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Below, you can find answers to questions that we are frequently asked as attorneys. The FAQs are here to help you, but please do not rely on the answers or blog posts to ultimately determine your answer.
All cases are different, which means the course of action varies. You should always consult with an attorney before taking any course of action.
Hiring the right attorney is probably one of the most important decisions you make. Experience, knowledge, trust, reputation, and work ethic are major factors that could affect the outcome of your case. Our firm has the extensive experience and reputation to negotiate with insurance companies and provide you with the representation you need. Insurance companies know that we will take cases to trial if settlement is not possible. That fear drives insurance companies to settle cases.
Ohio has a two (2) year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Certain exceptions apply, so please contact our attorneys to determine whether you have a viable claim.
The Ohio Medical Malpractice Act imposes a one (1) year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. This means that you have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered due to a medical error, please contact our office immediately.
Ohio has a two (2) year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. Prior to prosecuting a claim, an Estate must be opened. Please contact our attorneys so we can determine whether you are within the applicable statute of limitations for a claim arising out of a wrongful death.
The value of a case cannot be determined until there is a proper analysis of all the facts, which includes review of medical records, injuries, lost wages medical bills, and future losses. Anyone who attempts to claim a case is worth a certain number of dollars without reviewing your relevant medical records/history is not accurate. Please contact us, and we will help determine the value of your case.
On cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death, there is no charge for an initial consultation. We are able to work on a contingency fee, which means that our legal fee would be paid at the conclusion of your case and would be a percentage of the total settlement or jury verdict you obtain.
For other matters, we work on an hourly fee or a flat rate. We are happy to speak with you regarding our fees, depending on your specific case.
If you have been injured, have outstanding medical bills, are losing wages, or are permanently disabled, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Insurance companies do not settle cases willingly, so attempting to settle your case on your own may jeopardize your potential for a fair recovery. There are instances where legal representation may not be needed. An honest lawyer will tell you if it is in your best interest to hire an attorney.
We understand that what you are going through is not your fault. However, medical bills remain your responsibility regardless of the outcome of the case. If you have medical payment coverage through an automobile insurance policy, that coverage can be used for out-of-pocket medical expenses. If you have health insurance, your health insurance will pay your medical bills as provided by your plan. However, remember that if you recover money from the at-fault party, you might have to repay your health insurance and/or auto insurance.
Length of time varies depending on the complexity of the case. Certain cases can be resolved in a matter of months. Other, more complex, cases can take years to resolve. Your case cannot be adequately resolved unless you have completed your medical treatment, reached maximum medical improvement, and all of the damages have been properly evaluated.
No, such practice would be in violation of the regulations set forth by the Ohio Department of Insurance.
You do not have to give a recorded statement to the other driver's insurance company. In fact, you should absolutely refuse to give a recorded statement because it could hurt your case. However, you are obligated to cooperate with your insurance company in order to preserve your rights under the contract with your insurance company. If you find yourself in such a situation, please contact our firm so we can properly advise you of your rights.
No. You have the right to see any doctor you want. You should always see a medical practitioner who is qualified to treat your injuries. Doctors and chiropractors who send you solicitation letters in the mail may not be the best doctors for your care. Always check with your primary care physician on the best course of treatment, and use your common sense.
No. You should never sign authorizations for an insurance company to get your records until you get advice from an attorney. The authorizations give permission for insurance companies to obtain copies of your medical records that might have information unrelated to your personal injury claim. Our firm will take care of ordering the relevant medical records to provide to the insurance company. You are always able to obtain a copy of your own medical charts, as well, by contacting your doctor's office.