SKILLED IN PERSONAL INJURY
PERSONAL INJURIES CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
When you are injured in an accident caused by the fault of someone else, there are a dozen things going through your mind. How severe are your injuries? Will you heal completely? Who will care for your loved ones while you recover? What will you do for income? How will you pay your medical bills?
These questions, and others, can be overwhelming and intimidating. At Groth & Associates, we understand what you are going through, and are committed to helping you recover the financial compensation you deserve after an accident.
TOP CAUSES OF INJURIES IN MAUMEE
Our lawyers at the offices of Groth & Associates are able to represent clients who have been injured in a wide range of accidents, due to our experience and legal training. Some of the top causes of injuries, leading clients to seek our services, include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents;
- Commercial vehicle crashes;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Nursing home abuse cases;
- Medical malpractice;
- Defective products or pharmaceuticals; and
- Dog bites.
Anytime a person acts negligently, there is a potential for another to suffer an injury. When the negligence of an individual, a business, a doctor or other professional, or even a government official causes you harm, our law firm is here to support you.
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THE ELEMENTS OF A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
There are four elements of a personal injury claim that must be established in order to recover damages and receive a compensation award. Our lawyers are well-versed in these elements, and know how to prove each.
- Duty of care. In most situations, a duty of care is owed to the victim of an accident. For example, all drivers on the road owe others a duty of care to drive responsibly and to follow traffic laws.
- Breach of duty. The second element that you must prove is a breach of the duty of care, or a negligent act. Negligence is the failure to act with a reasonable amount of care, and could include anything from speeding to failing to check a patient’s chart before prescribing a medication.
- Causation. Third, you must prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the defendant’s negligence. If negligence was not the cause of damages, you do not have a claim.
- Damages. Finally, you must prove that you suffered actual damages, such as medical bills or lost wages.
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STEPS TO TAKE AFTER BEING INJURED
Knowing the steps to take after you are injured can be very helpful. When you know what to do and what to expect, you may improve your chances of recovering your full settlement amount, and expediting the claims process.
First, you should seek medical care for your injuries. If you don’t seek medical care immediately, the insurance adjuster may question the validity of your injuries at a later date. Be sure to keep a thorough record of all care received.
Next, you should make sure that all potentially liable parties are notified of your injury. For example, if you believe that another driver should be held liable, you should send a notice to both the driver and their insurance company informing them of your harm and your intent to pursue damages.
If you have not already hired a lawyer, you should do so at this point. An attorney can guide you through the next steps of the process, including gathering evidence, demanding damages, and negotiating for a settlement.
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY
As mentioned above, you will need to inform the insurance company of your injuries, and do so as soon as you are able to after your accident. If you don’t notify the insurance company, they will not have an adequate amount of time to investigate your claim, and may deny it as such.
The insurance company will probably ask you for a recorded statement. They may also ask you to sign a medical release in order to obtain information about your health and treatment. You should say no to both of these things. You should never sign anything or give a statement without consulting with your attorney first. While you should be polite and respectful, you are under no obligation to satisfy all of the requests of an insurance adjuster.
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WHAT IS A STATUTE OF LIMINTATIONS?
A statute of limitations is a time limit that governs how long you have to file a claim against another party after an accident. In Ohio, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of your accident, as found in Revised Code of Ohio Section 2305.10. If you do not file your claim within two years, it is very unlikely that you will be able to pursue damages.
WHAT IS COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE?
Comparative negligence is a rule in tort law that holds that if a plaintiff is found to be partially at fault for their injuries sustained in an accident, then their recoverable damages amount will be reduced in proportion to their degree of fault. In Ohio, a plaintiff can still recover compensation, even if they were partially at fault for their injuries, so long as their percentage of fault is not greater than 50 percent.
WHY DO I NEED TO WORK WITH AN ATTORNEY?
Working with an attorney can be very helpful, and provide you with a sense of confidence as you navigate the claims process. Your attorney will handle all aspects of your claim for you, beginning with an investigation into your accident, and ending with filing a lawsuit and representing you during a personal injury trial if necessary. Working with an attorney may improve your chances of recovering your maximum settlement amount.
CONTACT OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM TODAY
At the law offices of Groth & Associates, our Maumee personal injury lawyer understands the confusion, frustration, and loss that you are experiencing. We are ready to help you get every cent that you deserve after a crash, and we will never charge you upfront, hourly, or unreasonable fees. To schedule your free consultation to learn more, call our offices today or use our online form.