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Personal Injury Lawyers in Westlake, Ohio

Located just 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, the Ohio suburb of Westlake is no stranger to accidents and painful injuries. But whether your car was t-boned on Dover Center Rd, or you fell at a Croker Park business, when you’re hurt because of negligence, the law lets you seek financial damages.

 

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An Overview

Westlake Personal Injury Attorneys

When people in Dover Township suffer by no fault of their own or experience a wrongful death, the Westlake personal injury lawyers at KNR can help. We will explain your rights, handle the insurance claim or lawsuit, and pursue max compensation.

At KNR, we’re dedicated to helping Westlake injury victims recover – physically and financially. We offer 100% free consultations, charge nothing up front, and honestly tell you what to expect.

How KNR Helps

Our Westlake Lawyers Make Things Easier

Our experienced attorneys are here to make the legal system as pain-free as possible. Going through a personal injury claim in the city of Westlake is hard enough. Working with KNR is anything but.

KNR’s Legal Team Will

  • Investigate, collect evidence, and find those at fault.
  • Interview witnesses, medical professionals, and financial experts.
  • Communicate with the insurer, clarify liability, and pursue maximum compensation.
  • Determine your claim’s full and fair value – what you lost and deserve to recover.
  • 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.

The KNR Difference

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Personal Injury: Eligibility & Examples

Westlake Personal Injury Claims

From a car accident on Hilliard Boulevard to a major I-90 truck collision, an injury-causing accident can happen anywhere, often leaving victims in challenging financial situations. But you shouldn’t be forced to cover these costs alone.

Personal injuries in Westlake usually start with an insurance claim. This means identifying the at-fault party, establishing negligence, and proving financial liability for your damages.

Proving Negligence

Negligence is the legal term for failing to act how an “ordinary person” would in similar circumstances. For example, if you were rear-ended on Canterbury Road because another driver was distracted by their phone, that person would be considered negligent for not driving safely.

The Elements of Negligence

While no two Westlake personal injury cases are the same, there are legal requirements to establish negligence:

  • You Were Owed a Duty of Care: The party in question was expected to act or take reasonable care (follow traffic laws, provide proper medical care, and keep an area safe).
  • The Duty Was Breached: The other party did not meet their responsibility (a driver was speeding, a doctor failed to examine you, or a property owner ignored a hazard).
  • Their Breach Caused Harm: The accident led to your injuries or harm. Examples include car accidents, failing to diagnose an illness, or falling on a neglected property.
  • You Suffered Damages: The resulting incident caused physical and financial losses, like medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.

KNR establishes the elements of negligence in personal injury cases through your medical and financial records, witness statements, and expert testimony.

What If Both Parties Are At Fault ?

Ohio uses a “modified comparative negligence rule” in personal injury matters. This means you can share the blame for an accident and recover damages. However, your degree of fault will equally decrease your potential compensation.

For example, you may be entitled to damages if a driver hits you on Columbia Road as you’re turning onto Westwood, but you could share the blame if you were also speeding at the time. If you’re deemed 10% responsible and incurred $100,000 in damages, you could recover $90,000 in compensation.

Also, Ohio law states that if you’re deemed more than 50% to blame for an accident, you are barred from recovering any compensation.

Common Injuries in Westlake

KNR provides personalized legal service and aggressive representation to injury victims across suburban Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Our Westlake personal injury law firm routinely assists people dealing with:

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Kisling, Nestico & Redick has been fighting for injury victims for over 15 years. We assist people like you to get back to the life they knew before a severe accident.

Recover from the Harm Done

Personal Injury Damages & Compensation

Typically, the damages you can expect in a personal injury claim or lawsuit depend on:

  • The gravity of your injuries
  • Your assorted financial losses
  • The negative impact on your life
  • Your degree of fault
  • The parties involved & insurance limits

Our Westlake injury attorneys can better calculate what you may deserve after hearing about the accident and how your injuries impacted your life.

