The negligent acts of others can often result in horrible accidents that cause harm to innocent people. Unfortunately, this happens every day. While you may have insurance and you may know you did nothing wrong, getting the compensation you deserve may be more difficult than you’d thought. The Cincinnati personal injury lawyers from Thomas Law Offices have a wide range of expertise and will fight for you to get fair compensation for your injuries.
We understand that our clients may feel unsure of what direction to go after an injury-causing accident. While people have insurance and know accidents happen, it’s a different story when the accident happens to you or a loved one. When that accident was caused by negligent, reckless, careless, or otherwise wrongful actions by an individual or corporation, the situation may seem overwhelming or even insurmountable. You and your family may be left wondering if the U.S. legal system can provide answers. That’s where our law firm can help.
We’re here to reassure you that in cases of negligence or wrongdoings where injury occurs, legal recourse may be an option. Filing a civil lawsuit against the responsible individual or group may be able to provide the answers you’re searching for as well as grant you financial help that can aid the recovery process. Getting legal assistance may provide a struggling or grieving family with the resources and opportunities you need to move forward.
Ohio Personal Injury Claims Thomas Law Offices Handles
At Thomas Law Offices, our Cincinnati law firm represents clients for a wide variety of personal injury cases that result in serious or catastrophic injuries. Here are just a few of the practice areas we represent clients in Ohio for:
- Car accidents. Negligence behind the wheel can cause an accident in a matter of seconds. If you’ve sustained car accident injuries, our personal injury lawyers can help you get justice.
- Truck accidents. Truck drivers and trucking companies are supposed to drive responsibly and make sure their vehicles are maintained. If those parties fail to act responsibly, they could cause a devastating truck accident.
- Wrongful death. In some personal injury cases, a person’s wounds can be fatal. If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligent actions, you can hold the liable party responsible. Our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys will stand by your side.
- Medical malpractice. Trusting medical professionals to take care of us is almost second nature. However, when they make mistakes, they can sometimes cause irreparable harm. Our firm will fight for you.
- Motorcycle accidents. When a motorcyclist is in an accident, they often sustain terrible injuries as they lack protection. The recovery process can take a long time. Allow our Cincinnati personal injury lawyers to represent you so you receive fair compensation.
- Nursing home abuse or neglect. A senior’s health can rapidly decline when they’re a victim of nursing home abuse. We can give them a voice and show the negligent home how their actions were unacceptable and fight on behalf of you and your loved one.
- Sexual assault crimes. Our lawyers will advocate for sexual assault victims and help them hold the abuser responsible for their actions. We’ll go over your rights and options, so you have a clear idea of how to move forward.
When an accident completely upends your life, you shouldn’t be left with the losses and damages. You didn’t cause the accident—the negligent person did. Dealing with injuries, your recovery, and a legal matter can be a lot at once. Our lawyers are here to help you through the legal process so you’re able to work on getting better.
How Can a Personal Injury Claim Help You?
In the state of Ohio, filing a lawsuit with the help of an injury attorney may award you compensation. When you have the financial security from your compensation, you do not have to worry about the costs of your care or the work you’re missing. Your efforts can be put toward your health and getting back to your everyday life as quickly as possible.
You may be wondering what your compensation will be comprised of. Your losses and damages can typically be split into two categories: economic and noneconomic.
Your economic losses refer to the financial fallout of your accident. Personal injury lawyers look into your medical bills for your past care, as well as the expenses for your current and future care. For example, you may have been hospitalized for days or weeks after your accident. When you’re able to go home, it may not mean you’re fully healed. You could still need therapy, future doctor’s appointments, medication, or what your treatment plan from your doctor states.
Other economic losses include lost wages from the days of work you’ve missed or will continue to miss. If your injuries were catastrophic and resulted in a disability and you’re unable to return to your job or the workforce, you could receive compensation for your diminished earning capacity or loss of earnings—what you would have earned had you been able to continue working. If any of your property was damaged, such as a car in a motor vehicle accident, you can recover for those losses, too.
The other category is the noneconomic damages, which includes the non-monetary losses of the accident. Pain and suffering damages are considered noneconomic losses in Ohio and your Cincinnati personal injury lawyer will carefully look over your case to see what can apply to your compensation total. This can include physical pain you’ve experienced from your injuries. You may also have mental distress or anguish if your injuries are preventing you from doing things you previously enjoyed, have permanent consequences that you will have to adjust to a new lifestyle, or resulted in a disfigurement.
If the accident cost your loved one their life, your noneconomic damages could also include loss of companionship, care, assistance, protection, guidance, or consortium, and other intangible losses.
In some cases, punitive damages may be a possibility. These damages are often rewarded in a personal injury settlement to deter those responsible from repeating the same wrongful behaviors and/or acting negligently in the future. According to the Ohio Code 2315.21, a plaintiff first has to be eligible to get compensatory damages for their injuries. After this is determined, then their lawyer can present evidence that they should be able to recover punitive or exemplary damages.
What Is the Definition of “Negligence” Under Personal Injury Law?
One crucial aspect of most personal injury cases is the concept of “negligence.” In areas of law, negligence is the act of neglecting or failing to follow a legal responsibility. In personal injury law, we refer to a concept called “duty of care.” Duty of care references the responsibility we all have as part of a civil society to avoid causing harm to another. We undertake this responsibility every time we get behind the wheel of a car, for example, go into public with others, or open a business to customers.
