Accidents that result in serious injuries bring major problems—physically, emotionally, and financially. Medical and rehabilitative bills mount at a time you may be in pain and unable to work, and you cannot help but worry about your future and your family.
Fortunately, in cases where the injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a successful personal injury lawsuit may alleviate your financial problems and allow you to concentrate on getting well.
However, personal injury laws in Ohio are complicated, and there are time limits for filing your case, so it can help to get legal assistance to make sure your case is handled promptly and properly.
At Bressman Law, we are aware of the difficulties involved in dealing with insurance companies and the legal system. We are here to handle the entire process to fight for the settlement you deserve.
We provide a free consultation to discuss your individual personal injury situation and show you how a Whitehall personal injury lawyer may be able to help. We work on a contingency basis, so there is never a fee unless and until we win a settlement for you. Call our team today at (614) 538-1116 to evaluate your case.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
There are a wide range of accidents that can lead to a personal injury case, and a wide range of injuries that result from accidents. Types of personal injury cases our lawyers commonly handle include:
- Vehicle accidents—car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle
- Medical malpractice
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Public transportation accidents
- Dog bites
These cases involve injuries that may range from broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries, and sometimes even death. If your loved one passed away due to another party’s negligence, you can hold that party liable through a wrongful death claim.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney in Whitehall, call (614) 538-1116
Damages You May Receive
In a successful lawsuit, our attorneys will fight to get you a settlement award, called damages, to provide payment for your financial costs and losses. In Ohio, compensatory damages cover both your economic and noneconomic losses, and on occasion, punitive damages may be awarded as well.
Economic damages are financial costs which can be calculated. These may include:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income from being unable to work, including loss of potential future earnings
- Property damage, such as your vehicle or personal property
Noneconomic damages are for intangible losses without a specific dollar value, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and spousal companionship
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
According to the Ohio Revised Code § 2315.18, for compensatory damages, there are no caps on economic damages, but there are limits on noneconomic damages that can be awarded.
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The amount of the settlement or award you receive can vary greatly, from thousands to millions of dollars. The value depends on the circumstances of the accident and individual factors that include:
- The severity and permanence of your injuries—broken bones that heal are not worth as much as life-long paralysis, for example
- The insurance coverage and personal assets of the defendants
- Your lost income and future earning potential
- If a wrongful death occurred
- Your age and family situation
- Your property damages
A Whitehall personal injury lawyer at Bressman Law can evaluate your case to determine approximately what it may be worth. We will negotiate with insurance companies, who try to get away with paying out as little as possible, and, should negotiations break down, we will take your case to trial if necessary to fight for the highest possible settlement.
Ohio has time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit. According to Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, the statute of limitations is generally two years, so call us today at (614) 538-1116 to get started and give our team time to gather evidence and build your case.
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Proving negligence is a major factor in personal injury cases. Our attorneys need to show that the defendant did something or neglected to do something and that you were harmed as a result. This means showing:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm
- The defendant breached this duty by actions or failing to act
- This breach caused your injuries
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You suffered injuries and damages as a result
To prove negligence, our legal team may:
- Investigate your case and gather evidence, such as videos from surveillance cameras and police and medical reports
- Interview witnesses and first responders
- Hire expert witnesses to reconstruct what happened and show how the injuries negatively impact your life
Even if you did something that contributed to the accident, you may still get a settlement, although it will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are determined to bear. According to Ohio Revised Code § 2315.33, as long as you are not more than 50 percent to blame, our attorneys may still recover the percentage of the award for which the other parties were at fault.
How Our Firm Can Help
Regardless of the type and circumstances of your injury, our attorneys may help manage all legal aspects of your case by:
- Investigating what happened and gathering and preserving evidence
- Filing all paperwork in a timely manner in compliance with Ohio law
- Building your case
- Negotiating for a fair settlement with insurance companies
- Taking your case to court and arguing in front of a judge and jury if necessary
A Whitehall personal injury lawyer at Bressman Law can handle all your legal hurdles. Let us take the burden off you so you can concentrate on rebuilding your life. Call our team today for your free, no-obligation consultation at (614) 538-1116.