These Common Accidents Can Have Lifelong Consequences. Do You Have an Injury Claim?
People get injured in accidents every day. While we rarely think about it, we face injury risks on a daily basis, and many of these risks have the potential to lead to life-altering consequences.
Individuals who suffer injuries in accidents will often have personal injury claims. Filing a personal injury claim provides a source of financial recovery. In Ohio, accident victims and families can seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. While going to court is a possibility, most successful injury cases settle well before trial.
4 Common Types of Negligence Claims in Ohio
Do you have a personal injury claim? Personal injury claims can arise under a wide range of circumstances, and they can involve many different forms of negligence. Here are four examples of common negligence claims we handle on behalf of our clients:
When you are walking or jogging, you expect drivers to respect your right of way and observe the rules of the road. However, many drivers don’t understand the rules of the road, and even more drivers ignore them. As a result, pedestrian accidents are common; and, when these accidents happen, driver negligence is usually to blame.
One of the most-common factors in pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. When drivers are paying attention to their phones, they are not paying attention to their surroundings. This makes them far more likely to drift out of their lane, run a red light or stop sign, or fail to spot someone crossing the road.
Filing a personal injury claim for a pedestrian accident typically means dealing with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. Auto insurance covers pedestrian accidents, and drivers are required to carry auto insurance under Ohio law. If you have auto insurance, your policy could also apply if you purchased optional medical payments (MedPay) or uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.
Similar to pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents involving negligent drivers are far more common than they should be. While bicycle riders have the same rights as drivers under most circumstances, drivers frequently make reckless and careless mistakes that put cyclists in harm’s way. Turning into cyclists at intersections and attempting to pass cyclists within their lanes are both common mistakes; and, even if a driver claims, “I didn’t know the cyclist was there,” this is not an excuse for causing a serious or life-threatening accident.
Bicycle accidents also happen when drivers veer off of the road into dedicated bike lanes. Distracted driving is a common factor in these cases, but fatigue, impaired driving and general carelessness are potential factors as well.
When a negligent driver causes a bicycle accident, the driver’s (and/or the cyclist’s) auto insurance policy should provide coverage. However, it can often be difficult for cyclists to secure the coverage they deserve. Insurance companies frequently try to blame cyclists for their own injuries, and overcoming these accusations requires experienced legal representation.
Child injuries are far more common than any of us would like to believe. Unfortunately, despite parents’ best efforts to keep their children safe, children of all ages face injury risks that are beyond their parents’ control. Vehicle collisions, playground accidents, swimming pool accidents, sports accidents, accidents at daycares and schools, and accidents at home are all common—and they can all potentially give rise to personal injury claims under Ohio law.
When a child suffers an injury due to someone else’s negligence or a product defect, the child’s parents can file a personal injury claim to recover just compensation. This includes just compensation for the family’s medical bills, the child’s loss of future earnings, and various other forms of economic and non-economic loss. Accurately calculating these losses is extremely important, and parents must work closely with their attorneys to ensure that they are seeking the full compensation they and their children deserve.
Injuries to the Elderly
Our bodies become more fragile as we age. Unfortunately, this means that the elderly are particularly susceptible to suffering severe injuries in collisions, falls and other accidents. But, even though elderly individuals may be at greater risk for suffering severe traumatic injuries, they still have the same right to financial compensation under Ohio law.
Sadly, many elderly individuals suffer injuries while living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. While these facilities are supposed to ensure that their residents are safe, many of them fail to uphold their obligations. Injuries from falls are particularly common, and bone fractures and other injuries from falls can present risks for life-altering, or even life-threatening, complications.
Regardless of the circumstances involved, if you or your elderly parent has been injured in an accident in Ohio, you should speak with a lawyer about filing a personal injury claim. The costs of treatment and recovery can be substantial, and elderly accident victims are also entitled to recover compensation for their pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Other Types of Personal Injury Claims
In addition to pedestrian accident, bicycle accident, child injury, and elderly adult injury claims, we handle many other types of personal injury claims as well. In fact, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in any type of accident, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers about your legal rights. Some examples of additional types of personal injury claims we handle include:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Dog and Animal Attacks
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Workplace Accidents
Contact Us for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation about Your Columbus Personal Injury Claim
If you need to know more about filing a personal injury claim in Columbus, we encourage you to contact us promptly. We provide free initial consultations, and we do not charge any fees or costs unless we win. To discuss your legal rights with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in confidence, please call 888-444-7440 or tell us how you would like to be contacted today.