Following an Ohio personal injury, you may face debilitating injuries and overwhelming financial expenses. Fortunately, you may be entitled to damages to help ease the burden that you face following the injury. In order to protect your rights to recovery, however, it is essential that you contact a qualified legal professional as quickly as possible.
Why Do You Need a Columbus Personal Injury Attorney?
Insurance companies are for-profit corporations whose goal is to minimize your claim, not to help you.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not known for their compassion towards an individual filing a claim following an injury. In fact, an insurance adjuster’s compensation directly ties to his or her ability to minimize the amount of claim that is ultimately paid out to a victim. As such, the company will often begin contacting the victim right away following an accident, pressuring the victim to agree to a settlement. They also can and will use any statement made by the victim to their advantage. In the face of economic hardship, some victims may feel compelled to accept an undervalued proposal.
Most individuals are inexperienced in negotiating settlements and valuing claims.
While some expenses, such as immediate medical costs and current lost wages, are easily valued, others are not. Inexperienced negotiators may not think to calculate future costs and include it in the overall valuation of their claim. Medical expenses from the injury may continue far into the future. The victim may have a reduced earning capacity for the remainder of his or her life. If the victim accepts a settlement offer without factoring in these expenses, he or she may lose the opportunity to receive compensation for these costs. Generally, insurance adjusters are aware of this fact and will offer higher settlements when a victim is represented by a lawyer.
Victims receive higher awards when represented by attorneys at trial.
Many studies have proven that victims receive awards several times higher when they have an attorney in their corner.
The statute of limitations may already be ticking.
Statute of limitations laws vary according to the claim and state law. An attorney can help you understand when the clock starts ticking and ensure that you do not allow the statute of limitations to toll, barring recovery.
If the individual responsible for your injury does not have insurance, your only recourse may be to file suit.
If the individual causing the injury has no insurance, you will likely have to file suit to recover damages. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the Ohio court system and fight for the highest possible recovery. The Fitch Law Firm will also work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no risk to the victim for hiring legal counsel.
If you suffered an injury, contact an experienced Columbus personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Call our office at 855-LAW-OHIO for more information.