Accidents happen all the time and often they are avoidable. You may be suffering from injuries or damage to your property at the hands of somebody who acted carelessly. It could be due to a car collision, hospital error, slip and fall — just about any situation that causes you harm. If the other person or party did not take steps to prevent the accident, they may be at fault. By law, at-fault parties can be made to pay victims compensation.
A personal injury lawsuit allows you to go after those responsible for the suffering inflicted on you from your accident. To win, you will need to gather evidence and make a case according to personal injury tort laws. If you are coping with injuries from your accident, dealing with the legal system is often too much. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side with in-depth knowledge of Ohio law can reduce your stress and allow you to get justice and receive the most compensation possible.
The personal injury attorneys at Plevin & Gallucci have won thousands of favorable settlements and verdicts for victims throughout Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and across Ohio for over 40 years. We are committed to helping you secure the compensation you deserve if you are injured.
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
In some instances, you may be able to settle a personal injury claim on your own. Without knowledge of Ohio law, however, you may not get the maximum level of compensation to which you are entitled. Insurance companies may not agree to pay out all that you need to cover medical care costs and lost wages from time off of work. There are also legal obligations insurance companies must uphold to satisfy liens and protect the future interests of potential lien holders.
A personal injury attorney will have expertise in dealing with insurance companies and Ohio tort law. The right personal injury attorney will continue to negotiate with the insurance companies to be sure you get what you need, and use the complexity of tort law in your favor. Evidence will be gathered – such as medical records, technical documents and expert witness testimony — to win your claim. What’s more, with an attorney handling your case, you can focus on healing from your accident.
Finding the best personal injury lawyer to represent you is one of the most important decisions you will make relating to your case. Here are some tips on what to consider when hiring an attorney.
Focus on Personal Injury Law
There is a maze of laws governing our country and each state in the union. Quite simply, it’s impossible to have expertise in all areas of law. An attorney concentrating on personal injury will have the skill set in insurance negotiations and tort law case-building that an attorney focusing on other legal matters — such as intellectual property — would not have.
Some attorneys may have a robust personal injury practice but are more interested in numbers than the people they represent. Finding an attorney who you connect with and who appreciates you, the person behind the case, can increase your comfort level during legal proceedings.
Your case is more likely to have a favorable outcome when handled by an attorney who is respected by court house officials, other trial lawyers and even insurance agencies.
A Winning Case Record
A law firm with a proven record of winning settlements and verdicts for their clients speaks volumes about what they can do for you. It’s important to keep in mind that historical results are not an indicator of future case results.
Types of Cases We Handle
The attorneys at the Plevin & Gallucci have decades of experience in guiding clients through personal injury cases and making sure clients are compensated. Some types of personal injury cases we handle are:
Car Accidents: If another driver’s carelessness causes an accident that injures you or your family, you can pursue a personal injury claim to collect damages. This can include anything from an accident caused by distracted driving to a person who causes an accident while intoxicated.
Work Injuries: Slip and falls, construction accidents, and other accidents on the job can lead to painful injuries that also mean lost income. If your accident was due to a coworker’s negligence or carelessness on the part of your employer, you can pursue legal action.
Medical Negligence: Most healthcare professionals perform their jobs with the highest levels of dedication and care. When they do not, patients can suffer devastating complications and injuries. Pharmaceutical errors, mistakes during surgery and inaccurate diagnoses are just some of the reasons to initiate a claim against a healthcare provider.
Wrongful Death: If you have endured the ultimate grief of losing someone close to you in an accident that was another party’s fault, a wrongful death claim may be your best legal option. Even though wrongful death may have occurred as a result of another type of accident, oftentimes, the laws surrounding the wrongful death claim are separate and distinct.
Dog Attacks/Dog Bites: These cases can be highly sensitive since the victim and pet owner may know each other and victims are often children. Sometimes there are also issues involving trespassing that can complicate the claim.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): These injuries occur due to blunt force trauma to the head. Most frequently, a TBI happens as a result of a car accident, fall or assault. TBIs range in severity from a minor concussion that has few symptoms to a blow to the head that penetrates the skull and causes serious cognitive impairments.
Trucking Accidents: An accident with an 18-wheeler often results in serious injuries due to the enormous weight and size of these vehicles. Depending on the situation, the truck driver may hold accountability, but the trucking company itself may as well.
Nursing Home Negligence: These types of cases encompass several areas of abuse towards the elderly including, but not limited to, physical abuse, financial exploitation, and staff neglect.
Defective Pharmaceuticals, Medications, and Medical Devices: When we take a prescription drug or use a medical device like a pacemaker or artificial joint, we trust it is safe and will relieve our symptoms or guide us through illness. Sadly, some pharmaceutical corporations and medical device manufactures rush their products to the marketplace to make money before adequately ensuring user safety.
Time Limit to File a Personal Injury Claim
Any time you are injured due to someone else’s error or careless act, you may have a personal injury case. Personal injuries can be a result of a negligent action, or inaction, on the part of one or more individuals, companies or organizations.
There is a time limit for filing personal injury cases called the statute of limitations. In Ohio, it’s typically two years. However, there are exceptions. For example, Ohio medical malpractice claims have a one-year statute, and as of September 29, 2017, so do workers’ compensation claims in our state.
Before filing a claim, make sure take these steps to protect your health and your interests:
- Seek medical care right away. Even if you are not sure if you are injured, it is wise to get medical attention promptly after your accident. Delays in care can compromise your health and also raise doubt about whether your injuries were actually related to your accident.
- Document the accident. First, make sure to report the accident to a manager, employer, and the police, when applicable. If possible, take photographs at the scene of the accident and get the names of witnesses. Jot down your account of the accident as soon as possible, while it is still fresh in your mind. Also, be sure to keep a record of all doctor’s visits, medical expenses and time missed from work.
- Consult an attorney. Only an experienced personal injury attorney like the attorneys of Plevin & Gallucci can let you know if you have a personal injury claim and what those next steps might involve. We offer a free case review and with no obligation.
Contact Our Cleveland Personal Injury Attorneys Today
We want to help you get back on your feet after your accident. If you are ready to find out what your next legal steps are, and how our highly experienced attorneys can help you, please contact our Cleveland personal injury attorneys today for your free case evaluation.