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Cleveland Personal Injury Attorneys

Pursuing Justice for Accident Victims

If you were in an accident for which another person is at fault, you may have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit under personal injury law. Essentially, personal injury law provides that if another person's intentional or reckless actions or negligence causes another individual to suffer harm, the aggrieved can seek to recover compensation for losses and expenses.

The financial payout is awarded to help the victim return their life to normal – or as normal as possible. To seek a fair and just settlement, it's crucial to retain legal representation for help. An attorney can help you understand your rights and legal options and guide you through the complexities of your case.

At HMW Law, we understand how complicated it can be to pursue action against the person responsible for your accident, especially if you're unfamiliar with this area of the law and when you're focusing on recovering. That is why our personal injury attorneys in Cleveland will take care of all the details of your case for you.

We will thoroughly investigate the matter, gathering evidence, speaking with witnesses, and conducting all necessary tasks to build a solid legal strategy on your behalf. Our team can work hard toward recovering the compensation you need.

Schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with us by calling (216) 220-6776 or submitting an online contact form today.

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Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Accidents can happen in several settings, and a personal injury claim can arise for several reasons – they are not just limited to traffic collisions. Basically, any time a person owes another a duty of care, and they breach that duty, the injured party can take legal action to hold them liable.

Our personal injury lawyers provide sound legal guidance for a variety of matters in Cleveland, including:

  • Auto accidents: A person involved in a car accident because of another driver’s negligence or recklessness may be able to pursue a personal injury claim and seek compensation for damages.
  • Motor vehicle accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are collisions involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, commercial vehicles. If another driver was at fault, the injured party may have rights to pursue a claim.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycle accidents can result in substantial injuries, as the biker is not protected the same way a person in a passenger vehicle is. It’s essential to seek compensation to help cover accident-related damages.
  • Nursing home liability: Negligence on the part of nursing home staff and administrators can result in residents suffering injury or death. A personal injury claim can help hold the facility liable for its reckless actions or inactions.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Property owners have a duty to provide safe environments for visitors. Neglecting that duty by failing to maintain walkways or areas with high foot traffic can lead to injury-causing accidents.
  • Truck accidents: When a commercial truck driver fails to exercise reasonable care while on the road, they can cause accidents that result in a significant amount of damage. In some cases, many people or entities could be liable for the collision.
  • Wrongful death: If a loved one dies because of the negligent or reckless actions of another, surviving family members may be entitled to pursue a claim and seek compensation for expenses and losses arising from the accident.
  • Rideshare accidents: Successfully filing a claim against a rideshare driver who caused an accident requires a thorough investigation of the incident. Depending on the stage of the drive, either the driver’s or the rideshare company’s insurance kicks in.
  • Bicycle accidents: Cyclists injured in collisions may be entitled to pursue a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party and seek compensation for losses or expenses they incurred.
  • Dog bites: Dog bites can cause serious injury, including diseases, needing medical treatment that may result in steep bills. Victims can take legal action against the owner to seek financial recovery for damages.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles can result in serious injury or even death. Those harmed may have the right to file a claim or a civil lawsuit to hold the at-fault party responsible and seek compensation for the harm they suffered.

What to Do After an Accident or Injury

To bring a convincing personal injury claim, you sometimes need to have strong evidence of what happened and why. In the moments after an accident happens, you can often find the best available evidence of liability. For this reason, what you do after an accident matters, whether you were hit by a reckless driver, slipped on someone’s staircase, or got hurt in another way.

Five steps to remember after an accident or injury are:

  1. Call emergency responders if the injury is serious or if the accident scene could result in further injuries, like after a car accident.
  2. Get contact and insurance information from all involved parties, which can vary depending on the type of accident.
  3. Take photographs and video footage of the accident scene, including anything that looks relevant.
  4. Don’t apologize or say that you’re “sorry,” which can be misconstrued by an opposing insurance company as an admission of guilt or liability.
  5. See a medical doctor for a checkup as soon as possible if you didn’t get emergency treatments.

