If you or one of your loved ones has been injured due to the negligence of another person, you are likely worried about how you will pay your bills, repair your car, and keep food on the table for your family. Fortunately, injury victims are often entitled to compensation for their damages. To learn more about Ohio personal injury laws and how they apply to your case, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Young, Reverman, & Mazzei and schedule your risk-free initial consultation today.
Serving Ohio residents since 1972 with over 250 years of combined experience on staff, we have established ourselves as a leading personal injury firm in Ohio and throughout the tri-state area. Sporting an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, you can be confident in the abilities of our staff to get you the maximum compensation possible for your claim. In fact, injury victims who obtain proper representation potentially see their settlement values TRIPLE! Think about how far that can go to helping you get back on your feet.
Taking on the insurance company alone is a risky proposition and is best left to trained professionals. Call our office today at 513-854-8885 and sit down with an experienced attorney in our Cincinnati office, located at 1243 W. 8th St. #2000, Cincinnati, OH, who will answer all of your questions and let you know what your case may be worth. When you consider the fact that your consultation is free, you pay nothing unless we win your case, and your settlement can potentially triple in value, what do you have to lose? Contact us today and let us take the stress off of your back so that you can focus on your physical recovery while we fight for the compensation you deserve!
Why Do I Need a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer?
Sometimes, it’s relatively easy to get a fair amount of compensation for your personal injury without the help of an attorney. For example, if you were involved in a car crash that caused a few hundred dollars’ in damages to your car and some minor injuries, you can successfully file an insurance claim on your own and recover all the compensation you need.
Nonetheless, there are some specific circumstances where you will need a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer to give you the best chances of receiving the compensation you need for all the different kinds of damages you suffered. This includes circumstances involving:
- Serious injuries, including those with permanent or long-term disabilities and significant medical bills
- Medical negligence by healthcare providers
- Insurance companies offering an unfair settlement or outright denying compensation
- Wrongful death
- Defective product claims, including medical devices, drugs, and car parts
The following are some of the key benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer in Cincinnati:
Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, we don’t charge any upfront costs and work on a contingency basis. This means that we won’t charge you for our services unless we can obtain compensation via a settlement or jury verdict, either from an out-of-court settlement of from insurance.
What this means is that we’ll aggressively fight for your justice and get you the highest amount of compensation based on the insurance policy of the party at fault, or the state limits on the personal injury damages. One key advantage of the contingency fee system is that you don’t need to worry about how you will pay for our services. We want you to focus on recovering from your injuries and let us build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
We Know How to Handle the Insurance Companies
In some cases, the first avenue for obtaining compensation is with the insurance company of the party at fault. Nonetheless, working with these insurance companies can be quite difficult, especially for the average person. Working with the insurance companies after a minor accident is a lot different compared to filing a claim after a serious accident that caused serious injuries and damage.
Keep in mind that the insurance companies want to pay the least amount of compensation possible. Their adjusters are trained to be convincing and polite, so they can easily make you think that they are on your side. But they will still use anything you say against your case to devalue or even deny your claim.
An experienced lawyer can work with the insurance company on your behalf. They have been through the insurance claims process many times and they know exactly how to defend your rights in such a case and pursue fair compensation. The lawyer also understands how the negotiating process is like, and won’t be pressured to accept a lowball offer from the insurance companies.
Our Lawyers Know How to Properly Value Your Claim
Besides your family and friends, your Cincinnati personal injury lawyer is the only other person who truly cares about valuing your claim as accurately as possible. The lawyers and insurance companies of the party at fault will be trying to devalue your claim at every turn.
However, our attorneys will collect all of the necessary evidence to arrive at an accurate valuation of all the compensation you deserve, for your present, past, and future damages. These include the non-economic damages, such as the pain and suffering you went through, the loss of enjoyment, among others, which are by default harder to prove than the economic damages like medical bills.
We will provide professional advice on how to gather the needed evidence to prove your non-economic damages, as we know that besides the physical effects, personal injuries have both emotional and psychological effects.
We Understand Contributory Fault
The courts in Ohio use a revised rule of contributory fault when dealing with personal injury claims. This rule mandates the following:
Personal injury claims can’t recover compensation in case the court determines that they are over 50% responsible for the accident and hence their injuries.
Assuming that the victim is less than 50% at fault for the accident, your compensation award will be decreased by their percentage of fault. So, if you were 40% at fault and you were awarded $100,000 for the claim, the amount you receive will be reduced by 40% to $60,000.
Our lawyers are committed to building a strong case on your behalf, which will help ensure that the court doesn’t assign you more fault than you deserve. In case the case ends up in trial, we know how we can counter the arguments brought forth by the defense claiming that you are to blame for what happened.
Our Vast Experience with the Legal processes
Your lawyer will offer expert guidance and help you preserve critical evidence regarding your case, document the severity of the injuries you incurred, and track down the expense you incur from the injuries you suffer. Your lawyer also knows the process that’s typically followed in these cases, the document that need filing, and how to complete them. Having a lawyer on your side can also help you avoid missing out on a settlement due to common mistakes with the legal process.
Filing of Your Personal Injury Claim in a Timely Manner
Just like every other state, Ohio has a deadline for filing personal injury claims. This deadline is referred to as the statute of limitations. When and if the statute expires, you will be prohibited from filing a claim. The deadline is two years from the date of the accident (or cause of action) in Ohio.
Still, the law provides more time in some specific situations. For instance:
- In a case where the claimant got injured by a toxic drug, chemical, or medical advice, the deadline doesn’t apply until the claimant is informed by a certified medical authority that they have an injury related to the device, chemical, or drug. The statute would also begin to apply if the claimant should have known or knew about the injury after exercising their own due diligence.
