Accidents happen every day in Toledo. If you have been involved in one, it will change your life, at least in the short-term. Your injuries could also potentially affect you for years to come. Accident victims do not only sustain physical injuries, but they are also often left with lasting emotional trauma. If another person caused your accident, you can file a claim against them to recover financial compensation. However, you should never file a claim on your own. Our best Toledo injury lawyers will ensure you recover the full and fair settlement you deserve.
An accident can happen in any number of ways. Our Toledo injury lawyers have the necessary experience with cases involving:
Regardless of the type of injury claim you must file, the process does present some challenges. Our best Toledo injury lawyers know how to overcome them so you claim the full damages that are rightfully yours.
Ohio law recognizes that sometimes, more than one person is at fault for an accident. For example, another driver may have run a stop sign, but you were holding your phone while sending a text and did not see them coming. Texting while driving is against the law throughout the state, and all drivers are required to stop at stop signs. As such, both you and the other driver are at fault. Even in scenarios such as these, it is still often possible to recover damages for your injuries.
Toledo, like the rest of Ohio, is governed by a law known as modified comparative fault. Under this law, you can still claim damages for your injuries even if you were partly to blame, but you must be less than 51% at fault to claim compensation. Any damages you receive are then reduced by your same percentage of fault. Using the above example, you may be assigned 20% of fault, so any compensation you receive will be reduced by 20%.
Like all other states in the country, Ohio law outlines a statute of limitations, or time limit, on personal injury claims. In Toledo, you have only two years from the date of your accident to file a claim for most personal injury claims, and as little as one year from the date of your injury for medical negligence claims. Although there are exceptions to the rule, they are very limited. If you do not file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, you will most likely forfeit any right to claim compensation at all. An injury lawyer will always make sure your claim is filed on time so your damages are not at risk.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by another person’s carelessness, our best Toledo injury lawyers can help with your claim. At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, our seasoned attorneys know the obstacles these claims can present, and how to overcome them so you get the justice you deserve. Call us now or reach out to us online to schedule a free review of your case.
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