Serious car accidents result in life-threatening injuries to a vehicle’s occupants. The cars involved may be totaled or require extensive repairs, while injured parties may require intensive medical treatment or have permanent disabilities.
Some examples of injuries that could occur in a serious car accident include:
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Head, neck, and brain injury
Serious injuries can have far-reaching effects on various parts of a person’s life. For instance, their personal relationships may be impacted as well as their ability to work. Financial losses may be significant, and future insurance costs could increase as well.
Compensation in a Serious Car Accident
After being injured in a serious car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses resulting from the crash. Compensation generally consists of both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages have a monetary value, while noneconomic damages do not have a verifiable value.
Some examples of economic damages include:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
Some examples of noneconomic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You may be able to recover the cost of these damages through an insurance settlement or lawsuit. You do not need a lawyer to help you recover compensation. However, working with one could serve your legal interests.
For a free legal consultation, call (614) 538-1116
How a Lawyer Can Help
After suffering injuries in a serious car accident, you may be contacted by the insurance company. While these agencies may act as though they are on your side, at the end of the day, these organizations are for-profit companies. Sometimes, their goal is to pay claimants as little money as possible. This is how a lot of insurance companies protect their bottom line.
Yet, when you work with a lawyer, they can negotiate with the insurer for a fair settlement or represent you in court, if necessary. If you are interested in filing a lawsuit, according to Ohio Revised Code Statute 2305.10, you generally have two years to bring your case before a judge.
Additionally, a lawyer can help your case by:
- Investigating the accident
- Gathering evidence to support your case, such as traffic surveillance footage
- Examining the police report and your medical records
- Interviewing witnesses and first responders
- Consulting with third-party field experts to learn more about your injuries and the accident
- Estimating the cost of your incurred damages
- Serving as your legal advocate
Your lawyer may be able to recover compensation by providing additional services than those we have included above.
Proving Negligence in a Serious Car Accident
To win your case, your legal team will need to provide evidence that shows how another party was negligent and is, therefore, responsible for your financial losses.
Your lawyer must prove the following four elements:
- Duty of care. The liable party had a duty of care to promote the safety and wellbeing of others.
- Breach of duty of care. The liable party breached this duty by failing to act in a reasonable and responsible manner.
- Causation. This breach resulted in the serious car accident that harmed you.
- Damages. You suffered injuries and damages as a result of the accident.
Even if you have done something to contribute to the collision, you still may be entitled to compensation. If you were less than 51% responsible for the accident, then under Ohio Revised Code Section 2315.33, your damages will be adjusted to account for your role in the collision. A lawyer can determine the facts of your situation and explain how this applies to your case.
Get Help for Your Serious Car Accident
A serious car accident can impact your life in almost every way. Right now, you could be missing time from work or face limitations to your physical abilities. If you or a loved one was injured in a collision, consider how a personal injury lawyer from Bressman Law may be able to assist you. Our goal is to provide warm and supportive legal care as you pursue compensation for your injury-related expenses.
Additionally, our team works on a contingency fee basis. You do not need to worry about the cost of legal representation when you partner with us. We only get paid at the successful conclusion of your case. Otherwise, you do not owe us our attorney’s fees.
We encourage you to act quickly. When you call today, you will enter into a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your options for financial recovery. To get started, call (614) 538-1116.