If you or a person you care about was hurt because of somebody else's negligence, make sure you contact a Young, Reverman & Mazzei Personal Injury Lawyer to get a Free Consultation scheduled as soon as possible. Young, Reverman & Mazzei was founded in 1972 by exceptional lawyers who had only one goal in mind; to give the people of Ohio and surrounding areas the best personal injury and auto accident representation. Several decades later, this is still our main objective. That's why we do our best to protect our clients and their interests against the wrongdoing and negligence of others. We are more than committed to helping you get the best compensation possible for any losses, suffering or injuries you may have sustained as a result of other people's recklessness, careless or negligence.
Sometimes, it's possible to get compensation for injuries or losses you sustained due to the negligence of others without the help of an attorney. For instance, if you were a victim of a car accident that resulted in you being injured and your car getting damaged in one way or the other, you can submit an insurance claim and request to be compensated for the cost of your injuries and damage to your car.
However, there are several instances where you may need to hire a professional personal injury lawyer in Ohio in order to get the compensation you deserve. Hiring an attorney increases your chances of getting a good amount of compensation. Here are some situations where you may need to hire a lawyer:
Below are some of the advantages you enjoy from hiring a personal injury lawyer in Mason:
At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, you will never have to pay us any legal fees from your pocket. We get all our legal fees from the compensation or settlement we secure for you. This means that you will not have to pay us a single penny if you don't get compensated for your injuries or losses either through an out-of-court settlement or by an insurance company or via a court-mandated settlement or jury verdict.
What all this means is that we fight till the end to get you the compensation you need and deserve. We try our very best to secure the highest amount of compensation possible from the responsible parties. We are well aware of the compensation limits set by the state and federal government for personal injury claims. The fact that you will not have to pay any money upfront for us to handle your case should give you some peace of mind. We want you to focus on healing and recovering from your injuries as we strive to build the best possible case for you.
At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, we don't charge our clients any fees upfront. Instead, we offer our services on a contingency fee basis which means that we don't charge you anything unless you get compensated for your losses or injuries. Only when we reach a successful settlement is when we charge you a small fee for our legal services. On top of this, we offer free consultations to all our clients. We look at potential claims brought to us by our clients and consider their merits to determine whether they carry any weight as per applicable laws. We also give our clients crucial legal advice regarding whether or not to file a claim as well as the best time to do so.
In some personal injury cases, the best way to get compensation is to negotiate with the insurance company of the person or party responsible. However, this process is not always smooth especially if you take it up as an individual. It's relatively easy to file a claim with an insurance company for a minor accident as compared to a fatal accident that resulted in serious injuries and losses.
It's important to remember that insurance companies are businesses like any other, and they are always looking to protect their bottom line. Insurance company adjusters are usually instructed by their managers to pay the lowest amounts of compensation possible. They may seem friendly and courteous to you at first, but all they want is to devalue your claim or deny you your compensation. A professional personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. They know the ins and outs of such insurance claims and they know exactly how to deal with the insurance adjusters so as to get the best compensation amount possible. On top of this, our lawyers are excellent negotiators. They will not be easily lowballed into accepting a mediocre offer.
Besides your close family and friends, your lawyer is the only other person who really has your interest at heart when it comes to your claim. The insurance companies and lawyers on the other side of the case will try all they can to discredit and devalue your claim.
Our attorneys will collect all the evidence required to formulate an accurate value of the compensation you should get for all (past, present and future) damages you suffer. The compensation will also take into account any suffering, pain, and losses in quality of life that you sustain as a result of the carelessness or negligence of the party at fault. These damages are usually harder to proves than financial or economic damages but we are up to the task. We will guide you on how to collect all the relevant evidence or information you need to prove financial damages and emotional or psychological damages as well. We are well aware that your injuries may not be just those that can be seen on the outside and we make sure to highlight this fact in our discoveries.
A recently updated rule on contributory fault can be used in a personal injury claim in Ohio. The rule states the following:
In cases where the court finds that a victim is more than 50% responsible for causing an accident that led to their injury, they do not qualify for compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. However, if you are not more than 50% responsible for the accident, you qualify for a reduced compensation amount that is relative to their fault percentage. For instance, if you were 40% responsible for an accident and you got a compensation of $100,000, then you would get $60,000 as the original amount would be reduced by 40%. Our lawyers are dedicated to representing you in the best way possible. This will ensure that no unfair responsibility for an accident is assigned to you. If your case should proceed to trial, we are well aware of the arguments that need to be made in order to exonerate you from any accident blame or responsibility that may be brought against you by the defense.
