The Statute of Limitation (SOL) for an auto accident in Ohio is 2 years from the date of the collision. That means you must either settle your claim or file a lawsuit by the 2 year anniversary of the accident or be forever barred from pursuing the claim and making a monetary recovery. However, the SOL is tolled until a minor reaches age 18. Accordingly, your minor daughter has until her 20th birthday to either settle or file a lawsuit. If you are not happy with the offer, contact an...
In Ohio, contrary to popular belief, the law holds that property owners/occupiers are not liable to those injured because of natural accumulations of ice and/or snow. Generally, there is no common law duty to remove snow and ice. The rationale is that people know or should know that ice/snow is a hazard during winter months. The burden has been placed on you to keep a reasonable lookout and not on the property owner to remove or warn of the associated dangers of snow/ice. There is an exception...
Medicaid has a statutory lien against any recovery you receive on behalf of the at-fault party. You must pay Mediciad back if you receive a settlement. I suggest that you contact an attorney to negotiate a settlement that satisfies Medicaid's lien and provides you with compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses. Best of luck!
As way of background, Ohio law applies strict liability against the owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog if it causes injury to another. Beyond the fact that this claim seems questionable, there are defenses to strict liability, including criminal trespass. If you have homeowner's insurance, you should immediately report the claim and let it be investigated. Best of luck to you!
You are entitled to the fair market value of your car or the cost of repairs, whichever is less. If the car is a total loss, you can also make an additional claim for the tax on the sale. You should ask for a copy of the appraisal to make sure it takes into account your vehicle's additional options. Ordinary maintenance items usually do not add value to the vehicle. You can negotiate with the insurance company but you will need evidence that the car is worth more than the offer. Best of luck to you!
While your sister-in-law does not have to report the bite, it is always a good idea to have a report of the incident, especially if the dog has a history of being aggressive. She may be precluded from making a liability claim for injuries because she would be considered a "keeper" of the dog at the time of the injury. It is always best to consult directly with an attorney to discuss the details of the incident. Best of luck to her.
In Ohio, you do not actually need to sustain a bite in order to make a claim for personal injuries against the dog owners as long as the dog was the proximate cause of your injuries. Generally, landlords will not liable to you as harborers of the dog expect for in very limited circumstances. I suggest you contact an attorney to discuss the facts of your case in more detail. Best of luck to you.