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THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS GIVEN FOR FOR POTENTIAL PERSONAL INJURIY
If you have been in an accident, or a
family member has been injured or killed in a crash or some other
incident, you have many important decisions to make. We believe it
is important for you to consider the following:
1. Make and
keep records - If your situation involves a motor vehicle crash, regardless
of who may be at fault, it is helpful to obtain a copy of the police
report, learn the identity of any witnesses, and obtain photographs
of the scene, vehicles, and any visible injuries. Keep copies of
receipts of all your expenses and medical care related to the incident.
You do not have to sign anything - You may not want to give an interview
or recorded statement without first consulting with an attorney,
because the statement can be used against you. If you may be at fault
or have been charged with a traffic or other offense, it may be advisable
to consult an attorney right away. However, if you have insurance,
your insurance policy probably requires you to cooperate with your
insurance company and to provide a statement to the company. If you
fail to cooperate with your insurance company, it may void your coverage.
3. Your interests
versus interests of insurance company - Your interests
and those of the other person's insurance company are in conflict.
Your interests may also be in conflict with your own insurance company.
Even if you are not sure who is at fault, you should contact your
own insurance company and advise the company of the incident to protect
your insurance coverage.
is a time limit to file an insurance claim - Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to
time limits. You should ask what time limits apply to your claim.
You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.
5. Get it
in writing - You may want to request that any offer of settlement
from anyone be put in writing, including a written explanation of
the type of damages which they are willing to cover.
assistance may be appropriate - You may consult with an attorney before you
sign any document or release of claims. A release may cut off all
future rights against others, obligate you to repay past medical
bills or disability benefits, or jeopardize future benefits. If your
interests conflict with your own insurance company, you always have
the right to discuss the matter with an attorney of your choice,
which may be at your own expense.
7. How to
find an attorney - If
you need professional advice about a legal problem but do not know
an attorney, you may wish to check with relatives, friends, neighbors,
your employer or co-workers who may be able to recommend an attorney.
Your local bar association may have a lawyer referral service that
can be found in the Yellow Pages.
a lawyer's qualifications - Before hiring any lawyer, you have the right to know the lawyer's
background, training, and experience in dealing with cases similar
9. How much
will it cost? - In deciding whether to hire
a particular lawyer, you should discuss, and the lawyer's written
fee agreement should reflect:
a. How is the lawyer to be paid? If
you already have a settlement offer, how will that affect a contingent
b. How are the expenses involved in your case, such
as telephone calls, deposition costs, and fees for expert witnesses,
to be paid? Will these costs be advanced by the lawyer or charged
to you as they are incurred? Since you may be obligated to pay all
expenses even if you lose your case, how will payment be arranged?
Who will handle your case? If the case goes to trial, who will be
the trial attorney?
This information is not intended as a complete
description of your legal rights, but as a checklist of some of the
important issues you should consider.
*THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO,
WHICH GOVERNS THE CONDUCT OF LAWYERS IN THE STATE OF OHIO, NEITHER
PROMOTES NOR PROHIBITS THE DIRECT SOLICITATION OF PERSONAL INJURY
VICTIMS. THE COURT DOES REQUIRE THAT, IF SUCH A SOLICITATION IS MADE,
IT MUST INCLUDE THE ABOVE DISCLOSURE.