How can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me When Filing for a Personal Injury Claim in Ohio?
If you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of another person, your expenses can accumulate rapidly and send you and your family into debt or even bankruptcy. Medical bills are the number one of new bankruptcy filings. A bankruptcy can limit your ability to buy and keep a home or save for future milestones such as college tuition or retirement.
Filing a personal injury claim against the person who was responsible for your accident is often the only way to preserve your family’s financial future. Some people attempt to represent themselves, especially in cases where fault is easy to establish and the claim is likely to result in a settlement. However, hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you in all aspects of your claim is vital to securing the amount of damages that you deserve.
In cases where the fault of the other party is clear, you may be offered a settlement. Initial settlement offers are almost always lower than what the injured party deserves, but insurance companies and legal teams know that injured people are desperate for money to pay back medical bills and other expenses that accumulate after an accident. Our personal injury attorneys will fight for your rights during settlement discussions with the responsible party’s insurance company or representatives.
In cases where liability is not as easy to establish, you may need to go to court to plead your case to a judge or jury. Your attorney will represent you in any discussions with the responsible party’s insurance company or legal team, making sure that any forms you sign or personal statements you make will not weaken your case or leave you vulnerable to a finding of contributory negligence.
Your personal injury attorney will also lead you through the process of compiling evidence against the responsible party. Evidence may include:
- witness statements
- video evidence from security cameras or that was filmed by other people
- photos of your injuries
- copies of your medical bills
We offer free consultations and evaluations of your case, allowing you to get a better idea of the process of filing a lawsuit and learn what you should do to get started. It is important to contact our injury lawyer as soon as you feel well enough to do so, because you may live in a state that has a statute of limitations on personal injury suits. The legal process can be long and complex, so getting started sooner rather than later is best.