Personal Injury FAQ

Get Answers To Your Personal Injury Questions

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to personal injury law. Victims of serious accidents can be left without the resources they need to pay medical bills, replace lost wages and move forward if they accept bad advice. Getting the right information when you need it is vital. At Rittgers & Rittgers, we fight to protect people who have been injured by the negligence or carelessness of others. Contact us online or call us at 513-932-2115 to schedule a free initial consultation.

If you are not ready to call a personal injury lawyer, you still need answers to your questions. Here are a few things we have heard from people who were thinking about hiring an attorney.

Won't Insurance Pay My Costs?

Not voluntarily. Insurance companies do not make money by being generous. They will pay you as little as they can to make you go away. If they can pay you less than you deserve, that is a win for them. If you are wondering why we have insurance, there are many benefits despite the challenges involved in getting compensation after an accident.

Insurance companies — yours and that of the person who caused your injuries — are not on your side. They are about minimizing costs. No insurance company will offer you more than you deserve under the terms of your contract. Few, if any, will offer you a fair amount if they think you will accept less. A personal injury attorney is often necessary just to get the insurance companies to live up to their contractual agreements. We also offer a more in depth discussion about whether it is worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

The short answer is that we won't know until we thoroughly review your situation. M factors affect how much money you are entitled to after an accident. To learn more, visit our page on personal injury valuation.

Which Costs Are Covered Under Personal Injury Law?

This, too, depends on the specifics of your case, but in general, you can seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Disability accommodation expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs and other future medical expenses
  • Cost of property damaged or destroyed in the accident

For a more detailed answer, please visit our page on personal injury damages.

What Should I Look For In An Attorney?

Many attorneys advertise their services in the area of personal injury. Choosing the right one can be difficult. Ask your attorney about experience with cases like yours. Some attorneys focus on car accident representation. Others handle premises liability or defective product claims. The key is to find a lawyer or law firm with the resources, dedication and experience to get you all the compensation you deserve.

Will My Case End Up In Court?

The vast majority of personal injury claims filed in court don't actually go through a full trial. In most cases, both parties can agree on a fair settlement without the expense, time and unpredictability of a trial. The problem is that an insurance company has less incentive to negotiate fairly with someone who is afraid to make his or her case in court. Your lawyer must be prepared to go to court to make sure that you get what you deserve. If a law firm never goes to trial, that might be a sign that it is willing to accept less than a full and fair result for you.

What If I Don't Know Who Caused My Accident?

Assigning blame for an accident is not always straightforward. If you were rear-ended, it might not be the fault of the driver who hit you. Legally, many accidents are the result of negligence by two or more people. A series of mistakes can add up to a single tragedy.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury, you should speak to an attorney. At the very least, that attorney can give you an educated opinion about whether you are entitled to damages under the law. You don't have to know all the details in advance. What matters is to get the process started as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Ohio Personal Injury Resources

There are countless situations where the right information can help injured individuals and families when they need it most. Our goal is to help Ohio residents get the answers they need in a timely manner. Here are a few more topics that might help you resolve your personal injury situation:

If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact us for an evaluation of your case. With offices in Lebanon, West Chester and Cincinnati, we have experience handling personal injury cases all over Ohio. Call us today to learn more.