Personal Injury

Personal Injury Attorney Galion, Ohio

Which Types of Cases Does a Personal Injury Lawyer in Galion, Ohio Take?

Personal injury and wrongful death lawyers in the Galion office of Agee Clymer advise and represent clients in a wide range of cases. We briefly describe our practice areas below.

While checking to see if we have the experience and expertise to be of assistance to you and your family, please keep the following facts in mind.

  • Any accident or attack that would provide grounds for a personal injury lawsuit also gives grounds for filing a wrongful death claim if the victim dies. A family member or legal executor would stand for the deceased victim.
  • Individuals and companies can be named as defendants in personal injury and wrongful death cases. You may also see plaintiffs and defendants referred to as, respectively, claimants and respondents.
  • The statute of limitations for filing an insurance claim or civil lawsuit in Ohio is generally two years after the day on which an injury or death occurred. Different rules may apply, so checking with a plaintiff’s attorney before starting the legal proceedings or assuming that the deadline has passed is a god idea.
  • Succeeding in securing an insurance settlement or winning a civil trial jury award requires presenting convincing evident that someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused injuries or a death.
  • The plaintiff also needs to present evidence that their injuries were serious enough to require medical treatment and impose other problems such as emotional distress and a temporary or permanent disability.
  • A personal injury or wrongful death attorney can help with collecting, organizing, and presenting evidence, as well as with answering phone calls and emails from insurance claims adjusters.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car crashes, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents fall into this category of cases. Victims of negligent and reckless drivers can be other drivers, passengers in other vehicles, passengers in the vehicle of the at-fault driver, pedestrians, and bike riders.

Importantly, trucking companies can be held liable for the negligent or reckless actions of the commercial drivers they employ. When the at-fault driver is found to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the plaintiff is allowed to ask for the payment of noncriminal fines called punitive damages.

Medical Malpractice

All health care providers and health care facilities have enforceable legal duties to protect the health of the patients they treat. Succeeding with a medical malpractice claim requires that the defendant directly harmed or killed the plaintiff by failing to meet the standard of care owed to the patient.

Instances of negligence that provide grounds for a medical malpractice claim include, but are not limited, to

  • Surgical errors such as wrong procedure, wrong patient, implements left inside the body, and postoperative infections;
  • Misdiagnoses when a similarly trained and equipped doctor or nurse should have made the correct diagnosis;
  • Birth injuries to the newborn or mother;
  • Anesthesia errors;
  • Medication errors such as wrong drug, wrong dose, and wrong patient; and
  • Patient abuse or neglect in a hospital or long-term care facility such as nursing home.

Individuals and organizations that can be named as defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits include, as appropriate,

  • Surgeons,
  • Doctors,
  • Nurses,
  • Pharmacists,
  • Dentists,
  • Hospitals,
  • Clinics,
  • Group practices,
  • Nursing homes, and
  • Executives for health care facilities.

Slips and Falls

One of the oldest principles of common law is that businesses and homeowners must protect visitors from harm. The technical term for this is premises liability—businesses and homeowners can be held liable for neglecting their duty to keep people safe.

In a modern legal sense, this duty of businesses and homeowners extends to ensuring that people are not injured or killed by, for instance, tripping down stairs with broken steps, slipping on unsecured rugs or wet floors, being hit in the head by a fallen object, or getting shocked by faulty wiring. Proving negligence in a premises liability case often involving showing that the business or homeowner failed to adhere to state or local building codes, did not comply with ordinances regarding inspections and prompt repairs, or did not follow rules on when to clear snow and ice from sidewalks and parking lots.

Dog Bites

Animal attacks also fall under the category of premises liability because laws define pets and livestock as possessions. Succeeding with this type of claim requires the plaintiff to prove they did not provoke the attack and were not trespassing.

Construction Accidents

Injuries on the job in Ohio are best handled by applying for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on how a work-related injury, illness, or death occurred, however, grounds may exist for filing what is called a third-party claim. The third party will be a person who is not employed by the same company as the accident victim or a company different from the one that employed the victim. A driver who hits a work truck or the maker of a defective tool could be the defendant in a third-party lawsuit.

Intentional Torts

“Tort” is just the word attorneys use for “harm.” An intentional tort is a deliberate, as opposed to negligent, act taken with the intention of causing injury or death. Think assault.

Most intentional torts are also crimes, and all the evidence police and prosecutors gather can also be used to substantiate claims for compensation for a personal injury or wrongful death. One thing to keep in mind is that insurance companies will not cover policyholders for intentional torts. It makes sense to determine whether the defendant has the financial resources to pay a jury award before committing to pursuing an intentional tort lawsuit.

Agee Clymer personal injury and wrongful death attorneys are available in Galion, Ohio. We offer free consultations to all potential clients, and we take appointments online. If you prefer to speak with a lawyer directly, call us at (614) 221-3318.

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