Personal Injury Attorneys in Ohio
Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering a personal injury can turn into a difficult, time-consuming, and stressful process. Recovering from serious injuries can require extensive and expensive medical treatment. Your injuries may keep you out of work. You may be unable to pay for your medical bills and your and your family’s other living expenses. It can be overwhelming, but you’re not alone. An Ohio personal injury lawyer can help.
When your injuries are caused by somebody else’s negligence or recklessness or legally wrongful actions, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. That compensation would pay for your injuries as well as your pain and suffering and lost quality of life.
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you seek maximum compensation in a personal injury claim. At Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Ohio personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to help our clients. Our goal is to secure the financial recovery they need and the justice they deserve for their injuries. We believe in holding negligent parties responsible when they injure innocent people.
If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful acts, contact Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, today. You can speak with an Ohio personal injury lawyer about your legal rights and options. You will also learn how our firm can help you pursue financial recovery for your injuries and damages.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our experienced Ohio personal injury law firm helps clients in a wide variety of personal injury cases:
- Car accidents – We can help you recover compensation from the insurance company of a negligent driver that hit you or your vehicle.
- Truck accidents – Our firm has the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate and review the complex evidence of your truck accident claim.
- Motorcycle accidents – Our attorneys help injured motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve even when negligent drivers try to blame the rider for the accident.
- Slip and fall accidents – We can help you hold property or business owners liable for the injuries you suffer in a fall due to a dangerous or defective condition on the property you visit.
- Dog bites – Our personal injury lawyers help you or a loved one get compensation for injuries caused by another person’s dog or pet.
- Nursing home abuse and neglect – We strive to obtain financial recovery and justice when your loved one is abused or neglected at a nursing home facility.
- Wrongful death – If you and your family have lost a loved one due to someone else’s acts or omissions, we can help you get the compensation and justice you need for closure.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Personal Injury Case?
In most personal injury cases, the injured plaintiff claims a serious injury due to the negligent actions of another party.
To prove negligence in a personal injury case, these four elements must be established:
- Duty – An injured person (the “plaintiff”) must prove that the wrongdoer (the “defendant”) owed the plaintiff a duty to act in a certain way or refrain from some type of conduct.
- Breach – The plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions or omissions breached the duty to the plaintiff.
- Causation – A plaintiff must show that the defendant’s breach injured the plaintiff. In other words, the plaintiff must show the injuries occurred due to the defendant’s
actions or omissions. The plaintiff must also show there was not another intervening cause more responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries.
- Damages – Finally, the plaintiff must establish that he or she suffered compensable damages, such as medical expenses, lost income or pain and suffering.
Damages You Could Recover in a Personal Injury Claim
If you or a loved one have been injured by someone else’s actions or omissions, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the damages you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries.
The compensation from a personal injury settlement can cover:
- Past, ongoing, and future medical treatment, including hospital bills, surgeries and other medical procedures, prescription medication costs, mobility and other medical equipment, and personal care assistance.
- Lost wages and earning potential, if your injuries kept you out of work or disabled you from returning to your old job or taking another job.
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment or quality of life.
- Loss of consortium, which compensates your spouse for the loss of your companionship and society.
In addition, if you also suffered property damage, you may be entitled to compensation for the cash value of your damaged property or the cost to repair it.
If the party or parties that injured you are found to have acted in an egregious manner that “shocks the conscience,” you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate you for any loss. Instead, those damages punish the at-fault party for the wrongful conduct and deter others from similar conduct in the future.
How an Ohio Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Your Case
When you choose Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, to represent you in your personal injury case, an Ohio personal injury lawyer will help you recover maximum compensation on your claim by:
- Thoroughly investigating the circumstances of your accident and injuries. We will recover the evidence that shows how your accident and injuries occurred and how the other party was responsible for your injuries and damages.
- Using our experts in fields such as engineering, medicine and finance to build a strong, persuasive legal argument for you. This will establish the other party’s legal liability and prove the extent of the damages for which you are seeking compensation.
- Aggressively negotiating with insurance companies and defense lawyers. We will attempt to resolve your case as efficiently as possible while pursuing a fair and full settlement.
