What Is Considered Personal Injury in Ohio?

A personal injury is any loss a person suffers because of another person’s negligent or intentional conduct. In most cases, a personal injury will consist of a bodily injury sustained in an accident. These injuries cost money in the form of medical care and lost income. However, personal injuries also include the emotional distress or mental anguish that people suffer in certain circumstances.

If you have a question about personal injury, please contact Groth & Associates. We’ve handled countless personal injury cases for people harmed in various accidents. We can help you identify whether you have important legal rights to compensation.

Bodily Injuries Suffered in Accidents

Bodily injuries suffered in an accident are the most obvious examples of personal injuries:

  • A careless property owner fails to remove snow or ice, and a pedestrian slips and falls, breaking ribs.
  • A reckless driver runs a red light and slams into another motorist, who suffers a brain injury and a neck fracture.
  • A tired motorcyclist falls asleep and drives up onto the sidewalk and hits a pedestrian. The pedestrian’s injuries prevent her from returning to work.
  • A dog gets loose and wanders the street, where it attacks a pedestrian, who suffers an infection, puncture wounds, and scarring.

Virtually any bodily injury can qualify as a personal injury. The key point is whether you suffered your injury as a result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful act.

Mental or Emotional Anguish

In the examples above, victims suffer a bodily injury due to a traumatic impact—car crash, dog bite, fall, etc. However, some personal injury cases don’t require a bodily injury. Ohio recognizes that emotional or mental distress alone can qualify as a personal injury in a couple of situations:

  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress. A person commits an outrageous act with the intent of causing intense distress in the targeted victim. For example, secretly recording someone and posting embarrassing videos on social media could qualify.
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress. A person negligently inflicts serious emotional distress on a victim. For example, accidentally backing up over a person’s child, which the parent sees, could qualify.

Emotional distress can sometimes cause physical injuries, but emotional distress is the primary injury.

Your Right to Compensation

Personal injury attorneys focus on obtaining compensation for victims. When they are at fault for your injuries, you should not be responsible for medical bills or lost income. The person who injured you should make up for these types of financial losses.

We also seek money damages for any property damage you might have suffered in an accident, as well as pain and suffering. Personal injury victims experience emotional distress, usually as a result of bodily injuries suffered.

Putting a price tag on a personal injury claim is difficult. At Groth Law, we carefully review all facts, including your medical records.

Call Our Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers

We can immediately get started on your case if you call and schedule a consultation. Personal injury is a large, complex field, but our legal team has brought many claims over the years.