Ohio Car Accident Lawyer

August 8, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we recognize the devastating consequences car accidents can have on the lives of injured individuals and their families.

If this happened to you, your accident probably cost you thousands of dollars in medical expenses alone. If someone else caused that crash, you should not need to pay for them or the other car accident costs you incurred.

Our team of experienced Ohio car accident lawyers is committed to seeking rightful and fair compensation for all accident victims to help them restore a sense of balance and security to their lives.

Why Choose Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, to Handle Your Car Accident Claim?

Ohio Car Accident Lawyer

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, is a well-established and respected national law firm. Our firm's longstanding experience and solid reputation in the legal community show the many years we have successfully represented victims injured in car accidents. We pride ourselves on our commitment to holding responsible parties accountable and our relentless drive to pursue the maximum possible compensation for our clients. We possess the legal knowledge and resources required to provide you with meticulous representation regardless of the complexity of your case.

Our firm also serves accident victims in Ohio. The Dolman Law Group works with local counsel in any jurisdiction outside Florida to file lawsuits in jurisdictions wherein we are not licensed. We follow each state's ethical rules to ensure a local attorney is involved. We know the state's car accident laws, ensuring we provide competent legal advice to our clients. Our combination of localized knowledge, national reach, and broad experience sets us apart from other personal injury law firms.

We understand that an accident can result in financial strain, and we operate on a contingency fee basis to counteract this financial strain. That means you do not owe us any attorney fees unless we succeed in securing compensation for you.

We believe you should seek legal aid without any added financial stress. We are happy to discuss our payment structure during your free consultation.

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How We Handle Car Accident Claims in Ohio

We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to legal representation at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. You receive personalized attention, and our team assesses your case based on its unique circumstances. This tailored approach is at the heart of our practice, ensuring that we gather comprehensive insights into each case, thus maximizing the potential compensation for our clients. Below is an overview of how we handle car accident claims.

Accident Investigation

Determining liability in a car accident is a critical first step when seeking compensation. Another driver may often be at-fault for causing the accident. Liability, however, can also extend to employers if a commercial driver was involved or to auto manufacturers if a defect in the vehicle contributed to the accident. The law can also hold government agencies liable if poorly maintained roads or traffic signals play a role in the accident.

The law can hold multiple individuals or entities responsible for an injured party's damages in a car accident case. If the at-fault driver causes the accident while intoxicated, for example, any business that served alcohol to that driver could share liability under Ohio's dram shop laws. Other examples include mechanics who perform negligent repairs to a vehicle that is later involved in an accident or construction companies that leave roads unsafe and result in a motor vehicle accident.

Understanding the complexities of liability in car accident cases is a daunting task. That is where the experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, come in. Our skilled team can identify all the potential defendants in your case and pursue the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Claim Preparation

We gather the necessary documentation and evidence to prepare a comprehensive claim on your behalf.

To fully understand the nuances of your car accident injury claim, we typically compile the following documentation:

  • Police reports.
  • Accident scene photographs.
  • Medical reports.
  • Medical bills.
  • Documentation of lost income.
  • Evidence of property damage.
  • Witness statements.
  • Other relevant evidence, such as electronic data from the cars involved in the accident.

The sooner you reach out to us after your accident, the easier it is to build a strong claim. Many forms of evidence fade or deteriorate as time passes.

Settlement Negotiations

When negotiating a car accident injury claim, our attorneys and the insurance company attempt to assess how much compensation an injured party may deserve. Insurance companies often try to offer the smallest amount possible to settle a claim. We can argue for more compensation than the insurance company's initial settlement.

The negotiation process can intimidate individuals who lack legal knowledge, so hire our experienced attorneys to work on your behalf. We can confidently communicate your losses and demands in a way that the insurance company understands and considers.

Trial Representation

If the insurance companies do not agree to a fair settlement, our formidable trial lawyers are prepared to take your case to court. Our attorneys serve as your aggressive advocates, presenting arguments and evidence to support your case in the courtroom. We understand how to handle the high stakes of a trial and are committed to seeking justice for you. Our goal is to seek the maximum compensation you deserve.

We Handle Insurance Company Negotiations While You Focus on Your Recovery

Insurance companies can be motivated to deny or devalue claims to reduce the amount they pay. It is in their interest to save money, and they may resort to tactics such as disputing liability, questioning the severity of the injuries sustained, or downplaying the extent of property damage.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we understand how insurance companies reduce payouts to injured individuals. We are committed to fighting these practices and advocating for your rights. We thoroughly investigate all potential grounds of liability to ensure we can seek the maximum compensation you deserve.

Compensation: How Much Is the Average Car Accident Settlement in Ohio?