- Preparing to take your case to trial. If we cannot reach a settlement on your behalf, we will take your case to court and fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Ohio Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Under Ohio law, you have a limited time period, known as the statute of limitations, in which to file a lawsuit for your injuries. Ohio’s statute of limitations in a personal injury lawsuit requires you to file suit within two years of the date that your claim accrues.
A personal injury claim normally accrues on the date the injury occurs. However, if you were harmed by a defective medical device, dangerous drugs or hazardous chemicals, the claim accrues on the date of your diagnosis, or the date you reasonably should have discovered the injury or illness.
Failing to file your personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires can allow the court to permanently dismiss your lawsuit. That means that you lose your right to seek compensation from those responsible for your injuries.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights After an Accident
After you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by someone else, these steps are crucial if you decide to pursue a legal claim for compensation against those responsible for your accident:
- Report your accident. Depending on the type of accident you have suffered, you should report your accident and injuries. If you were hurt in a car accident, report the accident to local law enforcement or state police. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, report it to the property or business owner. Reporting your accident creates a written record and helps establish that the accident occurred.
- Document the accident scene. If possible, take photographs or videos of the accident scene. Include details of whatever may have caused your accident and injuries. Capture the lighting and (if applicable) weather conditions and other details relevant to your accident. If you suffered visible injuries, photograph those as well. Photographs or videos of the accident scene can help establish how the accident occurred and who may have been at fault.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel as though you were injured in your accident, follow up with your primary physician or your local hospital. The shock of an accident may mask pain and other symptoms of injury, which may not appear for hours, days, or even weeks after your accident. A medical professional can examine you and diagnose your injuries. Follow all the treatment instructions and recommendations. If you do not, the at-fault party may argue that you were not as injured as you claim.
- Talk to an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney. Finally, speak with an Ohio personal injury lawyer about your case. That will help you understand your legal rights and options. You can also discuss pursuing compensation for your injuries and damages.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
At Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we often see these serious injuries in clients who were hurt by another person’s careless or reckless conduct:
- Broken bones
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Head trauma
- Eye injury
- Neck and back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Traumatic brain injury
Catastrophic injuries frequently require extensive or long-term treatment. All too often those injuries leave accident victims with permanent disabilities and other physical or mental difficulties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately, no magic formula exists to determine the value of your injuries. We must consider various factors – for example, the nature of the injuries, the extent of the medical treatment or the available insurance coverage – before we can start discussing the value of a claim.
As an example, we had a client who was in an accident and broke her arm. She required a cast, but after the cast was put on, she disappeared and did not communicate with our office. When she finally resurfaced, we found out she had not seen any other doctors to examine her injury. In fact, she took the cast off with a hacksaw. Unfortunately, that case did not resolve for the amount it could have because the client didn’t get the proper medical treatment or stay in touch with us.
That is why we always follow up with our clients about their medical treatment. We want them to get better. We want to present the best case we can and obtain the best result.
When we work for you on a contingency-fee-basis, we do the work upfront. We get all the information. We front all the expenses to get the medical records. We hire the experts, pay the court fees and cover other costs of your case. If we are successful, we receive a percentage of the total compensation we obtain for you as our fee. If we are not successful in getting compensation for you, we don’t get paid at all.
That’s why we ask our clients so many questions upfront. We want to determine if they have a good case. Remember, it costs nothing to call us and find out.
You should hire us because we have the knowledge, experience and resources in order to get the get you the resolution you need. We’ve been practicing law since the 20th century and we’ve grown to understand that we need to provide real solutions for real people. And that’s exactly what we want to do for you.
Well, no, you don’t need a lawyer if you’re comfortable dealing with multibillion-dollar corporations that are in business to pay you as little as possible. Otherwise, hire a lawyer. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, I work on a contingency fee which means I don’t get paid unless you get paid. So you understand I’ve got some skin in the game. I want you to get as much as possible.
A lot of times automobile accidents happen while you’re working for your employer. What happens then? Well, you’ve actually got two claims. You’ve got a workers compensation claim, and you got a personal injury claim. Although these claims are not the same, they’re almost like cousins. They sound alike, but they’re not the same. We can help you find the necessary representation for a worker’s compensation claim, if necessary.
When you’re in an accident you’re entitled to recover for the time you’ve missed from work. However, it’s very important you let us know that at the beginning of the case so we can put the necessary people on notice. A lot of times people own their own business and they don’t do such a good job of keeping records. That’s why it’s important for us to know that at the beginning of the case, so we can create the paper trail in order to get you the necessary compensation for your lost wages.
