Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Cincinnati & All of Ohio
A personal injury lawyer at Burg Simpson can help you recover the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained in an accident. The negligence of another can turn your life upside down, leaving you with enormous medical expenses, the inability to work and care for your family, and countless other challenges.
Burg Simpson Ohio is committed to representing the rights and interests of personal injury victims. Reasons to choose our firm include:
- Billions of Dollars in Results. We have successfully recovered more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients.
- Large-firm resources. We have a team of lawyers and staff dedicated to serving injured people, as well as extensive relationships with experts who can help us build your case.
- Award-winning attorneys. Our personal injury lawyers have been recognized as top litigators and trial attorneys by multiple organizations for many years running.
Ohio personal injury law provides you with limited time to pursue the compensation you deserve. We urge you to contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Burg Simpson as soon as possible.
For a FREE and confidential case evaluation, please call Burg Simpson at 513-852-5600 today. Our personal injury lawyers serve clients in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Insurance companies are formidable adversaries. Although an individual, a corporation, or another entity may be directly responsible for your injuries, the majority of personal injury claims will involve going up against one or more large and powerful insurers.
The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson have extensive experience holding defendants and insurance companies accountable for accidents. Hiring an injury lawyer has the following benefits:
- Comprehensive support for your case. It is not uncommon for the victims of personal injury to be unsure whether or not they have grounds for legal action. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case for free and identify one or more avenues for pursuing fair compensation.
- Thorough investigation. When you hire Burg Simpson, we start investigating the accident promptly. Our team has the knowledge and resources to determine who is at fault and gather the evidence needed to prove your case.
- Obtaining expert testimony. Serious personal injury claims may require testimony from multiple expert witnesses. Burg Simpson has cultivated positive relationships with leading experts across multiple fields.
- Calculating the full value of your personal injury case. One of the biggest obstacles you will face in trying to handle your own personal injury claim is accurately accounting for the damages you have incurred to date, as well as the money it will take to address your needs and requirements in the future. A personal injury lawyer will have the experience and resources to assess the totality of your losses.
- Negotiating a fair settlement. Another major advantage of hiring a personal injury lawyer is having an advocate who can handle negotiations with the insurance companies. Insurers take advantage of claimants who represent themselves, but an attorney can negotiate on your behalf with the goal of reaching the highest settlement possible.
- Taking your case to trial. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve. Although a settlement is still possible (maybe even probable) at this point, your case may ultimately go to trial. If this happens, you need a trial attorney with proven experience in personal injury law to present your case in court.
As you can see, there are a number of reasons you need a personal injury attorney to handle your claim. Resources, results, and reputation matter when choosing a personal injury lawyer.
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Burg Simpson is recognized throughout Ohio and nationwide for our experience and expertise in personal injury litigation. Our Cincinnati personal injury lawyers are also award-winning trial attorneys who thoroughly prepare cases for trial and successfully represent our clients in the courtroom.
Personal Injury Claims We Handle
There are many different circumstances that can lead to an accident. You need to prove that you suffered a personal injury as a result of another’s negligence.
Personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson have experience representing clients with a wide range of injuries. Our firm’s primary focus is serving those with a serious or catastrophic injury. You should consult an attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one suffered any of the following:
These and other serious injuries can occur in a multitude of different accidents. Common grounds for a personal injury case include:
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Farming Transportation Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Premises Liability
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Daycare Injuries
Did your loved one die in an accident? You may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim.
No amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of a member of your family. However, Burg Simpson can seek to recover the damages you and your loved ones have sustained in the wake of your loved one’s passing.
What Do I Need to Prove in a Personal Injury Claim?
Most personal injury claims in Ohio are founded on the concept of negligence. “Negligence” is the legal term for the failure of one party to exercise a reasonable level of care toward another party.
A personal injury lawyer will need to prove the following elements of negligence for your claim to succeed:
- Duty of care. The duty of care is the obligation placed on one party for the safety of others. For example, motorists have a duty to obey the rules of the road and drive safely, property owners have a duty to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition, etc.
- Breach of duty. Evidence must show that the action or inaction of the defendant constitutes a breach of the duty of care owed to you. For example, driving in excess of the posted speed limit is generally considered negligent, and the driver can be held liable for injuries and damages in the event of an accident.
- Causation. Your attorney will need to present evidence showing that the defendant’s negligence led to your injuries.
- Damages. Finally, a personal injury lawyer must establish that you have sustained damages as a result of your injuries. Personal injury damages may be economic (i.e., financial losses) or non-economic (i.e., loss of the quality and enjoyment of life) in nature.
Evidence in a Personal Injury Case
Multiple forms of evidence may be necessary to satisfy each of the elements of your case. At Burg Simpson, our personal injury attorneys know what evidence needs to be collected for your claim to succeed.
