Taking action to file a personal injury claim

Anyone hurt due to someone else’s fault may wish to take legal action. Anger might not always be the top motivator for filing a lawsuit in an Ohio court. Some victims could suffer significant financial losses, and without taking legal action, they may suffer economic devastation. “Taking action” could require performing several critical steps.

Commencing action for a lawsuit

Among the first actions involves collecting evidence. Claiming someone was at fault for an accident is not the same as proving it. Post-accident photographs may reveal that two cars suffered damage after a collision, but who is at fault? Perhaps testimony from a third-party witness may provide a compelling answer.

Evidence might come in other forms, including cell phone camera footage. And not all evidence involves pointing to someone’s fault. Medical records and pay statements would represent evidence of financial losses, and these documents could help validate a particular financial claim.

Haphazardly collecting evidence might not work in the plaintiff’s favor. Likely, neither would the presentation of incomplete records. Taking time to carefully and deliberately compile accurate and thorough evidence might help the cause.

Other actions to consider

Not everyone knows which necessary steps to take after an accident. Those not sure could consult with someone who may fill in details.

Victims won’t have all the time in the world to file a lawsuit. Personal injury claims are subject to Ohio’s statute of limitations. Under the law, plaintiffs must generally file a claim within the specified time period.

Accident victims might find themselves dealing with insurance companies, as an insurance settlement could be less taxing than going through a lawsuit. Insurance adjusters might attempt to negotiate a low offer, so seeking representation to handle the negotiations might be worthwhile.