Vehicle Accident FAQs
Our lawyers know how difficult it is in the wake of a serious injury-causing accident and the serious expenses you will already be facing. We are therefore proud to work on a contingency fee agreement, which means that you only pay if we are able to recover for you.
From the first consultation to the very end of your case, we will front all of the expenses—including man hours we put in and fees of experts that we consult. We are only paid if we win your case, and our payment comes from the total recovery that we make–not directly out of your own pocket.
If the driver of the vehicle in which you were a passenger is negligent, you can assert a claim. If at the time of the accident, you owned and insured your own automobile, your insurance company will be responsible for you medical bills and wage loss. If you did not, the vehicle in which you were a passenger would generally be responsible for your medical bills and wage loss. The mere fact that you were a passenger in a vehicle does not automatically give rise to a suit. The driver of the vehicle has to be negligent in some fashion.
Ohio is a comparative fault state. As long as your fault is less than or equal to that of the other driver, a recovery can be realized. However, the recovery is diminished or reduced by the percent of fault attributable to you in causing the accident
Fault is generally determined by the totality of the circumstances surrounding the accident. Eyewitness testimony from neutral individuals as always important. Additionally, experts such as accident reconstructionist can be employed to determine fault.
A person is entitled to recover damages for past medical expense, past wage loss, past pain and suffering, future medical expense, future impairment of running capacity and future pain and suffering.
There is no hard and fast rule for placing a financial value upon a case. Cases are evaluated based upon the circumstances of the accident, severity of the injury and its impact upon an individuals day-to-day affairs including employment.
Most cases are resolved without the commencement of a lawsuit. However, even in those circumstances were lawsuits are commenced; most cases do resolve themselves short of a trial. It is always important to be represented by an individual skilled in the trial of cases of this nature in the event if settlement cannot be achieved.
Many cases are resolved through negotiation, mediation, or binding arbitration.