Case Illustration of Injury Claim in Blanchester, OH
It’s a Friday evening, and you and your family are headed to AJ’s Pizza on West Main Street. After a long week, you’re looking forward to a nice, relaxing evening with your family. As you go through an intersection, a car runs a red light on your left, slamming into your vehicle. Thankfully, your spouse and children have only minor bumps and bruises, but you have suffered a head injury, a broken leg, and internal bleeding.
Your injuries are severe enough that you are now unable to return to your job as a construction foreman—the job that pays your family’s monthly expenses. You will require months, perhaps even years, of medical interventions and rehabilitative therapies. Your head injury may prevent you from ever returning to work, as you have certain cognitive difficulties as a result of the accident.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, unsure of where to turn. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, it is essential that you seek immediate help from a legal professional. The Kruger & Hodges personal injury lawyers in Blanchester, OH are here to provide exactly what you need most. We will demand that the insurance company pay you what your damages are worth.
If the insurance company refuses a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to go to court and fight for your rights, your health, and your future. Our highly experienced attorneys can accurately determine what your personal injury claim is worth after a careful analysis of the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident. We will prove you were injured as a result of the other driver’s negligence, showing how these injuries led to your current damages.
Types of Personal Injuries Handled by Kruger & Hodges
The highly experienced Kruger & Hodges attorneys can handle many different types of personal injury, including the following:
Car Accidents—If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you understand the difficulties that can result from an accident caused by the negligence of another driver. You may have been driving to or from work, to school, running errands, or even on vacation when your day is completely disrupted by a car accident. If you are facing a long recovery, you may also be unable to return to work, so you are missing your normal monthly paycheck. Life can look pretty grim at a time like this. The insurance company may offer you a quick, low settlement before you even know how severe your injuries are and how long your recovery will take. It’s extremely important that you speak to a knowledgeable car accident attorney from Kruger & Hodges before you make a decision that could affect the rest of your life. If your settlement doesn’t begin to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you will not get a second chance to secure compensation for your injuries.
Truck Accidents—Truck accidents are unique for two reasons—victims often receive catastrophic injuries, and more than one party can be liable for the accident. Victims who survive a truck accident will often deal with the aftermath of their injuries for years, even for the remainder of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation of limbs, disfigurement, and severe internal trauma are all potential injuries stemming from a truck accident. The truck driver could have caused the accident because he or she was distracted, overly fatigued, impaired, or simply driving carelessly or recklessly. The driver may not have been properly trained, in which case, the trucking company also bears some liability. If the trucking company failed to do a thorough background check on the truck driver or was aware the driver was exceeding allowable hours, it may be held liable. If shifting cargo caused the accident, the loading company may be partially responsible, or if the accident was the result of faulty brakes or tires, the maintenance company could be partially liable. Finally, if a defective truck part caused the accident, the manufacturer of the part could be liable for the accident. Your truck accident attorney from Kruger & Hodges will know who to hold responsible for your accident and how to get a full and fair settlement for you.
Motorcycle Accidents—Like bicyclists and pedestrians, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable when hit by a vehicle. While a motorcyclist may be wearing a helmet or leather that protects them to some extent, there is no airbag, no seatbelt, and no steel and glass “cage” for protection. Motorcyclists may also face certain stereotypes from jurors who think all motorcyclists are straight out of “Easy Rider”—hard-living, reckless, risk-takers. Your Kruger & Hodges personal injury lawyers in Blanchester, OH will ensure your rights and your future are properly protected.
Dog Bites and Attacks—If you are bitten by a dog in the state of Ohio, your injuries fall under strict liability laws. This means that even if the dog has never exhibited any dangerous tendencies before, the owner is still liable for your injuries. The only exception to this would be if you were deliberately teasing the dog, which caused it to bite you. Dog bites can cause serious injuries, or permanent disfigurement, along with emotional trauma. Your attorney will ensure you are properly compensated for all your damages.
Drunk Driving Accident Victims—Although Ohio does not rank anywhere close to the top among states with the highest number of drunk drivers, drunk driving accidents still occur. In 2022, there were 668 fatal OVI-related accidents, killing 726 individuals. If you are the victim of a drunk driver, don’t wait—contact experienced personal injury lawyers in Blanchester, OH.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents—According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, each year pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities comprise almost 20 percent of all traffic fatalities, with about 6,000 pedestrian deaths, and 850 bicyclist deaths. Another 47,000 bicyclists and 76,000 pedestrians suffer serious injuries each year from an automobile accident.
How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Blanchester, OH
Before you attempt to find a personal injury lawyer to represent you, it is important that you have a comprehensive understanding of your own accident claim. Once you understand your potential claim, you can then narrow down attorneys in your area that may be able to help you. As an example, if you have suffered severe injuries as a result of a truck accident in which there was clear liability on the part of the truck driver or other entity, you need a personal injury attorney with experience in truck accidents.
Here are some things to consider when choosing an attorney:
Experience in the specific area of personal injury law you’re facing challenges with is a must. The Kruger & Hodges team has experience handling some of the most challenging car and truck accidents, as well as other areas.
A winning record with proven results can help you feel good about the attorney’s services as well. It’s critically important to know your lawyer has ample experience with proven results.
An aggressive attorney who is going to work hard for you.
An accessible lawyer who will remain with you throughout the course of your case.
The lawyer will not take a fee unless they obtain a settlement or win a verdict at trial.
In the end, you need an attorney that has extensive experience in your particular type of personal injury, as well as one that will zealously gather all necessary evidence and then build a strong case on your behalf. You also need an attorney you can communicate with, and who will communicate with you throughout the process. At Kruger & Hodges, we believe that once you have spoken to an attorney at our law firm your choice will be clear. We look forward to speaking with you about your claim.
How Kruger & Hodges Can Help
It can seem like a monumental task to choose personal injury lawyers in Blanchester, OH following your accident with injuries. Because it can seem overwhelming, many injured individuals skip this step, just depending on the insurance company to do the right thing and pay them a fair settlement. This can be a mistake that can haunt you for many years to come. Our Kruger & Hodges attorneys are highly skilled in determining exactly what each claim is worth.
We take into consideration the extent of your injuries, whether you will need ongoing medical treatment in the future, whether you will be able to return to work, and whether your injuries have altered your ability to perform your day-to-day activities and your enjoyment of life. We will then fight for you every step of the way to ensure you receive a full and fair settlement for your damages. Don’t wait—contact Kruger & Hodges today.