Findlay Personal Injury Lawyer

Obtaining the services of a Findlay personal injury lawyer can be wise in many cases. Personal injury laws are extremely complex and there are numerous court policies and procedures to follow.

If you fail to understand these procedures, you can easily jeopardize your entire case and ruin your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries.

Even if your injury was clearly caused by another individual, you will still want a professional on your side, especially if an insurance company is involved. If you are considering representing yourself in court, you may want to reach out to an experienced attorney if you have been subjected to the following types of injuries.

Who Is Responsible for My Injuries?

Holding someone else legally liable for a personal injury typically requires proving that they were “negligent” in some way. In the context of civil law, “negligence” occurs when someone has a “duty of care” to act responsibly under specific circumstances, “breaches” that duty by instead acting irresponsibly and/or illegally, and causes someone else to get hurt as a direct result of that breach of duty.

There are a few additional criteria that you may need to meet to get a good result from a personal injury claim built around this legal theory. For example, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit unless the injury you are suing over was serious enough to need some kind of professional medical care. Additionally, a “breach of duty” has to be the main cause of an accident to qualify as grounds for litigation, and you may need to show that the accident likely would not have happened at all without that breach of duty.

Finally, you may need to be prepared to fight against allegations that you yourself were partially at fault for your injuries because you too were negligent in some way. Otherwise, Ohio Revised Code §2315.33 would allow a court to reduce the total amount of money available to you or even bar you from recovery altogether—both things a skilled Findlay personal injury attorney could work to prevent during your case.

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Personal Injury Or Disability

It would be unfair to claim that all personal injury cases are the same. This is especially true if your injury has left you permanently disabled or disfigured.When an individual is disabled, he or she will have a long road to recovery and depending on the nature of the disability, they may need help relearning basic tasks.

Disabilities often come on the heels of astronomically high medical bills, and often a disabled individual will need treatment for the rest of his or her life. Matters can become even more complicated when an injury prevents a victim from returning to work and supporting his or her family.

What Compensation Can I Get?

Whether your injury will heal completely with time and proper treatment or will last for the rest of your life, you have a right to demand civil compensation for every negative effect that injury has had and will ever have on you. This includes both “economic” and “non-economic” forms of harm—in other words, both losses with objective financial values that can be proven with things like bills and invoices, and losses that are completely subjective and have to be defined based on your unique experiences.

Specific “damages” that are often factored into personal injury claims include:

  • Medical expenses, including emergency care, outpatient treatment and physical therapy, prescription medications, and equipment like wheelchairs,
  • Lost work income, benefits, and/or long-term working and earning ability,
  • Personal property damage, such as car repair bills,
  • Disability-related costs for things like home/vehicle modifications,
  • Physical pain and suffering,
  • Mental anguish and trauma, and/or
  • Lost enjoyment of life

A qualified legal professional in Findlay could discuss what losses you may be able to seek recovery for and what the possible financial value of your personal injury claim may be during a free and confidential consultation.

Are There “Caps” on Personal Injury Damages?

One very important thing to understand about personal injury damages in Ohio is that state law “caps”, or limits, how much money you can recover for non-economic forms of harm. This cap does not apply to cases involving “catastrophic” injuries that will cause you to be permanently disabled, but it applies to just about all other cases for less severe cases.

In those kinds of cases, the most money you can get for non-economic damages is $250,000 or three times the total value of your economic damages, whichever is greater. In addition, you cannot get more than $350,000 in non-economic damages regardless of how valuable your economic damages are, and no individual “defendant”—the person being sued in your claim—can be held liable for more than $500,000 in non-economic losses caused by any one accident.

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Medical Malpractice

There is no way around it, medical malpractice claims are hard to prove, and if you have to file one, you will almost definitely need the help of a Findlay personal injury attorney. Our lawyers have experiences with heart attack claims and birth injury cases.

Medical malpractice occurs when an individual is harmed due to the carelessness, inexperience, or inattentiveness of a medical professional or organization. Injuries caused in this arena can be painful and life-altering, and you may be able to hold the following parties responsible:

  • Physicians
  • Medical support staff (ex: nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, etc.)
  • Hospitals or clinics
  • Pharmacists

All of the individuals and organizations listed above have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. When they fail to take this obligation seriously, they are placing the lives of their patients in danger.

Catastrophic Injuries

As mentioned above, injuries and disabilities can be expensive, and when you file a personal injury claim, the amount of your award will be determined by the severity of your injury.

Injuries that leave and individual permanently disabled or disfigured, brain damaged, unable to move or speak, or in extreme amounts of pain will be awarded larger amounts.

If you do not hire a personal injury lawyer in Findlay, you may not receive the compensation you need to provide for yourself after an accident.

Interacting With Insurance Following An Accident

You should never attempt to negotiate with an insurance company without your lawyer present. Insurance companies hate litigation, but periodically, they may refuse to pay you anything for your injuries.

Even worse, they may attempt to claim that you are fully or partially responsible for your current situation. This is simply unfair, and if an insurance company refuses to pay, they should be held liable in court.

Work With A Findlay Personal Injury Attorney From Our Firm

Here at our law firm, we strive to provide all of our clients with the best representation possible.

When you work with a Findlay personal injury lawyer from our company, you will find that we possess extensive knowledge personal injury law. Contact our law firm today to learn more about our approach to handling these types of cases.

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