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  • I got a huge second degree burn on ne about 5 inches long 2 .5 inches wide at work. Due to a faulty oven door do i have a case ?

    Boss and everyone knows about oven door problem, now i have a huge burn taking over my arm

    Thomas’s Answer

    It is unlikely that you could bring a direct claim against your employer because your claim should be covered under the Ohio Worker's Compensation system. Make sure that your employer has documented your injury and filed the proper paperwork with Worker's Comp. If you develop significant scarring, you may qualify for a compensatory award through Worker's Comp. If you wish to discuss your rights and claim in further detail, you should schedule a conference with a Worker's Comp lawyer. Best Wishes.

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  • I received a concussion and a lower back strain what should the minimum settlement be

    Was in a motorcycle accident, the other driver was sited

    Thomas’s Answer

    Best to discuss your claim with an injury attorney. They will be able to advise you on how to proceed.

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  • Do I need a lawyer before talking with them or should I cancel until I can get one? Or is this routine and I can go without one

    I was in a car accident on tuesday night where I had a concussion and cuts/bruises. I was t-boned and flipped over. I needed to be cut out of the car, front windshield had to be broken by firefighters, and the steering wheel cut off to unpin me. I...

    Thomas’s Answer

    This sounds like a serious collision. I would strongly recommend you speak with an attorney before you have any further contact with any insurer representatives. It is way to soon for them to make any reasonable offers to you, because no one knows the full extent of your injuries and how well you will heal. Because these types of claims involve many complex issues, I would strongly discourage you from attempting to resolve this matter on your own. Insurance companies are only looking out for their own interests, not yours. They are likely to offer you a very quick $1,000 or $1,500 and a promise to take care of your medical expenses to make this go away. That is not likely in your best interests. Use the AVVO find a lawyer tool to find someone to help you with this matter. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  • Will I be reasonably reimbursed by my insurance company, can I use an attorney in this type of case?

    Just over 90 days ago I was rear ended, police report was done and driver ticketed. He is uninsured. I have $100,000 uninsured coverage with state farm. I have had $5000 in damage to car, still not fixed right. Have kept a diary of back pain, le...

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    Sorry to hear of your ordeal. Unfortunately, insurance companies are no longer willing to offer reasonable settlements without being forced to do so. You should speak with an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney immediately, preferably one with a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating. An experienced injury attorney will be able to review the facts and advise you on how to proceed with your claim.
    Because these types of claims involve many complex issues, I would strongly discourage you from attempting to resolve this matter on your own. Insurance companies are only looking out for their own interests, not yours. They are likely to offer you a very quick, low dollar settlement and a promise to take care of your medical expenses to make this go away. That is not likely in your best interests, especially given the impact this is having on your employment. Also, you should not speak with representatives of the insurance company without first speaking with an attorney.
    Generally, these cases are taken on a contingent fee basis, which means you would not be required to pay any upfront fees to your attorney. Best wishes

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  • What is a reasonable settlement for receiving the wrong prescription which resulted in a hospital stay?

    I was hospitalized for eight days due to an overdose of medication because a prescription was filled incorrectly. The pharmacy is offering a settlement and I have no idea what is a reasonable amount. Could you help me?

    Thomas’s Answer

    Sorry to hear of your ordeal. You should speak with an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney immediately, preferably one with a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating. An experienced injury attorney will be able to review the facts, help you evaluate your claim and determine the best way to proceed.
    Because these types of claims involve many complex issues, I would strongly discourage you from attempting to resolve this matter on your own. The pharmacy and its insurance company are only looking out for their own interests, not yours. They are likely to offer you a very quick small settlement and a promise to take care of your medical expenses to make this go away. That is not likely in your best interests. Also, you should not speak with representatives of the insurance companies without first speaking with an attorney. They will try to use any information gather from you against you.
    Generally, these cases are taken on a contingent fee basis, which means you would not be required to pay any upfront fees to your attorney. You should continue to follow your doctors' advice and get any follow-up treatment necessary. You should contact an experienced attorney ASAP. Best wishes.