Car accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in Ohio. These incidents can include minor fender-benders with minimal damage or accidents involving catastrophic injuries, each taking a significant toll on the victims. The sustained damages often extend beyond physical injuries into emotional trauma and financial burden.

Factors That Can Influence the Damages Amount

Various factors can influence how much compensation you receive, such as the severity of your injuries, how your injuries influence your life, the amount of your medical bills, and whether your injuries are permanent. The conduct of the at-fault party also influences how much compensation you receive.

At Dolman Law Group, we closely work with you to accurately value your claims, considering all possible damages and fighting for an adequate settlement.

Our team of experienced lawyers deeply understands the medical, practical, and legal aspects of various car accident injuries. We work closely with medical professionals to fully comprehend the severity of your injuries and any long-term implications.

In cases of catastrophic injuries that require long-term care or result in permanent disability, we collaborate with life-care planners and economists to quantify your losses accurately. Our comprehensive approach helps us to build a strong case aiming for the maximum possible compensation.

In Ohio, car accident victims can claim economic and non-economic damages and, in some cases, punitive damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages cover quantifiable losses, such as medical bills, lost income, and the cost of property damage.

Medical Bills

Car accidents can lead to various injuries, including scrapes and bruises, broken bones, and serious bodily harm.

Our attorneys represent clients dealing with injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Broken or fractured bones.
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries.
  • Internal injuries.
  • Psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

We pursue compensation that covers any current or future medical treatments you may need for your accident-related injuries.

Lost Income

If your injuries cause you to miss work, the law could entitle you to compensation for your lost earnings. Your settlement can also consider future diminished earnings if your injuries prevent you from returning to your job.

Property Damage

An adequate settlement covers the repair or replacement of your vehicle. The law may also allow you to claim damaged personal belongings.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages intend to cover subjective losses that may be difficult to quantify.

Loss of Consortium

This non-economic damage refers to the deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship due to the accident. Your spouse may qualify for this damage.

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Non-economic damages may cover the diminishment of quality of life due to injuries resulting from the accident.

Pain and Suffering

This category of non-economic damage relates to the physical discomfort and emotional distress resulting from the accident and injury.

Some insurance companies attempt to deny or undervalue non-economic damages. Our attorneys work tirelessly to seek compensation for all your losses, even the intangible ones.

Punitive Damages

The courts may impose punitive damages to punish the behavior of a party whose reckless, negligent, or intentional conduct contributed to your accident. The court may award these damages in addition to the compensation you receive for your economic and non-economic losses.

Ohio Car Accident Statistics

The Ohio Department of Public Safety maintains records for reported car accidents throughout the state.

Statistics from a recent year show the following figures:

  • There were 265,512 motor vehicle accidents.
  • More accidents occurred in October, November, and December than in the rest of the year.
  • Distracted driving was a contributing factor in 37,640 crashes.
  • Alcohol intoxication (35,918) and drug intoxication (13,129) played a role in many accidents.

Certain areas in Ohio pose a greater risk of accidents due to high traffic volumes or hazardous conditions. Some of these high-risk areas include the I-75 in Toledo, the I-71 in Cincinnati, and the intersection of Broad Street and James Road in Columbus. Accidents in these areas can be more severe due to higher speeds and the greater volume of vehicles.

What to Do After a Car Accident in Ohio

After a car accident, many circumstances are out of your control. You can, however, start seeking maximum compensation for your losses.

Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA

Ohio sets a specific period within which injured parties must file a car accident claim, known as the statute of limitations. Failing to file within this time frame could cost you your right to sue and recover damages. During your free consultation with our experienced lawyers, we can discuss the prompt filing of your claim.

Attend All Medical Appointments

You must attend all medical appointments and follow your doctor's instructions for treatment.

Not doing so can weaken your claim and provide the insurance company with a reason to reduce or deny your claim. Insurance companies may deny claims due to allegations that the claimant did not follow their medical treatment plan or waited too long to seek medical attention.

Collect as much evidence as possible to build a strong case. That includes police reports, medical bills, and documentation of lost income. You must keep records of all communication with the insurance companies and your medical providers. Maintaining these records and other documents ensures that we have all the information needed to evaluate the strength of your claim.

Our car accident attorneys are well-versed in the ins and outs of the legal system and will guide you on the best ways to build a strong claim. We understand the importance of obtaining the best possible outcome in your case, and we are prepared to fight for your rights.

Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, Today

Matthew A. Dolman, Attorney
Matthew Dolman, Ohio Car Accident Lawyer

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have the knowledge, experience, and determination to go the extra mile for our clients. Our comprehensive approach and commitment to justice make us the right choice for your representation. Call us today for your free consultation at (833) 552-7274 or (833) 55-CRASH.

 

Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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