Personal injury cases are as unique as the people they involve, and we will never lose sight of this while representing you in your fight for the compensation you deserve. Throughout each step in the process of your case, we will ensure that your questions are answered, your concerns are heard, and that you are fully informed prior to making any decisions. Read on for a brief overview of our main areas of focus within personal injury law, and learn how our attorneys can expedite the process of getting you back to your life in Canfield, OH.
The average semi-trailer truck is about twenty times as heavy as the average passenger vehicle, which means they are not only difficult to maneuver, but also require significantly greater stopping distances. Truck drivers are required to work long hours without rest, and are often incentivized to complete deliveries as quickly as possible. In conjunction with a number of other factors unique to the trucking industry, these conditions set the stage for catastrophic accidents and injuries.
Unfortunately, thousands of trucking accidents occur in Ohio each year, with many of them taking place in the Youngstown/Warren area. A personal injury attorney who has experience with truck accident cases will know where to look for the most compelling evidence that will serve your case. This includes going beyond the routine collection of evidence that occurs in an ordinary auto accident investigation to obtain records from the truck’s communication system, documentation showing whether or not the driver complied with mandatory break and rest period policies, information regarding the truck driver’s training history, and copies of all maintenance logs and inspection reports.
Accidents Involving Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists
As of 2015, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has estimated that 12.4 percent of Ohio drivers do not have any form of auto insurance. What does this mean for you? If you sustain injuries in an accident caused by one of these drivers, then you could be left to pay for the expenses—including all of your past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and vehicle repairs. Even if the at-fault driver was carrying insurance, you could still be left to pay the difference between the coverage limits of their policy and your expenses. If you have been injured in an auto accident and suspect that the at-fault driver’s auto coverage will be insufficient to cover your damages, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can discuss the laws that apply to drivers in Canfield, OH regarding minimum insurance requirements, and explore all options for compensation, such as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Motorcyclists enjoy what they do for a reason: there’s a sense of liberation and excitement that’s unique to the experience of riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, it is not without risk. In addition to the fact that motorcyclists have very little bodily protection while riding, they are often overlooked by other drivers who simply aren’t “expecting” to see a motorcycle. For these reasons, motorcycle accidents occur often and almost always result in very serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, hire a personal injury attorney who will not only maximize your recovery, but deal with the at-fault party’s insurance company so you don’t have to, and ensure that you avoid the many pitfalls in these types of claims in Canfield, OH.
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you may be wondering whether or not you can recover for the damages. You may even feel hesitant to take legal action, assuming that if it’s only a small wound, it will resolve within a few days. However, this would be a mistake, as even a small puncture wound from an animal can lead to scarring or a dangerous infection within a couple of days. Unfortunately, the severity of an animal attack injury—both physically and psychologically—will often leave no question as to whether or not medical and legal help are necessary.
Ohio law allows a victim of a dog bite to bring a lawsuit against the liable party on one of two bases: strict liability, or negligence. In a strict liability case, the injured party may receive compensation for their damages without proving that the liable party’s negligence led to the attack, and in a negligence case, the injured party must show that negligence on behalf of the liable party was to blame. Cases made on the basis of negligence could result in punitive damages if there is evidence of gross or intentional negligence on behalf of the liable party. To explore your options for maximizing your recovery, contact a Canfield, OH personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Other Types Of Cases Handled By The Attorneys At Elizabeth A. Bernard LLC In Canfield, OH
In addition to the above-mentioned types of personal injury cases, Elizabeth Bernard has extensive experience handling cases involving slip-and-fall injuries, injuries to children, and wrongful death claims. For a comprehensive overview of your particular situation, don’t hesitate to reach out today.