While Marion may seem like a little slice of heaven, car accident victims know how quickly its roadways can turn into a nightmare. Research by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) shows that there were more than 500 motor vehicle accidents investigated in 2019 in Marion County. Further, 61 distracted driving violations were issued. Sometimes, simply being injured in a car accident and living to see another day can be a blessing in disguise, as there are many victims who are not so lucky. More than 1,000 fatal crashes were documented throughout Ohio in 2019, according to OSHP data.
When you have been involved in a serious car accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Here at the Fitch Law Firm, we know firsthand the kinds of strains and hardships car accidents can put on a victim’s life. We are proud to offer our services to victims in Marion, Ohio who may be going through one of the most difficult times of their life.
Even if you are not sure how your accident occurred—after all, these things tend to happen in a split-second—our legal team can review your case and try to educate you on what your legal options may be moving forward. If you choose to retain our services, a Marion car accident lawyer from our firm can work to identify the true cause of your accident and use evidence to show the court who was liable for your injuries.
To learn more about how the Fitch Law Firm may be able to support you, call us today. A representative of our firm is standing by to give you a free, no-obligation consultation on your case at (740) 212-1686.
Injuries Commonly Associated with Car Accidents
While the severity of car accident injuries varies depending on factors like the speed of the vehicles at the time of the crash, the size and weight of the vehicles involved, and whether the victim was wearing a seatbelt, some common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones, often to the face, hands, clavicles, feet, arms, and legs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other types of head trauma
- Cuts from broken glass
- Spinal cord injuries, possibly resulting in paralysis
- Back injuries
- And more
We recommend seeing a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. It is important the have your injuries diagnosed and treated, and also to create a link in your medical record between your injuries and your accident that may be entered into your case as evidence later on.
The Costs of Car Accidents
In addition to serious and potentially life-threatening physical injuries, car accidents can also affect nearly every aspect of a victim’s life.
One of the largest impacts of car accidents can be the mounting medical bills associated with their injuries. This can include ongoing doctor appointments, therapy sessions, surgeries, medications, and more.
These medical bills do not even account for any mental health treatment needed after the accident, as is often warranted in cases of accident-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other forms of mental illness brought on by the trauma of the crash. Fortunately, the field of personal injury law extends to cover these physical, mental, and non-economic damages in applicable cases.
Accident victims may also be able to recover compensation for the time they had to miss at work while focusing on their recovery. This damage is sometimes referred to as lost wages. If the accident permanently altered your ability to provide for yourself, reduced earning capability damages may be recoverable as well.
If you choose to retain a Marion car accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm, we can work to catalog every facet of your hardships so we can present them to a judge if your case goes to trial. These documents can also be used to assign a value to the case, which can be referenced throughout the settlement negotiation process.
For more information about recoverable damages in car accident injury claims, contact a team member at the Fitch Law Firm today. Your free consultation and case review are waiting at (740) 212-1686.
Ohio’s Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
Car accident victims must file a civil claim within a certain timeframe to be considered eligible for a lawsuit. As per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, there is a general two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims.
If a victim fails to meet this two-year deadline, their case may be thrown out, and their legal options to recover compensation may be severely limited. There may be circumstances that could alter the deadlines in your case. To discuss what timeframes apply to your case, call the Fitch Law Firm today.
The Fitch Law Firm Works to Protect Victims’ Futures
If you decide to retain a Marion car accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm, we can fight to protect your rights in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit. If we cannot reach an appropriate settlement with the offender in question, we will gladly take our evidence to trial and represent your potential case for compensation before a judge or jury. During this time, you can focus on healing from your injuries while we handle the communications and legal work in your case.
To receive your free consultation, contact a representative from the Fitch Law Firm today at (740) 212-1686. We typically represent car accident victims on a contingency fee basis. This payment structure means we do not collect attorney fees unless and until you are awarded compensation in a settlement offer or in court.