CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN JACKSON, ATHENS, CHILLICOTHE & THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN OHIO

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Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Stand Up for Victims of Serious Car Collisions across Southern Ohio

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that it investigated 63,192 motor vehicle accidents in 2015; about 1,000 people lost their lives in fatal car crashes. In fact, car accidents are the second-leading cause of accident death in Ohio, just behind drug overdoses.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, or worse, paid the ultimate price — wrongful death — because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. Contact a skilled accident injury lawyer who will fight for maximum damages in your case. Call the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis today for a free consultation about your injuries. There are no upfront legal fees.
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Car Accidents Result in Severe Injuries in Chillicothe and throughout Southeastern Ohio

There are a number of reasons car collisions occur, including distracted driving (texting and cell phone use), DWI/DUI, reckless driving, speeding, weaving, failure to yield to oncoming traffic and even simple driver fatigue (falling asleep at the wheel). All of these behaviors can result in rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, sideswipes, etc.
Unfortunately, most serious motor vehicle accidents cause severe injuries to drivers and passengers of all vehicles involved. Often, pedestrians and bicyclists get hurt. Property damage costs are exorbitant. Common injuries sustained in auto accidents include:
  • Injury to internal organs
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI), whiplash and concussions
  • Trauma to the neck and spine (including paralysis)
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Strokes, heart attacks and other sudden onset conditions
  • Severe emotional injury, including post-traumatic stress disorder
It’s not unusual, except in the most serious of accidents, for victims to say they feel fine and weren’t injured. Serious injuries can be masked by stress, shock and an adrenaline rush that happens just after an accident. The truth is, an accident victim can walk away from the crash and feel the effects hours or even days afterward. Don’t hesitate to get checked out by a doctor after an accident. And, if you feel sick — nauseated, headaches, blurry vision, etc. in the days after your crash — see a doctor again.

Richard Lewis Fights for Your Right to Maximum Damages after a Car Accident

Personal injury cases involving auto accidents can be complicated. You need to hire a lawyer who will leave no stone unturned as he reviews all documentation, including police reports, witness statements and medical records. Mr. Lewis will never allow insurance companies to bully him into accepting a low-ball settlement offer. He will take your case to court, when necessary, to ensure you get the verdict you deserve.
For 30 years, Mr. Lewis has put his clients first — fighting for just compensation for serious injuries suffered in car accidents. If your Southern Ohio accident was caused by a hit-and-run driver, don’t worry. You can rely on Mr. Lewis to protect your rights and fight for your family. Contact him today for a free consultation about your accident. There are no upfront legal costs and all personal injury cases are taken on contingency. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN SOUTHERN OHIO

Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyers Fight for Maximum Damages for Victims of Auto, Motorcycle and Truck Accidents throughout Southern Ohio

Small town living is a way of life in Southeastern Ohio. We all rely on motor vehicles to get to work, school and our daily activities. Law-abiding citizens follow the rules of the road, well aware that driving is a privilege, not a right. However, as much as we tried to avoid them, accidents still happen quite frequently. When accidents do occur, the result is often painful and life-altering injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, a motorcycle crash or a truck collision, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer who will assess your claim and fight for substantial compensation for your injuries. At the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we stand up to insurance carriers and never accept low-ball settlement offers. You can rely on our team of experienced car accident lawyers to do what it takes to hold the reckless drivers who caused your accident responsible for their negligence.
In addition to car and tractor trailer accidents, we represent clients injured in SUV rollovers, ATV accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, hit and run accidents, drunk driving crashes and more. Call our offices today for a free consultation about your case.

What Should You Do After the Accident to Preserve Your Legal Rights?

It should go without saying that your health and safety, and that of your passengers, should be your primary concern. Call 9-1-1 right away; if your injuries prevent you from calling, call out to someone to get medical help to the scene. Even if you do not think you’ve been seriously injured, you should take care to stay still and wait to be cleared by medical personnel.
If possible, attempt to do the following in an effort to collect valuable information to pass on to your accident injury lawyer.
Document your injuries as soon as possible after the accident. In addition to doctor’s reports and diagnostic tests, photos of your injuries just after the crash, as well as throughout your treatment and recovery, may be important evidence in your case.
Collect information: Names, addresses, phone numbers and any other contact information from drivers and passengers in other cars, as well as any other witnesses, may be critical to your case. Also, try to obtain insurance information from other drivers involved in the accident.
Take photographs: There’s very little excuse for not being able to capture real-time images of the scene of the accident. It’s quite likely that you, a passenger or a passerby can pull out a smartphone and photograph everything.
Gather information: You’ll need the name and number of the other drivers and people in their car. It’s also helpful to get the insurance information from the other driver.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer: While you are recovering from your injuries, the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis will be dealing with the insurance companies and fighting for your right to maximum compensation and justice in your case. We will seek to hold the people responsible for your pain and suffering liable for the injuries they have caused.
Additionally, while at the scene of the accident, in the ambulance or at the hospital, it’s important that you refrain from discussing the specifics of the accident with anyone. Anything you can say can be misconstrued. Something simple such as “I never meant to hurt anyone” can be interpreted as an admission of fault. Focus on your health-related issues and decline to discuss anything else until you’ve met with Mr. Lewis.

