Almost 300 people were injured and three people died every single day in accidents on Ohio roadways in 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. If you or a loved one recently sustained severe or fatal injuries in an accident, explore your legal options as soon as possible because you may be entitled to compensation to cover your losses. Your best source for reliable legal information and for help getting a settlement is a qualified car accident attorney.
For a trusted car accident attorney who is passionate about helping victims recover full and fair settlements fast, call Levy Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio at 513-587-1323. The initial consultation is free. Our main priority is to provide you with the legal counsel to get the compensation you need and deserve.
What do I need in order to win my case & obtain a settlement?
Ohio is a “fault” insurance state. This essentially means that injured people can pursue compensation from the at-fault party after a car accident. This differs from “no fault” states in which parties must turn to their own insurer for compensation, regardless of who was at fault. Because car accident claims and lawsuits hinge on the concept of fault, your lawyer will need to prove the other party’s fault/negligence in order to win your case.
In most cases, the police report and eyewitness testimonies are two important pieces of evidence that can help you prove your case, as are photos or video evidence of the crash. Reports from an accident reconstructionist can help, too. Beyond those items, the evidence you need to prove fault depends on the circumstances of your case. Below are a few examples of evidence your Cincinnati car accident attorney may use to establish fault:
- Drug and alcohol test results (for DUI accidents)
- Cell phone records (for distracted driving accidents)
- The truck driver’s log book, black box, or maintenance records (for accidents involving commercial trucks)
- Records from GPS-enabled devices in car’s diagnostic port (for speeding or reckless driving-related accidents)
What kinds of damages and compensation can I recover in a car accident case?
If you’ve been in a car accident, you might be unaware of all of the potential damages that you can recover as a result of a car accident. You can receive compensation for not only your medical bills and missed workdays, but also many other injury-related expenses, as well as intangible, emotional harms. Both current and future damages related to your accident are compensable. Below are a just a few things for which you can pursue compensation:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgeries, prescriptions, other treatments, follow-ups, and medical devices
- Transportation costs to medical appointments
- Lost wages, loss of earning potential, and loss of promotion
- Long-term disability, and the cost of renovating your home or car to accommodate your disability
- The cost of hiring people to help you perform household tasks you would normally do but that your injury prevents you from doing
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, and other emotional disorders that may develop as a result of a traumatic accident
- Counseling and other mental health treatments
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- The effect your accident has had on your family, relationships, career, and sense of well-being
The above list is not exhaustive. After reviewing your case and evidence, a Cincinnati attorney from Levy Law Offices can help you compile a detailed list of damages and demand adequate compensation from the responsible party. Do not accept any settlement offers from the insurer before having your attorney review it. You might be entitled to much more than you realize.
What if the car accident is my fault?
Don’t automatically assume that the car crash was your fault. Contact a car accident lawyer, who will be able to evaluate whether or not there were other factors that could’ve caused your accident.
You can still recover damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident, although it will be a partial recovery. Ohio adheres to the 51 percent bar comparative negligence rule, which states that an injured party can still recover after a car accident, so long as she is less than 51 percent at fault. If you are 51 percent or more at fault, you cannot recover from the other party.
The rule also states that the victim’s degree of fault will reduce the amount of her damage award. So for instance, if an investigation finds you are 50 percent at fault for an accident and your damages total $100,000, you can only recover $50,000.
As you can see, proving the other party’s fault — and limiting your own liability — is critical to winning your case and obtaining a settlement. This is a key reason why having a car accident attorney facilitate your case is such a good idea. Collecting evidence, crafting a case, and negotiating with insurers is tough — and nearly impossible if you are recuperating from a serious injury.
Let Levy Law Offices build a strong case for you and help turn your crash into cash! Contact our office in Cincinnati, Ohio today at 513-587-1323 for a free consultation.