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Rittgers & Rittgers - Personal InjuryChiquita Center 250 East Fifth Street, 15th Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONThe Rittgers & Rittgers law firm has served clients in southern Ohio for more than 30 years. We have earned a reputation as a caring, client-focused, aggressive law firm known for excellent results.
After an accident with serious injuries, victims and their families are understandably confused. The insurance company wants to settle for as little as possible — or not at all. Insurance companies often try to settle quickly before a person gets an attorney in order to settle the claim for much less than it is worth. Insurance companies are in the business to make money, not to help the injured. Rittgers and Rittgers has settled numerous cases on behalf of injured parties for reasonable compensation, including multi-million dollar settlements.
People in southwest Ohio have been turning to our personal injury lawyers for legal counsel for more than 30 years. They know we will listen, that we will care about their injuries, and that we will provide an honest appraisal of the legal options. Dealing with a serious personal injury or with the wrongful death of a loved one is never easy. While you focus on recovery, we can handle the many different issues involved to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Serious injuries require substantial compensation. There are medical bills, lost wages, and living expenses. You need to be concerned about the future. Will you be able to work at the same job? Will you need continued medical care or help in dealing with a disability? Whatever law firm you choose, make sure you have strong, experienced legal counsel — a personal injury lawyer to pursue maximum compensation for serious injuries or for a family member's wrongful death.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
- Motor Vehicle Accidents / Car Accidents
As soon as you retain our services, we will immediately begin working on your behalf. We have the experience handling all types of car accident cases. In many cases, we find that the crash was a result of a drunk driver, teen driver or a driver that was distracted at the time of the crash. We analyze every potential insurance carrier in each case to make sure past and future damages are compensated. Our Ohio law firm will gather evidence about the car accident, review police reports and medical records, talk to witnesses and hire the necessary experts to pursue a claim in your case. We contact the car insurance companies and handle all communications about your personal injury claim.
- Motorcycle Accidents / Bicycle Accidents
In one motorcycle accident after another, the car or truck driver will say, "I didn't see the motorcycle." Or they attempt to place the blame on the motorcyclist. t the Rittgers & Rittgers law firm, our personal injury lawyers investigate motorcycle accidents and find out who was at fault. At-fault drivers (and their insurance companies) need to take responsibility for their actions. When our law firm investigates motorcycle accidents, we often find that the at-fault driver did not recognize the motorcyclists' right to be on the road. Too often, the reason motorcycles are not visible is because other drivers do not look for motorcycles and do not see them. The same phenomenon happens with bicycle accidents and with pedestrian accidents. Drivers are focused on other cars and trucks and other distractions within their own car.
- Truck Accidents
The Rittgers & Rittgers law firm's personal injury lawyers have investigated many truck accidents, so we waste no time in starting the process. Our attorneys and the experts we bring to the case examine the accident scene and collect evidence. We examine the log books to determine if the driver had been behind the wheel for too long. We go through the mechanical records. Was the equipment properly maintained? We check the freight weight, examine the personnel and training records of the driver, investigate adherence to DOT regulations, and determine if there were any prior incidents. Was the driver on drugs or alcohol? Was the driver distracted by cell phones, navigation equipment, on-board faxes, or texting?
- Train Accidents
In most train crossing accidents, the railroad company and its attorneys attempt to place blame on the car driver. We use accident reconstruction experts to help families and our lawyers determine what happened in the moments before a train crash. Train accidents are not always the fault of the railroad company, but a train accident victim needs to seek advice from a good lawyer to determine the cause of the accident. In many cases, injured people have the right to demand just compensation and recover damages from the negligence of train owners or operators.
- Premises Liability / Slip and Fall
A slip and fall accident is often just that — an accident. At other times, however, when a property owner fails to keep the property safe, a slip and fall "accident" is the result of negligence. A leaky refrigeration unit can cause a slippery, dangerous floor. Snow and ice that are not removed promptly after a storm is over can place passersby in grave danger from slippery ice. Badly stacked merchandise can fall and injure unsuspecting customers. Debris left on a badly lighted walkway can cause injury.
