Merrillville Personal Injury Attorney



Attorney Shane O’Donnell has successfully represented many Merrillville, Indiana accident victims.  He has also represented countless Merrillville residents involved in car and truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and construction accidents.  Attorney O’Donnell has very much enjoyed the time he has spent in Merrillville, Indiana.


Call the Law Offices of Shane O’Donnell today at (219) 213-2254 for a free initial consultation.


Merrillville is a town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana.  The population was 37,387 at the 2011 census.  Merrillville is located in the east-central portion of Lake County.


Merrillville is located on land that used to belong to the Potawatomi Indians.  In 1834, a clearing was created for ceremonial purposes and was called McGwinn Village.  A year later, a  man named Jeremiah Wiggins settled here, and it was renamed Wiggins Point.


Under the name Wiggins Point, the place became a well-known rest stop for wagon trains heading to Joliet, Illinois along the old Sauk Trail, which was an Indian trail. At one point, 16 trails radiated from Wiggins Point.  In 1838, Jeremiah Wiggins died.  At some point after this, local settlers renamed this place Centerville.


Later on, it was renamed Merrillville after Dudley and William Merrill.  Dudley Merrill operated a hotel and store in Centerville, and his son John Merrill was a Township Trustee.


In 1848, Merrillville was part of what was called Ross Township.  As time went by, parts of Ross Township were taken by Hobart and Crown Point when those towns incorporated.


In 1971, the area officially became Merrillville and was incorporated as a town under Indiana law.


Town of Merrillville, Indiana (


Merrillville Chamber of Commerce (


Merrillville Town Court- (219) 756-6185


Merrillville Fire Department- (219) 769-0004


Merrillville Police Department- (219) 769-3531 (non emergency)


        (219) 769-3722 (administrative)



Merrillville Town Administrative Office- (219) 769-5711





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  • 5 Steps in handling your personal injury case

    #1.  Get immediate medical care The extent of your  injuries or of others is very hard to diagnose at the time of your incident.  Serious injuries  may or may not result in immediate pain or discomfort. Call 911 or emergency  services after any serious accident or injury.

  • Do not make any conclusive statements

    #2.  At the time or your accident  or injury it is common try to  analyze your injuries or all the circumstances of the accident. In most cases, this should not be done during the stressful aftermath of an accident. If other parties make statements make note of  their comments. Do not sign documents or make statements to an insurance adjuster.

  • Cooperate with emergency authorities

    #3.  Cooperate with  medical care and law enforcement authorities. Provide requested motor vehicle, insurance or personal ID information.  Capture pictures (via cell phone) of important details of your accident (by an uninjured party).

  • Contact an attorney to review your injury case

    #4.  Each personal injury case has unique circumstances which can only be addressed from an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney.  Contact an attorney for a confidential consultation as soon as possible.

  • Be Patient - Follow medical care directives

    #5.  Medical injuries can take time to fully diagnose. One painful  injury can mask a completely different and more serious injury.  If you experience any medical issues after your incident contact a medical professional immediately. Keep all incident and medical records for your attorney's review.

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