When can someone file a personal injury lawsuit?

Personal-Injuries-Frequently-Asked-QuestionsAn individual who’s been hurt may file a personal injury lawsuit when negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or inaction of someone else caused their injury. Victims who have been hurt due to careless property owners, car accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and defective products are all eligible to file personal injury lawsuits

What if an insurance company wants to talk with me?

It is rarely in your best interest to speak with an insurance company, especially if they’re seeking a recorded statement. You also shouldn’t sign anything, such as a medical authorization form, given to you by the insurance company. Your best course of action is to contact the personal injury and accident lawyers at The Cochran Firm as soon as practically possible. They know how to deal with insurance companies, and will make sure your rights are protected.

What should I do if I am injured in an accident?

The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If warranted, such as in the case of a motor vehicle accident, file a police report. If you were injured in a car or other highway accident, contact YOUR insurance company to ensure they don’t deny your claim. Then contact The Cochran Firm, so that our accident lawyers can begin an immediate investigation of your case.

Why do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Having an experienced attorney on your side greatly increases the chances the insurance company will treat your claim fairly. It’s nearly a certainty that the insurer has high-powered attorneys on their side who are already working to undermine your case. You can’t afford to take this fight on alone.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

The worth of your personal injury lawsuit will depend on many factors, including the seriousness of your injury and its impact on the quality of your life. The personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm can give you a better idea of what your potential lawsuit is worth after they have conducted a thorough evaluation of your case.

What compensation could I collect in a personal injury lawsuit?

In Ohio, personal injury victims are eligible to collect both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include current and future lost wages and medical bills, and reimbursement for damaged property. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In some cases, juries and courts can award what are called “punitive damages,” which are designed to punish defendants who have behaved recklessly or intentionally against the public’s interest.

Will I have to go to trial?

While it is true that the vast majority of personal injury claims are settled before trial, there are no guarantees. The personal injury attorneys with The Cochran Firm will be ready to go to trial if those responsible for your injury, or their insurer, refuse to deal with your claim in good faith.

How long can I wait to file my personal injury lawsuit?

In Ohio, personal injury lawsuits are governed by a 2-year statute of limitations. A medical malpractice action generally must be brought within one year from the date the cause of action accrues, either when the claimant discovers the injury or reasonably should have discovered the injury If you fail to file your claim before those deadlines, you’ll forfeit your chance for recovery.

Why should I retain The Cochran Firm?

At The Cochran Firm, our personal injury lawyers work every day to provide all of our clients with a level of service that honors the high standard of excellence established by our founder over 40 years ago. All of our highly-experienced attorneys are dedicated to providing quality legal representation to injured people, their families, and the ordinary citizen, just as Johnnie Cochran envisioned. To learn more about all of the ways The Cochran Firm can help you recover from your personal injury, please contact us for a free, no obligation legal evaluation by filling out our online form, or call (513) 381-HURT.