Our Cincinnati personal injury lawyers will gather any and all evidence necessary to win your case. This may include:
- Eyewitness statements
- Photos of the accident scene and your injuries
- Medical records
- Electronic data
- Video footage
- Police reports and any additional reports from investigating agencies
- Expert witness testimony
In addition to establishing the negligence of the party or parties at fault, strong evidence is also required to support the damages you pursue in your personal injury claim. Every dollar you demand must be accounted for.
The personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson delve into the medical bills, insurance paperwork, and other documents to fully account for your losses. We combine this documentary evidence with witness testimony to provide compelling proof for the compensation you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to Sue for Personal Injury in Ohio?
Personal injury claims in Ohio are subject to a time limit known as the statute of limitations. You have a maximum of 2 years after an injury occurs to pursue compensation for personal injury (see Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10).
In the majority of cases, the statute of limitations begins on the date the injury occurs. With this in mind, there is no time to lose when it comes to taking legal action. You should speak to an Ohio personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and ensure that you do not lose the opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries.
What Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Serious injuries often result in significant damages. A personal injury lawyer at Burg Simpson will evaluate your injuries as well as (a) the losses you have sustained to date and (b) the losses you will experience in the future.
You may be entitled to compensation for the following:
Economic damages are the losses you suffer as a result of a personal injury with a quantifiable monetary value. Serious injuries are expensive, both in terms of the cost of recovery and the loss of income.
At Burg Simpson, our personal injury attorneys will evaluate all of your economic damages and seek fair compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- All lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity (i.e., the loss of future income)
- Damage to personal property
- Any out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury, such as travel for medical care, the cost of medical equipment and assistive devices, etc.
There is no limit on the amount of economic damages that can be recovered in an Ohio personal injury claim. It is crucial to retain a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer who can accurately assess all of the losses in your case and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
Serious injuries impact more than just your bank balance. They may involve significant physical, mental, and emotional hardships that can affect all areas of your life.
Non-economic damages that may be recovered in your personal injury claim include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
Ohio imposes a cap of (a) $250,000 or (b) three times the award for economic damages (whichever is greater) on compensation for non-economic loss in personal injury claims. The damages cap is removed, however, if the plaintiff suffers (a) “Permanent and substantial physical deformity, loss of use of a limb, or loss of a bodily organ system” or (b) “Permanent physical functional injury that permanently prevents the injured person from being able to independently care for self and perform life-sustaining activities” (see Ohio Revised Code § 2315.18).
Your personal injury lawyer will review your medical records, talk to your doctors, and consult expert witnesses to collect evidence of a permanent injury or deformity. Compelling evidence of such an injury can help our attorneys maximize your compensation for non-economic damages.
Punitive damages are a special category of compensation that may only be awarded if the following conditions apply:
“(1) The actions or omissions of that defendant demonstrate malice or aggravated or egregious fraud, or that defendant as principal or master knowingly authorized, participated in, or ratified actions or omissions of an agent or servant that so demonstrate.”
“(2) The trier of fact has returned a verdict or has made a determination … of the total compensatory damages recoverable by the plaintiff from that defendant.”
Trials in which punitive damages are sought are divided into two parts. In the first phase, the court must find in favor of the plaintiff and award compensatory damages. Only then can evidence be introduced in the second phase of “malice or aggravated or egregious fraud” on the part of the defendant.
Punitive damages are generally limited to two times the compensatory damages awarded to the plaintiff. If the defendant is an individual or a small employer (defined as any business with fewer than 100 full-time employees or, if the employer is a manufacturer, fewer than 500 full-time employees), punitive damages are limited to whichever is the lower of (a) two times the amount of compensatory damages or (b) 10% of the defendant’s net worth, subject to a maximum of $350,000.
As you can see, punitive damages may only be recovered in very limited circumstances. If you have been seriously injured, however, it is in your best interest to pursue all of the compensation that can be recovered in your case. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Burg Simpson can evaluate your case for free, determine if the actions of the defendant(s) meet the threshold for punitive damages, and discuss whether it is worth taking your case to trial.
Contact a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer Today
It is difficult to know what to do or where to turn after an accident. You might see ads for any number of personal injury lawyers, but which firm is right for you?
Burg Simpson is an acclaimed law firm with a national reputation for excellence. We have recovered more than $2 billion on behalf of our clients in personal injury cases.
A history of verdicts and settlements is certainly important, but it isn’t the only reason to hire us. The large size of our firm enables us to provide clients with all-encompassing support and resources, but we never lose sight of our mission to represent each client’s individual needs, goals, and interests.
You can count on Burg Simpson to be all-in when it comes to winning your personal injury case. We also provide personalized guidance and advice every step of the way.
Please call Burg Simpson at 513-852-5600 today for a FREE and confidential case evaluation. Our personal injury lawyers serve clients in Cincinnati and all of Ohio.