If you have suffered an injury due to another person’s negligence in the city of Brookville or the greater Ohio area, you may be entitled to compensation. Regardless of your injury, if it was caused by another party’s recklessness, you may have a personal injury law claim. While nothing can prevent an accident from happening, a personal injury lawsuit is designed to put you back in the position you would have been in financially had the accident never occurred. This includes compensation for all medical bills and expenses related to the injury, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are countless things that fall under the category of personal injury, but we have included some of the most common forms of personal injury in Brookville below. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but to reflect some of the matters that our personal injury lawyers serving Brookville, Ohio can get you compensation for.
Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury, and can be particularly common in the cold-weather months of the year in Ohio. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in stores or restaurants, at businesses, in parking lots, and at private residences. Slip-and-fall accidents also frequently occur at hospitals, nursing homes, and hotels. Whether or not a property owner is liable for injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall accident rests largely on premises liability law, which determines the duty that they owe to you. Under Ohio premises liability law, businesses own the highest duty of care to consumers. Private home owners own the next highest duty of care to guests, and both businesses and private homeowners owe the lowest duty of care to trespassers. Businesses are also responsible for maintaining safe premises inside of their venues and in their parking lots and sidewalks.
Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of all personal injury accidents in the United States. With many busy highways of its own, Ohio is no exception. Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents can all have catastrophic consequences and can result in massive medical bills. If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical care and talk to a Brookville personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you do not accept a lowball insurance settlement that will not even fully cover your injuries. A lawyer can also help you to determine whether there are any other potentially liable parties that can be held accountable, such as the truck driver’s employer. If you were a passenger in a vehicle that was negligently driven and was involved in an accident, you are still entitled to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver.
Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to injury when using sidewalks and crosswalks. Vehicle drivers are often inattentive, speeding, distracted, or driving recklessly and it can cost pedestrians their lives. Pedestrians who survive a vehicle collision are likely to experience serious injuries, including broken and fractured bones in the leg, damage to the neck and spine, traumatic brain injuries, and internal bleeding and organ damage.
If you have been injured in a bicycle, e-scooter, or boating accident, due to another person or party’s negligence, you can hold them accountable and recover for your injuries. Drunk drivers frequently hit bicyclists and e-scooter riders who are appropriately using their designated lane. It is important to hold them accountable and get the financial support that you need to recover.
Few things are harder to accept than the reality that your life has been altered because of someone else’s bad decision. When you are in a car accident because of a drunk driver, it can cause a massive amount of damage and serious injuries that can require hospitalization, surgery, time off of work, and extensive rehabilitation. Proof that the other driver was drunk also creates an automatic presumption of negligence that is hard for them to overcome, giving you even more incentive to bring a claim.
Personal injury does not just apply to negligence and accidents. Incidents where someone intentionally causes you harm also give rise to a lawsuit. This is known as an intentional tort, rather than other things, like a car accident, which are based on negligence and intent is irrelevant. If someone assaults or batters you in Ohio and you suffer physical, emotional, and financial harm as a result of their actions, you are entitled to compensation.
We trust doctors and medical professionals to keep us safe, but what happens when they end up causing us more harm instead? Medical malpractice suits allow you to hold doctors, surgeons, nurses, medical professionals, and the hospitals or organizations that they work for accountable when they act negligently and it causes you harm as a result. Not all accidents made in the course of treating someone constitute negligence, but if the doctor acts in a way that a similarly situated physician would not have, that is a red flag for a finding of negligence. It should be noted that failure to treat is a common form of medical malpractice, along with wrong diagnosis, errors in pill dosage, and surgical errors.
Individuals classified as employees do not have the option to sue their employer because they are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, independent contractors are not limited in their ability to sue their employer for injuries sustained in the course of their employment, provided their employer or a third-party was negligent in causing them.
Personal injury claims allow individuals who have been injured due to another person’s negligence to recover financially. Wrongful death suits are essentially personal injury suits brought on behalf of someone who was killed due to another person’s negligence. These claims can be brought by close family members to recover damages resulting from their loved ones’ death, including emergency medical care, hospitalization, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, lost income, and more.
If you have been injured in Ohio due to another person’s negligence, it is time to take action, assert your rights, and get the compensation that you need to recover and move forward. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Firm of Kruger & Hodges are ready to help. Contact us at our Eaton, Ohio law offices today to schedule a consultation.