Accidents happen every day throughout Cleveland. People get injured walking to work, driving to the store, playing sports with friends or even at home cooking with the family. Accidental injuries are an unfortunate part of life that we must all manage.
But when someone gets hurt due to the negligence or actions of another, the injured party can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation to make them whole again. The following provides information on the scope of personal injury law and what you can do if you want to take action.
Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases may arise from injuries suffered in a variety of ways.
Common accidents that may be cause for a personal injury lawsuit include:
- car, bus, motorcycle or truck accidents;
- workplace accidents;
- product liability accidents due to a defectively designed or manufactured product; or
- premises liability accidents, which include slip and falls, electric shock or any other injury sustained due to property owner negligence
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list; those injured in a way not included here still may be able to pursue a personal injury case against those responsible.
An Attorney Can Spot Negligence
In some cases, it may be easy to determine who was at fault for the accident. For example, a serious accident caused by a driver who was texting or under the influence of drugs or alcohol usually will be found at fault for the accident.
Other circumstances are not as obvious, though. If a defective product caused an accident, the liable party could be the manufacturer, distributor or even the engineers who designed the product. In the event of a bus crash, blame may be placed on the driver, the bus company or the manufacturer of the vehicle. An attorney can examine the specifics and determine who ultimately was responsible for any resulting injuries.
It is important to note that even if an injured party was partly responsible for the accident, he or she still can recover compensation. Ohio is a state that follows the rule of modified comparative negligence, which provides that a plaintiff can secure damages if his or her contributory fault was not greater than the combined fault of the party or parties being sued.
Quick Action is Necessary
If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, it is important that you act quickly in order to be able to recover monetary damages for your injuries. Section 2305.10 of the Ohio Revised Code allots two years as the statute of limitations for personal injury actions in the state, after which time the injured party may be barred from recovering compensation.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Bressman Law to review your case. We handle a wide array of personal injury claims and can help you navigate the complex legal system and file a claim to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. You can reach us today by calling 1-877-538-1116.