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Guide to the Personal Injury Process

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Guide to the Personal Injury Process in Cincinnati, Ohio

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Ohio residents suffer personal injuries. Personal injuries can happen anywhere, and many occur in a car accident, premises liability accident, or a work-related accident. The personal injury process can be long and stressful. Suffering a severe personal injury can result in extensive medical bills, and the need to take time off from work to recover. Those who are severely injured in catastrophic personal injury accidents may require nursing assistance for the rest of their lives.

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Ohio’s personal injury laws allow injured persons to recover compensation from the person or business whose negligence caused their injuries. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we have a successful track record of securing substantial settlements and verdicts for our personal injury clients. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule your consultation. Below, we outline what the personal injury process looks like in Ohio.

Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we offer potential clients free consultations, we are always available, and we don’t charge any fees until we collect for our clients. We understand that many potential clients who’ve suffered catastrophic injuries are not able to leave the hospital, rehabilitation centers, or their home. We want to make the initial consultation with clients as comfortable for them as possible. We offer free in-home consultations for potential clients who are unable to come to our Cincinnati or Dayton office.

When you meet with a personal injury attorney for the first time, you should be prepared to discuss the specifics about your personal injury accident. The personal injury lawyer will ask you questions about how your accident happened, what your medical treatment has been like, how the incident has affected you, and the status of any insurance claims. We also recommend bringing documents related to your accident and injury to your first meeting with your attorney.

Gathering Documents and Evidence

Gathering evidence and documents related to your injury is one of the most critical steps in recovering compensation. Whether you are seeking compensation from an insurance company or bringing a personal injury lawsuit in an Ohio court, you will need to have all of your documentation in order.

Your personal injury lawyer will prove the elements of your personal injury lawsuit by submitting evidence to the court. Don’t feel overwhelmed by how many documents are listed below. Your legal team can help you decide which documents you need to gather. As a personal injury victim, your lawyer will take charge of your case and guide you. Our clients often express how they feel relief when they know that an experienced personal injury lawyer is on their side, taking charge of their case. The following evidence is vitally important in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Bills from doctors and hospitals
  • Documents explaining diagnoses and treatment
  • Invoices from a chiropractor or physical therapist
  • Documents explaining treatment you will need in the future
  • The name and address of the ambulance service you used (if applicable)
  • A list of your current prescription medications
  • Dates you were admitted and released from the hospital
  • List of your current medical prescriptions
  • Information about treatment or surgeries you received at the hospital
  • Photos of your accident and injuries
  • The police report and other reports
  • Proof of your lost income or work
  • Testimony from witnesses on the scene
  • Expert testimony from medical experts
  • Expert testimony from accident reconstruction specialists