According to the Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, you generally have two years from the date of your truck wreck to file a lawsuit. The Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02 states that you generally have the same timeframe to file a wrongful death lawsuit. There may be exceptions to both statutes, so you may want to speak with your legal team regardless of how much time has passed since your accident.
Make Sure to File a Lawsuit Within the Time Frame
The time after your truck accident may pass faster than you expect, and it may be in your interest to move with calculation and quickness after a truck accident. Some tasks you might need to complete after an accident could be time-sensitive, such as:
- Seeking treatment for your injuries
- Filing a report of your accident
- Filing a report of your injuries to relevant authorities
- Completing insurance claim negotiations
- Filing a lawsuit
It may be vital for you to heed certain deadlines to keep your options for compensation open. It is also critical that you defend your rights after a truck accident. A lawyer can help you in both respects.
A Lawyer Can Guide Your Post-Accident Game Plan
A personal injury lawyer may have intimate knowledge on how to complete an insurance claim or lawsuit after a truck accident. A lawyer may provide advice on:
- How long you have to file a lawsuit after a truck wreck
- The steps you should take for documenting your medical care
- Deadlines for filing specific reports and documents, which might impact your ability to file a lawsuit later
- Your options for pursuing compensation, and the pros and cons of each route
- How to deal with insurance companies
- What not to do, as certain actions could compromise your rights and your eligibility for compensation
You can choose to have your lawyer handle as much of your post-accident pursuit of compensation as possible, and they will do as you wish. Whether this means navigating an insurance settlement or initiating a lawsuit immediately, your lawyer can guide you on your path to possible compensation.
If you want to explore an insurance settlement, your lawyer can:
- Handle communications with the insurance company
- Counsel you before you give any statements about your accident
- Alert you to tactics used by insurance companies that could compromise your case
- Advise you on the relative fairness of settlement offers based on your total costs
If an insurance settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer can help you file and complete a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation, call (614) 538-1116
You Can Seek Awards Through a Lawsuit After a Truck Wreck
The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that you can bring a personal injury lawsuit if you were the victim of a negligent or intentional act that caused you harm. You may also have a case for compensation from someone who is strictly liable for your losses.
In a truck accident case, the truck driver may be held responsible for your losses. Other parties that may be held responsible in some way for your accident might include:
- A trucking company or another party that employs the driver involved in your accident
- A truck manufacturer or parts manufacturer if a defect or malfunction contributed to your accident
- Individual mechanics whose work or lack of oversight contributed to your accident
- A municipality if road conditions or other government-linked factors contributed to your accident
Your lawyer can identify potentially responsible parties for your accident, then name them as defendants in your lawsuit should you choose to bring one. After doing so, your legal team may:
- Collect evidence you have that shows you are the victim of negligence or intentional wrongdoing
- Identify and assign value to your losses
- Establish a connection between the defendants’ failure or actions and your losses
- File your lawsuit
- Handle the legal aspects of your lawsuit
- Represent you in legal appearances
- Negotiate a settlement
- Complete a trial if necessary
Your lawyer will defend your rights from the moment that they become your representative through the completion of your lawsuit or insurance claim.
Compensation Is the Goal in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you, their goal will become to win compensation for you. Awards that you might be entitled to collect to recover your damages include:
- Your accident-related medical expenses
- Your lost income
- Your accident-related pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Diminished earning capacity
Call Bressman Law Today to Begin Working on Your Case
Hiring a lawyer could be a great help as you pursue compensation, and you may not need to pay any attorney’s fees upfront. Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a free consultation. Keep the statutes of limitation in mind, and do not wait to call the team for a lawyer.