Many law firms, including our own handle injury claims on a contingent fee basis. That is, our fee is contingent on successfully settling your claim. If you do not win, then you will not be asked to pay any attorney’s fees. And, of course, when your claim is settled, your attorney’s fees will be an agreed percentage of the total recovery.
If your only expense is the cost of repair of your car and the other party or his insurance carrier is willing to pay your repair bills, then probably not. But, if you required hospital or a doctor’s care, then it would be wise to consult an attorney in order to find out what recovery you are entitled to. In any event, even if an attorney charges you a small consultation fee, it should prove to be money well spent.
Remember, your claim can only be settled once. Your attorney will help you decide what a fair settlement should be considering not only your current medical problems and expenses, but also those which you might incur in the future.
Ohio law provides compensation for various types of losses suffered in automobile accidents. For example, you are entitled to have your car repaired or replaced, depending on its value, and you may be entitled to be reimbursed for your lost earnings and medical bills even if you were paid by other health insurance. You may also be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering incurred as a result of your injuries. Also your husband or wife may also have a claim for what is called loss of consortium.