How Much is a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit Worth?

It’s impossible to provide you with an exact figure. Each case is as unique as the accident it’s based on. However, when you are working with our experienced personal injury law firm, you can rest assured that we will investigate what happened and work tirelessly to get you every penny we feel your case is worth.
Depending on your injuries and whether you may suffer permanent disability as a result of the accident, Mr. Lewis will negotiate for medical treatment expenses – including surgeries, hospitalization, medicines, etc.; lost wages to replace the paycheck you are unable to collect while you are out of work recovering; the costs of rehabilitation, including inpatient treatment and physical therapy; and general pain and suffering.
Following an accident, it’s not unusual to receive a call from an insurance carrier offering you a quick settlement deal. The check may seem generous; after all, something is better than nothing, right? However, usually, the low-ball settlement won’t cover your expenses nor will it meet the value of your long-term injuries. Even if the dollar figure sounds good, the deal probably won’t take into account future medical treatment and rehab. Don’t accept any settlement offer before talking with Mr. Lewis.

Call the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis Today for a Free Consultation about Your Accident

For over 30 years, Richard Lewis has successfully negotiated millions of dollars in settlement offers for victims of motor vehicle accidents. If he is unable to get you the amount he believes you deserve, he will take your case to court and prove to a jury why you deserve a more substantial verdict. If someone you love died as a result of an accident, we will pursue a wrongful death claim to make sure your family is appropriately compensated for your untimely and devastating loss.
The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis accepts personal injury cases, such as car and truck accident cases, on contingency. There are no upfront out-of-pocket legal fees and if we don’t collect damages for you, you don’t pay us anything. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN SOUTHERN OHIO

Successful Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Fight for Maximum Damages for Bikers Hurt in Serious Collisions in Jackson, Chillicothe, Athens and across Southern Ohio

 
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The Ohio Department of Public Safety confirms motorcycle accidents are on the rise; and so are the injury and death tolls. In 2014, there were 3,651 reported motorcycle crashes in Ohio. Of those, 3,060 people were seriously injured and 140 people suffered wrongful deaths. The simple fact is that motorcyclists are not protected by several tons of steel the way car and truck drivers are on the roads. When a biker collides with another motor vehicle, catastrophic injuries often result.
 
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries caused by a motorcycle crash, contact the personal injury Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis today for a free consultation about your accident. There are no upfront legal fees and we work on contingency. If we don’t collect damages for you, you won’t pay us anything.

Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents in Athens County, Gallia County and throughout Ohio

Did you know that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident than other motorists? Further, bikers are five times more likely to suffer serious injuries than the driver or passengers in the other vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
 
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When motorcycle accidents happen in Athens County, Gallia County, Jackson County or anywhere else in Southeastern Ohio, injuries can be catastrophic. Motorcycle accidents occur for several reasons. First off, many car, truck and bus drivers claim they just don’t “see” bikers on the road. Additionally, poor weather conditions cause dangerous driving conditions for all vehicles. Beyond that, roadway construction and other hazards make it hard for drivers to navigate around barriers and signage. These and other challenges cause serious, and often life-altering, motorcycle accidents.
 
In addition to wrongful death, common injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes include:
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spine and neck trauma (including paralysis)
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Serious road rash, cuts and lacerations
  • Amputations
  • Hand and foot injuries
  • Internal injuries, including severe bleeding
These personal injuries require costly and long-term treatment. It’s important to make sure you get the settlement you deserve, not the low-ball offer the insurance company may be likely to offer at first. Mr. Lewis won’t settle for less than your case is worth. He won’t hesitate to play hard ball at the negotiation table. And, when necessary, he will take your case to court.
For more than 30 years, we have worked tirelessly to investigate motorcycle accidents, by reviewing all documentation, including police reports and medical records, and by interviewing witnesses. We will fight for your family, too.

