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Cincinnati Car Accident Attorney

If you have suffered serious injury in a car accident in Ohio that was due to the negligence of another, you not only need excellent medical care; you need outstanding legal representation. With the right personal injury attorney, you will be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation.

How Our Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If you have been injured in a car accident in or around Cincinnati, your best bet is Jones Kahan Law, LLC, a law practice known for providing personal attention and powerful litigation skills. Our goal is to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. We know that you are going through a traumatic period, full of anxiety. We want to tamp down the stress and obtain substantial damages to see you through this dark period and well beyond. And remember — you won’t pay any attorneys’ fees until we win your case.

Though almost everyone who has driven for years has had at least one “fender bender,” most of us have been spared the disaster of a serious car accident. If you are one of the unfortunate individuals who has suffered serious injury because of another driver’s inattention, impairment or reckless behavior, our sharp, compassionate lawyers can assist you by filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf in order to win you the compensation you need and deserve.

Why Car Accidents Happen

The more crowded our roads become, the greater the likelihood that accidents will occur, many of which are due to human error. If another driver or entity (e.g. a car manufacturer) has caused you harm, Jones Kahan knows how to hold the responsible party accountable for your losses. We may be able to file a successful car accident lawsuit if the other driver was:

  • Distracted (e.g. texting, talking on the phone, eating, reaching)
  • Sleepy or physically exhausted
  • Speeding or driving recklessly (e.g. tailgating, changing lanes erratically)
  • Intoxicated or impaired by drugs
  • Ignored traffic signals (e.g. stop signs, one-way signs, red lights)

Additionally, we may be able to sue the car manufacturer if your accident was caused by defective brakes or hold the town or county responsible if the road you were on was filled with dangerous, unmarked potholes or the traffic light was in disrepair.

Our experienced lawyers will fight with strength and perseverance to win your case. We will examine the accident site, the vehicles, and your medical records, interview any witnesses, and call in automotive or medical experts to testify if necessary. We have an excellent track record of winning significant compensation.

Common Serious Car Accident Injuries

While broken bones, scrapes, bruises, and strained muscles can be painful and temporarily incapacitating, too many victims of car accidents suffer far worse, sometimes catastrophic, injuries, such as:

  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Organ damage
  • Spinal cord injury (possible paralysis)
  • Severe burns

Because bodily harm can cause worsening symptoms in the future, our experienced lawyers will consider how your injuries may affect you in years to come. Also, if your family has endured the tragic loss of a loved one in a car accident caused by another party, we will work diligently to see that you do not suffer financial insecurity in addition to your grief.

Ohio Is a Modified Comparative Negligence State

Ohio, unlike many other states, is an at-fault state, which means that we have to make a claim for economic damages on the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In addition, the rule of modified comparative negligence also applies to car accident cases. This principle recognizes that more than one party can bear partial blame for a car accident. In Ohio, you can recover damages against any person who was more at fault than you were for the collision. Nonetheless, the damages you recover will be reduced by the percentage of blame the court assigns to you.

As an example, if you obtain a settlement of $1 million but you are found to be 10 percent to blame for the car accident, you will actually receive $900,000. You should also be aware that if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you will not be awarded any damages at all.

Damages We Will Fight For

In most cases, if you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you will be entitled to both economic and non-economic compensatory damages.

Economic damages provide you with compensation for the money you have spent or lost or will spend and lose, due to your injury. These include:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost income (present and future)
  • Property damage (e.g. car repair or replacement)

Non-economic damages compensate you for less quantifiable effects of your injury, such as:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement

Punitive damages, though rarely awarded, are reserved for cases in which there was intentional or malicious disregard for human life on the part of the defendant. An example would be if the other driver was engaged in drag racing on a public thoroughfare at the time of the accident or was greatly impaired by drugs.

There Are Some Restrictions to Personal Injury Damages in Ohio

Although all of your economic damages should be covered by the insurance of the at-fault driver, Ohio caps the amount you can recover for non-economic damages to either $250,000 or three times the amount of your economic damages. The latter is maximized at $350,000 per person and $500,000 per accident.

Contact Our Cincinnati Car Accident Attorney

We know that the trauma of a car accident that results in severe personal injury affects not only you but those close to you. We also know how overwhelming the circumstances can be when you are dealing with physical pain, emotional distress, lack of your usual means of transportation, and financial worries all at the same time. We want to relieve you of as much of your logistical burdens as possible so that you can rest and recover. Contact us promptly so we can take over and give you and your family the time you need to heal.