If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident, you are likely upset, confused, and uncertain about where to turn for help. The accident might have been a vehicle accident, a fall, or even becoming ill from a doctor’s or pharmacist’s error.
The Ohio based law firm of Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) has over 500 years of combined legal experience and won over 500 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients. Here are some of the most common questions clients have when dealing with a personal injury lawsuit.
Personal injury FAQ
Personal injury is a broad legal term that covers injuries to your body, mind, or emotions. In the United States, it is grounds for filing a lawsuit seeking compensation for losses that have resulted from the injury. Simply put, if someone caused you to be harmed, even if it wasn’t intentional, you have the right to sue to get money to pay for your medical bills and other expenses related to your injury.
What should I do after a car accident?
The first thing you should do after a car accident is to make sure that everyone involved is OK and to seek medical assistance for anyone who has been injured. You should also move your vehicle, if possible, to the side of the road to avoid being a hazard to other drivers.
After that, if you are able, take pictures and write notes on your phone about the accident while it is fresh in your mind. Avoid discussing the accident with anyone except law enforcement and limit your communications with other parties involved to exchanging contact and insurance information. If you have been injured in the accident, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney right away and obtain any necessary medical treatment.
The actions you take (and don’t take) right after the accident can dramatically affect the success of your subsequent lawsuit.
Should I accept an offer from the insurance company?
It’s not a good idea to accept an offer from the insurance company, no matter how generous you feel the offer is. It’s important to remember that it’s the insurance company’s job to minimize its settlements. That’s how it stays in business. Lowball offers are common, and you might not recognize the offer as such. After all, this is probably your first such claim. Having an experienced personal injury attorney review your offer can help you be assured that you’re getting the money you deserve.
What type of compensation can I expect to get?
Each lawsuit is unique. However, if the other party is found to be at fault, then you should be compensated for your past, current, and possibly future medical bills as well as your lost income for being out of work due to the accident. This money is referred to in court as compensatory damages.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages refer to money awarded to you by a jury in court over and above your expenses. This generally happens if the fault was so egregious that a jury wants to punish the defendant for his or her actions.
What you need to know about your attorney
Choosing an attorney is a big decision. After all, you’re trusting your future and that of your family to the lawyer’s ability to get the settlement you need to take care of your bills and support your family until you are well enough to go back to work and resume your full duties. We want you to ask us questions so that you feel comfortable and trust us to work for you. We suggest you ask any prospective attorney some or all of the following questions:
- Do you have trial experience? At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our attorneys have a combined 500+ years of experience helping clients just like you, and have tried 100’s of cases to verdict.
- Do you have experience with my type of case? We’ve helped more than 10,000 clients over the past 15 years. They’ve likely worked with cases like yours.
- Are they well respected? Doing your research before hiring your personal injury attorney is highly advised. KNR has worked hard to receive dozens of awards and hundreds of positive reviews.
- Do they understand the insurance claims process? Insurance companies purposefully make claims complicated, even for lawyers. Many of Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s attorneys have worked for insurance companies before joining the firm and have a vast knowledge of the claims process, so they are well-equipped to help you navigate your claim.
What to tell your attorney
The more information your attorney has, the better they can help you. Some of the things you’ll want to share with your attorney after an accident include:
- If you were partially to blame for the accident. In Ohio, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t entitled to some compensation.
- Your past and present medical conditions.
- If you didn’t have the minimum auto insurance required by Ohio law. Again, you may still be able to recover damages.
- If you were ticketed by the police in the accident.
- The unvarnished story of what happened before, during, and after the accident.
About Kisling, Nestico & Redick
Kisling, Nestico & Redick was founded in 2005 and has 11 locations throughout Ohio. The firm boasts more than 30+ attorneys and 100+ support personnel who can help you make sense of sometimes confusing and complex personal injury lawsuits.
To learn more about how Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you after an accident, visit their website at https://www.knrlegal.com/