Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer
Stow Law Firm Serving Clients in Northeast Ohio
At Perduk & Associates Co., L.P.A., we help clients who suffer serious injuries due to someone else’s careless or reckless conduct. We handle all types of accident and injury cases. From our office in Stow, we assist clients in Cuyahoga County, Medina County, Portage County, Stark County, Summit County, Wayne County, and surrounding areas.
As a personal injury attorney for more than 20 years, attorney David Perduk knows how to protect the rights of personal injury victims. He relentlessly pursues each case to obtain the full financial compensation the client deserves.
What Is a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally, under Ohio law, a person who causes harm to another individual by being negligent is legally responsible for compensating the victim. Negligence is a legal standard that describes conduct that falls short of a required duty to exercise reasonable care. Any case resulting from injuries caused by someone’s negligence is a personal injury case.
There are many different types of personal injury claims. At Perduk & Associates, our experience and representation spans all types of injury cases, including the following kinds of cases.
Car crashes are the most common type of personal injury claim. When an accident occurs, the at-fault driver is legally responsible. In most cases, that driver’s insurance company pays compensation to the victims.
Sometimes, your own or a household member’s Uninsured Motorist / Underinsured Motorist (UM / UIM) insurance coverage comes into play when you’re injured in an accident. Examples are hit-and-run accidents and crashes where the at-fault driver has no insurance or inadequate insurance. Making those claims without the assistance of an attorney can create significant problems.
Our firm handles all types of traffic accident cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in an accident caused by someone else, consulting with an experienced attorney is extremely important. Negotiating with the insurance company on your own is not in your best interest.
Insurance companies have one goal: to pay the lowest possible amount to injured victims. Adjusters also try to get victims to make (and sign) statements that hurt the case. They use tactics and strategies to accomplish their goals. They count on victims not understanding how much compensation they deserve to be paid.
If an insurance adjuster contacts you after you suffer serious injuries in an accident, tell the adjuster your attorney will be in touch. Then call us at Perduk & Associates.
We do not charge a fee for your initial consultation — and we always respond promptly to calls. You can learn a lot more about your right to compensation just by talking with us.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries / Premises Liability Claims
Ohio law requires property owners and operators to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors. If a condition on business or private property causes injuries, the owner or operator may be legally liable for compensating the victim. The resulting claim is a premises liability case.
Slip-and-fall accidents — also sometimes called trip-and-fall accidents — are a common type of premises liability case. Injuries on property can occur in other ways as well.
If you receive severe injuries in an accident on business or private property, you should talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Perduk & Associates, we help you recover the full compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is always free-of-charge.
Defective Products / Product Liability Claims
If you suffer injuries because of a defective product or inadequate warnings on a product, the manufacturer may be legally responsible for compensating you for your injuries. These accidents create product liability claims.
Product liability claims are legally and factually complex. Investigating and analyzing the accident and product requires a skillful personal injury attorney.
If you receive severe injuries, and you think a defective product or inadequate warnings are to blame, call us at Perduk & Associates. In your free initial consultation, we advise you of the options for proceeding based on your circumstances, so you can make an informed decision.
Ohio law treats dog bite injuries different from other types of personal injury cases. There is a specific state law that makes a dog owner strictly liable for dog bite injuries. That means owner liability exists regardless of the dog owner’s negligence or lack of negligence. It does not matter if the dog previously did not bite anyone.
The statute imposes liability on the dog owner whether the dog bite occurred on the owner’s property or on other property. The only exception applies if the bite victim was trespassing or committing a crime other than a minor misdemeanor at the time of the bite — then the dog owner likely is not liable.
Liability under the law includes injury or loss to a person or property. It also includes liability if the dog bite injuries cause a person’s death.
If you or a loved one suffered severe dog bite injuries, get in touch with us at Perduk & Associates. We do not charge a fee for your initial consultation. We always respond to inquiries promptly.
Wrongful Death Actions
Under a specific Ohio statute, family members may recover damages when a person causes death of a loved one by a “wrongful act, neglect, or default.” The law gives the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate (administrator or executor) authority to file an action on behalf of the estate and beneficiaries.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action. It is completely separate from any criminal charges filed against the person who caused the accident.
Compensation in a wrongful death case is different from compensation in other personal injury cases. The damages compensate family members for the loss suffered as the result of their loved one’s death.
If you lost a loved one in an accident of any kind and another person was at fault, you should talk with us about whether you have a wrongful death claim. At Perduk & Associates, your initial consultation is always free.
Medical Malpractice / Legal Malpractice
The law imposes a duty on doctors, lawyers, and other professionals to provide services that meet a specific standard of care. If medical care or legal services fall below the required standard, the person who suffered harm or loss can file a medical malpractice or legal malpractice lawsuit against the medical professional or attorney.
Malpractice claims of any kind are legally and factually complicated. Making a malpractice claim requires assistance from an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Perduk & Associates, we help clients with both medical and legal malpractice claims. If you contact us to discuss your case, we do not charge for your first consultation.
Insurance Company Bad Faith Claims
All insurance companies have a legal duty described as good faith and fair dealing. That duty includes investigating claims, making payments in a timely manner, and not abusing the policyholder in the claims process.
If your insurance company violates their duty in handling your claim under any type of policy, you may be able to file a bad faith lawsuit against the company. This type of action can relate to life insurance, disability insurance, homeowner’s insurance, business insurance, auto insurance, healthcare insurance, or any other type of policy.
If your insurance company did not handle your claim properly, talk with us about your case. Your initial consultation is always free at Perduk & Associates.
If you receive an injury at work, Ohio Workers’ Compensation insurance may apply. In some situations, you may also have a personal injury claim. Learn more about compensation for work injuries on our Workers’ Compensation page.
Compensation in Ohio Personal Injury Cases
In any personal injury claim, many different factors enter into calculating the amount of compensation. For severe physical injuries, you are entitled to much more than just reimbursement for your medical expenses. Your insurance company may try to convince you otherwise. Do not believe them.
Calculating compensation in a personal injury case requires skill and knowledge. At Perduk & Associates, we apply our 20 years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims to make certain all available elements of damages are taken into account and calculated properly.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation with an Experienced Northeast Ohio Personal Injury Attorney
We welcome you to contact us about your personal injury case, regardless of the nature of your claim. Ohio personal injury lawyer David Perduk is dedicated to making sure that injured victims and their families recover the full compensation they deserve.
From our office in Stow, we serve clients throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cuyahoga County, Medina County, Portage County, Stark County, Summit County, Wayne County, and surrounding areas. We provide legal services to clients in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Medina, Stow, Tallmadge, Wadsworth, Wooster, and other nearby cities and towns.
Call us at 330.688.1072 or use our online contact form to set up your free initial consultation.