- In cases that involve injuries from the exposure to asbestos. Here, the statute doesn’t begin to apply until the claimant is made aware or knew about their injuries when they were informed by a qualified professional. Our attorney has a vast knowledge of the law and the statute of limitations, and we know how to determine when the statute began to apply for your case and how much time you have to file a claim.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Cincinnati?
Our attorneys work solely on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you won’t owe us any amount out of pocket. In fact, we won’t get paid until your case ends in a successful settlement, and at this point, our fee will only be a small percentage of your verdict or settlement amount.
We also offer free consultations with no obligations, to review all the merits of your potential claim and see if you have enough grounds to file a lawsuit. We also give you the legal guidance you need to establish whether filing a claim is the right option for you.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer?
As with any claim, it is in an insurance company’s best interest to offer the lowest settlement amount possible. Accepting the first offer for your personal injury claim may seem like a quick win, especially if you’re faced with mounting medical costs, but these initial settlement offers are rarely enough to cover victims’ comprehensive needs. It’s advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney before accepting any insurance company settlement; a lawyer can advise you if the offer is fair or take the lead in negotiating for adequate compensation.
How Do I Know if I Have a Personal Injury Case?
If you suffered an injury out of someone else’s negligence, you might have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. This entails proving the four key elements of negligence to prove your case. These include:
Duty of Care
This refers to the duty of a person in exercising the same kind of care a reasonable person would in a similar situation. For example, health professionals have an obligation to offer the same kind of care and attention that an equally trained professional would if they were in a similar situation.
Breaching the Duty of Care
When you establish the duty of care of the situation, the next step is to prove that the defendant failed to uphold their obligation.
There must be a credible link between your injuries and the breach of the duty of care. This means you have to show that your injuries were directly caused by the defendant’s breach of their duty of care.
The main reason why people file personal injury claims is that they suffered damages. This includes medical expenses, lost earnings, lost earning potential, along with the pain and suffering suffered.
Our lawyers are well knowledgeable on how to do a thorough investigation to compile the needed evidence to have a chance at proving the four elements of negligence.
How Much is My Cincinnati Personal Injury Claim Worth?
The cost of the damages suffered is one of the most significant factors when determining the value of your claim.
You can successfully recover compensation for any damages relating to the treatment of your personal injury, including the present, past, and future costs of things like:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription and medication
- Ambulance and ER treatment
- Appointments with specialists
- Cost of tests like x-rays and CT-scans
In case you’re forced to miss work due to your injuries, perhaps you were receiving treatment of simply physically unable to do your job, you can recover compensation for the earnings you lost.
Lost Earnings Potential
You can receive ample compensation to alleviate the lost potential for earnings caused by your injuries. This might apply in cases where the injuries you suffered prevent you from working or performing certain aspects of your job. The amount of compensation you can receive will be determined by the difference between your current earning potential and what your earning potential would be had the injury not occurred.
Pain and Suffering
The emotional suffering from the accident and the physical pain from the injury can sometimes be as severe as the financial toll. For this reason, the law allows for injury victims to recover compensation for intangibles such as pain and suffering incurred.
What Should I Bring to My Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Bring notes regarding the circumstances surrounding the injury event, including any law enforcement reports and the contact information for any witnesses. Gather all related medical paperwork, including bills and diagnostic records. If possible, take photos and/or video of the incident scene, your resulting injuries, and any other related damage. In general, collect as much evidence for your personal injury case as possible so your attorney can thoroughly evaluate your case.
What if I am Partially at Fault in an Ohio Injury Case?
In some cases, the defendant in some personal injury claims is 100% at fault for the injuries. Nonetheless, there are other cases where both the defendant and the victim are at fault.
According to Ohio’s contributory law, injury victims are prohibited from receiving compensation in case they are more than 50% at fault for the injuries. But if their percentage of fault is below 50%, they can recover compensation, which will be lowered by their percentage of fault. As such, if $50,000 is awarded as compensation, it would be reduced to $40,000 if the victim is 20% at fault for the injuries they suffered.
How Long Does an Ohio Personal Injury Case Last?
This will depend on several factors:
Length of Treatment
Typically, your lawyer won’t start negotiating a settlement until your treatment is complete. This will ensure that they know how much your medical bills will cost. Beginning negotiations too soon risks depriving you of significant amounts in compensation.
Type of Claim
In general, some claims will take longer to resolve than others. For instance, car accident cases will be resolved a lot quicker than medical negligence claims. While car accident claims last a few months, medical negligence claims could take a year or more to resolve.
Does the Case Go to Trial?
Typically, cases that go to trial will take longer to resolve compared to those that are settled out of court.
Does a Personal Injury Case Have to Go to Trial?
In most cases, there’s no need to go to trial because the lawyer negotiates a settlement out of court. But for some cases, the parties can be quite contentious, and it’s only possible to seek fair compensation through the court.
The thought of going into trial causes a lot of anxiety and stress for the personal injury victims. Nonetheless, our team can effectively manage every aspect of your case and advise you on the best courses of action.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
This will be determined by the statute of limitations for your specific claim. As mentioned earlier, this statute sets a legal deadline for filing a lawsuit. If this deadline passes, you’re no longer allowed to file a claim for your injury. In Ohio, there are various statutes of limitations for personal injury claims. The one for most personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident or negligence. Product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and premises liability have their own different statutes.
Call A Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, you deserve justice. Our personal injury lawyers in Cincinnati, OH are well prepared to fight for your rights and help you recover the maximum compensation possible. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and schedule a free consultation with no obligations at 513-854-8885. Keep in mind that Ohio residents have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. The faster you can talk to us, the faster we can start working your case and helping you get the justice and compensation you need and deserve.