Sometimes injuries occur because another person chooses to act in a negligent, reckless, or careless way. If this happened to you, Ohio’s personal injury laws may allow you to hold that party financially responsible for your medical bills and other losses.
The personal injury lawyers in Hilliard at Bressman Law provide Central Ohio residents with competent and personalized legal representation. We offer free case reviews, and can help you understand your options for recovering the compensation you deserve. If you suffered an injury in or around Hilliard, call us at 877-539-1116 to get started today.
How do personal injuries occur?
Many types of injuries fall under the general category of “personal injuries.” We work with clients who suffered injuries in a wide variety of ways. The only real stipulation is that they must have occurred because of someone else’s negligence. Some of the most common types of personal injury accidents we represent include:
- Car wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Bicycle versus motor vehicle collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Product defects
- Construction accidents
Why is getting medical care as soon as possible important for my personal injury case?
No matter how your injury happened, it is key that you get the medical care you need immediately following the accident. Imagine a truck merges into your lane and hits you on I-75. Luckily, the crash was relatively minor. You do not think you need to call an ambulance or visit the emergency room.
The next morning, you have severe stomach pain, and visit your doctor. She diagnoses you with internal bleeding, and admits you to the hospital for surgery. You now owe $10,000 or more in hospital bills, and the trucking company will likely claim your injuries occurred in the time between the crash and the following morning.
Going to the emergency room from the scene of the accident would not only have ensured doctors found your injuries sooner, but saved you the headache with the insurance company as well.
What does it take to win compensation in a Hilliard personal injury case?
We can negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company in most Hilliard personal injury cases. We file a claim based on the at-fault party’s auto, homeowner’s, or business liability insurance policy. To recover compensation, we must prove:
- The other party had a duty to keep you safe.
- She breached her duty/acted negligently.
- Her negligence caused your injuries.
- You suffered losses because of your injury.
For example, drivers have a responsibility to keep other road users safe from undue harm. If a driver was texting and hit you in a crosswalk, she breached her duty by driving unsafely. We can file a claim with her car insurance to recover compensation for any injuries.
What evidence is necessary to prove a personal injury claim?
Evidence makes or breaks any Hilliard personal injury case. Our legal team knows exactly what we need to do to prove negligence, liability, and damages in these claims, and where to find the necessary evidence. We visit the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, and even call in experts when necessary. We can hire an accident reconstruction expert to tell us how your Hilliard car accident happened, or learn more about your future medical needs from your records and a medical specialist.
We also carefully investigate and document all your accident-related expenses and other losses. This is important because we cannot determine the value of a fair settlement without understanding the full picture of your damages. We often uncover expenses our clients previously overlooked, and help them recover more money than they could on their own.
Does Ohio law limit how much I can collect from a personal injury claim?
Ohio law does place limits on how much you can recover after a personal injury accident. This cap applies only to noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering. It is set at $250,000, or three times your actual financial losses. If your accident left you with permanent injuries, the courts waive this cap.
Like other states, they also put a strict statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit based on a personal injury accident. In Ohio, you have two years to file suit in most cases. This is why we recommend giving us a call as soon after an accident as possible. We need to file your insurance claim to see if we need to pursue further action or if the insurer is willing to offer a fair settlement before this deadline.
Do I need to hire an attorney to handle my personal injury case?
There is no reason not to hire an attorney to help you navigate the often-complicated personal injury claims process. We already know and understand the laws as they apply to your case, and we have the skills and resources to collect the evidence and build a strong case to support your claim. Our aggressive negotiations are possible because of our experience dealing with greedy insurance companies.
You could attempt to file your claim on your own, but might make a mistake like giving a recorded statement and end up leaving thousands of dollars on the table.
By enlisting our help quickly after a Hilliard personal injury accident, we can ensure your rights remain protected against some of the most nefarious tactics insurance companies use to reduce or eliminate your payout. This helps reduce the stress and anxiety you and your family are feeling, allowing you to focus on healing.
If the insurance company denies your claim or refuses a fair settlement, we can pursue more aggressive action. Often, this includes filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. Very few of these cases ever reach a jury or judge, but the option is there if we need it.
How can I talk about my case with a personal injury lawyer near me?
If you suffered injuries in or around Hilliard, the legal team from Bressman Law can help you recover fair compensation to cover your accident-related losses. Call our Central Ohio office today at 877-538-1116 to schedule a free case review with one of our personal injury lawyers.