How do I know whether I have a personal injury claim in Ohio?

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If you were injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, you have a right to bring a compensation claim for your injuries. It’s best to get help from a law firm with the experience and resources to investigate what happened thoroughly and preserve necessary evidence. 

In medical malpractice cases, this means using medical experts appropriately and carefully reviewing medical records. Investigation is also important in other cases, such as motor vehicle crashes or defective products. The use of experts who can reconstruct what happened helps you to know whether you have a claim. 

The Importance of Investigation 

Personal injury is a broad term that encompasses many serious, permanent and disabling conditions, as well as deaths, caused by another’s fault. This includes truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical negligence and defective products. 

In all cases, it is important to investigate what happened as quickly as possible, so that any evidence can be located, documented and preserved. 

For car, truck or motorcycle accidents, this may require hiring a private investigator with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. Computer-generated accident reconstruction videos can demonstrate to a jury how an accident occurred and what the other driver did that was improper. 

Similarly, medical experts are crucial in bringing medical malpractice cases. To make a successful claim, it helps to work with a proven law firm with access to a full range of medical experts and the capacity to critically review detailed medical records. At Leeseberg & Valentine, for example, we have three nurses on staff to assist with critical reviews of medical records. 

Experts are also important in evaluating claims for defective drugs, products or medical devices. A law firm that maintains a database of nationwide claims for injuries from these sources is a strong asset as you seek to determine whether you have a legal claim. 

Types of Compensation Available 

Personal injury compensation is based on several different factors. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to obtain compensation for:

  • Serious permanent injury and death
  • All medical bills
  • Lost wages and inability to work
  • Loss of ability to engage in daily activities and enjoy life activities
  • Pain and suffering 

Before you even bring a claim, however, there are key actions you can take to determine whether you have a case. Getting guidance from a trusted law firm experienced in investigating injury claims will help to point the way forward.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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