PERSONAL INJURY

Overview

Personal injury is an injury to an individual, and it can include damage done to the person or that person’s property, rights or reputation by the negligence or intentional act of another. If you have been hurt as the result of another person or company’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions, you are entitled to recover for the damages that you suffered.

In many cases, the person or company that injured you may have liability insurance. This can be good and bad. It is good because it means that there is likely some money available to pay for your injuries. It can be bad in that many insurance companies would prefer to pay you less than you deserve.

If you have been injured in an accident, the attorney you choose is important. At Novins York Jacobus & Dooley our attorneys have the experience to vigorously protect your rights and the dedication to give your legal matter the time and attention it requires.

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Road Vehicle Accidents

Car Accidents

Automobile accidents are everyday occurrences, if you are injured you need someone who will fight for you. Information will need to be gathered, investigated and prepared. A suit may need to be filed, depositions taken, and eventually the case may end up in trial. Novins York Jacobus & Dooley has the experienced attorneys well versed in what may be required to provide our clients with effective representation that yields results.

Every year, millions of Americans suffer serious traumatic injuries as the result of a negligent driver. Unfortunately, many of these injuries result in long periods of disability, and sometimes even in death. The law allows personal injury victims to seek monetary damages from the person or entity responsible for their injuries. Damages that may be recovered include medical bills, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation expenses, time missed from work, and others that an experienced attorney can discuss with you.

Different insurance coverage issues apply to different situations, we are here to help. You do not need to feel lost in your negotiations with the insurance adjuster or the attorney for the insurance company who is handling the case. That is our job. We develop your file to reflect your losses, including your medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you have encountered, and in the unfortunate event of death, we will build a case for recovery on behalf of the wrongfully killed person’s estate.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact Novins York Jacobus & Dooley today.

Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Large commercial vehicles can pose a significant risk to passenger car and light truck occupants. Large trucks weigh significantly more than passenger cars and require a much greater distance to come to a complete stop. In the event of a crash, the size and weight of large trucks can cause catastrophic injuries or death to passenger car occupants.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Accidents involving large trucks are not uncommon. Some are unavoidable, but a great many are due to driver negligence. Frequent causes of truck accidents include:

·         Driver distraction

·         Driver fatigue

·         Mechanical failure such as brakes, warning lights, and other safety features

·         Failure of driver to recognize blind spots

·         Driving while under the influence

·         Failure of driver to follow federal and/or state regulations mandated for operators of large trucks

·         Inadequate training/experience

·         Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo

·         Speeding

·         Wide turns

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders have all of the same rights and responsibilities of any other vehicle on Ohio’s roads. It is the responsibility of other motorists to see motorcycles and to give them the same respect that would be given to a car or truck. Injuries suffered by motorcyclists are often very severe due to the lack of protection provided by a motorcycle as compared to a car.

Motorcycle accident injuries can range from road rash up to serious broken bones, closed head and spinal cord injuries and even death. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. Even if you think your injuries are not severe, you should make sure they are properly documented because some injuries may not become fully apparent for several days or even weeks. Having an experienced attorney by your side can help to ensure that your interests are protected from the start.

At Novins York Jacobus & Dooley, we have experience handling all types of motorcycle accident cases. In addition to the monetary damages you may be entitled to seek, we also pursue any necessary short-term and long-term medical care needs and rehabilitation services to aid in your recovery.

In some cases, equipment failure or other factors can contribute to the cause of your accident. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate your case from every side and work to determine exactly how your accident happened and who was to blame.

Contact our office today to discuss your motorcycle accident questions.

In many instances, the truck driver may not be directly at fault when an accident occurs. Our accident attorneys can help you determine who is most responsible for the conditions that ultimately led to the crash. The responsible party may include:

·         Truck maintenance and repair companies

·         Shipping and receiving clients

·         Contractors

·         Trucking companies

·         Insurance companies

Handling a claim in a truck crash case requires sophisticated investigation to maximize the value of the claim and to deliver a message to the truckers about safety on the highways. Too often, truckers drive for excessive hours at excessive speeds with reckless disregard for the rights of other travelers on the highway. If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries in a truck accident, contact Novins York Jacobus & Dooley today. We can help you begin the healing process by holding the liable parties accountable for their actions.

