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Columbus Personal Injury Lawyers

Whether you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident, suffered a fall, or were the victim of medical malpractice, those at-fault and their insurance companies will be looking to diminish what you experienced and how much they owe. At KNR, our Columbus injury lawyers ensure that doesn’t happen.

 

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An Overview

Ohio Personal Injury Law

After an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Ohio Revised Code 2307 gives you the legal right to hold the responsible parties accountable and recover the necessary compensation to make you financially whole. Simply put, you have the right to receive payment for your losses after an injury.

Our Columbus personal injury attorneys will clarify the law, review your options, and secure all the compensation you need – without the unnecessary stress or uncertainty. We offer 100% free consultations, charge nothing up front, and will explain what to expect from a settlement or personal injury lawsuit.

How KNR Helps

Why Work with a Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer?

KNR is dedicated to making your physical and financial recovery as convenient and comfortable as possible. We know going through a severe personal injury isn’t easy, but working with KNR is.

Our Columbus Injury Lawyers Will

  • Investigate, collect evidence, and find those at fault.
  • Interview witnesses, medical professionals, and financial experts.
  • Communicate with the insurer, make liability clear, and pursue max compensation.
  • Determine your claim’s full and fair value – what you lost and deserve.
  • Keep you informed and involved. KNR is available by phone, text, email, or Zoom.
  • Protect your rights and, if necessary, take your case to court.
  • Never charge you upfront. If there’s no recovery, there’s no cost.

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Personal Injury: Eligibility & Examples

What is a Personal Injury?

Personal injury laws or “tort laws” are designed to protect individuals if they are harmed by another’s act, failure to act, or negligence.

These laws help people recoup the various financial losses that come with an injury and return victims to the life they enjoyed before the accident. In a personal injury legal action, the one who caused the harm or their insurance carrier compensates the victim.

“Negligence” Defined

Negligence is what an “ordinary” or “reasonable person” would have done in similar circumstances. In a car accident, a driver would be negligent if their behavior differed from what an ordinary person would have done in similar circumstances. An example would be speeding or driving impaired.

Proving Fault for a Personal injury

While the facts are unique in every personal injury case, to be successful, you must prove fault, establish liability, and demonstrate the following:

You Were Owed a Duty of Care:

The party at fault was expected to behave with reasonable care (follow traffic laws, provide suitable medical care, and keep an area safe).

That Duty Was Breached:

You must establish that the party in question did not meet their obligation to you (a driver was speeding, a doctor failed to perform a standard exam, or an employee didn’t clean up a spill).

The Breach Caused You Harm:

You must prove the breach of duty caused an incident in which you suffered harm. This could be a car crash, failure to treat an illness, or slip and fall at the root of your injury.

You Suffered Damages:

You’ll need to demonstrate that the accident or incident had a negative (financial and non-financial) impact on your life. Examples may include medical bills, diminished income, and your pain and suffering.

Meeting these legal criteria requires evidence. With help from an injury lawyer, this can be accomplished through medical and financial records, witness statements, and expert testimony.

Bodily Injury Vs. Personal Injury

Personal injury is usually referenced in civil claims and covers the losses related to an accident, wrongful act, or wrongful death. On the other hand, a bodily injury is common in criminal legal matters and associated with the physical harm a victim suffers, like after an assault. Each injury type has a different standard of proof and legal liability. Where bodily injuries cover the specific harm done to the body, like bruises, broken bones, cuts, etc., personal injuries refer to the various damages caused by:

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Kisling, Nestico & Redick have been fighting for Ohio’s injured for over 15 years. We proudly assist people across the Columbus area with all manner of personal injury claims.

Recover from the Harm Done

Personal Injury Damages & Losses

While there is no way to precisely calculate the value of a personal injury claim without knowing the details, the compensation you can expect will directly be related to:

  • The nature and severity of your injuries,
  • The economic & non-economic losses incurred
  • How the injury affected your quality of life
  • Your degree of fault (if any)
  • The liable parties involved
  • Any insurance policy limits

Our injury lawyers in Columbus, Ohio, can help maximize & recover compensation for your:

Economic Personal Injury Damages

Economic damages are the easily documented losses related to an injury and usually have exact dollar amounts. They are sometimes called special damages and may include:

  • Medical bills – Your emergency and ongoing medical care can be costly. These costs can be shown by reviewing past medical bills and asking doctors about the future medical attention you’ll need.
  • Lost wages – You might not be able to return to work for a long time, and earning a living can be very difficult. Economic damages can include lost wages as well as diminished earning potential.
  • Property damage – A negligent person can cause extensive damage to your car, house, or personal property.

