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.
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 a personal injury lawyer in Ohio 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 attorneys help 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 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 Our Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Your Case
When you choose Amourgis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, to represent you in your personal injury case, our law firm 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 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.
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.