The personal injury law in Ohio covers a range of cases including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and others. Victims of accidents due to the negligence of another party can choose to file a personal injury claim. They must show that the negligent party has a duty of care but breached this duty and caused injury and damages. If you are one of these victims, you want to be represented by an experienced Toledo car accident attorney who can help you maximize your compensation. If somebody else’s negligence caused your injury, there is no reason to pay for your medical costs. The following are types of damages your attorney can help you recover through a personal injury claim:
Whether you were in a car accident, slip and fall accident, or motorcycle accident, you need to see a doctor and get a medical evaluation. Sometimes, you may not be aware of your injuries and symptoms do not always appear immediately. The negligent party should compensate you for your medical expenses. This can include doctor’s bills, medication costs, hospital and ambulance bills, surgery costs, physical therapy, ongoing cost of care, and in-home health care.
If you cannot go to work because of your injury, you may be eligible for full compensation for the wages you lost. Your lawyer can help you fight for the maximum compensation that includes all of your damages.
Moreover, you may also be entitled to future lost wages. This is possible if your injuries are expected to make it difficult for you to perform your job, force you to change your career and earn less money, or when you require ongoing care.
If the accident resulted in you sustaining property damage, you can also include this in your claim. Recoverable compensation includes vehicle damage, damage to home or home structures, property value diminution, and damage to personal items.
Pain and Suffering
Accidents can also lead to non-economic damages such as physical pain and emotional distress. Emotional distress often results from a debilitating or disfiguring injury. If you sustained facial disfigurement or another permanent injury, you may want to seek damages for this too. Your attorney will advocate for a fair settlement or verdict that covers the full range of your emotional and physical suffering.
Sometimes, you may be able to recover these damages, which are meant to punish the defendant. Punitive damages are awarded when the negligence of the defendant is indifferent or egregious to other people’s safety and health.