As of 2015, the Ohio Department of Public Safety shows that over 69,000 people were injured in traffic accidents. While some accidents can be minor and be resolved quickly, others unfortunately end in tragic, life-changing events that result in unimaginable emotional turmoil and financial costs. If you and/or a loved one have been the victim of a motor vehicle collision, there are several steps you should take to help yourself and preserve your claim for compensation.
Step 1: Everyone Is Unique
Everyone is unique in response to their injuries and impairments. If you have been drawn here, you are probably in the throes of one of the most important decisions you may make—who do I choose to help me through a tragedy?
As you explore this decision, and our particular suitability to be of service to you and your family, it appears essential that you first spend time quietly assessing your plight, including your needs, desires, fears, and apprehensions. Write them down, and think of the qualities you will require of your personal legal counsel. To better assist you with this, we suggest you consider the following:
What will be the results of a loved one’s death, crippling injuries, or life of pain?
How will you respond to the physical, emotional, and financial injuries/effects of this tragedy?
The effects are unique to each of us, but too often threaten permanent impairments to the pursuits of normal life, as well as financial ruin. Great care should be given to choose not only highly competent legal representation, but also to ensure that your attorney and “counselor a law” will be sensitive, insightful, and passionately responsive to your individual needs. Here are some questions to think about:
- Does the lawyer have the experience, resolve, and results which make me feel secure?
- Does the attorney take time to speak with my family and I about our unique and varied needs, and address each of those needs with the kind of sensitivity that makes me feel he understands me?
- Has the lawyer provided me with a detailed explanation of what I can expect through the investigation and claims process, and through litigation and trial?
We have been and remain compelled to insightful, sensitive, and compassionate responses to our clients’ uniquely personal needs and fears, as well as to the panoply of physical, emotional, and financial impairments caused by tragedy.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious motor vehicle injury, please contact us today to consult with our experienced attorneys, WITHOUT CHARGE, to review your case. As with any legal matter, there are specific deadlines and time limitations, known as Statute(s) of Limitation. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
Step 2: Understanding Your Claim
We are highly experienced in handling injuries resulting from car accidents, whether you were the driver, passenger, or an innocent bystander outside the vehicle. Car accidents generally fall into three areas: Negligent Driver, Defect in the Road, and/or Defect With the Vehicle.
Negligent Drivers. Today, the majority of collisions are caused by negligent drivers who crash their vehicle as a result of driver error. These can lead to claims by persons injured outside the vehicle as well. While most drivers are covered by some form of automobile insurance, the amount of money recovered and how it is applied to an injured person has become increasingly litigated over the past several years. It is important to understand that in addition to the right to recover against the responsible party, you also have the right to recover from your own insurance policy under certain circumstances.
Road Defects. Road Defects, Impairments, and Obstructions can also contribute to car accidents and motorcycle crashes. While these cases are less frequent, government entities and private parties can be held responsible for such defects and impairments in which they fail to correct or fix.
Vehicle Defects. If you are in a situation where there is a defect in your vehicle, this is known as a products liability claim. These claims are the least frequent cases of motor vehicle crashes. The Firestone Tire Litigation dispute in the early 2000’s is an example of where a product failure was blamed for the crash.
Step 3: Report the Incident to Proper Authorities and Insurance Company
The most important step after suffering an injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, is to report the incident to the proper authorities and your insurance representative so there is a police report and record of your call. Make sure you also have your insurance policy handy so we can evaluate recovery options based on those terms.
Step 4: Own Your Injury and Keep a Journal
Suffering from an injury or watching another loved one suffer from an injury can be a heart wrenching and traumatic experience. Recognizing this difficulty and the natural tendency for many people to avoid in depth focus on the details of injuries and treatment plans, we believe it is critical for you to first OWN YOUR INJURY. Indeed, your responses to physical injury, and the emotional, psychological, and/or financial fallout requires personal attention by your legal counsel.
To help us, we find that this process will become easier and flow more naturally if you are able to focus on and understand your injuries and the appropriate treatment plan. One of our jobs is to help you to do that; and to understand the unique implications for you and your family.
We will most likely ask you to prepare a journal or diary. This work does not need to be grammatically correct or polished prose, but is simply to capture effects/impacts of your injuries in a manner that will serve your physical, financial, emotional/psychological health. We will work with you individually to determine what this diary/journal needs to contain, how it will help your recovery in all of these aspects, and how preparation of the journal/diary will likely itself be therapeutic.
Step 5: Contact Us Today!
We will assist you in handling your related medical bills, securing insurance approval for medical treatment plans, collecting and processing the sundry bills, keeping bill collectors off your back, and learning many ways to address the challenges of managed healthcare, and develop plans and procedures to deal with the many challenges imposed by disability/impairment from serious injuries.