Our lawyers will give an honest run down of how your case may fair in deliberations. They will help you to collect and store crucial evidence, track any expenses you incur due to the accident, as well as help you document every form of injury or damage you sustain. Your lawyer will be with you every step of the way so as to ensure that you are not overwhelmed in any way. Having somebody by your side to help you deal with this difficult situation is very important. Legal matters can sometimes be very taxing and time-consuming but we are here to walk the journey with you till the end.
Like any other state, Ohio has a strict deadline for people to file personal injury claims. This deadline is commonly referred to as the statute of limitations. You may be denied the right to file a claim if the deadline has expired. In Ohio, the statute of limitations deadline is 2 years from the date of the accident.
However, the law does provide for some exceptions to this rule. For instance:
One of the main factors that are used to determine the value of your claim is the cost of total damages sustained.
You can successfully get compensation for any damages related to medical expenses. This includes past, present and future medical costs like:
If you were not able to work because of the injuries you sustained, either because of physical limitations or because you were receiving treatment in hospital, you can sue for compensation in regard to lost wages.
You can also get a significant amount of compensation for loss of future potential wages because of being unable to work because of the injuries you sustained. Your injuries may prevent you from resuming work or going about your work in the future as you have normally done it. In this case, the compensation you get will be determined by calculating the difference between your expected future earnings with injuries and expected future earnings without injuries.
Most times, the emotional suffering and physical pain caused by your injuries may just be as terrible as the economic losses you incur. Because of this, the law allows victims to file for compensation claims on intangible injuries like emotional suffering and pain.
If you have been physically or psychologically hurt due to the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of another party, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. For the lawsuit to be a valid legal case, four aspects of negligence must be proven. They are:
This refers to the duty a person has to practice the same kind of care that a normal person would under the same conditions. For instance, a doctor has a duty to give the same care and attention that another doctor with similar qualifications would under similar circumstances.
After establishing the duty of care threshold, you need to determine whether there was any breach of duty of care by the defendant if the case is to be valid.
There has to be a clear connection between your injuries and the breach of duty of care by the party at fault. This means that you need to show that your injuries were directly caused by the party you claim to be at fault.
There must be clear damages such as emotional suffering, physical pain lost earnings and lost earning potential, or medical expects that arise from the injuries sustained. These damages are the main reason why people file claims in the first place.
Our lawyers are highly trained on how to do thorough and vigorous investigations to make sure that all evidence needed to prove the above four aspects of negligence are present.
Duration depends on numerous factors such as:
Your lawyer cannot start filing your claim until you have undergone treatment. Treatment must be complete for your total medical expenses to be calculated. Filing a claim while still undergoing treatment may result in your losing a significant amount of compensation.
Some types of claims take longer to litigate than others. For instance, medical malpractice claims typically take longer than auto accident claims.
If a case goes to trial, it may take longer as arguments have to be made in court by the opposing teams. This is different from out of court settlements where there are no arguments, just negotiations.
The simple answer is - Yes. The deadline is defined by the statute of limitations rule mentioned earlier. Failure to file your claim within the deadline set under this rule (2 years) means you cannot file a claim for injury. There are very few cases where the statute of limitations rule is flexible or does not apply. Such cases include product liability, medical negligence, wrongful death, and premises liability.
It's not mandatory that a personal injury case reaches trial. Your lawyers may secure an out of court settlement for you in which case your case will not go to court. Some cases may need to go to court especially where parties fail to agree on the way forward. Most people dread the thought of appearing in court as personal injury victims. However, our lawyers are more than capable of representing you in court so you don't have to worry about that at all.
In some cases, both the victim and defendant may be found to be responsible for an accident. As per the Ohio contributory law, a victim who bears more than 50% responsibility for their injuries should not get any form of compensation. However, a victim that bears the responsibility of lower than 50% should share the cost of compensation with the defendant.
If you or a person you know has been injured as a result of the negligence or carelessness of another person, you should seek legal redress. Our lawyers are ready and willing to help you get the justice you deserve as well as a significant amount of money for your injuries and troubles. Don't be afraid to call us today to get a free consultation. We review all types of personal injury cases in Ohio and we strive to help as many people as possible in society to get justice.