain in her sinus area as a result of the accident.

  • Food-Borne Illnesses  +
    • Three people who dined at a fast-food restaurant were exposed to a food-borne illness which resulted in kidney failure and the likelihood of kidney transplants later in life. A settlement just prior to trial provided financial security for our clients for the remainder of their lives.

  • 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.

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