Accidents That Require a Lancaster Injury Lawyer
Our personal injury lawyers in Lancaster, Ohio, represent people who have sustained a wide range of injuries. These can result from:
- Involvement in an auto accident
- Airline, bus, train, or other commercial carrier accident – for example, an accident with a semi-truck, big-rig, or tractor-trailer
- Construction or other workplace-related accident resulting in an injured worker (workers comp claim)
- Injuries that occur as the result of a dangerous or unsafe product (product liability)
- Slip or fall injuries sustained by a guest, client, or customer
- Medical malpractice
- And wrongful death
Frequently, we help accident victims. However, our Lancaster personal injury attorneys also represent clients who have sustained other types of harm. Such harm can result from someone else’s negligence or violation of a legal duty. Negotiations can often resolve these issues without actually filing a lawsuit.
About Our Lancaster, Ohio, Injury Attorneys
Dagger Law Firm’s experienced personal injury lawyers have served Lancaster, Ohio, and the surrounding counties since 1902.
We use our extensive knowledge as courtroom litigators and skilled negotiators when dealing with insurance companies. It doesn’t matter if your injuries came from a car crash, worksite accident, or a faulty product.
Our Lancaster injury lawyers fight to obtain the best compensation result for you. If you are interested in pursuing a settlement with an insurance company or intend to file a specific type of personal injury lawsuit, please visit the pages below for more information:
Please note that some list items may be linked to other pages to help further define a subject or answer frequently asked questions:
Frequently Asked Questions When Considering Obtaining an Injury Attorney
Since personal injury law and the need for a Lancaster injury lawyer are unique to each case, we wanted to offer answers to some frequently asked questions. These answers will allow our clients to understand our services better.
Q: Can’t I save money by accepting an insurance company’s offer to settle my injury case?
A: In a perfect world, an insurance company would give you a fair offer for your personal injury claim. You wouldn’t need an injury attorney to represent your interests. Experience has shown us that insurance companies often undervalue your insurance claim. For an insurance carrier, this makes perfect sense. An insurance company wants to pay as little as possible for personal injury cases to protect its financial bottom line. While that makes business sense for them, it can result in an unfair and insufficient insurance settlement—unfortunately, too little to cover your medical expenses and suffering.
Our experienced accident attorneys can negotiate on your behalf and ensure fair compensation for your injury claim. Our Lancaster, Ohio, personal injury lawyers have seen decades’ worth of personal injury cases. In fact, we give legal advice to our clients based on real-world experience. Furthermore, our firm knows when insurance companies make a fair financial compensation offer and when to advocate for a better outcome. Our practice focuses on what works.
Q: If I settle my personal injury claims quickly, won’t I get my money right away?
A: Yes, you may. However, our injury lawyers know that some injuries take a while to heal. Additionally, you could have ongoing financial obligations, such as medical expenses or long-term medical care. If you prematurely settle your case, these issues do not get addressed. Your Lancaster personal injury attorney will address the potential legal problems arising from these hidden issues. Surprisingly, once you settle with an insurance company, you waive the right to pursue further compensation for your case. Settling closes the door on any future claims or payments. To be sure, an insurance company wants you to make a hasty and uninformed decision.
Our injury attorneys, and their dedicated staff, are familiar with reading medical charts. We understand the potential long-term issues associated with the injuries you may have sustained. Your personal injury lawyer can then take the legal actions necessary to protect your rights and future health. While we strive to reach beneficial settlements for our clients, we know how important it is to discuss realistic expectations for the outcome of your case. We would never advise rushing through a process that has a lifelong impact on your health and financial security.
Q: How will I know whether or not I need to pursue a personal injury case?
A: We recommend consulting with an injury lawyer as quickly as possible. It is also helpful to provide documentation and evidence to our personal injury attorneys when it is fresh in your mind and promptly obtain medical records. Then, we can determine whether it is wise to pursue a personal injury case. We have seen situations where people didn’t have adequate representation and suffered long-term consequences. With our assistance, you can avoid poor health, financial debt, and loss of income.
