Getting injured in an accident can bring on costly medical expenses and leave you feeling overwhelmed if you are unable to work. During this challenging time, your legal rights and interests should be protected. If your accident took place in Dayton, Ohio, you could work with a personal injury lawyer to hold the liable party accountable for your damages.
At the Fitch Law Firm LLC, our Dayton personal injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. You can learn more about how we can help you when you call us for a free consultation.
Accident Victims May Pursue Compensation for Their Damages
Whether you were injured in a car accident or as a result of medical malpractice, having to deal with the financial aftermath can be overwhelming. Your accident can affect you physically, emotionally, and financially. However, don’t think that you have to deal with these repercussions on your own.
With a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can itemize the damages you suffered in a demand letter to a liable party and present your case on why you might be entitled to receive compensation. A Dayton personal injury lawyer can calculate your damages, including your future damages. You will understand the value of your case and how much to negotiate for a settlement.
What Kind of Damages Can a Plaintiff Recover in a Personal Injury Case?
In a personal injury case, you may qualify to request compensation for:
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future medical care you need to treat your injuries
- Property damage or destruction costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, including psychological trauma
- Permanent disability, which includes vision or hearing loss
- Scarring and disfigurement, including amputation
- Reduced earning potential
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment in former hobbies and activities due to your injuries
You might be eligible to recover other losses that aren’t mentioned here. Our personal injury team will listen to your story and discuss various aspects of your injuries that might have affected your life. We aim to present a case that fairly reflects the difficulty you’ve gone through so that you may recover compensation that can help you move forward.
What Happens If the Victim does or did Not Survive Their Injuries?
If the plaintiff (the victim of the accident) does not survive the accident, a personal representative may file for compensation on their behalf. In most cases, the personal representative is the plaintiff’s spouse, child, or parent, but other family members may qualify. The personal representative would have to file a separate action about the victim’s wrongful death, which may qualify them for separate damages.
In wrongful death cases, additional damages may include:
- Costs to arrange the decedent’s (deceased individual’s) funeral service
- Costs for the burial or cremation service
- Loss of the decedent’s future financial income to support the surviving spouse and/or family
- Loss of inheritance if funds had to apply toward covering current damages
- Emotional losses for the surviving family, such as the loss of companionship, love, and guidance
- Loss of consortium
Grieving the unexpected loss of a loved one can be difficult to process, as these events are traumatic for families. Our attorneys offer to manage your case while you deal with and process your loss. You should not risk missing your opportunity to hold the liable party accountable for their negligence.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Dayton, call 614-545-3930
How Our Attorneys Are Prepared to Serve You
The aftermath of an accident in Dayton (or anywhere) can be confusing and stressful. To ease this burden, our personal injury lawyers can take over your case in its entirety and:
Search for Evidence
Evidence is the backbone of your case. Even a small piece of evidence can be a huge asset to your pursuit of compensation. Examples of evidence include:
- The incident report law enforcement filed
- Imaging scans of your injuries
- Pictures of the scene of the accident
- Testimony from doctors, accident reconstruction analysts, and economists
- Eyewitness accounts
- Video footage of accident, abuse, or malpractice in motion
All of these forms of evidence and others will demonstrate the other party’s negligence in that they had a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused an accident that led to your injuries and damages.
Work with Insurance Companies
Calling and emailing the other party’s representatives can be time consuming tasks. Instead, your lawyer can take over all communication with them and other involved parties.
In addition, when dealing with an insurance company, understand that they are not only trying to protect their clients but also protect themselves. A personal injury attorney knows how to speak with insurance companies and can fight to get the compensation you truly deserve. If neither side can agree on a settlement amount, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Adhering to Ohio’s Statute of Limitations
Should the negotiations not work out, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf. To be successful with this endeavor, we must bring this legal action within Ohio’s time restrictions, which are defined by separate statutes of limitations. These statutes include:
- In general, for personal injury cases, Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 provides a two-year deadline, which starts on the date your accident occurred.
- In general, for wrongful death cases, Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02 provides a two-year deadline, which starts on the date of the victim’s death.
These are general deadlines and exceptions may apply. That said, complying with these timelines is crucial, as your right to compensation depends on it. If you fail to submit your case within its statutory deadline, you may be barred from pursuing legal action through Ohio’s civil court system. If that occurs, the defending party would be absolved of liability and would not have to compensate you for any damages.
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We Handle a Variety of Personal Injury Cases
At the Fitch Law Firm LLC, our legal team typically handles the following types of personal injury cases:
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accidents
- Dog bites or attacks
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Sexual abuse
- Defective drugs or medical devices
- Swimming pool and drowning accidents
If your case involves a different type of accident or harmful event, we still want to hear from you. You may still have grounds to hold a liable party accountable for your injuries as long as you can prove their negligence caused them. We strive to help prospective clients in any way we can.
Attorney John Fitch Is a Dayton Accident Lawyer You Can Count On
For over 30 years, Mr. Fitch has been successfully handling cases such as car accidents, truck wrecks, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, traumatic brain injury, defective products, and sexual abuse.
Hundreds of clients throughout Ohio have been represented by Mr. Fitch, allowing them to recover fair compensation and move on with their lives with peace of mind. So, if you or a loved one has been injured in Dayton or elsewhere, don’t hesitate to call The Fitch Law Firm LLC for a free and confidential consultation.
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Call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (937) 660-4232 and put our 30-plus years of experience to work for you after you suffered injuries in Dayton. Our representative can discuss your case with you and review any information you already have, then explain what legal options are available to you. Should you decide to work with a Dayton personal injury lawyer from our team, we can start working on your case immediately.
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