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The attorneys and support staff of Lindner Law LLC., in Columbus, Ohio, offer experienced, competent and caring legal assistance for car accident victims. We work to help those injured in car crashes caused by other people recover compensation for medical expenses, vehicle repair or replacement, lost wages, pain and suffering.
At the same time, we help accident victims get their lives back in order. We do all the legwork required for filing and pursuing a car accident claim, and having your wrecked car repaired or totaled and replaced. We can help make sure you are receiving proper medical care, and provide other assistance to you during your recovery.
We are a firm of 16 personal injury lawyers and 100 investigators, damage specialists, paralegals, legal secretaries, and other support staff. We have the depth of resources necessary to pursue a successful car accident claim for you while placing as little burden on you as possible.
Contact Lindner Law LLC., in Columbus, Ohio. We’ll help you recover physically, emotionally and financially from your automobile accident injuries.
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Compensation for You After an Ohio Car Accident
After a car accident in Columbus that causes serious injuries, you will face expenses from hospitalization and medical treatment, as well and for repairing or replacing your vehicle. You will be out of work as you recover, and may lose income. Debilitating injuries may require ongoing care and make you unable to return to work. If an accident victim dies, their family faces funeral expenses and potentially the loss of a breadwinner.
As you turn to insurance for compensation promised to you in an accident, you’re likely to find it far less helpful than expected. Insurance policies are written to serve insurance companies, not consumers. Insurers prosper by paying less for claims than the insurance policies they issue say they will.
As your car accident attorneys, we would find all insurance coverage available to you and file claims on your behalf. Once insurers have received claims for compensation, we work to negotiate a proper settlement. When an appropriate settlement agreement is unattainable, we file a personal injury lawsuit (or multiple suits) on your behalf.
Filing a lawsuit begins the process of taking your car accident claim to court. However, the steps that follow in a lawsuit present additional opportunities to settle the case, and most car accident cases are settled out of court.
Like most states, Ohio requires motorists to obtain a certain amount of auto liability insurance. In Ohio the minimum amount of coverage required is:
- $25,000 in Bodily Injury Liability Coverage per person injured in any one accident,
- $50,000 for all persons injured in any one accident; and
- $25,000 in Property Damage Liability Coverage for injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.
A motorist may have additional coverage, but most people only buy the minimum required. Some drive illegally without auto insurance.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, such as whether multiple parties are legally responsible, compensation may be available through other types of insurance, such as commercial/business liability coverage or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM).
As we prepare your car accident claim, Lindner Law LLC., will account for all of your costs and losses. Under Ohio law, a personal injury claim may seek compensation for:
- Compensatory damages, or reimbursement for actual expenses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair bills
- Lost income
- Compensation for intangibles, such as:
- Mental anguish
If you have suffered a permanent injury, a jury can award additional damages (compensation) for disability and loss of future earning power.
An Ohio jury can award additional, punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, if it decides the defendant acted in an especially outrageous manner. Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers and to warn others that such conduct is unacceptable.
Ohio juries also work according to the doctrine of comparative negligence, which requires the jury to consider any negligence on the part of the plaintiff (injured party) and how it may have contributed to their injuries and losses.
The jury may reduce any compensation it awards according to the proportion of blame it assigns to the plaintiff, which is expressed as a percentage (i.e., 10%, 20%, 30%, etc.). A plaintiff found to bear a majority of responsibility for the accident (51% or more) does not receive damages.
As your attorneys, Lindner Law LLC., would work to mitigate the impact of any responsibility you have for the car accident and your injuries. We would also forcefully counter any false or exaggerated allegations made to put undue blame for the accident on you.
How We Develop Car Accident Claims
Lindner Law LLC., acts promptly to investigate car accidents and secure evidence required to develop solid personal injury cases. Having conducted a comprehensive investigation puts us in a position of strength as we negotiate with insurers or argue your case in court.
Our investigation of your car accident will seek to:
- Identify all parties legally responsible (liable) for the accident and your injuries.
- Identify all applicable insurance coverage held by parties liable for the accident.
- Calculate all of your costs and losses caused by the accident.
To identify parties liable for your car accident, we obtain and analyze such evidence as:
- Accident reports filed by police.
- Traffic tickets or additional charges filed, and any court judgments handed down.
- Statements from drivers, passengers and witnesses.
- Vehicle damage as depicted in photos, repair receipts or “total loss” declarations.
- Crash scene evidence, which may include debris; skid marks; damage to road signs, guardrails, the shoulder of the road, etc.; road conditions that may have contributed to the wreck; etc.
- Surveillance camera content, if available, which may have images of the crash.
- Event data recorder (EDR) downloads, which, if available, identify a vehicle’s speed, acceleration, braking, steering angle, air bag deployment, impacts with other objects, and other information from just before and during a crash.
