Norwalk Personal Injury Lawyer

Were you hurt in a personal injury accident in Norwalk, OH? You may deserve payment from the negligent party or their insurance company. A Norwalk personal injury lawyer can help you get justice.

Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA will fight for you to recover full compensation. We work every day to hold negligent people responsible for hurting others. Our Norwalk personal injury attorneys have over 181 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases.

Since 1946, our team has won more than a hundred million dollars for our clients. This money has helped our clients turn their lives around after a devastating accident. It has paid for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. We are proud to put money back into our client’s pockets after getting unfairly hurt.

Don’t waste time wondering about your legal rights. We will explain the law in an easy-to-understand way. Call our office to schedule a free consultation with a Norwalk personal injury lawyer today.

Why Should I Hire Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA To Handle My Norwalk Personal Injury Case?

Hiring Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA is one of the best decisions you can make after getting hurt in Norwalk, OH.

We know personal injury law and we fearlessly advocate for our clients. Our team isn’t afraid to stand up to insurance agencies and fight for you in court. Over the years, our lawyers have received numerous recognitions for their outstanding work. These recognitions include:

  • Named “Super Lawyers”
  • Top 40 under 40
  • Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The reason that we are recognized as leading personal injury attorneys in Norwalk is that we won’t leave any stone unturned. If you work with us after getting hurt in Norwalk we will:

  • Explain the law
  • Calculate your damages
  • Identify every responsible party
  • File insurance claims
  • Investigate the case
  • Collect and review evidence
  • Negotiate with insurance
  • Consult with experts
  • Review your medical records
  • File a personal injury lawsuit
  • Represent you at trial

We understand that every case and client is unique. Your case may require work that another case does not. Our Norwalk personal injury attorneys are known for their innovative strategies and tailored attention to detail. One size doesn’t fit all.

Call our office to learn more about our legal team and your options. You can schedule a free case evaluation with a Norwalk personal injury lawyer to start building a legal strategy designed to win your case.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury law is broad. People may unknowingly have a personal injury case.

A personal injury case is any legal dispute that happens when a defendant injures a plaintiff or their property. Usually, the defendant’s negligence caused the accident or injury. However, sometimes a personal injury case can be predicated on strict liability.

You may have a personal injury case if:

  • You got hurt, and
  • It was another person or party’s fault

Personal injury cases come in all shapes and sizes. It can be a car accident, an accident at work, or getting hurt at someone’s house. Personal injury cases can even include getting injured by a defective or malfunctioning product.

Most personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation. You can use this consultation as an opportunity to learn whether or not you have a personal injury case that is worth pursuing.

Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

There are many reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer. Since you won’t pay the lawyer unless you win the case, there isn’t a financial risk to getting legal help. Below are some of the main benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer.

Leveling the Playing Field

A personal injury lawyer can level the playing field in your case. It’s hard to stand up to insurance companies, the defendant’s lawyer, or corporations on your own. A personal injury lawyer will make sure that you aren’t taken advantage of and have a legal expert dedicated to fighting for your best interest.

Getting Expert Opinions

Experienced personal injury lawyers have access to a wide network of expert witnesses. Expert witnesses can give opinions on different aspects of your case. These opinions can strengthen the evidence and help you win. Experts can be expensive and difficult to find without a lawyer.

Protecting You From Blame

Unfortunately, many insurance companies and defense attorneys will try to blame you for causing the accident. This is how they get out of paying for your damages. A personal injury lawyer will protect you from getting unfairly blamed so that you maximize your damages.

Giving You Time To Heal

Perhaps most importantly, a personal injury lawyer will take the burden of a legal case and insurance claim off of your hands. This will give you time to focus on healing after an accident. You won’t need to worry about getting insurance companies on the phone, fielding communications and paperwork, or negotiating for what you deserve.

We Handle All Personal Injury Cases in Norwalk

Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA handles all personal injury cases in Norwalk, OH. Below are some of the most frequent types of cases that come through our doors.

If you have a different type of injury case, call us to see how we can help. Just because something isn’t listed doesn’t mean that we haven’t seen it before.

Car Accidents

We will handle your insurance claim from beginning to end after a car accident. This includes filing, talking with the insurance company, and negotiating for a full payout. If your claim is denied, we will file a car accident lawsuit.

Motorcycle Accidents

In our experience, motorcycle accidents can cause serious and life altering injuries. Unfortunately, many motorcyclists are blamed for the crash. We will protect you from unfair blame and fight for the money you need after a crash.