Reach out to HMW Law to discuss the details of your situation.

Who Should Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Do you need to hire a personal injury attorney after you’re injured in an accident? You aren’t legally required to hire a lawyer to pursue a claim, but it is highly recommended. Even defense attorneys will tell probably tell you that you should bring your case to a professional, so you can know that it is being handled correctly.

In brief, almost anyone who has been seriously injured in an accident should hire a personal injury attorney. At the least, you can arrange a FREE case evaluation with our Cleveland personal injury lawyers. During this confidential, no-cost, and no-obligation discussion, you can learn more about your rights and legal options, including whether it is the right idea to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit.

Damages in Personal Injury Claims

A personal injury claim can secure justice and monetary compensation for you after a negligent third party caused you to suffer a serious injury or loss. At HMW Law in Cleveland, we don’t think it’s right for people to have to drain their finances to make ends meet after they are left in a tough spot after an accident. That’s why we are so dedicated to fighting for every last penny owed to our clients, no matter how much work it takes or what opposition stands against us.

Damages in a personal injury claim will usually be sorted into three categories:

  • Special: Special damages refer to measurable monetary losses caused by an accident and the resulting injuries. Medical treatment costs and lost wages are two of the most common types of special damages.
  • General: General damages refer to losses that can’t be measured so easily but are just as important to the plaintiff or claimant. Pain, suffering, and traumatization are common examples of general damage.
  • Punitive: Punitive damages are a unique and rare type of damage that is used to punish the defendant/liable party for egregious negligence or criminal wrongdoing. For example, a court might approve punitive damages against a Big Pharma company that sold unsafe drugs that were inadequately tested. Again, punitive damages are very rare, so they might not apply to your case.

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Cleveland

Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims that begins when the accident or injury occurred, in most cases. This statute of limitations can be much shorter or longer for specific case types, though, so it is safer to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Once the statute of limitations ends, you lose the right to demand compensation and damages from the liable party.

Damn Right, We Fight

Generally, there are two ways a personal injury case can be resolved: through negotiations with the at-fault party's insurance company or a lawsuit handled in court. Although most matters are settled before trial, whatever course your case must take, our personal injury attorneys in Cleveland can fight for you every step of the way.

For the legal representation you need, contact us at (216) 220-6776.

Cleveland Personal Injury FAQ

Will my personal injury claim settle?

If a personal injury claim goes in the plaintiff’s favor, then it might be wrapped up with a settlement agreement, rather than going to court for litigation. Settlements tend to be preferred by both sides because they are quicker and less expensive to reach. However, there’s never a guarantee that even the most straightforward and convincing of claims will settle. Working with an experienced legal team that can negotiate settlements and represent you in court will help cover all the possible outcomes.

How long does a personal injury claim take?

Personal injury claims can take a few months to conclude or a few years. It all depends on the details of the case. We can’t promise that your case will take a specific amount of time, but we can say that our attorneys know how to navigate claims efficiently and avoid unnecessary delays.

How do I pay my personal injury attorney?

At HMW Law, we offer contingency fee agreements for personal injury claims. This type of agreement states that you won’t owe us any attorney fees – not even a dime – if your case doesn’t end in your favor, like a settlement or award. It also states that we will be paid equal to a non-majority percentage of any compensation you do receive, so you can always afford the attorney fees if you are required to pay them. Contingency fee percentages can vary depending on how much work is needed to handle the claim.

Should I accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer?

Whether or not to accept the insurance company's initial settlement offer depends on a variety of factors; it is not always a straightforward decision, so it’s one you should make with your attorney. It's important to remember that the insurance company's primary goal is to minimize their own costs, and their initial offer might not fully cover your damages. It's recommended to thoroughly review the offer and understand what it covers. One of our attorneys can help ensure that you're not accepting an offer that is less than what you deserve. Additionally, if your damages are ongoing or if the full extent of your injuries has not yet been realized, it may be premature to accept an offer. Therefore, while it might be tempting to accept the first offer for the sake of time, it's often in your best interest to negotiate for a settlement that accurately reflects the true extent of your losses.

