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The Daniel L. Jacobs, Jr., LLC Law Firm principally focuses our efforts and resources on the area of tort law, which is also know as personal injury law. It allows an injured person to be properly compensated financially or “made whole” after one has suffered harm due to someone’s negligence, carelessness, or deliberate conduct. If need be, it also allows an injured person to go to civil court and get a legal remedy for all losses stemming from an accident or other incidents. Personal injury cases involve car accidents, slip and fall incidents, medical malpractice, assault and battery, among other type of cases. Although, as a firm, we handle all areas of tort law, the majority of our clients have cases dealing with auto vehicle accidents. Many of our clients have questions pertaining to the settlement process and timeline for these type of cases, and this article is to help alleviate some of the confusion that comes with what can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life.

An accident is unfortunately the start of this story, but the first question that arises after this is “Is it necessary to report this car accident?” It is not always required to file a Crash Report with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, but if someone was injured, there is at least $400 worth of property damage, or if the driver or owner of the vehicle in the accident does not have car insurance or acceptable financial responsibility coverage then a report must be filed. A report is filed when the police are involved, and it is very important that the police officer obtains all information from both parties. If someone is seriously injured, do go to an emergency room or seek treatment immediately. The next step in the process would be to file a claim with the person’s insurance company who is responsible for causing the accident. In Ohio, drivers are required to carry liability car insurance to help pay for injuries and property damage from an accident. Ohio is an at-fault car insurance state, meaning that the person at fault is responsible for all losses and damages. Although it may be clear who is at fault but in many cases, both parties may feel the other is at responsible, and this is where our firm or any lawyer can initially help. With all information present, such as the crash report, pictures, statements from both parties, as well as any other information pertaining to the accident, a lawyer can help adjusters determine who is actually at fault.

Once you have established fault and contacted the proper insurance company, you can either settle your claim or attend physical therapy or receive medical treatment for any lingering injuries that occur. The Daniel L. Jacobs, Jr., LLC Law Firm can help our clients find a physical therapist to try to help alleviate all injuries so they do not linger for longer periods of time. The settlement process can be a long and tedious process but again, our firm is here to help our clients through this by taking matters into our hands and out of yours. We request all necessary records and statements, negotiate and keep contact with the adjusters, while also communicating with you throughout the process. It is vital that that all medical treatment pertaining to the accident is completed before settling your case so it can be covered by the insurance of the person at fault. Once a settlement demand package is sent to an adjuster, it can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for an adjuster to evaluate damages and make settlement offers. If the settlement offer is unfair and an appeal is made to a claims supervisor which also is still unreasonable, we file a written complaint with the Ohio Department of Insurance or go to court and sue the other driver, although most cases do not reach all the way to trial.

The “perfect” timeline for an auto accident case, meaning the insurance company accept liability right away, medical records and statements are sent and received promptly, and the settlement demand package is sent, reviewed, and negotiated punctually, can still take over 3 months. But, most cases take longer due to a variety of reasons but hiring a lawyer to represent you in this matter can help manage the anxiety that comes with accidents while also ensuring that you are fairly compensated for any medical treatment as well as for your pain and suffering. The law firm of Daniel L. Jacobs is made up of experienced and dedicated lawyers who will always fight for you, help you through tough times following the accident, and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Attorney Jacobs believes that everyone deserves a lawyer and always strives to achieve the best available legal outcomes for his clients. Attorney Jacobs cannot make promises as to what legal outcome he will be able to achieve for his clients; however, Attorney Jacobs can promise you that the care and concern he will show for you and your legal needs will be second to none. If you sustained a personal injury, the law firm of Daniel L. Jacobs Jr. LLC and Attorney Jacobs are here to assist you.

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