Every state has specific restrictions determining how long you have to bring a lawsuit to the courts. The term “statute of limitations” is commonly used to describe this length of time. In the State of Ohio, the statute of limitations is two years. The statute of limitations typically begins when the injury occurred, such as the date of a car accident. The clock starts from the date when you knew or reasonably should have known that you had the right to pursue compensation for your injury.
However, there are some circumstances where this is not the case. Possibly, the statute of limitations began counting down once a medical professional, such as a doctor, told you that you sustained an injury. A delay in knowing when you are injured can happen. Often, when you have reasonably attributed the symptoms of your injury to another cause. For instance, you may assume that the reason for your abdominal pain is something that you ate and not an injury sustained in an accident. It can sometimes take days or weeks to realize that an injury is more severe than a bit of soreness and discomfort most of us feel after an accident.
Q: How much does it cost to pursue a personal injury case?
A: The last thing you need is a mounting attorney bill when you are potentially out of work and looking at significant medical bills. Our Dagger Law injury attorneys in Lancaster handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. In a contingency fee agreement, our firm collects a percentage of the settlement from the insurance company, or awards from a trial, as compensation. So, whether your case takes one month or 18 months, our fee is always a predetermined percentage of the final award.
Before retaining services from a personal injury attorney from Dagger Law, you will have a free consult meeting with your attorney to discuss fees. We will ensure that you understand our billing process.
Q: If I decide to pursue a case, how much can I expect to get?
A: It is crucial that you understand the difference between the award types and how much financial compensation you can expect. In the State of Ohio, there are damage caps set in personal injury cases. The Ohio 125th General Assembly established these caps under Senate Bill 80. There are also three kinds of compensation awarded for a personal injury case:
Compensatory Damages, or Economic Damages
This award includes compensation for any actual costs incurred due to the injury. These include medical bills and lost wages, and this award has no cap. Think of this as getting paid back for whatever costs you have incurred due to the injury.
This award is what most people think of as a “pain and suffering” award. While pain and suffering are a part of the factors that go into this award, it also includes mental anguish, loss of consortium, and disfigurement. Overall, these are more subjective in nature.
In Ohio, the non-economic damages award has a cap. The cap can be difficult to understand at times. However, you will get a better feel for what to expect once you have spoken to your personal injury lawyer. Below are some basic guidelines for you to estimate a potential award.
- Most often, the award will be no more than three times the compensatory damages (those items you already paid for) or $250,000.
- However, the award limits change based on the severity of the case. Awards could be as high as up to three times compensatory damages or a cap of $500,000.
Upon reviewing the details of your case, your Lancaster personal injury lawyer can estimate the range into which you might fall. Limitations for non-economic damages may not apply in some cases, so having an experienced injury attorney review your case is essential.
As the name implies, this is for any financial reward intended to punish the individual or institution for any reckless behavior, fraud, or malice. These damages are capped at two times compensatory damages in most cases.
These damages might not always be pursued or warranted. Therefore, it is important to consult with your Lancaster, Ohio, personal injury attorney. They can help you understand what damages you might be entitled to based on the particular facts of your case.
Q: Will a personal injury attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester?
A: While some meetings will need to occur in our offices, we try to minimize your travel time. We offer two convenient office locations in Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. We aim to reduce the disruption to your life caused by legal issues. Therefore, we conduct most communications and meetings through emails or phone calls. We realize that clients can’t reach us in certain circumstances. However, we will plan to visit your location if needed.
Q: Do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer near me?
A: Suppose you retain a Dagger Law injury attorney to represent you. In that case, your attorney will travel to the necessary court hearings and legal procedures to represent you anywhere in Ohio! Please note that in some instances, the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances if we are able.
Where You Can Find Our Lancaster Injury Attorneys
Our injury lawyers proudly serve the following communities throughout central and southeastern Ohio:
- Fairfield County
- Franklin County
- Hocking County
- Licking County
- Pickaway County
- Baltimore, Ohio
- Buckeye Lake
- Canal Winchester
- Greater Columbus Ohio Area
- Lancaster, Ohio
- Newark, Ohio
- Other locations nearby
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If you don’t see your particular issue listed above, that is no problem! We enjoy a challenge and are happy to assist you with the legal issue you face. Use our convenient Contact Page to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal matter with a Lancaster personal injury attorney.
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