How do I know if I have a valid personal injury case?

Determining the validity of a personal injury case often hinges on a few key factors. Firstly, you need to have suffered an injury that is physical, emotional, or mental. Secondly, another party's negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct must have directly caused your injury. This could be a person, a company, or even a government entity. Lastly, the injury should have led to specific damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or property damage. If these elements are present in your situation, you may have a valid personal injury case. However, the specifics of each case can greatly influence its validity. Therefore, you should consult with our qualified personal injury attorneys who can review your case and provide professional advice based on years of knowledge and experience.

Does having a pre-existing condition affect my personal injury claim?

Yes, having a pre-existing condition can impact a personal injury claim, but it does not necessarily diminish its validity. The key factor is whether the accident aggravated or worsened your pre-existing condition. In legal terms, this is often referred to as the "eggshell plaintiff" rule, which means that defendants must take plaintiffs as they find them, pre-existing conditions and all. However, insurance companies may try to argue that your current injuries were solely due to your pre-existing condition rather than the accident. This is where medical records become crucial in clearly demonstrating the progression of your condition before and after the incident.

What happens if I am partly at fault for the accident?

In Ohio, if you are partly at fault for an accident, your claim is governed by the rule of "modified comparative negligence." This means that you can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but your compensation will be reduced by a percentage equal to your degree of fault. For instance, if you're found to be 20% at fault for the accident, your damages would be reduced by 20%. However, Ohio follows a 51% rule, meaning if you're found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you are not eligible to recover any damages.

How do I pay for my medical bills until I get a settlement or award?

Until a settlement or award is received, there are several options to consider for paying medical bills. You could use your own health insurance to cover the costs initially. Another option is a “medical lien" where the healthcare provider agrees to wait for payment until your lawsuit is resolved. Our attorneys have a strong reputation among medical experts in Cleveland and around Ohio. We might be able to work with a medical provider who will agree to a medical lien arrangement, so you can get the continued medical care you need while your case is progressing.

How do I pay for a personal injury lawyer to work on my case?

Paying for a personal injury lawyer typically involves a "contingency fee" arrangement. This means that the lawyer's fees are contingent upon them winning your case. They will receive a percentage of the compensation awarded to you. Using this payment system, we make our highly reputable legal services highly affordable to any client who needs our help. If your attorney does not win the case, you are not expected to pay any attorney fees. We are also known for being upfront and honest about any other fees and costs that could be related to your case, so you’re never surprised or overwhelmed by an expense.

What is punitive damage?

Punitive damages are a type of financial compensation that can be awarded in civil lawsuits. They are not intended to compensate the plaintiff for their losses, but rather to punish the defendant for particularly egregious or reckless behavior and deter others from engaging in similar conduct. Punitive damages go beyond compensatory damages, which aim to make the victim whole by covering actual losses like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It's important to note that punitive damages are very rarely awarded. Even if it is proven that the defendant acted egregiously negligent, there’s no guarantee that the court will approve punitive damages.

What is ‘strict liability’ in a personal injury claim?

Strict liability is a legal concept applied in some personal injury claims where a defendant can be held responsible for causing harm, regardless of their intent or negligence. In other words, it doesn't matter if the person or entity took all possible precautions or acted responsibly, they are still liable if their action or product caused damage. This principle often applies in product liability cases, where a manufacturer can be held accountable for selling a defective product that causes injury.

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What Sets Our Team Apart?
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    Team HMW works harder than the competition. Period. You will not find another firm who works harder for you, your case, and your family.

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    At our firm, you will never feel like just a case number. Team HMW is committed to keeping you informed through every step of the legal process.

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    Team HMW's number one priority is YOU. Our clients and their families are what drive us to push towards the best possible outcome. Your goals are our goals.

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    Team HMW approaches each case we take on as a team. This provides our clients with the benefit of not just one attorney, but an entire team who can help strategize on their case.

  • Decades of Combined Experience

    There really is no substitute for experience and Team HMW brings a vast array of experience to each case they handle.

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