- Dog Bites
In Ohio, owners have strict liability when their dogs bite someone. There is no second chance. When a dog bites, even if it is that dog's first bite, the owner is responsible. Many people are hesitant to report a dog bite or make a claim for the injuries. But the injuries are often serious — facial scarring, nerve damage, infection, psychological damage — and require careful and often extensive medical and psychological treatment. If you have questions about dog bites and dog bite liability, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Rittgers & Rittgers law firm.
- Sexual Assault Injuries
If you were the victim of a sexual assault, you have our sympathy and concern. If your sexual assault was enabled because of inadequate security, our personal injury attorneys may be able to help you get the compensation you need for your physical and psychological injuries. When a parking lot has poor lighting and the owner is aware of previous problems with muggings or other assaults, the owner should have taken action to remedy the problem and assure a safer environment.
If your child was the victim of sexual assault, talk to an attorney. When day care facilities, schools and churches fail to do appropriate background checks on employees and volunteers or when they fail to monitor people coming into the facility, children can be placed in danger because of the lack of security. Child molestation and sexual assault can often be prevented if authorities take the proper steps to assure the safety of children.
- Brain Injuries
Days or weeks after a car accident, a slip and fall accident or amusement park accident, family members may begin to notice problems such as short-term memory loss or sudden mood changes. It may take time before they seek an evaluation from a specialist. If you suspect a brain injury, talk to a doctor and to a personal injury lawyer. At our law firm, we can explain the evaluation process, and we can help you deal with the insurance claims. It is important not to settle a claim with an insurance company until you have a clear understanding of the injuries and what those injuries will cost in terms of medical bills and long-term care and therapy.
- Child Injuries
In cases of child injury, the cause often comes down to poor supervision or failure to take necessary precautions. Our personal injury lawyers work with experts to investigate accidents and determine the cause and the liable parties. A school or daycare is responsible for providing a safe environment. A pool facility is responsible for protecting children in the water. A failure to screen employees or visitors can enable the sexual assault of a child. At the Rittgers & Rittgers law firm, our attorneys have seen the devastation and grief a child's serious injuries or wrongful death can cause a family. No explanation of how and why can change what happened, but it can help with the costs of injury and the possible prevention of future injuries to other children.
- Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury (SCI) changes the life of the victim and the lives of the people who care about the victim. The spinal cord injury can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia, fundamentally changing the way the victim goes about day-to-day living. Spinal cord injuries are caused by a wide range of accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, swimming pool accidents, amusement park accidents and others. Because of the enormous costs involved with spinal cord injury, we investigate these accidents thoroughly to determine all possible liable parties and their insurance companies.
- Uninsured /Underinsured Accidents
People who drive irresponsibly are more likely to cause accidents. They are also more likely not to have the insurance coverage required by law. If you were injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, talk to a personal injury lawyer at Rittgers & Rittgers about your rights under your own insurance policy. With offices in Lebanon, West Chester and downtown Cincinnati, we serve clients throughout southwestern Ohio. When the person who caused the car crash does not have any insurance or inadequate insurance, you can turn to your own policy for the coverage you need for personal injury. Your uninsured/underinsured coverage will usually correspond with your liability coverage.
- Insurance Claim Disputes
When we pay for insurance, we believe that we are paying for services that will benefit us in the event of accidents. An insurance company, however, sees a claim as a threat to its bottom line. As a result, insurance adjusters attempt to settle claims for much less than they are worth. This leads to disputes that require the care and knowledge of an experienced attorney. At Rittgers & Rittgers, our Cincinnati insurance claim dispute lawyers handle cases involving all types of insurance claim disputes, including those involving auto insurance disputes and homeowners insurance lawsuits. With more than 30 years of experience, we are able to identify the tactics insurance companies may employ. We can help you avoid any pitfalls while crafting a strong case based on your interests and need for compensation.
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