Personal Injury Lawyers
Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm in Cleveland, Ohio
A major accident of any kind can change your life forever. Some people never fully recover from their injuries and suffer lifelong disability and chronic pain as a result. Others may not even survive their accidents, leaving behind grieving loved ones. Then there are those who are fortunate enough to make a full recovery, but even they often still have to deal with the lingering psychological torment and medical debt after their accident.
Personal Injury Lawyer Cleveland, OH
Our Cleveland-based law firm understands the physical and emotional pain that comes with a personal injury claim. That’s why all of our Cleveland personal injury attorneys are equipped with in-depth knowledge of personal injury law in order to provide aggressive legal representation. If you or someone you love has suffered physically, mentally, and/or financially due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call our Cleveland personal injury attorneys at (216) 522-1600 today for a free consultation.
What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury law protects people who have suffered mental and physical injuries as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligent actions. Listed below are common types of personal injury claims that our law firm handles:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Serious and catastrophic injuries
- Industrial accidents
- Premises liability
- Dog bite injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
The Cleveland personal injury attorneys at Joseph Law Group are passionate about fighting for fair compensation for all injury victims. We have a vast range of legal resources available to assist clients with any and all types of personal injury cases all across the state of Ohio. Give our skilled Ohio lawyers a call and we’ll start investigating your personal injury claim today.
Modified Comparative Fault in Ohio
Before we begin breaking down all the types of personal injuries, it’s important to understand negligence laws in Ohio, particularly those relating to automobile accidents.
In short, there are fault states and there are no-fault states. Ohio is a fault state, which means that an insurance company should provide financial compensation for other drivers who sustained injuries and damages as a result of their insured’s negligence. Meanwhile, in no-fault states, each driver must file a claim with their own insurance to receive coverage for medical expenses and car damages related to their accident.
Ohio is one of 23 U.S. states that follows a 51% modified comparative fault insurance law. This means that if you are more than 51% at fault for a car accident, you won’t receive any compensation for expenses related to the crash. If you are 50% or less at fault for the accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Joseph Law Group will fight to get the best result possible for you.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common personal injury cases in the U.S. These claims may include:
- Car accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Tragically, all of these types of accidents can result in serious injury, permanent disability or disfigurement, and even death. Some crashes are truly accidents and don’t require legal action. However, let’s say a drunk driving accident results in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In cases like this, legal representation from a top personal injury lawyer like those at Joseph Law Group is necessary.
Other major car crash injuries that may warrant legal action include neck injuries such as whiplash, partial or total paralysis, internal organ injuries, amputations, crush injuries to the hands, feet, ankles, etc., severe bruising, cuts, scrapes, and burns, broken bones, concussions, and spinal cord and back injuries.
If you’ve suffered any of the aforementioned injuries due to a motor vehicle accident, file a personal injury claim with the experienced trial lawyers at Joseph Law Group today.
Serious and Catastrophic Injuries
Serious and catastrophic injuries are basically injuries that cause long-term, permanent damage. Not only does the victim suffer long-term due to their severe injuries, but so do the friends and relatives that have to care for them. That’s why many personal injury cases like this often end with million-dollar settlements. It’s because, in many cases, multiple people are suffering physically, mentally, and financially and should be properly compensated for all of these losses and damages.
Catastrophic injuries are caused by more than just motor vehicle accidents. Medical malpractice, workplace accidents, violent crimes, nursing home abuse, and defective products are just a few situations that can tragically result in lifelong disability.
At Joseph Law Group, we understand how stressful – financially and emotionally – lawsuits can be. Unfortunately, many Americans suffer injustices of all kinds and choose to suffer in silence instead of pursuing legal action. Whether it’s from fear of the legal system or misconceptions regarding the legal community as a whole, no one should suffer a catastrophic injury and its many repercussions due to someone’s negligence. When you call an experienced personal injury attorney at our law firm, we’ll ensure that all your financial, emotional, and legal needs are taken care of during the entire claims process and beyond.
Industrial accidents are common among construction workers and those who consistently work around heavy machinery. The types of industrial accidents that our personal injury attorneys frequently handle include:
- Fires and explosions
- Slip and falls
- Getting hit or crushed by falling objects
- Chemical exposures and burns
- Overexertion or repetitive stress injuries
- Lifting heavy objects incorrectly, resulting in back/spinal cord injuries
- Amputations or deep lacerations from heavy machinery
These types of workplace injuries can be the result of unsafe working conditions, coworker negligence, or just pure accidents. Whatever the situation may be, you need a personal injury lawyer Cleveland on your side.
