Personal Injury

web_6In a single moment, you and your family’s life can be changed from being injured in an automobile accident, work-related injury or other cause. It is important to know that your medical expenses will be paid and that you will receive compensation for all of the other losses you experience.

Our team of lawyers is here to represent you as you regain your life after a serious accident or injury. Our clients appreciate that we are a local central Ohio firm and have earned the respect of our community.

We understand that no one ever plans to have a sudden and horrible automobile or work related accident. Our clients come to us trusting that we can help them understand the nature of their claim, overcome the mountain of bills they receive and ultimately to be awarded a fair and just settlement for their loss.  From the start to the end of the personal injury legal process our goal is to help you put the pieces of your life back together. 

Personal injury can be defined as either physical, emotional or personal property damaged by the carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct by another. Personal injury law can help the victim gain the appropriate compensation needed for their recovery.

State law usually governs personal injury lawsuits, but federal law may apply in certain circumstances. Injuries suffered on federal property may fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act and liability for injuries resulting from an airplane crash may be governed by international treaty. A claim for personal injury must prove that an injury has occurred in order to seek monetary damages. For example, if you were to slip and fall, due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you could not recover damages if you were not injured in some way.

Personal injury law is concerned with determining who may be responsible (who is “liable,” or has “liability”) for causing injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for any damages resulting from the injury.

Negligence:

Negligence is difficult to define but generally is the failure to use reasonable due care to avoid foreseeable harm to a person, place or thing. If a person or organization is negligent and their negligence causes an injury to another person to whom they have a “duty of care”, they may be liable to pay for any damages resulting from the injury.

A person or organization may be considered “careless” or “negligent” if they do not use the kind of “due care” that is appropriate to the situation in question. Generally, the law requires that individuals exercise the same kind of “due care” that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances. This is called the “reasonable man” or “reasonable person” standard.

Personal Injury Damages:

The most significant issue to most people involved in a personal injury claim is the issue of damages. When a judge or jury finds a defendant liable for wrongful conduct in a personal injury case, the issue then becomes what types of damages are due to the plaintiff and in what amount. As you know, if you suffer a personal injury you will most likely require medical attention and you may need rehabilitation; all of which costs substantial sums of money. You may lose income because of the injury and you may continue to lose income while treatment and recovery takes place.

Personal injury victims may have sustained property damage to their car and/or other property. Since they cannot drive their vehicle while it is being repaired they may need to rent one. Car repairs and rentals can cost a lot of money. You may also lose the ability to perform various activities of normal daily living and you may endure significant and on-going pain and suffering.

The law allows you to seek recovery after an accident to “make you whole again.” The central concept is that you should be compensated in a manner that places you back in the same position as you were before the accident or properly compensate you if you are unable to return to your previous position.

Types of Personal Injury that BDR Law specializes in:

  • Vehicle Injury
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Truck Accidents
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • School Bus Accidents
    • Drunk Driving Victims
  • Negligence
    • Wrongful Death
    • Slip and Fall
    • Dog Bites
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