Losses You Can Recover

When you pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit, the negligent party or their insurer should fully and fairly compensate you for all the ways your life was affected. This can be an agreed-upon personal injury settlement or court award.

You can seek compensation for your:

  • Economic losses: medical expenses, lost wages, and employment benefits, reduced earning capacity, and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Non-economic losses: pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish.
  • Punitive Damages: monetary punishment for someone’s reckless, malicious, or fraudulent behavior. Punitive damages are not available in every case, and Ohio law limits what you can recover.

Insurance Settlements

While preparing your Westlake personal injury claim for the possibility of trial makes your case more compelling, the reality is that most cases settle. But keep in mind that any settlement offer you receive should cover what you lost and what you will miss out on because of your injury.

Insurers are aggressive, so injury victims accept less than they deserve. They may offer you a lowball settlement hoping you take it before talking to a lawyer, try to diminish your injuries, or even suggest you share more of the blame than is appropriate. Your attorney should know how to counter these tactics and be prepared to fight for your interests.

Hold The Right Party Accountable

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Westlake

After your free initial consultation, KNR will investigate your accident, gather evidence, and assess your case’s viability. Then, our injury lawyers may either send a demand letter to the insurance company or file a civil lawsuit based on the facts.

Lawsuits vs. Insurance Claims

Large insurance carriers frequently offer less than people need after an injury, especially at first. They may also deny any liability at all. Remember, they are driven by profits and reducing what they pay in claims like yours. Filing a lawsuit may be the best way to recover the maximum compensation possible.

In addition, a lawsuit also grants you access to essential evidence and documents during the discovery phase that you may not get otherwise.

Personal Injury Lawsuit Time Limits

The statute of limitation in personal injury cases is covered under Ohio Revised Code 2305.10. This states that victims have two years from the date of the accident or discovery of the injuries to file a lawsuit. If the statute of limitations expires, you may be barred from recovering compensation

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Westlake Personal Injury Resources & Legal Info

How to File a Civil Claim?

Westlake area personal injury cases are filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, located at 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

 

View the Local Court Rules
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Personal Injury Evidence

Demonstrating that another’s party caused your injuries is more complicated than most anticipate. You might think the fault is obvious, but proving it to a judge, jury, or insurance adjuster requires evidence.

Examples of personal injury evidence are:

  • 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

Advice for Westlake Injury Victims

Knowing what to do and how to help yourself can be confusing if you’re injured. No matter if you’re hurt in a head-on collision, are an injured uber passenger, or suffered malpractice at UH Westlake Health Center; the following could be helpful:

  • Keep a journal: Document every detail about your accident and the pain you experienced.
  • Report the accident: This may be the Westlake police department, your insurance company, or sometimes the person/business you believe is responsible.
  • Preserve Evidence: Proof is the key to personal injury cases. Take photos or videos if you can and of your injuries.
  • Keep 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.
  • Collect Docs & Info: Obtain police reports and witness information (names, addresses, and phone numbers). Give this and any financial records to your attorney.

What Are You Dealing With?

Westlake Personal Injury FAQs

What Is My Case Worth?

There is no standard calculation. Potential compensation in an injury claim, either through a settlement or verdict, will depend on your injuries and how they impacted your life.  Your best option is to speak with a nearby personal injury lawyer.

Will I Win My Lawsuit?

Success can mean many things based on the facts and what you need. Recovering damages could be the difference between paying off your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and securing what your pain and suffering are worth. And while there are no guarantees, you can do a few things to improve your odds of success in a personal injury claim.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Insurance companies will quickly suggest you can handle a personal injury claim without a lawyer. They may even offer a settlement; However, you could be outing yourself at a disadvantage. You should work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. This provides an objective and professional opinion about your unique situation.

How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?

Most quality personal injury law firms in Westlake, including KNR, take cases on contingency. We are not paid unless you obtain a jury award or financial settlement.