Those who suffer from severe industrial or construction accidents generally end up filing workers’ compensation claims. In fact, there were approximately 85,300 Ohioan workplace injuries and illnesses in 2020, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Worker’s compensation in Ohio is designed to provide injured workers with compensation for their medical bills and lost wages while they recuperate. Unfortunately, in far too many workplace injury cases, insurance companies or employers will dispute worker’s comp claims, award an insufficient amount of compensation, or even delay someone’s compensation and the settlement process as a whole. That’s when a personal injury attorney in Cleveland, OH will come to the rescue. Our law firm’s attorneys make sure that all our Cleveland clients receive the worker’s comp benefits that they deserve.
Dog Bite Injuries
In many cases, dog bite injuries can fall into premises liability claims. For example, maybe you were talking with your neighbor in their yard and their dog suddenly attacked you. According to Ohio dog bite laws (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.28 B), a victim can sue a dog owner if:
- The dog’s actions caused the injury;
- The victim wasn’t trespassing or attempting to trespass on personal property at the time of the attack;
- And the victim wasn’t angering the dog through abusive or teasing behaviors.
Unlike many dog bite laws in other states, Ohio follows a strict liability law. This means that if you suffered deep lacerations and even an infection from a dog attack, you don’t have to prove that the owner’s negligence led to (or caused) the attack. Many dog bite victims in other states have to prove that the dog owner failed to restrain their dog or failed to warn people of their dangerous dog through fence signs. But in Ohio, as long as a victim can prove the aforementioned elements in their case, the dog owner will have to pay damages.
Premises liability lawsuits in Ohio often arise when someone suffers a personal injury on property that’s not their own, like a neighbor’s yard or a government building, for instance. The most important element in premises liability cases is negligence. Basically, every property owner owes a specific duty of care to anyone who steps foot on their property. If someone suffers an injury due to the property owner’s breached duty of care, they may face legal action. Common types of premises liability claims that we handle include:
- Handrails that are broken or missing entirely
- Stairs that are broken or uneven
- Sidewalks that are cracked, uneven, or covered in holes
- Easily collapsable structures
- Wet floors
- Dim lighting
- Swimming pool accidents/drownings
In order to win a premises liability lawsuit, victims must prove that negligent parties either created a dangerous environment, failed to keep their property safe, failed to warn people of the dangerous environment, or all of the above. A personal injury attorney in Cleveland, OH can help you gather evidence to prove these essential case elements.
As much as we like to believe it to be true, doctors aren’t perfect. We all make mistakes, big and small, but medical mistakes can result in life-threatening consequences, lifelong disability, and expensive medical malpractice lawsuits. At Joseph Law Group, our Cleveland personal injury lawyers have handled multiple types of medical negligence incidents, including:
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and delayed diagnosis
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
- Medication errors
- Incorrect or inadequate medical treatment and testing
- ER errors
- Anesthesia errors
Medical malpractice cases are incredibly complex, which is why it is so important that you obtain help from an experienced personal injury attorney for the best case outcome.
Wrongful death cases arise when a person suffers a severe personal injury due to someone else’s negligence that ultimately leads to their death. Unfortunately, all of the previously mentioned types of personal injury can result in death. A personal injury lawyer at Joseph Law Group can fight for grieving families and friends to receive damages for:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of financial and child-rearing support
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
While our Cleveland, OH attorneys can’t undo the grief you’ve suffered, we can ensure that you’re appropriately compensated for your financial losses.
What is the Ohio Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Case?
There are different statutes of limitations in Ohio, depending on the type of claim. While most personal injury cases have a two-year statute of limitations, some are even shorter than that. Take medical malpractice, for example, which is limited to only one year.
If you have any questions about the timeframe of your particular situation, please contact one of the personal injury attorneys with the Joseph Law Group today.
Call The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers at Joseph Law Group Today
Joseph Law Group is a top personal injury law firm that represents clients from all over the great state of Ohio. Our Cleveland, OH attorneys have successfully litigated all types of personal injury cases, ensuring that our clients receive the justice they deserve. But don’t just take our word for it – check out our case results!
If you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence, call an experienced personal injury attorney at Joseph Law Group today at (216) 522-1600 for a free consultation.
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The insurance industry is built on the avoidance of making any payments on claims. They see claims as liabilities, and initially deny, defend, and delay a claim to limit that liability and save money for the company. Ultimately, it is the job of the attorneys at Joseph Law Group to advocate on behalf of our clients and to give the insurance companies and adjusters enough reason to pay an amount of money that is fair under all circumstances. When you hire Joseph Law Group to represent your claim, you are getting a full-service team of dedicated attorneys and paralegals who will be committed to pursuing the best outcome for you from day one until trial.