Canton Personal Injury Lawyer
It is all too common for individuals to suffer serious injuries or lose their lives due to the negligence of another party. The effects can cause the victims great suffering and severe financial turmoil. Our legal team understands what you and your family are going through. We are ready to fight to help you get your life back on track and obtain the compensation you need.
At Slater & Zurz, we are zealous in our pursuit of justice. For over 40 years, we have held individuals and businesses accountable for acts of negligence. Our Canton personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims recover the maximum compensation for their injuries. We take pride in providing our clients with superior legal representation along with the guidance and support they need to navigate this challenging chapter in their lives.
Representing Your Rights After an Accident
If you have been injured or experienced the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced and determined advocate who will protect your rights and look out for your best interests. At Slater & Zurz, our personal injury lawyers in Canton will provide you with expert legal representation in any of the following matters:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Wrongful Death
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Birth Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Workers Compensation
- Product Liability
- Premise Liability
Comparative Negligence Laws in Ohio
Under Ohio’s comparative negligence laws, you can recover damages even if you are partially at fault for the accident that caused your injuries – as long as you are 50% or less at fault. But it is important to note that your determined percentage of fault will reduce your final settlement. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 but were found to be 20% at fault, your final compensation would be $80,000.
There Are No Attorney Fees Unless We Recover.
Slater & Zurz takes all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing out of pocket, and we only get paid if we successfully settle your case. If we recover on your behalf, we are paid with a portion of the compensation we obtain for you.
We Will Fight to Get You the Compensation You Deserve
Our skilled personal injury lawyers will fight hard to seek maximum compensation for your losses. Depending on the specifics of your case, we may pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Costs for future medical treatment
- Rehabilitation expenses, such as physical therapy
- Property loss or damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Costs for in-home care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Disability, disfigurement, and impairment
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
What to Do Immediately After an Accident
Report the accident – It is always best to call the police, tell them precisely what happened, and obtain a copy of the police report for your records. The report will have vital information, such as the name, contact information, and insurance company of all parties involved, the contact information of any eyewitnesses, a diagram of the accident scene, the officer’s determination of the at-fault parties, and any citations that were issued.
Take pictures – Photos and video of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and your injuries are essential in building a successful personal injury claim.
Document what happened – As soon as possible, write down what happened leading up to, during, and after the accident. Even what appears to be a small detail can be vital in proving your case.
Promptly seek medical attention – After an accident, see your doctor right away. Even if you feel your injuries may be minor, it is best to have a thorough medical examination to identify and receive treatment for your injuries.
Consult with a Canton personal injury lawyer – To protect your rights and receive the maximum compensation possible, consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer right away.
We Work Closely with Our Team of Experts to Get You the Results You Need
Experts serve as an essential part of a successful personal injury case. They assist our attorneys in building a strong claim and contribute significantly to the settlement negotiation process. At Slater & Zurz, we work closely with a team of experts, including:
Medical experts – A medical expert will explain the nature and extent of your injuries, how the incident caused your injuries, how your injuries affected you, and whether they will continue to affect you.
Accident reconstructionist – An accident reconstruction expert can determine the cause of your accident by using computer programs and models. They can also determine the speed of the vehicles at the time of the accident and calculate the force of the impact.
Financial experts – A financial or economic expert can explain the financial effects your accident caused. For example, they can accurately assess your past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term care.
Vocational rehabilitation experts – Rehabilitation experts can testify to your ability or inability to work. This includes any differences in what you could do before and after your accident. They can determine physical and mental limitations that may limit your ability to perform your work duties and can accurately assess any diminished earning capacity caused by your injuries.
Mental health experts – When seeking mental and emotional distress damages, a mental health expert can show how the accident affected you mentally and emotionally. Their input can assist in determining your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and mental anguish.
Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Not necessarily. The vast majority of personal injury cases never make it to court. Most are resolved through settlement negotiations. When elements of the case are in dispute, such as liability or the extent of the victim’s injuries, the issues may need to be resolved in court.
Our detailed and diligent personal injury attorneys will build a persuasive case that will likely reach a favorable settlement out of court. If, however, a favorable settlement cannot be reached, our tenacious litigators will expertly represent your best interests in court.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
In the state of Ohio, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. Injured victims under the age of 18 have two years past their 18th birthday to file a claim.
Waiting until the two-year statute of limitations has passed will likely keep you from recovering for your damages. There are, however, some exceptions. To learn if you may still be able to file a claim after the two-year time frame, contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Canton.
Is my personal injury case big enough for a lawyer to handle?
The Canton personal injury attorneys at Slater & Zurz handle all personal injury cases, regardless of the estimated worth. We handle cases ranging from soft tissue injury claims to catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all personal injury cases and pursue every matter with the utmost importance.
What does “negligence” mean in a personal injury case?
Negligence is the failure to use a reasonable level of care to prevent injury or harm to others. An individual is negligent when he or she acts or fails to act in such a way that would be reasonably expected given the situation. To show negligence in a personal injury case, your attorney will need to prove four key elements:
Duty – The party had a duty to act, or not act, in a way to prevent harm or injury to the victim.
Breach – The party breached that duty of care by acting or failing to act in a certain way.
Causation – The victim’s injuries were caused by the negligent party’s actions or inaction.
Damages – The victim was injured or harmed as a result of the party’s negligent act.
Our Canton Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
After an accident, you should not be left to deal with losses caused by a negligent party. At Slater & Zurz, our attorneys will pursue every legal option available to hold them accountable for their actions and get you the maximum compensation.
With over 100 years of combined experience, you can rest assured knowing we will put our extensive knowledge and resources to work to recover the damages you deserve. Let our Canton personal injury lawyers focus on getting you compensated for your injuries, so you can focus on getting better. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case review by calling 888.534.4850.