If you get injured in a collision between your passenger vehicle and a large truck, a lawyer may help you get financial compensation to recover your losses. The following tips can help you learn how to choose a truck accident lawyer to help you get the compensation you need. Choose a lawyer who:
- Has experience handling truck accident cases
- Has a successful track record and recommendations
- Is responsive and keeps you informed as your case progresses
- Will help you fight for a financial settlement
- Will represent you on a contingency fee basis
Choose a legal team you trust to represent you in your personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. You also want to get a legal team that has handled numerous truck accident cases and is attentive and responsive to your needs.
Choose a Lawyer Who Will File Your Lawsuit on Time
Did you know your case has a time limit that must be adhered to? According to the Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party in your truck accident. The clock on the statute of limitations starts ticking as soon as the accident occurs.
If you do not file your lawsuit on time, repercussions may include being unable to file your lawsuit at all and being unable to legally compel the at-fault party to cover the financial consequences of the accident. If that happens, the financial repercussions of the accident will become your sole responsibility.
The sooner you contact a truck accident lawyer, the sooner they can start preparing and filing your lawsuit. Your legal team can make sure your case avoids getting dismissed by filing your lawsuit on time. Before your case even needs to go to trial, your lawyer may try to negotiate a financial settlement with the at-fault party to help you get the compensation you need.
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Choose a Lawyer Who Will Help You Negotiate a Financial Settlement
Many personal injury claims end with financial settlements instead of court judgments. Although the decision to say yes or no to an offer is always yours, the lawyer you choose may advise you on the feasibility of any settlement offers you receive.
By agreeing to accept a specified amount of money to settle your case out of court, you acknowledge that the at-fault party is fully absolved of any additional financial damage from the accident. That means even if you uncover additional financial damage later, you cannot ask the at-fault driver to cover those expenses. Your lawyer may also help you avoid accepting any settlement offers that do not take your total losses into account.
You do not have to accept a settlement offer that will not adequately cover the cost of your accident-related expenses and losses. If a favorable financial settlement cannot be reached in your case, your legal team may represent you in court and fight hard for the financial recovery you are seeking.
Choose a Lawyer Who Can Accurately Value Your Claim
The success of your claim depends in large part on how your claim gets valued. Choose a lawyer who will not overlook your expenses and strives to value your total losses as accurately as possible.
According to the Ohio Revised Code § 2315.18, you may be able to recover the following economic and noneconomic damages from the at-fault party:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Income you expect to lose in the future
- Damaged or destroyed property
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
Your lawyer may also help you avoid inadvertently accepting a settlement offer that is too small or that does not fairly cover your financial expenses and losses. Accepting a settlement less than what you may be entitled to collect could mean you might be left paying accident-related expenses out of your own pocket in the future. Your truck accident lawyer can help you assign the right monetary value to your claim and make sure it is filed on time.
Financial Recovery After a Truck Accident
If you were injured in a collision with a large truck, choose a truck accident lawyer who will fight hard to ensure you get the financial compensation you need. Contact the personal injury team at Bressman Law by calling (614) 538-1116 to find out how hard our team will work for you.