When an injury-causing accident or incident occurs you weren’t prepared for, it’s natural to feel unsure of what direction to go next. 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 unsurmountable. You and your family may be left wondering if the U.S. legal system may be able to provide answers.
At Thomas Law Offices, our Cincinnati personal injury lawyers are 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 with 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.
In the state of Ohio, filing a lawsuit with the help of an injury attorney may award you with compensation, often referred to as damages, that can go towards your medical expenses after an accident, lost wages, and noneconomic damages. Pain and suffering damages are considered noneconomic losses in Ohio and include physical pain, mental distress/anguish, loss of companionship, care, assistance, protection, guidance, or consortium, disfigurement, and other intangible losses.
Noneconomic losses take into consideration immediate and future pain, suffering, and expenses. They 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. Personal injury claims are often complex since the wrongful and/or negligent acts will need to be proven, but they can grant peace of mind during dire circumstances.
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
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Sexual assault crimes
If your case or situation does not fit into any of the above categories, we encourage you to get in touch with our attorneys in Cincinnati regardless. We may be able to assist you or refer you to a legal practice that can. Our priority is to always assist those in need. We make effort possible to help victims and their families.
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 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 it’s possible that 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.
Our Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Recover
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, 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 personal injury lawyer in Cincinnati who will be happy to offer a free case consultation as well as answer any questions you have.
Thomas Law Offices – Cincinnati Office Address
250 East Fifth Street, Suite 440
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Attorney Managing the Cincinnati Office: Lou Schneider