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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases
Cincinnati-based law firm Young, Reverman & Mazzei is dedicated to helping personal injury victims from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Our knowledgeable lawyers understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges faced by injury victims, and we fight hard to recover the financial security injury victims and their families need to move forward. If you were hurt due to another’s negligence, please call us at 800-721-1678 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.
We believe that educating our clients empowers them to make the best decisions about their individual cases. If you’re considering whether to talk with an attorney about pursuing a personal injury claim, we offer the following answers to some frequently asked questions to help you learn more about your individual rights.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
In the event of a personal injury, whether it’s caused by a car accident or a dog bite, many people struggle with whether or not to pursue a legal claim for damages. If the injury was the result of another party’s negligence, you may have the basis for a personal injury case. If the injury resulted in significant medical expenses and missed work, it’s advisable to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney. At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, our lawyers offer complimentary case consultations to help you determine if you have a viable case and understand your legal options.
What should I bring to my consultation with a personal injury lawyer?
Bring notes regarding the circumstances surrounding the injury event, including any law enforcement reports and the contact information for any witnesses. Gather all related medical paperwork, including bills and diagnostic records. If possible, take photos and/or video of the incident scene, your resulting injuries, and any other related damage. In general, collect as much evidence for your personal injury case as possible so your attorney can thoroughly evaluate your case.
Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?
As with any claim, it is in an insurance company’s best interest to offer the lowest settlement amount possible. Accepting the first offer for your personal injury claim may seem like a quick win, especially if you’re faced with mounting medical costs, but these initial settlement offers are rarely enough to cover victims’ comprehensive needs. It’s advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney before accepting an insurance company settlement; a lawyer can advise you if the offer is fair or take the lead in negotiating for adequate compensation.
Will my personal injury case go to court?
Approximately 95 percent of personal injury cases are settled out of court. However, that doesn’t mean each claimant receives the compensation they deserve. Our attorneys seek to achieve fair compensation for our clients through the settlement process, but we also have the resources and courtroom expertise necessary to take your case to trial when settlement offers are too low.
What damages are available in personal injury cases?
Depending on the nature and ongoing impact of your personal injury, you may be entitled to a range of damages. This can include compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Each personal injury case is different, and your attorney will be able to determine the damages for which you are eligible.
What if I was partially at fault for the incident that caused my injuries?
Each state has its own laws regarding fault in personal injury incidents. Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky all have comparative negligence laws that award damages based on a percentage of fault. If you are found more than 50 percent liable for the incident that led to your injuries, you may not be able to file a personal injury claim. If you’re unsure about your liability, it’s worth your time to engage with a personal injury attorney for a free consultation about your options.
What if I can’t afford a personal injury attorney?
Many injury victims don’t pursue the compensation they need to cope with the long-term effects of their injuries because they believe they can’t afford a lawyer. At Young, Reverman & Mazzei, we understand the financial strains personal injuries place on victims and their families. That’s why we work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t charge for our services unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
How can I learn more about my rights to recover compensation for my injuries?
To learn whether you have a valid personal injury claim in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky, call us today at 800-721-1678 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. We welcome clients from the greater Cincinnati and Dayton region, including the Covington and Newport, Kentucky, areas and the greater Lawrenceburg, Indiana, area.