Personal Injury in Ohio

When someone gets hurt with a personal injury in Ohio, the first thing that they think about is recovery. Everyone is concerned with simply making sure that they are ok. After all of this, however, the second thoughts begin to pour in. One of the main things that people think about during or after the recovery process is fault; who is to blame for the personal injury? If the injury is the act of the person alone, this thought stops there. When it is believed that the personal injury is because of the fault of someone else, the legal process begins.

Ohio Personal Injury at a Glance

Ohio Personal Injury Laws

Statute of Limitations

2 Years, longer if claim involves a contract
Damages Recoverable Lost wages, future earning ability, medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, cost of household help
Products Liability Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product
Joint Liability Defendants are proportionately liable for damages except in cases where multiple defendants are involved in a joint venture.
Contributory Negligence If plaintiff is found to be more at fault than the defendants, damages will not be recoverable; otherwise, damages will be awarded in proportion to percentage of fault.

Who is at Fault?

Personal injury in Ohio works in a slightly different way than many of the other states in terms of lawsuits. If you had some fault in your personal injury, you can only recover a fraction of the damages that you are seeking. If you are more at fault than the person that you are suing, you will not receive any damages, whatsoever. If you can prove that someone (or a company) was negligent, and that the negligence caused your personal injury in Ohio, you can sue for damages with success.

What is Paid For?

Ohio has a large list of things that can be claimed for. Any medical expenses can be claimed for damages. Any lost income (whether it be from inability to work, inability to find a job, or cost of services during injury time) can be claimed. Any emotional distress can also be claimed, as well as any damage to personal belongings resulting from the injury. Any of this can be claimed for damages, but you may not receive the full list of damages you request; this all depends on the judge and the evidence given for the personal injury in Ohio.

What is the Time Frame?

Ohio has one of the shortest times for the statue of limitations for personal injury. You only have two years to make a claim. You can wait until the last minute, but any time over the full two years means that you cannot sue for damages to the person who was at fault for your injury, even if you have enough evidence to prove, without a doubt, that they were at fault. It is best to consult with an Ohio personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to go through the process as fast as possible so that you do not have to deal with the time limit.

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