Personal Injury Law

If you have been injured in a car accident, been a victim of medical malpractice, or have a family member that you believe passed away due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital, Susan J. Lax is a personal injury lawyer that works hard to get the damage settlement you may be entitled to. She handles all types of cases involving defective products, vehicle accidents, serious burns, premises negligence, medical malpractice, wrongful death and work-related injuries.

Becoming injured from another's recklessness or lack of good judgment can be a life-altering event. We strive to help victims obtain compensation for:

  • Rehabilitative care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Lost income or wages
  • Emotional trauma

There are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a civil lawsuit so protect your rights by scheduling your consultation with us today.

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider is negligent and doesn’t follow the “standard of care” in the patient’s treatment.

A claim can exist if a healthcare/financial provider’s negligence causes injury or damage to a patient, however, to have a case there must be sufficient documentation with records to coincide and an expert evaluation may be needed.

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Auto Accidents

If you are involved in an accident as the result of another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to take legal action to recover your damages. The damages may include any damage to your vehicle, injuries you sustained as the result of the accident and the costs incurred as a result of those injuries such as medical bills, prescription drug costs, lost wages due to time missed from work and a number of other possibilities.

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Wrongful Death

There are certain elements that must be present in order to bring a successful wrongful death cause of action:

  • The death of a human being;
  • Caused by another's negligence, or with intent to cause harm;
  • The survival of family members who are suffering monetary injury as a result of the death, and;
  • The appointment of a personal representative for the decedent's estate.

A wrongful death claim may arise out of a number of circumstances, such as in the following situations:

  • Medical malpractice that results in decedent's death;
  • Automobile;
  • Occupational exposure to hazardous conditions or substances;
  • Criminal behavior;
  • Death during a supervised activity.

When a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another, the surviving members of the victim's family may sue for "wrongful death."  A suit for wrongful death may only be brought by the personal representative of the decedent's estate.

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Personal Injury

Personal injury is when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. There are a various types of personal injury claims such as motor vehicle accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, assault claims, and product defect accidents (product liability).  Depending upon the intent or negligence of a responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation through a settlement or a judgment.

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Statute of Limitations

  • Medical Malpractice – 1 or 4 years (depending on when the injury is discovered)
    • Oh. Rev. Code §2305.113(A) and (C)
  • Auto Accident/Personal Injury – 2 years
    • Oh. Rev. Code §2305.10(A)
  • Wrongful Death – 2 years
    • Oh. Rev. Code §2125.02(D