Contact Richard Lewis about Your Motorcycle Crash & Injuries Today for Free

Following a motorcycle accident, it’s important to focus on your health and recovery. Allow the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis to take care of the legal business involved in obtaining the substantial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We have successfully won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We’ve also succeeded in obtaining justice for our clients by holding negligent parties responsible for the accidents they’ve caused.
Contact our office today for a free consultation about your motorcycle accident. We will be on your side from the moment we speak and won’t stop fighting for you until we’ve helped you collect the compensation you deserve. We work on contingency; if we don’t win, you don’t pay.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LAWYERS

Compassionate Personal Injury Attorney Fights for Maximum Compensation for Clients with Catastrophic Brain Injuries

We go through our daily lives trying to avoid the potential dangers around us. However, when you or someone you love gets hurt in a motor vehicle accident, on a construction site, or because of a doctor’s mistake in a hospital, the resulting brain injuries can be life altering.
While you have no choice but to suffer the painful consequences of an incident that caused your traumatic brain injury, you shouldn’t have to take responsibility for someone else’s negligence. In fact, at the personal injury Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we fight every day for good people, like you, who have been hurt in accidents. Contact us for a free consultation about what caused your TBI. You can rely on our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers to get you the justice and damages you need, want and deserve.

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries have been in the news recently because many sports players have reported suffering substantial head trauma. Concerns abound in the major leagues all the way down to youth sports teams. Additionally, medical mistakes, construction accidents and motor vehicle collisions, especially motorcycle crashes, can result in catastrophic brain injuries.
TBIs can range from severe — with symptoms such as paralysis, blindness or stroke — to mild, like a minor concussion. Regardless of severity of injury, someone suffering from a brain injury may have long-term repercussions. A TBI can impact a person’s physical abilities, personality and mood and behavior.
And the problem is much worse than most may think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 1.5 million people are diagnosed with a TBI every year. Of those, 50,000 people die from their injuries and another 85,000 are forced to deal with the consequences of a traumatic brain injury for the rest of their lives. At present, the CDC says, more than 5.3 million people are living with diagnosed TBI-related disabilities in the US right now. (There are likely countless more people with brain injuries who did not receive an official diagnosis.)
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can include: headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of memory, seizures, trouble sleeping or concentrating, problems with dexterity, sensitivity to light and sound, coordination issues and more. Anyone suffering from a TBI may not be able to return to work or school. Participating in usual quality of life activities may be impossible. Indeed, a brain injury can turn your life upside down.
Mr. Lewis will get to the bottom of what caused your injuries and, along with his team of experienced lawyers, he will work to recoup damages to help pay your medical bills, your monthly expenses and more while you concentrate on your recovery.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer with Experience Protecting TBI Victims

Traumatic brain injury is a catastrophic condition that can be caused by a variety of different accidents. You need a lawyer with experience representing victims of TBI because a high level of medical understanding is required to pursue these complicated cases successfully.
If your TBI was caused in one of the following types of accidents, contact our office right away to find out how we can put our experience to work for your family:
At the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we know that when your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you want justice and closure. We are committed to fighting hard on your behalf to hold insurance companies accountable. We never settle for low-ball offers and the insurance carriers know that. If we can’t negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, we will take the matter to court.

For a Free Consultation about Your Traumatic Brain Injury, Call the Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis

When you are hurt by someone else’s mistake, the resulting trauma to your brain, neck and spine can be catastrophic. You may be forced to deal with the life-altering consequences of your accident for many years to come. In the worse case scenario, a loved one may have paid the ultimate price, wrongful death, because of another’s negligence.
Richard M. Lewis and his experienced legal team will leave no stone unturned as we fight to hold the careless person or company liable for your injuries. We never back down from insurance companies. Rest assured, we are skillful negotiators and tenacious litigators. If we are unable to negotiate a substantial settlement on your behalf, we will take your case to court.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your TBI and other injuries sustained in an accident. There are no upfront legal costs and we take all personal injury cases on contingency. That means if we don’t collect damages on your behalf, you won’t pay us a dime.

PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWYERS IN SOUTHERN OHIO

Aggressive Product Liability Lawyer Protects Consumers from Unscrupulous Business Practices and Faulty Products in Jackson, Athens, Chillicothe and throughout Southern Ohio

Any company, be it a manufacturer, retailer or service professional, who tries to take advantage of consumers should be held accountable for their actions. The Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act was enacted to protect good people, like you, who have been victimized by unscrupulous business practices.
For more than 30 years, Richard M. Lewis has protected clients from the harmful business practices of irresponsible companies. Most people understand that they get what they pay for, but when a company tries to take advantage of you by providing shoddy workmanship or selling you faulty construction supplies or products, we will hold them liable for their fraudulent behavior.

