Tib / Fib Fracture In Bicycle Car Accident...
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask a question about my case. I currently live in Budapest, Hungary. One and a half years ago while in Ohio I was hit by a car as I rode my bicycle on the sidewalk. The car drove over my leg because he did not even notice he hit me.
Due to the accident my tibia and fibula fractured in five places and I got nerve damaged in my back, causing winging in my right shoulder blade. After one and a half years of recovery I was diagnosed with a 6mm shorter right leg, causing lower back pain, knee pain and ongoing weakness in my right arm.
After the accident I was seeing a counselor and diagnosed with depression. As a post-doctorate fellow I had no lost income due to the patience of the university, but I could not fulfill my goals and had to go back to Europe with limited results.
Before the accident I had an active life as a climber and tennis player, but I can no longer do these activities. In the future I am still facing a rod and pin removal surgery. I should be prepared for the consequences of early hip and possible knee arthrosis later in life. My medical bills are approximately $100k so far. I was 32 years old when the accident happened.
Could you please give me a rough estimation of the amount I can expect as a verdict if I file a lawsuit? Thank you for the answer and any other information you can give. I appreciate all your efforts to help me.
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ANSWER for "Tib / Fib Fracture In Bicycle Car Accident...":
Fortunately in the State of Ohio the Statue of Limitations, or "time period" in which you have to either settle a case or file a lawsuit is 2 years. So you are well within the statutory period.
If you intend to pursue a claim against the person who ran over you it will be necessary for you to contact one or more personal injury attorneys in the State of Ohio.
Although living in Budapest will create some logistical difficulties, as long as most, if not all of your medical bills are located in Ohio you shouldn't have a problem. The personal injury attorney you choose would prefer you visit in her office. That way you would be better able to share the details of the incident.
These days though, with Skype and other similar transmitting programs you can have a "virtual" interview with the attorneys who are set up with these programs.
You will have to sign a Fee Agreement and several Medical Releases so your attorney can access your medical records. In the United States most personal injury attorneys do not charge any fee until such time as they either settle a client's case or win it at trial.
Without access to your medical records and other specific details related to your case it is impossible for me to determine what amount your case should be settled for. A successful result might be several times the amount of your medical bills.
If the attorney fails to prevail in your case you will owe her nothing. There will come a time when you will have to return to Ohio, probably for depositions and other pre-trial matters. Your attorney though, can minimize your appearances using the same programs he used to speak with you.
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.
Best of luck,
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