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FAQ about Car Accidents

If I am a passenger, can I sue the negligent driver?

Yes, if you do not have insurance, the car in which you were a passenger may be held responsible for any lost wages and medical bills. If you have insurance, then you should make a claim with them. Still, an attorney can help you get the maximum settlement that you are entitled to.

For small auto accidents, you may not. But, for major accidents with medical costs and financial losses, an attorney can help you get the full reimbursement from the insurance company. Consult with a personal injury lawyer that handles all legal paperwork, meetings, court appearances and negotiations to settle your case.

While a lawsuit can be the start of legal proceedings, most car accidents are resolved without a trial. But, if a fair settlement cannot be reached, partner with an attorney that is skilled and successful in courtroom litigation. Most car accident cases are settled by binding arbitration, mediation and negotiations.

It is always best to contact the insurance company as soon as possible when filing a claim. Most states, like Ohio will allow two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. There are also exceptions to statutes of limitations, so it is always advised to consult with an attorney.

FAQ about Dog Bites

Under Ohio law, the dog’s owner is responsible for all costs and any expenses that are directly related to being bitten. There are exceptions if you were harassing, tormenting or teasing the dog.

Our attorneys work hard to collect all compensation due to our clients, including lost wages (if any work was missed), medical expenses, damaged clothing or personal property, and any pain and suffering as a result of the trauma.

If you plan to file a personal injury claim, it is best not to discuss your case with the dog’s owner. Instead, contact our office for a free consultation about your options to recover all your expenses. With dog bites especially, pain and suffering is often a large part of the case, so it is advisable not to speak with the owners.

An attorney may be able to reach a settlement for you within ninety days, but sometimes the severity of the physical injuries and any disputes of ownership may lengthen the time frame. And if you were bitten by a dog while working at someone’s property, you may also be entitled to workers’ compensation.

The attack is usually reported to law enforcement, but the dog is generally not put down. Often the dog is placed on a “potentially dangerous dog” list. If the attack was severe or if the dog poses a threat to society, then a decision to impound or euthanize the dog will be made by the courts.

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Contact Sandel Law Firm for a free consultation about your car accident questions. We are uniquely positioned to deal with insurance companies as I have worked directly as an attorney and claims adjuster for a major insurance company. For your convenience you can contact us directly through our website. We have offices in Akron/Canton and Cleveland.

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