Plane Accidents

Injured in a plane accident?

Despite significant advances in safety technology, human error and mechanical failure continue to cause aviation accidents. It’s important to seek legal assistance immediately after an aviation accident in order to ensure that important evidence is preserved and the rights of you and your family to recover compensation are protected.

Air travel has increased over the decades and fortunately the frequency of airline accidents has decreased, helped by stricter air safety procedures and technological innovations.

Unfortunately, aviation accidents such as airplane crashes and helicopter crashes do still occur, and when they do, the impact is devastating. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident, you may have many questions. You may need to understand what happens next. You may want to know what to expect from the agencies that will investigate the accident. You may want to know who is responsible for your injury or loss. You and your families may need counseling or on-going medical care to facilitate recovery.

At Novins York Jacobus & Dooley every case is important to us. One of our skilled attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who is at fault whether it be an aircraft owner or operator, an aircraft manufacturer, maintenance vendors, air traffic control, an insurer, or the pilot. 

Most Common Injuries

Every once in a while a plane crash will take the lives of the innocent people onboard, or cause irreversible injury to its victims. Although these incidents are often rare, they do happen, and almost always cause serious injury to anyone involved. In the event of an airplane or helicopter crash, there are several ways in which the passengers and/or bystanders of an accident can be injured.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, you might be wondering what circumstances of your case are grounds for a valid personal injury claim. Unfortunately, one of the most common personal injury claims to result from an aviation accident is a wrongful death. If a loved one has been killed as a direct result of the negligent behavior of a pilot or of the flight staff, or even due to faulty manufacturing, you are entitled to compensation.

Other injuries that may occur include

·         Spinal Cord Injury

·         Brain Damage

·         Broken Bones

·         Burn Injuries

Any type of catastrophic injury may result in future debilitation or permanent disfigurement, depending on the type of injury. In the event that this has happened to you, it is important that you seek the assistance of a qualified lawyer who can help you throughout the entire legal process and guide you onto the road to recovery.

Contact Novins York Jacobus & Dooleys for the answers to your questions. We understand how devastating it can be to sustain a serious injury, both physically and mentally, and we are prepared to guide you through this complicated time. We not only answer your questions, but we can also help you or your loved one get the care they need to recover.

Bicycle Accidents

Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

Riding a bicycle while sharing the roadways with motor vehicles can be dangerous, as bicycle accident injuries occur at an alarming rate: according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, over 40,000 Americans are injured and over 700 people lose their lives in bicycle accidents each year. At Novins York Jacobus & Dooley, our personal injury lawyers represent victims and ensure that they receive the fair compensation they need so they can focus on recovery.

When accidents involving bicycles and automobiles occur, bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious personal injury, even if they are wearing helmets. No matter how fast a motor vehicle is traveling at the time of impact, bicycle accidents can cause a variety of injuries.

Victims of bicycle accidents must establish that their injuries are the result of the driver’s negligence in order to be eligible for compensation for their losses and expenses.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Driver negligence is one of the top causes of bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles. Because bicycles offer relatively little protection, motor vehicle operators have an obligation to share the road responsibly. When a driver fails to live up to that responsibility and acts negligently, bicycle accidents and serious injuries can easily occur. Common examples of driver negligence include:

·         Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol

·         Turning directly in front of a bicyclist

·         Failing to yield the right of way at an intersection

·         Running a red light or stop sign

·         Speeding or reckless driving

Victims of bicycle accidents that are the result of a driver’s negligence or wrongdoing may be entitled to damages, including compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. In addition, victims of bicycle accidents may be entitled to punitive damages if the driver’s conduct is deemed to be excessively negligent.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident as the result of another person’s negligent or wrongful act, contact Novins York Jacobus & Dooley today.