This is where we can really help you. There are a lot of tools available to you to pay your medical bills, your health insurance, your automobile insurance, medical payment benefits, letters of protection. No one case has one solution. There’s a lot of different solutions for a lot of different injury cases and we can help you out in getting those medical bills addressed by using the best tools that you have to do it.
It used to be that you had to come into the office and sign the papers and we had to photocopy them and give you the check, etc. Now with technology, we can do a lot of things over the internet and direct deposit your check right in your account. So you don’t need to come into the office in order to get your money.
When you sign a release, that’s it. Adios. So long… Farewell! You’ve given up your rights to pursue the other party for anything they did wrong in the event of an accident. Beware, sometimes insurance companies will send you a check that acts as a release. Don’t sign it, don’t cash it, call us and we’ll talk you through it.
Well, what if I’m partially responsible for the accident? Does that eliminate my opportunity to recover? The answer is no. As long as you’re not more than 51% responsible for the accident in the state of Ohio, you’re not subject to what they call comparative negligence. If you’re more than 51% negligent, then you get no recovery.
I get asked; “If I had a pre-existing condition to my back and I’m in an accident and I hurt my back. Does that eliminate any chance of recovery?” The answer is no. The best way to explain it as this is if you were a 5 out of 10 in pain before the accident, and after the accident, you’re an 8 out of 10. The other party is responsible for the 5-8, so you are entitled to recover. It’s our job to figure out what your injuries were at before and to find out what level you are now after the accident.
There are two main types of damages in automobile accidents. There’s property damage, that’s the damage that’s done to the vehicle. And then there’s bodily injury damage. That’s the damage that’s done to you. What that means is you’re entitled to recover for your injuries, as well as your pain and suffering. Those are called economic and non-economic damages, which we can get into deeper, but that’s how they break down. You’re entitled to your medical bills, as well as your pain and suffering.
You also may be entitled to things like lost wages for when you couldn’t go to work, or if you had to hire someone at your house to do jobs that you normally had to do like mow the lawn or get the leaves out of the gutters. There’s a lot of things that you’re entitled to recover for that the insurance company is never going to tell you about.
When an adjuster calls, the most important thing to do is listen, get their name, get their telephone number, get the claim number and the policy number. Remember, the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company. They’re in business for the insurance company. They’re not in business to help you get the information you need from them, then relay that when you speak to your personal injury attorney.
Generally in Ohio, you have two years to file a lawsuit after an automobile accident. Now, there are plenty of exceptions to that rule. If you have a minor involved or if there’s an intentional action, there’s a variety of things. So not every case is to yours. So please contact us and we’ll talk through it and let you know what it is.
A lot of times people will call us soon after the accident, and they’ll tell us they’re not feeling any pain. Well, it’ll take 24 to 48 hours sometimes after an accident to really feel those injuries. So, if you’re injured in the accident, please give us a call. Another time people worried that they’re not injured in the accident if they had a pre-existing condition. You have to remember that, you can get a recovery for aggravation of that pre-existing condition. That’s different than what you had before the accident.
That’s the biggest question we have. And that’s what we’re here for to answer that question. In order to have a case you need three things, you need an accident, you need an injury, and you need insurance coverage. When you contact us, we’ll go through all of those things to make sure all those boxes are checked and to take care of you.
Everybody wants to know; “what do I do after an accident”? The first thing you need to do if you’re injured is; go to the emergency room and get treatment. After that, we can worry about other things like who’s responsible for the accident, and what the police report says. Once we get those, we’ll be able to evaluate the claim and contact the necessary parties in order to help you out and get your case started.
The value of your claim is based on two things, the nature of your injuries and the extent of your treatment. If you’re injured and you don’t get the appropriate treatment for your injuries, you’re not going to get the appropriate outcome for your injuries either.
Talk to an Ohio Personal Injury Attorney Now
If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own in an accident or other incident, schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with an Ohio personal injury attorney from Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can maximize your chances of securing the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
We have Ohio offices conveniently located in Akron, Cincinnati, Independence (Cleveland), Columbus, Beavercreek, and Canfield. We are ready to discuss the details of your accident and injuries. We can help you understand your legal rights and options. We can help you pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.