Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers
Seek the Compensation You Deserve for Your Personal Injury
Accidents happen and people suffer serious personal injuries because of them every day in the Mahoning Valley. Some are the proverbial “act of God,” but often there is someone who is at fault, whose behavior caused someone else to be injured. If you have been wrongfully injured by the negligent or intentional conduct of another person or entity, that person or entity has a legal duty to make things right for you financially.
The lawyers of Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill, Co., LPA work with residents of Northeastern Ohio who have been seriously injured in accidents to get them compensation necessary for a full financial recovery. This money typically comes from the negligent party’s insurance, such as automotive liability insurance. Obtaining it requires proving the facts of the accident and the negligent party’s role, and demonstrating the extent of the injured person’s expenses and other losses due to their injuries.
You don’t have to go it alone after suffering a personal injury in an accident that was not your fault. Our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience practicing law and helping unjustly injured clients. We can help you wage the fight necessary to make insurance companies pay you the settlement you deserve for your personal injuries.
“I had another attorney that, in my opinion, did nothing for me. Atty. Moro not only got me what I thought I was entitled to, but much more. I am extremely pleased with what he has done for me.” – JH
We Fight Insurers Who Deny Personal Injury Payments
The problem you are likely to run into after suffering a serious personal injury is that, even when there’s no question who caused the accident, you cannot get their insurance company to pay what you are due. Insurance companies, which are for-profit concerns, make more money when they pay injury victims less. It’s an insurance adjuster’s job to limit exposure, often by offering a quick, hassle-free settlement, which in reality is far less than what the injured person deserves.
At Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill, Co., LPA our Ohio personal injury lawyers will fight this system for you. We urge you to contact us for a free review of your case if you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in a:
- Car Accident. Claims following motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of personal injury case. People are injured and killed every day because of careless and reckless driving, whether it’s drunk or drugged driving (OVI or “Operating a Vehicle Intoxicated”), distracted driving, drowsy driving, or speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors. Those who harm others through this kind of negligence can be held accountable to the injured.
- Slip-and-Fall Accident. If you slip or trip, and fall and seriously hurt yourself on someone else’s property, a negligent property owner may be held liable for your injuries and other losses. Premises liability law requires all property owners to ensure their property is safe for visitors or that visitors are adequately warned of any existing hazards. This applies to all types of property, from grocery and “big box” department stores, to theaters, office buildings, hotels, apartment complexes and private homes. If lack of maintenance caused your fall — such as not cleaning up a spill, or repairing a pothole or loose tiles, etc. — you may have a valid claim.
- Dog Bite or Mauling. People are responsible for the animals they keep. Ohio law spells out specific responsibilities and liabilities of dog owners, harborers or keepers when a dog in their control injures a person or damages a person’s property (including their dog). Dog bites or maulings can result in serious injuries, particularly to young children and elderly adults, who are less able to escape or fight off an attacking animal. A personal injury claim may access the homeowners’ or business liability insurance the dog owner holds for compensation.
- Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse. The elderly and ill are incredibly vulnerable to incidents of abuse and neglect when they must live in nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities. The corporations families contract with to care for loved ones, and the individuals they employ, are legally responsible for residents’ well-being under federal and state laws. If you suspect abuse or neglect of a nursing home resident, you, too, have a legal duty to act. We can help by advising you of state resources for nursing home residents and the elderly, investigating your loved one’s case, and seeking restitution for any harm done.
- Medical Malpractice. What’s known as medical malpractice, medical negligence or preventable medical error occurs when a health care provider causes injury or death to a patient by failing to act in accordance with a reasonable standard of care. There are many kinds of malpractice, such as improper diagnosis, medication errors, surgical errors, birth injury, inadequate care and more. Medical malpractice cases are complex, but they provide answers and compensation when negligence and/or avoidable error has caused serious harm.
- Product Liability. Manufacturers of consumer products, automotive parts, medical devices, medications, sports and recreation equipment, or practically anything sold in the U.S. are legally required to ensure their products are safe when used as intended, or that any risk assumed is adequately explained. Many product recalls that are widely publicized occur only after several users suffer personal injury or death. A product liability lawsuit seeks compensation from negligent or reckless manufacturers, distributors and/or others involved.
Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill, Co. can conduct a thorough investigation of your accident and resulting injuries, and advise you of the legal options available to you. Our attorneys have represented clients in personal injury claims, and have served as co-counsel for large and complex cases. Our ultimate objective is obtaining justice for you, in the form of a settlement or court award of compensation that pays you for your expenses and losses, including your pain and suffering.
The Advantages of Workers’ Comp Attorneys Handling Your Personal Injury Claim
Many personal injuries occur during the workday as people are going about their job duties. As workers’ compensation attorneys, Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill handles many jobsite and occupational injury cases. But some personal injury cases connected to the injured party’s employment are more complex than a workers’ compensation claim on its own.
There is sometimes opportunity for compensation beyond Ohio workers’ compensation benefits in a work-related personal injury. Having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney from Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill on such a case greatly enhances your opportunity to maximize the compensation you receive.
The most common avenue for additional compensation is a personal injury claim that coincides with seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
For example, it is not uncommon for a person to get into a motor vehicle accident in the course and scope of their employment. If the accident was another driver’s fault, the employee may obtain workers’ compensation benefits and pursue a personal injury case against the at-fault driver, even a co-worker who was driving. A similar case might arise after a contractor on your worksite causes an accident that injures you. You could seek workers’ compensation and also sue the contractor because the contractor is not your employer.
An “employer intentional tort” case is the next most likely opportunity to pursue a personal injury claim along with workers’ compensation benefits.
Such a case charges that the employer has acted so egregiously that the injured worker should be directly compensated by the employer. Such a case might be pursued if an employee was injured after the employer had removed a safety guard or refused to issue safety equipment despite requests from employees.
Employer intentional tort cases typically involve very serious injuries, and the burden of proof on the injured worker is very high. The plaintiff (injured worker) must demonstrate that the employer had knowledge of a substantial certainty of harm due to his or her action or inaction.
Our experience as workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys also helps us carefully weigh the compatibility of two cases or the potential benefits of one claim over another.
When a personal injury case might be pursued parallel to a workers’ compensation claim, issues that must be well understood include subrogation. This is the ability of the workers’ compensation insurer to seek repayment of benefits it has paid you from your personal injury settlement or award. The potential effect of subrogation on your total compensation must be calculated and well understood.
These cases require thorough and dedicated investigations to obtain evidence that proves the charges of the case. This is the type of work we do daily at Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co. We not only have the necessary resources, but after 30 years of service to the Mahoning Valley, we have the contacts and the reputation for trustworthiness that helps us get to the facts in complex cases.
Hire Attorneys Experienced with Personal Injury Claims in Ohio
Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill, Co., LPA, stands up for what’s right when our clients have been injured because of another’s negligence. We understand how personal injury law can benefit the innocent, and we understand what you’re going through after a serious injury. We know the system. We will fight for you.
Since the founding of the Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill, Co., LPA law firm in 1985, we have been solely dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers and other personal injury victims in Northeastern Ohio. Don’t go it alone. Call us today.
Personal Injury FAQs
What if I am working and I am involved in a car accident or injured by the negligence of someone else? Can I have a workers’ compensation case and a personal injury case at the same time?
Generally you may have a worker’s compensation claim and a personal injury claim at the same time if the other driver does not work for the same employer that you do. If you both work for the same employer and you are both working at the time of the accident, generally you are not permitted to receive both types of compensation.
There are numerous other types of personal injury cases including slip and fall cases, negligence of a nursing home, and dog bites, to name a few.
Generally speaking you have two years in which to file a lawsuit if necessary to pursue your claim, but it is generally advisable to inform your insurance company and the other drivers immediately after the accident.
Contact your insurance company immediately. If necessary, seek medical treatment immediately either at the hospital or with your family doctor. Make sure you gather whatever evidence may be readily available including taking photographs of the car and/or any skid marks that occurred due to the accident.
There is no specific time frame in which to make a recovery. There are many factors involved in this process and it is largely dependent on whether a formal lawsuit needs to be filed.
Generally you are entitled to recover damages because of a car accident which may include some if not all of your medical bills, lost wages, damages to your vehicle, as well as a potential recovery for any pain and suffering you have incurred by way of the car accident.