Birth Injuries

The joy a family feels at the arrival of a new baby can quickly give way to tragedy if the infant suffers trauma or injury during the delicate birthing process. A preventable birth injury occurs when an infant suffers harm as a result of medical negligence directly before, after, or during birth.

Families and children affected by birth injury may face the burden of a lifetime of costly personal and medical care, so it is important that they recover the full compensation to which they are entitled from the parties at fault. We can help guide families through the medical negligence litigation process. Each lawyer at our firm is dedicated to treating victims and their families with the utmost compassion while aggressively fighting for justice on their behalf.

Common Birth Injuries

The most common causes of birth injury are negligent prenatal care, delivery errors, or incorrect diagnoses. Most cases of birth injury involve a deprivation of oxygen, which can cause severe permanent damage or even death to a fragile infant. Birth injuries that may occur as a result of medical negligence include:

·         Cerebral palsy

·         Erb’s palsy

·         Shoulder dystocia

·         Bone fractures

·         Brain injury

·         Spinal cord injury

·         Injury caused by improper use of forceps

·         Infections

Effects of Birth Injuries

The effects of many birth injuries can be life-long, and the families of children with birth injuries may be faced with the challenge of funding a lifetime of care. While no amount of money can compensate parents for the loss of their baby’s health, damages awarded for pain and suffering, medical bills, and other expenses can ease families’ financial worries so that they can focus on the future. A compassionate birth injury lawyer Novins York Jacobus & Dooley can help families recover the full compensation to which they are entitled and ensure that their child receives the best possible care, now and in the future.

Brain Injury

In many instances, catastrophic car accidents and other heavy head trauma can result in debilitating brain injury. Brain injury, which results from a blow or jolt to the head, can disrupt the normal function of the brain.

According to the International Brain Injury Association, brain injury is the most likely injury to result in death or permanent disability. Vehicle crashes, such as truck or car accidents, account for 50 percent of all cases of brain injury in victims under 75. Other causes of brain injury include falls and sports injuries.

Brain injury can be slight or severe, ranging from a concussion to a compressed skull fracture. Disabilities resulting from brain injury depend on several factors, including the severity of the brain injury, the location of the brain injury, and the age and general health of the brain injury victim.

Common disabilities that result from brain injury are problems with cognition (reasoning and memory), communication, behavior, and sensory processing (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste). In addition, victims of brain injury may develop long-term problems such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Compensation can be awarded to those that suffer from a brain injury.

While victims of minor brain injury frequently make a full recovery, those who suffer a severe brain injury often face permanent disability or death. Many brain injury victims face a long rehabilitation process and may not be able to return to work, causing a serious financial and emotional strain on both the brain injury victim and his or her family. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury Novins York Jacobus & Dooley will help you get the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing. We will treat you with compassion and respect, and we will fight to get you the justice you deserve.

Burn Injuries

According to the American Burn Association, 2.4 million burn injuries require medical attention each year. Of those victims, 75,000 require hospitalization, with half of those victims requiring care in a specialized burn unit. Sadly, an estimated 12,000 burn injury victims die every year.

A serious burn injury can be one of the most traumatic personal injuries a person can suffer. The financial, physical, and psychological costs of recovery can be staggering. Months of hospitalization may be required, and many victims need extensive counseling to overcome the trauma. At Novins York Jacobus & Dooley our burn injury lawyers can help victims obtain compensation for injuries resulting from another party’s reckless, careless, or negligent actions. We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have handled burn injury cases arising from:

·         Auto accidents

·         Workplace accidents

·         Defective products

·         Electrical accidents

·         Gas explosions

·         Scalding hot liquids

If the burn-injured victim does not survive as a direct result of their injuries our attorneys can help the surviving family members to obtain wrongful death compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.

Burn Injury Severity

The severity of a burn injury is determined by how deep it penetrates the surface of the skin. Burn injuries are generally classified into three categories: “first-degree,” “second-degree,” and “third-degree” burns.

