Residual Tort Reform
The 1980s saw parachute pants and tort reform. Many state legislatures believed that personal injury plaintiffs were obtaining jackpot verdicts at the expense of insurance companies, and that, in the end, these damages were paid for in the form of higher insurance premiums. Cincinnati personal injury lawyers did their best to debunk these myths and stand up for their clients, but insurance companies had stronger lobbies in these state legislatures.
In the end, whether these legislatures were right or wrong, tort reform was enacted in most states. Cincinnati personal injury lawyers are dealing with tort reform in Ohio including a law that places a cap on personal injury damages. Despite the legislature’s efforts, a Cincinnati injury law firm can still help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
The cap on personal injury damages does not apply in catastrophic injury cases and wrongful death cases. In so-called ordinary negligence cases, non-economic damages are capped at between $250,000 and $500,000, depending on the case.
Non-economic damages include not only pain and suffering, but also loss of consortium and any other intangible losses. Economic damages generally include lost wages, medical bills and property damage.
Cincinnati personal injury lawyers are experienced at dealing with these laws so you can expect the Ohio cap to have little effect on your personal injury case.
If you have been injured in an accident, the claims process is stacked against you. You need an aggressive attorney who insists that you receive fair compensation in spite of adverse laws and court decisions. Contact Young, Reverman and Mazzei to schedule your free consultation.