Personal Injury FAQs
Ohio's legal system is complicated and confusing. We cannot give you all the answers about personal injury claims on a Web page, but we have assembled a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand injury lawsuits in Ohio.
For a free consultation with one of our experienced Ohio personal injury attorneys, call The Donahey Law Firm at 866-918-5886 or fill out our online contact form.
How Do I Know If I Have A Valid Injury Claim?
Were you injured and was it someone else's fault? If you answered yes, then you may have an injury claim; you need to discuss your situation with an injury attorney. Many facts and laws may be relevant, so speaking with an experienced lawyer is crucial in understanding whether you have a legitimate case.
Do I Need An Attorney?
Ohio does not require you to have a lawyer to bring a personal injury lawsuit. In reality, it is unwise to go it alone; most people who try to go pro se - or represent themselves - end up hiring an attorney anyway, after they have already made crucial mistakes negatively impacting their claim.
How Much Does A Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
Our personal injury lawyers work on a "contingent fee" basis, meaning they take a percentage of their client's money damages award. This allows every injured Ohioan, wealthy or poor, to seek excellent representation.
Much of the public does not understand that a personal injury law firm generally spends a lot of money preparing and litigating claims for its clients, assuming the financial liabilities if the outcome is less then expected. If a plaintiff does not hire an attorney, he or she must fund these expenses alone and face the prospect of never recovering damages.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
We have an entire Web page devoted to this question. Visit How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
Can I Accept An Insurance Check And Still Sue?
We cannot emphasize this enough for any accident involving personal injuries: DO NOT accept an insurance check/offer without first consulting an attorney. Generally, cashing a check or signing an agreement with an insurer prevents you from seeking any further damages in the future - even if your injuries end up being far worse than forecasted.
A reputable injury attorney will offer prospective clients a free initial consultation to confidentially discuss their case. For a free discussion with a lawyer at Donahey Law, call 866-918-5886.
Who Can I Sue?
For a detailed explanation, visit our page Who Is Liable In An Accident?
Do I Have To Sue Immediately After My Accident?
Ohio has strict time limits for bringing lawsuits, known as the statute of limitations. Generally, if you attempt to bring a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, the court will dismiss your case with prejudice - meaning you cannot try again.
The Ohio statute of limitations varies for different types of claims. For most accidents involving bodily harm, the time limit for bringing a lawsuit is two years. Medical malpractice and wrongful death cases may have a different time frame.
After your accident, it is best to contact a skilled attorney as soon as practicable.
Can I Still Recover Money If I'm Partially At Fault?
Yes, in many situations.
In automobile collisions and other types of accidents, Ohio has a comparative negligence law that allows plaintiff-victims to recover damages in a lawsuit so long as they are no more than 50 percent at fault for their injury.
Will I Have To Go To Court And Testify?
The vast majority of injury cases - more than 90 percent - are settled out of court, but there is a possibility that you may need to go to court. If the possibility of testifying arises, our lawyers will ensure that you are prepared.
Will My Lawsuit Be Confidential?
Most discussions that a client has with a lawyer are confidential, protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you choose to file a lawsuit, the complaint and other legal documents will become public information.
Our attorneys understand that many injury cases involve intimate or personal details; we will carefully guide you through confidentiality concerns.
How Long Will It Take To Get Paid?
This answer can vary widely from case to case. Factors include:
- The severity of your injury
- The healing time required for your injury
- Whether the case is settled or goes to trial
The damage recovery process involves a lot of strategy and negotiation. The other party may want to quickly settle your claim, but it is more likely that it will deny fault and search for weaknesses in your case.
A common defense strategy is to delay the legal process, so it is difficult to predict the length of your case. Call us and we may be able to give you a typical time frame for your injury case, but it is not possible to make guarantees concerning timelines.
Our experienced Ohio personal injury lawyers have a proven track record in personal injury cases of all sizes, including multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.
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