- Drivers’ personal data. Information that includes time and date stamps from the other driver’s cellphone, social media accounts, debit and/or credit card accounts, job or school attendance records, etc., may show activities prior to a car crash that are indicators of distracted driving (e.g., phone calls, texting), drunk driving (bar receipts), fatigued driving (activity over an extended period), or other negligence.
Some of this evidence, including crash scene evidence and witness statements, must be obtained before it deteriorates or becomes lost, destroyed, or otherwise unavailable. For some, we must obtain court orders to have it preserved and made available to us.
When necessary, we work with accident reconstruction specialists, whose forensic work can explain complex wrecks and who provide us with reports and multimedia expert testimony in court.
With evidence compiled in our investigation, we can demonstrate who should be held liable for a car accident. Then, we may file claims naming multiple parties, such as:
- The other drivers.
- The driver’s employer, who may be held responsible if the driver at fault was on the job at the time of the accident.
- The owner of a bar or store where an underage or noticeably intoxicated driver bought alcoholic beverages.
- A state or local government entity responsible for defective road conditions that contributed to the accident, and contractors they employed.
- The manufacturer and distributor of a defective vehicle or part that caused your accident.
Another facet of our investigation is meant to gather evidence that demonstrates the scope of your economic and personal loss from the accident. This requires analysis of:
- Medical records connected to injuries suffered in the crash, from EMT / paramedic treatment at the crash scene, to emergency room treatment, hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation therapy, counseling, etc.
- Receipts for all bills or payments connected to your accident, such as for medical care, prescription and over-the-counter medication, vehicle repair or replacement, car rental or public transportation, household assistance during convalescence, assistive device rental (crutches, wheelchair, hospital bed, etc.), etc.
- Work records to identify income loss, such as pay stubs, contracts, benefits statements, correspondence, etc.
- Statements from you, family members and others close to you about the impact the accident and your injuries have made on you and your lifestyle.
We also have independent medical consultants review your medical records and provide us a written assessment of your injuries and prospects for recovery or your need for additional treatment or care in the future.
In cases of disability, we can ask life-care planning consultants to develop a long-term projection of the medical care needs and expenses you and your family face. We also work with economists who can calculate future economic losses of clients who have suffered disabling injuries that adversely affect earning capacity.
All of the investigative work above is on an as-needed basis. Lindner Law LLC., accepts car accident case of all kinds, and some are less complex than others. In some cases, legal responsibility for the accident is not in question, for example.
We do not run up expenses during investigations, nor do we rush through your claim just to settle and move on to the next case. We work as efficiently as possible, with a commitment to identifying and fighting for every bit of compensation you deserve.
How We Look Out for Your Needs During a Car Accident Claim
As we develop and pursue your car accident claim, we’ll strive to require as little from you as possible. Our staff will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve, and we’ll respond to your emails or phone calls the day we receive them, even if it’s a weekend.
Our first meeting with you to discuss your car accident and legal options will be at no cost and no obligation from you, even if you choose not to retain Lindner Law LLC., as your attorneys. We can meet for an initial consultation in our downtown Columbus offices or at any of our four other Ohio offices, or your home, hospital room, office, or elsewhere in Central Ohio, as you prefer.
If you retain Lindner Law LLC., as your attorneys, all of our services will be provided on a contingency-fee basis. This means you will not pay us anything unless and until we recover a monetary payment to you.
One of our investigators will begin immediately to locate and retrieve your damaged vehicle, and begin the process of filing your property damage claim. We can also obtain damage estimates, as required, and get your vehicle to the garage you specify for repairs. If needed, we can work with local car dealers to replace your vehicle.
We will obtain any police reports filed after your accident. We’ll also do the paperwork necessary to obtain medical records connected to your accident, and arrange to receive additional records going forward.
We will maintain a database to ensure that all evidence and paperwork in your case file is secure and readily available.
We will also prepare “notice of representation” letters for you. This correspondence advises insurers, creditors and others that Lindner Law LLC., represents you in a car accident claim, and that payment to you is anticipated. It also advises that that any questions or concerns they have should be directed to our firm, not to you.
We will be your legal advocates. At any point you may contact us or send others to us. In fact, in response to any question about your car accident, injuries or legal claim, we hope you’ll respond by referring the inquiry to Lindner Law LLC., and saying, “Please speak to my attorneys.”
Contact Your Columbus Car Accident Attorneys Today
Call Lindner Law LLC., in Columbus, Ohio, for attentive and dedicated legal services that will seek full compensation for your car accident injuries and other losses. We provide turnkey legal representation for car accident victims so they can focus on recovery instead of fighting with insurance companies.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation initial discussion of your car accident and how we can pursue compensation for you. We handle car accidents on a contingency-fee basis. You will not pay us unless we recover money for you.
We can also help people involved in motorcycle accidents.