- The first step of any personal injury lawsuit is to determine that the individual who caused the accident and/or injury had an established duty of care. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, how it occurred, and local and federal laws, a duty of care may not always be in place.
- The second step is to determine if and how a “breach” of that duty took place. Evidence will need to show exactly how the other party, referred to as the defendant, neglected to meet the duty of care. This failure is referred to as a “breach” of duty and often requires thorough testimony and accident recreation experts. Experts will examine how other individuals and/or groups would have acted in place of the defendant.
- Finally, it will need to be proven that the victim, referred to as the plaintiff, suffered serious injuries because of that breach of duty. This often requires the aid of medical experts and doctors.
If all these points can be proven during a personal injury claim, it may be determined that the defendant was, in fact, negligent. If a defendant is found negligent, then the plaintiff may receive a settlement. Many personal injury cases in Ohio don’t go to trial and are settled outside of the courtroom.
Why We Choose to Practice in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio is one of the first founding U.S. cities after the American Revolution and was named the “fastest-growing economic power” in the Midwestern United States in 2016. A city rich in history, population growth, and economic growth, Cincinnati seemed the ideal choice when we were deciding where Thomas Law Offices should open its second office.
Cincinnati rests along 22 miles of riverfront along the Ohio River and remains one of the most influential trade, entertainment, sports, and architectural centers in the nation. In the late 1800s, the city was commonly referred to as the “Paris of America” due to its numerous ambitious architectural projects which remain a major focus of Cincinnati’s livelihood.
When deciding on a new location, we knew we wanted a large city that thrives on forward momentum, progress, and diversity. We wanted a city to call home that was unafraid to embrace tradition and history but also wasn’t afraid to march forward, illicit change when necessary, and stand up for human and civil rights. With these objectives in mind, we looked to Cincinnati.
We’re proud to have an office in Cincinnati and help its residents combat personal legal matters both inside and outside of trial.
Why Would I Need to Hire an Attorney?
After your accident, insurance adjusters may approach you or contact you to settle your case. This can seem like a good idea at the time—you quickly settle your case, receive compensation, and you don’t have to go through the legal process. However, it’s important to know the insurance adjuster isn’t acting in your best interests. They’re acting in the insurance company’s best interests. This means they’re going to find ways to save the insurance company money and you will likely receive a settlement that’s less than you deserve.
They may do this by asking you to make an official statement or to record the conversation if you’re speaking on the phone. Conversational questions like, “How are you doing,” may arise and the answer you give could be used against you. You may say something like you’re feeling okay or mention one of the many symptoms you’re feeling, like a headache. You likely wouldn’t think to list all of the symptoms you’re experiencing at the time because the initial question sounded like a conversation starter and now you’re expecting the adjuster to ask questions about insurance, the other driver, and additional details about the accident. But they could use any information you give them to lower your compensation.
If you receive an unfavorable settlement, you may not be able to cover the full costs of your medical care—some adjusters may contact you early on, so you may not yet know the full extent of your injuries. For example, pain in your neck could make you think you have a neck injury, but the neck pain is a symptom of a back injury. The settlement could include compensation for a neck injury, but not the back injury. If you run into this issue, you may have to pay for your medical care out of pocket, which can put you in financially stressful situations.
Insurance companies may also investigate your social media to find any posts that could be used to reduce your settlement. They’ll see if you’re posting about the accident, your injuries, or making any kind of post that they could use to show your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim. It’s best to refrain from social media when you’re involved in a personal injury case. You could also change your settings, so your accounts are locked and private, so you won’t have to worry about social media during your personal injury case.
When you have Cincinnati personal injury lawyers representing you, they will advocate for you every step of the way and can help you deal with the insurance company. To get started on your claim, the insurance company will require some necessary information. We can provide them with the information they need and handle communication, so you don’t have to. While the legal process can take more time, you’ll benefit in the long run from knowing the full damages of your accident and having an experienced attorney fight for you to recover those losses.
Our Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Recover
When accidents put your life on hold and you’re trying to get back on track, Thomas Law Offices is here to stand at your side during the legal process. We fiercely advocate for the rights of our clients and will fight to recover maximum compensation so you can recover with peace of mind.
We’re prepared to take your case to court if that’s what is necessary to get you fair compensation. When you’re going into a courtroom before a judge and jury to state your case, it’s common to feel nervous or intimidated. Our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have plenty of experience presenting our clients’ cases in a courtroom and will be able to guide you through the process, so you feel ready and know what to expect when you’re in court.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in an accident in Ohio that you feel could have been prevented or happened due to wrongful or negligent actions, our personal injury lawyers at Thomas Law Offices may be able to help. By contacting us at your earliest convenience, we may be able to pair you and your family with a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer. You can discuss the facts of your case in a free consultation where you can state your side of the story and ask all the questions you have regarding the legal process. We’ll go over your options and will provide you with the answers you need so you can make a fully-informed decision of how to proceed.
Thomas Law Offices – Cincinnati Office Address
250 East Fifth Street, Suite 440
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Attorney Managing the Cincinnati Office: Lou Schneider