If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident in Columbus, OH, Bressman Law is ready to handle your case. A Columbus lawyer from our firm can recover compensation for your car accident injury-related losses––including those that will arise in the future.
The state’s statute of limitations governs your time to take action, so we encourage you to consider your legal options today.
We Can Help You Win Compensation
Your lawyer will stand by your side through the negotiation process and in court, if necessary. We are prepared to help you secure a financial recovery for the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Healthcare expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damages
Depending on your case, you could be eligible to recover additional types of losses.
We Can Help You Avoid Challenges to Your Claim
The attorneys at Bressman Law can become your voice when dealing with the insurance companies. This can help you focus on the important things, like recovering from your injuries or attending to your family’s needs.
By partnering with our team, you can avoid making mistakes that can lead to unfair or denied settlements, some of which include:
Hastily Accepting a Settlement
We understand that you want to recover compensation for your damages as quickly as possible. However, accepting the first settlement offer that comes your way could work against you. This especially could be the case if you do not understand the cost of your damages.
You will not have the opportunity to ask for more money once you settle with the insurer. By partnering with our team, we can determine whether a prospective settlement offer is fair and advise you on a course of action.
Giving a Recorded Statement
In the days following your accident, the insurer may ask you to give a recorded statement, claiming that this gives you a chance to share your side of the story. However, this could not be farther from the truth.
In reality, they may try to:
- Edit your words out of context
- Ask you “loaded” questions
- Compel you to give incriminating statements
You shouldn’t communicate with the insurer over email, either. Let your lawyer do that for you.
Failing to Seek Medical Attention
We urge you to seek treatment for your condition. By visiting your healthcare provider, you can:
- Collect evidence of your injuries
- Connect your injuries to the car accident
- Prove that you took care of yourself after the collision
You do not want the other party to claim that you made your condition worse by failing to seek prompt medical care. The insurer, in turn, could use this information to devalue your damages.
Bressman Law Can Gather Evidence to Prove Your Claim
An attorney from our firm can prove helpful when collecting evidence. Evidence is key to successfully settling your auto accident injury claim. Your own testimony about the accident is one of the first pieces of evidence that our team will collect and review. We also make sure to obtain the statements of any witnesses to your accident.
Some other pieces of evidence that could supplement your car accident claim include:
- The police report
- Photos of your injuries, your car, and the accident scene
- Traffic camera footage
- Accident reconstruction specialist testimony
Many modern cars have “black box” data. This information records how fast a car was going when it was hit, among other key details.
The Statute of Limitations Affects How Long You Have to File
The statute of limitations in Ohio generally gives you two years from the date of your collision to file an injury lawsuit, according to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10.
Two years may seem like a long time, but when you focus on recovering from a serious injury or mourning the loss of a loved one, time can pass very quickly. By promptly considering your options, you can avoid having time run out on your claim.
Determining Whether Your Injuries Merit Compensation
Bressman Law can evaluate your situation and explain whether your injuries entitle you to compensation. The severity of your injuries will play a direct role in the value of your case. Typically, the more severe your condition is, the more money you can get from the insurer.
Some of your accident-related injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- The loss of a limb
- Organ damage
Bressman Law is dedicated to helping Ohio families recover damages when negligence causes them harm.
We Can Prove Negligence in Your Car Accident Case
The American Bar Association (ABA) notes that we must prove negligence to recover compensation in a personal injury case. This is not a problem for us, as we have recovered millions of dollars for people throughout Ohio.
Using the information we find during our investigation, we can prove:
Duty of Care
Everyone who operates a motor vehicle has a civil obligation to drive responsibly. This means obeying traffic signals, abiding by the speed limit, and refraining from texting and driving.
Breach of Duty
To hold another party accountable for your losses, we must prove that they did not uphold their duty of care. Tailgating, distracted driving, and drunk driving all consist of breaches of duty of care.
We must prove that the other party in your case caused your accident. Even if you partially caused the accident, you could still recover compensation, according to ORC §2315.33.
We must show that you incurred damages after getting hurt. We could use your medical bills and employment records to establish this factor.
Call Bressman Law to Learn More About Your Options
Our team has over 30 years of experience, and our track record speaks for itself. A lawyer for car accidents from our Columbus firm can manage everything involved with resolving your case. Exploring your options begins with a single phone call.
To learn more about how our team will fight for compensation, call today.