Ohio Accident Attorney Patrick Merrick
Ohio car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, ATV accidents, slip/fall accidents - If you've been seriously injured in an accident, you may be facing difficult circumstances such as constant pain, huge medical bills, and an inability to work. If your injuries were caused by another person's fault and/or negligence, you may have the opportunity to hold that person responsible.
Ohio Attorney Patrick Merrick has guided clients to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages. Personal injury law allows the victims of accidents caused by the negligence of someone else to get compensation for their injuries and other losses. While most accidents in the workplace are covered by Ohio BWC workers' compensation law, most other types of accidents fall under personal injury law, including the following:
- Car, truck and other motor vehicle accidents
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Construction accidents
A person or company that is liable (to blame) for your accident usually has liability insurance from their insurance company. A personal injury claim should cover the following:
medical care and related expenses
lost income lost because of time spent unable to work or undergoing treatment for injuries permanent physical disability or disfigurement
loss of family, social, and educational experiences, including missed school or training, vacation, recreation, or special event
emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships - from the inability to care for children to psychological sexual dysfunction
Once liability has been proven, an insurance company will determine the amount of compensation. Generally, an insurance adjuster negotiates a claim by a "damages formula" that includes medical expenses as well as pain and suffering and other non-monetary losses, referred to as "general damages".
Types of injuries:
- also known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden physical damage to the brain. Some common causes of brain injury include auto accidents, bus accidents, sports injuries, domestic violence, and falls. Veterans who have served in active duty may also be brain injury victims. It does not apply to brain injuries that are hereditary, congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma, toxic substances, or disease-producing organisms. Personal injury settlements for brain injuries include a $6.6 million settlement for a young boy who was sitting in his stroller at a mall when a plexi-glass sign fell on his head, fracturing his skull and piercing the left side of his brain. In another personal injury settlement, a man was struck on the head by the side mirror of a passing truck while riding a bicycle. He received $2.4 million as a result of his brain injury.Birth Injury
- If correct medical procedures are not carried out by doctors, hospital and nurses during delivery, the child could be left with a devastating birth injury. Birth injury claims include cerebral palsy, nerve injury from forceps, spinal cord injury due to overstretching, drugs taken during pregnancy and more. Birth Injury lawsuit settlements include a number of Paxil birth defect
lawsuits. A personal injury settlement of $4.9M settlement was awarded to a couple in 2007 due to a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy.Back and Neck Injuries
- are the most common reasons for missed work. Possible consequences of back injury include paralysis (spinal cord injury or herniated disc), temporary or lifelong pain, suffering and discomfort, and general impairment of movement. Often, what is initially considered a minor accident can result in damage to the muscle, bone, the spinal cord and/or the discs between the vertebrae.