Have You Been a Victim of Contractor Fraud? Lawyer Richard Lewis Can Help

It may feel like it’s impossible to go up against a big company; fighting City Hall seems like a tall task for many people. At the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights. As part of our consumer protection legal practice, we often assist clients who have been harmed as a result of unscrupulous practices in the residential housing market and in car sales.
Tactics such as bait and switch, using shoddy materials, taking your money and failing to complete the job are outrageous and we won’t tolerate them. If a company has tried to get away with defrauding you, rest assured, we won’t let them get away with it.
We’ll go to bat for you when you have been injured by a:
  • Manufacturing defect: Products that are not manufactured to design specifications, by mistake or intentionally to cut corners, can cause significant injury.
  • Design defect: If a product maker decides to save a buck by failing to follow best practices for safety, faulty products are produced and sold and can result in serious injuries.
  • Inadequate product warning: When a company fails to use warning labels or include safety instructions for product usage, we will hold them liable for injuries caused by their negligence.
  • Defective drugs or defective medical devices
We’ve successfully won damages for purchasers of manufactured homes, mobile homes, single-family residential houses and motor vehicles. These cases often involve a misrepresentation as to the condition of the product purchased or an outright fraud with respect to building specifications. Additionally, defective machinery, faulty medical devices, dangerous drugs and tainted food can cause life-altering injuries for victims.

Contact a Consumer Law Attorney about Your Product Liability Injuries Today

The lawyers of the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis will help you gather the facts of your case and craft them into a persuasive legal argument. We can represent you in any negotiations to resolve the dispute. If your case cannot be resolved through negotiation, we will represent you in court and ensure that your voice is heard, compellingly and thoughtfully.
For an initial consultation about your case, contact one of the lawyers from the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis today by calling our office or filling out our convenient online form. We will contact you right away to find out how we can help you.

DEFECTIVE DRUG LAWYERS IN SOUTHERN OHIO

Any company, be it a manufacturer, retailer or service professional, who tries to take advantage of consumers should be held accountable for their actions. The Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act was enacted to protect good people, like you, who have been victimized by unscrupulous business practices.

Actos Claim Attorney

Currently, a drug that has injured many people is the drug Actos. Prescribed for people who suffer from diabetes, it has been shown that Actos can also be the cause of bladder cancer. If you have bladder cancer and you have also taken Actos, there may be a connection.
When you contact me, I will talk with you about your medical history. I will ask about your smoking history and your history with Actos. With respect to all of this medical information, I will also be compiling a master list with you of every medical professional who has treated you for the medical issues bothering you. I will also have you authorize me to have access to your medical records themselves so I can review them for facts we can use in making your case to the court.
We are local attorneys familiar with the courts. Located in Jackson, we serve clients throughout Wellston, Gallipolis, Vinton, Athens, Portsmouth and beyond.

In It for the Long Haul

We all want legal conflicts to be resolved as quickly as possible. My office will work with you to help keep your head above water when things seem to be moving faster than you can manage. We will also support you during those times in defective drug cases where the court seems to be moving in slow motion. Usually, a defective drug case takes approximately a year to a year and a half to get to trial, and my firm is in it with you the entire way.

Contact a Defective Drug Attorney

To discuss your Chillicothe, Ohio, case with a lawyer, call the experienced product liability lawyers at The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis. You can also schedule an initial consultation with us by contacting us online.

DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICE LAWYERS IN SOUTHERN OHIO

The very idea of a defective medical device seems nonsensical. After all, the artificial hip you received is the height of medical technology. How could it possibly be defective?
But not only can your individual medical device be defective, the entire product line sold by that manufacturer may be defective as is the case with the DePuy hip replacement. Any medical device may have been defectively designed. It may have used defective materials. Whatever the defective medical device, whether it is a hip replacement, a knee replacement, vaginal mesh, transvaginal mesh, hernia mesh or some other type of medical device, The Richard M. Lewis Law Firm can tell your story to the court forcefully and professionally.

Medical Device Liability Attorney

Dangerous medical devices are not in fact uncommon. Just like defective drugs, dangerous medical devices are sold to trusting people who are then injured by those irresponsibly sold products, such as GranuFlo manufactured by Fresenius. All of us here at The Richard M. Lewis Law Firm work together with you to present your case to a jury. We help you gather the necessary information by reviewing medical records and speaking with any necessary experts.
With this information in hand, we craft a legal argument for you that can be used to tell your story to the court. Through this story, we explain to the court why you should be awarded a certain amount of proceeds or benefits. While they can never compensate you for any loss you have experienced in quality of life, these proceeds and benefits can still be used to defray the costs you now face as a result of your injury.

Contact a Defective Medical Device Attorney

To schedule an initial consultation with an experienced product liability lawyer about your case, call us at 740-286-0071. You can also contact me online.