Truck Accidents

If you were hurt in Norwalk by a semi-truck, delivery truck, or city truck, we can help. Our team will negotiate with trucking companies and their insurers on your behalf to make sure that they don’t get the upper hand after a truck accident.

Slip & Fall Accidents

Property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe. If you had a slip and fall, or got hurt because of something dangerous at a business, in public, or in a private home, you may have a legal right to compensation.

Dog Bites

We see far too many dog bite cases every year. Owners are responsible for their aggressive dogs and the harm that they cause. It doesn’t matter if they didn’t know the dog would bite. We can help hold them accountable.

Workers’ Compensation

Everyone deserves to be safe at work. If you were hurt on the job, we will help you file a workers’ compensation insurance claim. You may be entitled to disability benefits for lost wages and medical treatment. We can help you get paid as quickly as possible.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When we first talk with new clients, most are worried about the cost of hiring a personal injury lawyer. This is understandable. Many of our clients are suffering financially. They can’t afford to spend more money on a lawyer.

Fortunately, hiring a personal injury lawyer doesn’t have to be expensive.

Personal injury attorneys work for a contingency fee. A contingency fee is a special arrangement dependent on the outcome of the case. You only pay your attorney if you win your case. Furthermore, you pay your lawyer a percentage of the money that you win.

So what happens if your lawyer loses the case? You don’t have to pay them a dime. If you don’t get paid, then we don’t get paid.

This arrangement benefits most clients because they don’t have to worry about not affording a lawyer. The money comes directly from their settlement or damages award. Additionally, it is proportionate to the money that they win.

What Damages Are Available to Norwalk Accident Victims?

Norwalk accident victims have several options to recover damages. The most common types of damages are economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are financial losses and include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost employment benefits
  • Rehabilitation or physical therapy
  • Medical accommodations
  • Property damage

On the other hand, non-economic damages are intangible or emotional losses. This includes:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of care or educational opportunities

In many cases there is a cap on non-economic damages in Ohio. The cap is $250,000 or three times the amount of economic damages. This cap is $500,000 per person in cases where the plaintiff suffered:

  • Permanent and substantial deformity, loss of limb, or loss of an organ system or
  • Permanent injury that prevents them from caring for themselves

These are typically very serious cases.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Personal injury cases are about getting justice and getting paid. Ultimately every personal injury case has a dollar figure attached to it. The value of your case depends on many different factors. These factors include:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • Whether you are expected to recover or are permanently disabled
  • If you have missed work and will continue to miss work because of your injury or the accident
  • If you are completely unable to work or can only work a lower-paying job
  • The cost of your medical bills
  • The type of medical treatment and need for ongoing medical treatment
  • The cost of assistive medical devices
  • If there is property damage caused by the accident
  • The effect of your injury on your overall quality or enjoyment of life
  • Emotional trauma or mental illness caused by the accident or injury
  • If you played a role in causing the accident or worsening your injuries
  • Insurance policy limits

These factors paint a whole picture of how an injury or accident has affected your life. You deserve compensation for every part of the impact.

What If I’m Partially At Fault For the Accident?

Ohio applies modified comparative negligence law. If you are partially at fault for the accident, you can recover damages as long as you are less than 50% responsible. If you are 50% or more responsible, you cannot recover anything at all.

If you are less than 50% responsible, then your damages are reduced by your percentage share of responsibility. For example, if you are 25% responsible then you can only recover 75% of your damages.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Accident in Ohio?

You have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident in Ohio. This is called the statute of limitations. Time starts from the date of the accident. If you weren’t aware that you were hurt, it may start from the date you discovered your injury.

What is Negligence and How Do I Prove It?

Negligence is a legal theory in tort law. Negligence has a special legal meaning that may be different from how it is commonly used.

Someone is negligent when they fail to use reasonable care and their failure hurts someone or their property. Negligence can be a tricky concept. There are four elements to every negligence claim. You must prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence (that it is more likely than not true).

Duty of Care

Everyone owes each other a duty of care. This duty is to act cautiously and avoid taking risks that may cause foreseeable harm to others.

The duty of care is judged by the “ordinary person” standard. A fictional ordinary person always follows the law, carefully weighs the pros and cons of their decisions, and never intentionally puts others in harm’s way.

Breach of Duty of Care

When someone departs from the ordinarperson’son standard, they have breached their duty of care. This breach is the basis for their negligence claim.