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  • We were told by our attorney that tomorrow, we will receive an answer from the company we are suing. What does this mean?

    My husband was severely injured by wet cement last month. Along with the company drivers signing my husbands name, and leaving the receipt in the fence post (not physically giving it to him), we sued due to liability and injuries my husband sustai...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You should address this question and any others you may have to your attorney. They should be willing to explain the process and answer all of your questions. An Answer is a formal response to a Complaint that is filed with the Court when a law suit has been filed. Best wishes.

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  • I was in a traffic accident in Ohio in 2013. Our lawyers have received our settlement. We've been told we have to repay ins.

    Since we were the victims, we are being told the subrogration lien is coming out of OUR settlement. Since apparently, the person driving the other car was not insured, but his brother who OWNED the car was. My mother died 3 times in the ER the d...

    Thomas’s Answer

    It sounds like you or your mother have a very high dollar case, but there is simply a lack of auto insurance to cover all of your losses. Unless the other driver has some significant assets, which is unlikely, you will not be able to recover anything other than their insurance money. Even if you sued and obtained a judgment for a Million Dollars, they would have to have money or property for you to collect. If they do not, they could simply avoid it by filing bankruptcy.
    Spend some time going over this with your attorney so you understand completely what is owed to Medicare and Medicaid. Even if your attorney can negotiate a reasonable reduction on the liens, it sounds like you/your mother are still going to be left with a very small amount of money. One of the greatest thing you can do is help your friends, family, neighbors and the community at large by telling everyone you know about your experience as a cautionary tale and preach to them how important it is to have their own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage at a limit high enough to protect themselves. As you have learned $100,000 does not go very far when a serious injury occurs. Very few people carry sufficient underinsured coverage. Sorry to hear of your ordeal. Wishing the best for you and your family.

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  • My daughter was in a car accident a couple of days ago. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance and released today...

    She was a passenger in a vehicle that hydro-planed and slammed into a tree. (Lucky to be alive.) The airbag deployed, her teeth were cracked, her body is sore....The vehicle was rented but she was not the driver. The insurance company is telling h...

    Thomas’s Answer

    She needs to get an experienced injury lawyer ASAP to handle the claim and stop talking to the insurance company representatives. The attorney can explore what insurance coverage may be available to assist her. There may be other sources than the drivers policy. Best wishes.

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  • My daughter was involved in an minor accident.She called police.they showed up.Now got a letter says she hit and run.

    They want her to come in and question her.Do i need a lawyer.I guess in this city you have to drive to station and fill out report but she thought police did at scene.Its ironic because other driver did leave the scene.

    Thomas’s Answer

    You should speak with a local attorney that handles traffic and criminal matters before your daughter speaks with police. I would recommend you do so ASAP to try to get in front of any issues. Best wishes.

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  • Do I need a person injury lawyer?

    I was bitten on Friday June 20th in my neighborhood. I was seen in Er and now need surgery to amputate my finger at the 1st digit. My dog was bitten also and needed to see her Vet.

    Thomas’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your circumstances. This sounds like a significant bite. You should definitely consult with an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney. Dog bite claims can be more complex than they seem and often have a higher settlement value that people would assume. If you do not know the owner of the other dog, you will need someone to investigate promptly.
    Be sure to take a lot of photos of your wounds and subsequent scars. Most insurers will try to buy you off quickly by offering a few thousand dollars plus your medical expenses. Don’t fall victim to that trick, your claim is likely much more valuable.
    You will quickly run into issues of who is paying for your medical treatment. Most assume that the dog owner’s insurer will pay their bills as they are incurred, but that is generally not true. It is likely that your own health insurance will need to cover your immediate care expenses and you may then have an obligation to repay your health insurance company from any amounts you received from the dog owner's insurance. There are many other important issues with which an experienced Ohio injury attorney can assist you.
    Generally, these cases are taken on a contingent fee basis, which means you would not be required to pay any upfront fees. Lastly, I would encourage you not to communicate directly with the dog owners insurance company. Retain experienced counsel, someone in Ohio with a 10.0 Avvo rating, and let them handle this matter for you. Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

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