Whereas first-degree burns are superficial and affect only the outer layer of skin, third-degree burns (also called “full-thickness burns”) penetrate deep into the body, damaging nerves, muscles, and bones. Third-degree burns often require years of expensive and invasive treatment.

When to contact a burn injury lawyer

If you have suffered a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, diminished earning capacity, and lost income. A burn injury lawyer from Novins York Jacobus & Dooley can give your case the attention it deserves and recover compensation for any expenses resulting from your injuries.

Drunk Driving Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk driving accidents in the United States kill one person every half an hour. If you have lost a loved one through a wrongful death caused by a drunk driver, that person should be held responsible for the damage they have inflicted.

If you have suffered a personal injury in a car accident with an inebriated driver, a Novins York Jacobus & Dooley attorney may be able to help. When a person drives while intoxicated, their body remains more relaxed during the course of a collision. Often it is the sober victim of the crash who ends up with injuries far more severe than the person who committed the crime and caused the accident.

We are dedicated to giving each client the personal attention they deserve by taking the time to get to know each client and make sure we meet your expectations for representation, communication and responsiveness.

Drunk Driving Settlements

If you were hurt because of a drunk driver, you will need compensation for expenses like emergency medical treatment, ambulance bills and hospitalization. Since your accident was caused by negligence, you should not have to pay for your rehabilitative care or physical therapy, and if you have missed work because of your injuries, you should be compensated for your lost wages. Novins York Jacobus & Dooley will seek the full amount to which you are entitled. You should not have to bear the financial burden imposed by a drunk driver, and our firm is here to help you move on with your life as quickly as possible.

Environmental Injury

Our environment is precious. When companies are careless with chemicals; when unsafe pesticides are used; when noxious fumes and industrial waste are released in the environment, and when man-made carcinogens are freely distributed the health and safety of all is in danger. At Novins York Jacobus & Dooley we are ready to stand up to negligent companies who threaten communities and individuals. There are a number of situations that can lead to an environmental disease or injury including:

·         Lead Poisoning

·         Asbestos

·         Mold

·         Toxic Waste

·         Chemicals

·         Pollution

The Impact

Environmental dangers tend to go undetected for long periods of time. By the time they are detected, workers, individuals in a community, and even animals can be extremely ill. There are many injuries that can be caused by chemicals. Sometimes, two or more chemicals combine in such a way that a lethal “chemical cocktail” is formed to cause even more serious injuries including the following:

·         Cognitive Disorders

·         Learning Disabilities

·         Asthma

·         Serious Allergies

·         Bladder Cancer

·         Brain Cancer

·         Kidney Cancer

·         Leukemia

·         Other Forms of Cancer

·         Neurological, Heart, and Liver Conditions

Sources of Contamination

The three ways in which individual homeowners, businesses, and workers may be harmed are air contamination, ground water contamination, and soil contamination.

Ground Water Contamination

Ground water contamination usually arises when individuals have wells. The families who own the wells are then exposed to the chemicals through the drinking water, through contact with the skin, or through breathing the poisonous fumes from heated water. The ground water, or aquifer, is contaminated with the specific chemicals released by the responsible party.

The chemicals form into a “plume” that flows into the aquifer. Areas with low water tables may be particularly susceptible to contamination, resulting in atmospheric or air contamination in people’s homes. If the pollutants emit vapors, like gasoline or other chemicals, they can invade homes and become a potent chemical cocktail.

Soil Contamination

Soil contamination is usually caused by contaminated creek water, river water, or some other body of water that flows over and around areas near homes and businesses. It can also be caused by ground water pollution and the resulting “plume” described above. Contaminated soil is particularly insidious since it may be carried into the home where it may be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.

Environmental contamination can have devastating consequences. Side effects can be severe, and far too often they are terminal. Environmental injuries are very costly and can include the need for the following:

·         Radiation

·         Chemotherapy

·         Medications

·         Long-Term Care