Causation

Sometimes people breach their duty of care but don’t cause an accident. In that case, they aren’t negligent. Even though they made a bad decision, it didn’t hurt anyone. However, when the beach causes an accident or another person gets hurt, then they are negligent.

Damages

Every plaintiff must prove that they are entitled to damages. This may include monetary and non-monetary damages. You can prove your damages with evidence like receipts, paystubs, bills, and witness testimony.

Ohio Personal Injury Laws (Brief Overview)

Ohio applies negligence law in most personal injury cases. This means that in order to recover compensation from insurance or the court, you must prove that the defendant was negligent.

At-Fault Insurance Laws

Ohio is an at-fault state. If you get into an accident you will file a claim through the at-fault party’s insurance policy. Their insurance agent will investigate the claim and then decide whether or not to accept the claim, reject the claim, or pay part of the claim.

Modified Comparative Negligence

Under Ohio’s modified comparative negligence rules, you can still recover compensation as long as you are less than 50% responsible for the accident. If you are more than 50% responsible then you are completely barred.

Damages Cap

Unlike other states, Ohio has a damages cap in some personal injury cases. This cap applies to pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. The cap may be higher if you have experienced a catastrophic injury.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

We are prepared to go to trial in every case. However, most personal injury cases don’t go to trial.

Usually this is a good thing. It means that you got a full and fair settlement outside of court. Perhaps your case was quickly resolved through an insurance claim or negotiations with the defendant.

Sometimes your case may go to trial if:

  • Insurance rejects your claim or refuses to pay for all of your damages
  • The insurance policy limits is for less than your total damages
  • There is a dispute about who is responsible for the accident or injury
  • You are seeking punitive damages

Trials can be long and drawn out. The work is worth it if it means that you get all of the compensation that you deserve. However, if we can get your compensation without going to trial it means you are paid faster and with less risk.

How Long Will My Injury Case Take?

It’s hard to predict how long your injury case will take. Simpler cases may be resolved in a few weeks or months. More complex cases can take years. If a case goes to trial it will take substantially longer than if it is settled outside of court.

Your case may take longer if:

  • The defendant is denying liability
  • The insurance company refuses to pay for your damages
  • You are blamed for causing your accident
  • You have catastrophic and severe injuries
  • You have a wrongful death case
  • You are asking for a lot of money
  • There are a lot of witnesses, records, and evidence to review in your case

We will try to estimate how long your case may take at the beginning. However, sometimes cases are unpredictable. It’s best to stay in frequent contact  with your lawyer so that you can get an accurate update as the case progresses.

What Should I Do After an Accident?

Ultimately it depends on the type of accident. However there are a few things that you should do after any type of personal injury accident.

Get Medical Help

You should always get medical help after an accident. If you are seriously hurt, it could be emergency medical treatment or calling 911. If you have less severe injuries, you should go to the doctor for a full evaluation as soon as possible.

Getting medical help will help you heal and make sure that your injury doesn’t get worse. Furthermore, it begins to create a medical record that we can use during your personal injury case.

Your medical record is important to establish the severity of your injuries, and that the accident caused your injuries. If you wait too long to get medical help, then the defendant may argue your injuries were caused by something else.

Preserve Evidence

You should make every effort to preserve evidence after an accident. Evidence is the foundation of your insurance claim and any future lawsuit.

Preserving evidence may include:

  • Taking photographs of your injuries or the accident scene
  • Keeping records and bills
  • Identifying witnesses
  • Looking for video footage
  • Keeping physical evidence like a broken product

Most personal injury lawyers will also conduct an independent investigation into your case. They can help you collect any further evidence. However, the longer that you wait to collect evidence the less likely that it is still available.

Call A Lawyer

You should always call a lawyer immediately after getting hurt in an accident. You don’t pay your lawyer by the hour, so there is no downside in getting them involved early.

Your personal injury attorney can explain the law, help you file insurance claims, collect evidence, and protect you from blame. This help is crucial when you are healing immediately after an accident.

Furthermore, you only have two years to file a lawsuit. Your attorney will need to get started on your case early so that they maximize their time and put you in the best position possible if the case ends up in court.

Contact Our Experienced Norwalk Personal Injury Lawyers For Legal Help

Call our experienced Norwalk personal injury lawyers at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA for advice. You won’t regret picking up the phone to learn more about your legal options.

We are ready to hear your story and fight for the resources you need to heal and move on. There’s no case too big or too small for us to handle because we give all of our clients the attention that they deserve. Don’t delay getting help and risk weakening your case.

Call us to schedule a free consultation today.