General Personal Injury Damages

Damages usually go further than lost wages, medical bills, and property losses. General damages account for the non-economic losses that an injury victim suffers. These are subjective but include:

  • Pain & suffering – A terrible accident will bring a great deal of physical pain and medical bills. This must be noted and articulated when seeking compensation.
  • Lowered Quality of Life – Your injuries may make it impossible to enjoy activities you once took for granted. Showing how your life has been altered can increase the compensation you deserve.
  • Disfigurement/Disability – Medical care may not be able to undo what you sustained. The other party may need to pay you specific damages for this.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are a third type of personal injury compensation, meant to punish the party at fault if their conduct is egregious. While not available in every situation, punitive damages are possible when someone was malicious, intentional, or grossly negligent.

Personal Injury Damage Caps

Ohio limits certain personal injury damages. In most cases, non-economic damages are capped at $250,000 or three times the amount with an overall limit of $350,000. Punitive damages in Ohio also cannot rise above two times the economic damages.

Hold The Right Party Accountable

Columbus Personal Injury Claims & Lawsuits

After speaking with an attorney, a lawyer may perform an investigation to determine if you have a viable personal injury case. Once the liable parties are identified, and sufficient evidence of fault is collected, you may decide to move forward and file a personal injury claim.

Personal Injury Settlements

Most personal injury cases reach a negotiated settlement and can be agreed upon at any point before judgment or verdict. Personal injury settlement agreements should account for all your damages: now and in the future.

Remember that insurance companies have a vested interest in getting you to accept less. They do this by making low-ball offers, minimizing your injuries, and casting doubt on their degree of liability. Your attorney should be aware of their tactics and aggressively negotiate on your behalf.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Central Ohio

Sometimes preparing a personal injury case for court is the best option. It shows the insurance company your claim can’t be ignored. It lets your attorneys use the discovery phase to collect evidence that they may not otherwise have access to. This can strengthen your claim and put you in a better position during negotiations.

Ohio’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

There is a time limit for recovering personal injury compensation. Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 states that all lawsuits based on bodily injury, product liability, or damaged personal property must be brought within two years from the incident or discovery of the injury, with only a few exceptions.

Filing a lawsuit may be necessary because the longer you wait, the greater potential to lose crucial evidence. Plus, waiting too long could bar you from filing altogether.

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Resources for Columbus Injury Victims

Columbus Civil Torts

In Franklin County, a civil tort begins in Franklin County Municipal Court by filing the appropriate complaint, petition, or appeal, along with the filing fee, on the third floor at 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, in person or by mail.

Read Ohio’s Local Rules for Civil Practice
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Personal Injury Evidence

Proving another party’s negligence caused your injuries and establishing liability for your losses requires evidence. The most common types of evidence in personal injury cases include:

  • Accident Reports
  • Medical Records
  • Photos & Injuries
  • Medical Bills
  • Financial Documents
  • Insurance Forms
  • Witness Statements
  • Expert Opinions/Testimony
  • Accident Reconstruction Data

More About Personal Injury Evidence

Shared Fault in Ohio

More than one party can share responsibility and financial liability in some personal cases. If you share a degree of fault for your injury, it can affect the total compensation you can receive.

Ohio follows a “modified comparative negligence rule.” This means that the amount you are entitled to will be reduced by an amount equal to your degree of fault. However, if you’re more than 50% to blame, you can’t collect anything.

More On Comparative Negligence in Ohio

Personal Injury Tips & Advice

If you or a loved one were harmed because of another’s negligence, the following could help your case and strengthen your compensation claim:

  • Keep an injury journal: Document every detail about your accident and injury, including the pain you experienced and its effect on your life.
  • Report the accident: This may be the police, your insurance company, or sometimes the person/business you believe is responsible.
  • Preserve Evidence: Proof is the key to winning personal injury cases. Take photos or videos at the accident scene if you can and of your injuries periodically.
  • Keep Your Medical Records: The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives you the right to a copy of your medical records from any provider.
  • Gather Other Required Info: Obtain police reports, if applicable, and any witnesses’ identity (name, address, phone number). Give this and any financial records to your attorney.

What Are You Dealing With?

Columbus Personal Injury FAQs

How Much Is My Injury Case Worth?

Personal injury compensation varies based on the circumstances and the extent of your injuries. While there is no typical settlement, by speaking with a local personal injury lawyer, you can better understand your case and what you can expect.

What Are the Chances of Winning a Personal Injury Case?

Wining can mean a lot of things based on the situation. And while there are no guarantees in a personal injury claim, you can do a few things to strengthen your case and improve your odds of success.

Do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Most cases settle, and you can resolve a minor accident without an attorney. However, when your case involves significant medical bills and losses, issues regarding liability, or to ensure you recover maximum compensation, you should at least consult a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. This provides an objective and professional opinion about your claim and how to proceed.

Can I Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Most quality personal injury law firms in Columbus, including KNR, operate on a contingency basis. This means your lawyer does not get paid unless you obtain a jury award or financial settlement.