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Car accidents can be traumatizing, so if you can be prepared for what’s to come next, you may be able to cope better with what has happened, is happening, and may happen next regarding your collision. 

With that in mind, we have provided a brief compilation of frequently asked questions former car accident survivors had in terms of the claims process and what they could expect from a civil lawsuit. If you have additional questions that have not been answered on this page, contact our office to further discuss the individual details of your case with a Columbus car accident lawyer

Will I have to go to court?

There are many factors that will be taken into consideration when determining whether you’ll have to go to court. Some of these factors include how negotiations with the insurance company go, what the limits of the liable party’s policy are, who is liable for the accident, how the accident occurred, and more. 

In some cases, the insurer is able to settle a claimant’s claim fairly. But often, they can’t or will refuse to settle reasonably. At that point, heading to court may be the best way to obtain the compensation you need to rebuild your life following the car accident. 

What will happen if I contributed to the accident?

Many injury victims are afraid to come forward with a lawsuit because they feel as though they don’t have grounds for a lawsuit. One of the most common reasons for these assumptions is when a survivor shares fault for the cause of the accident. Some survivors believe that sharing fault means they aren’t entitled to financial compensation. 

But Ohio is a modified comparative fault state, which means that as long as a victim’s culpability does not reach fifty percent, they can be awarded restitution from the liable party.

Can I file a claim for my child?

Minors are still entitled to the same rights as adults when injured by another party in a car accident. As the parent or legal guardian of a child who has been injured in a car accident, you absolutely have the right to pursue justice and maximum compensation for all your child has been through. 

Who is responsible for my accident?

Your car accident lawyer will need to conduct a thorough investigation in order to figure out who is at fault for the accident you were involved in. This could be a government agency responsible for road safety, automakers, the driver of another vehicle that hit you, or a third party. Only once your lawyer has established fault can your claim move forward. 

How much is my settlement going to be worth?

The only way to know what your injury settlement is worth is by taking a thorough inventory of the various ways your life has been negatively impacted by the car accident. 

Some of the losses most commonly sought after by accident survivors like yourself include pain and suffering, lost wages and earning potential, emotional distress, medical expenses, and other financial and nonfinancial damages. 

Get Help from an Accident Lawyer

You don’t have to go through your recovery on your own. With a respected Columbus car accident lawyer at Rafidi, Pallante & Melewski LLC by your side, you can rest easier knowing our team of highly experienced injury lawyers are fighting for the compensation you rightfully deserve. 

Schedule your free, no-obligation case review when you give our office a call at 1-866-494-5387 or complete the quick contact form provided.