CAR ACCIDENTS CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
Car accidents can affect even the very best drivers, as even the safest, most defensive of drivers may be the victims of others’ negligence. This is why if you’re a safe driver with a track record of being accident and ticket-free, being involved in a crash in Bryan, Ohio may be a shocking experience, especially if the crash leaves you with serious injuries.
At the law offices of Groth & Associates, we know how scary being involved in a car accident can be, and our lawyers will be on your side after a crash to help you navigate the claims process and recover the compensation that you deserve.
TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
Our lawyers have represented victims involved in just about all car accidents types, and are highly skilled at investigating all accidents and building claims. We have experience representing those involved in:
- Rear-end collisions;
- Head-on crashes;
- Side-swipe accidents;
- Rollover crashes; and
- T-bone accidents.
We also have experience representing victims in crashes involving drunk drivers, distracted drivers, large trucks, and more. If you have been involved in a crash, you can take confidence in the fact that we have probably encountered an accident similar to yours in the past, and were likely successful in recovering compensation on that client’s behalf.
DAMAGES IN A CAR ACCIDENT CRASH
The damages that a party sustains in a car accident crash can be very severe. When you call our law firm, our team and the many experts with whom we work will get started on adding up your damages in order to calculate the value of your claim. Common damages in a car accident include:
- Medical expenses. Medical expenses can total thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars depending upon the extent of the injury. Further, medical expenses may not be a one-time thing only; a patient may require ongoing surgeries, physical therapy, in-home care, and more.
- Disability. Serious injuries can be disabling, and car accidents can lead to injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, amputation and loss of use injuries, and more.
- Lost wages. If a car accident is disabling, this may mean that the affected person is unable to return to their job, and perhaps unable to return to work ever again in the future. This can mean lost wages and benefits and a huge loss of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering. Injuries sustained in a crash aren’t just disabling and expensive, they are also very painful. As such, a victim of a car accident may suffer severely. While this type of loss is not tangible, a car accident victim deserves to be compensated for the value of pain and suffering.
BRINGING FORTH A CLAIM – WHO PAYS FOR ECONOMIC AND NONECONOMIC DAMAGES
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
After a car accident in Bryan, OH, understanding the state’s law for fault and liability after a crash, and therefore understanding who pays for economic and noneconomic damages after a crash occurs, is essential. Our lawyers will guide you through the claims process and help you to understand Ohio’s insurance laws.
The first thing that you should know is that Ohio is an at-fault car insurance state, which means that the driver who causes a crash is responsible for paying for it, and is also the reason why all drivers are required to carry liability insurance. However, when an accident is not 100 percent the fault of a single party, the state’s rules of comparative negligence applies. This rule holds that when fault is shared, the party who is less than 50 percent at fault can still recover damages from the party who is more than 50 percent at fault, but the claimant’s damages will be reduced in proportion to their degree of fault.
In order to determine fault in a car accident (and determine whether or not your damages amount can be reduced as a result of your own fault), a car insurance adjuster will open a thorough investigation into your case. We highly recommend that you hire an attorney to open an investigation as well, as your attorney can gather evidence to support your case and prove the fault of the other party to improve your chances of recovering your full damages amount.
REACHING A CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT IN BRYAN
When fault is obvious, the at-fault driver has liability insurance, and your injuries are clear and not disputed, you may be offered a settlement amount that a) is offered fairly quickly after you file a claim and b) fully compensates you for your losses. This is more likely when your damages are not very severe.
In the event that damages are severe, you are seeking compensation for pain and suffering, or fault is disputed, the insurance company’s settlement offer may require more time before it’s sent your way. Further, it is highly likely the settlement will be lowballed; it is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to offer claimants less than they deserve in an attempt to save money. The good news is that you do not have to accept a first settlement offer, and should not do so unless you are sure that a settlement offer meets what your claim is worth. If you’re not sure, ask an attorney to review your settlement for you.
If a settlement is less than you think your claim is worth, you can reject it and demand a different settlement amount. This will open up the process of negotiations, which can take weeks or months to conclude. In the event that your case cannot be settled out of court, you may file a lawsuit for damages.
WORDS FROM OUR CLIENTS
Our experience with Attorney Stevin Groth was nothing short of life changing.ALFRED & JENNIFER
When we first contacted Mr. Groth, he gave us his cell phone number and we were able to directly contact him day or night. His knowledge of the Ohio judicial system was astounding. He handled all aspects of our case himself, never once handing off our case to jr. associates. Stevin had positive relationships with all the judges, district attorneys and court personal that we came in contact with. Stevin’s persuasive arguments on our son’s behalf cleared him of all charges. Because of Stevin’s abilities, our son is able to move forward with his life without the stigma of a criminal record. We could not recommend Stevin Groth more highly.
Dan is an amazing attorney. He had my divorce finalized in a short period of time. A lot quicker than I thought it was going to be and for that I’m thankful! Dan knew exactly what he was talking about. Any questions I had Dan, and his assistant, Michelle was glad to answer. The outcome of my divorce was exactly what I was hoping for.LAURIE
Thank You Dan for your services!
Allison Lawrence is the best lawyer I have hired.she was attentive when I presented my case to her & knew exactly how to handle it.very professional person when it comes to her job,also a humanitarian.Allison has given me great advice in a free consultation,as well as stood by side in court with chargers pending,of course she got the charges dismissed!!Great attorney,very dependable.in need of a lawyer,I highly recommend Allison Lawrence.RONNIE
CONTACT OUR CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN OHIO
If you are ready to take action and start the process of getting the money you deserve after a crash, call our law offices today or send us an email to request your free consultation today.