An accident takes just seconds to occur, and when it does, your life may be forever changed. The scars and physical injuries caused by accidents are the most visible, but a car crash, slip and fall, or any other type of injury can leave mental and emotional scars, as well. The majority of accidents that occur in Bowling Green are entirely preventable and are only caused by the negligence, or carelessness, of someone else.
If you have been injured due to the fault of someone else, you can likely file a claim for damages. Unfortunately, the personal injury process is not an easy one. Our Bowling Green injury lawyer can guide you through the process and help you recover the full damages to which you are entitled.
Personal injury law encompasses a number of different areas. The most common of these are as follows:
Typically, at least one party is at fault for the above accidents. When that is the case, our Bowling Green injury lawyer can determine who was to blame and hold them liable for paying full damages.
In many cases, more than one party is found at fault for an accident. For example, a customer may slip and fall on ice and snow outside of a business. The business owner may be found partly to blame for not clearing the hazard that posed a risk to customers. However, the customer may also be found at fault if they were wearing sneakers or high heels because those are not proper footwear for icy and snowy conditions. In this example, the slip and fall victim may still be able to claim damages for their injuries, but the amount they receive will be reduced by their same percentage of fault.
When multiple parties are to blame for an accident, comparative fault comes into play. Like the majority of states throughout the country, Ohio follows modified comparative fault law. This means that accident victims can still claim damages if they were less than 51% to blame. In the above example, the business owner may be found 90% at fault for the accident while the customer may be found 10% at fault for the accident. If the customer was awarded a total of $100,000 for their injuries, they would receive $90,000 because their damages would be reduced by 10%.
After an accident, our Bowling Green injury lawyer at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott will help you through the personal injury claim process. We will also defend against arguments that you were at fault so you recover the full damages to which you are entitled. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
All of our partners are AV Peer Review Rated* through Martindale-Hubbell. Out-of-state referrals are welcome for all
areas of practice we handle, including personal injury, workers’ compensation and insurance claims issues.