Accidents happen all the time in Defiance and they change the life of accident victims. After an accident, victims often suffer from physical injuries, but they are also left with mental and emotional scars for years afterward. Sometimes, accident victims are never the same. When an accident is caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person, accident victims can file a personal injury claim against them to recover damages for their injuries. If you have suffered injuries after an accident someone else caused, our personal injury law firm in Defiance can help with your claim.
There are many different types of accident cases we handle. We can help if you have suffered from any of the following:
Every type of accident claim presents its own challenges. At our personal injury law firm in Defiance, we know how to overcome them so you claim the damages you deserve.
In some cases, more than one person may have contributed to the cause of the accident. For example, perhaps another driver ran a red light at an intersection, but you were holding your phone while texting so you did not see them coming. The use of handheld devices for texting purposes is banned for all drivers in Ohio, but you can still recover at least a portion of your damages.
Defiance, and all of Ohio, is governed by modified comparative law. This means that after you have been hurt in an accident, you can still claim damages if you were less than 51% at fault. The insurance company or judge will assign you a certain percentage of fault, and any compensation you receive is reduced by that same percentage. In the example above, if you were assigned 20% of fault for the crash, the damages you receive will also be reduced by 20%.
Ohio places a statute of limitations on personal injury claims. This is the amount of time you have to file, and if you wait until the statute of limitations has expired, you will be barred from claiming any damages. In Defiance, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident for most personal injury claims, but can be as little as one year from the date of injury in cases involving medical/nursing home negligence. Many people think this is a long time, but it is not. Before filing your claim, an attorney will conduct a full investigation and gather evidence to prove your claim. You must also understand the nature and severity of your injuries so you claim the full damages you need to recover.
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else, our personal injury law firm in Defiance can help you file your claim. At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, our personal injury lawyers know the challenges associated with filing a personal injury claim, and how to overcome them so you claim the compensation you deserve. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.
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areas of practice we handle, including personal injury, workers’ compensation and insurance claims issues.