According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, someone is injured on one of the state’s roadways about every five minutes. Without a personal injury law firm like Kisling, Nestico & Redick in your corner you can find yourself in a bad spot. Here is one family’s story.
Every Mom’s Worst Fear
Rachelle Pearson’s son, a star athlete at Woodridge High School, was lucky to survive a serious car accident. The air bag that saved his life, however, severely damaged his eyes. Doctors couldn’t promise that he would ever see again, and he was despondent for months after the crash.
Fortunately, surgeons were finally able to restore his vision. The last thing Pearson needed to worry about during that stressful time was how to pay for her son’s surgery. Thanks to Kisling, Nestico & Redick, a leading Ohio law firm, she didn’t have to.
Gary Kisling, Rob Nestico, and Robert Redick, who specialize in injury and wrongful death cases, set up shop in 2005. Since that time, they’ve added over 35 attorneys, served more than 10,000 clients, and opened additional offices to round out to 11 around the state. No matter where you live in Ohio, you’re in close proximity to outstanding legal help and immediate attention. Because their locations are so widespread, the attorneys have valuable insight into various jurisdictions and regional factors that influence cases.
What stands out most to Pearson and her son is the personal, timely service they received. She explains that it’s refreshing to be “able to talk to somebody – a person – every time you want to get some questions answered, and not have to email and wait a day or two for a response.”
Since Kisling, Nestico & Redick assigns at least one attorney and two paralegals to each case, the case-specific service and attention to detail are not surprising. Whether by phone, email, or meetings in person, KNR lawyers follow up to answer clients’ questions and keep their cases moving toward resolution.
Every client is equally respected no matter how complex the case. Whether it involves a vehicular accident, work-related injury, defective product, medical malpractice, or wrongful death, the legal team pursues compensation with transparency and integrity. Attorneys and support staff keep clients in the loop throughout the process.
Pearson will forever be grateful for the KNR team’s knowledge, experience, and determination in going to bat for her son.
If It Happens to You
It’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed after sustaining injuries in a car or truck accident, especially when you were not at fault. You may be so woozy or disoriented at the scene that you don’t know what to do first.
Meanwhile, valuable time is ticking away. Important evidence is slipping through the cracks.
Preparing in advance for the worst-case scenario, whether for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, could make all the difference in physical recovery and protection of rights. That’s why Kisling, Nestico & Redick compiled this list of steps to help you. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it.
1. Call the police.
This may be the last thing on your mind if you or a loved one is in pain. It’s important, though, that the police take your information and make a report while everything is still fresh in your mind. Someone who witnessed the accident may report it, but don’t assume that help is on the way. Dial 911 if the police don’t arrive soon.
One or more officers will survey the scene and gather information from you, the other parties involved, and witnesses. The report will include the date, time, and location of the accident; contact and insurance information; the names of witnesses; descriptions of everyone’s injuries; and an account of what happened from the reporting officer’s perspective. Someone will shoot pictures of the scene, injuries, and damage to vehicles.
Finally, the officer will notate any tickets that were issued. Don’t be reluctant to tell all that you know. The police report is critical evidence in proving liability.
2. See a doctor.
The importance of seeking medical attention as soon as possible can’t be overstated. Adrenalin will make your injuries seem minor at the time, but they could worsen over a few days or weeks. Also, a thorough exam could expose an injury that you weren’t even aware of. Getting started on a treatment plan right away will prevent reinjury and speed up your recovery.
Stay under a doctor’s care, and report each new issue. Medical documentation is crucial for showing both the immediate and long-term impact of your injuries. If you don’t go to the doctor, the insurance company for the party at fault has every reason to insist that you weren’t really hurt and deny your claim.
3. Record everything you remember in your own words.
The police could miss a key detail, so it’s important to tell the story from your own point of view. How did the accident happen? Could it have been prevented? Who was at fault? Did anyone who saw the accident remark about it?
Time has a way of blurring details, so jot down your recollections while they’re still fresh in your mind. Maybe the pavement was slick. Maybe the last thing you recall is the light turning green. Maybe the other driver was talking on the phone, yelling at another driver, or going the wrong way.
Nothing that you clearly remember is trivial. Your attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick will put to good use any information that you provide.
4. Shoot pictures.
If you’re able, use your cell phone to take pictures of the scene. Be sure to photograph anything that could be relevant. Examples include traffic signs, weather and pavement conditions, construction equipment, and obstacles in the roadway. Take pictures of the vehicles involved and the damage done. If there were passengers in your car, be sure to get photos of their injuries as well as your own.
Having a good visual record will show responsibility if you later file a claim.
5. Don’t admit fault.
Saying you’re sorry is often a knee-jerk reaction even if you have nothing to be sorry for. It’s just the polite thing to say when you collide with someone in a doorway or can’t understand someone who’s mumbling.
This is one occasion when accepting blame is inappropriate.
You may even sincerely believe at the time that the accident was your fault, but you’re likely not really in a position to know that. If it turns out that the other party is responsible because, for instance, they broke a law that made the collision unavoidable on your part, an apology or admission of guilt could hurt your case.
When you talk to the police, other parties, and witnesses, stay calm and neutral. Be truthful to the best of your knowledge, and be brief.
6. Gather contact information.
Get a name, phone number, and insurance policy number from everyone who was involved. Ask anyone who saw the wreck to provide a name, number, and best time to contact.
7. Don’t talk to insurance companies.
If the other party is at fault, you will no doubt get a call from their insurer. Politely refer them to your lawyer, and hang up.
You may be due compensation for medical bills, damage to your car, lost wages, or emotional distress. Insurers know that and try to get off the hook for as much as possible. They’ll press you to accept an offer that may sound like a lot of money. It’s not.
One of the greatest advantages of hiring Kisling, Nestico & Redick is the team’s insider knowledge of the insurance industry. One of the founders, Rob Nestico, was just 15 when he was broadsided by a driver who ran a stop sign. His extensive injuries required a three-month hospital stay. He remembers all too well that the other driver’s insurance agent took full advantage of his parents; they were Italian immigrants who spoke almost no English. The settlement they agreed to was a fraction of what it should have been.
The experience had a profound effect on Nestico. He works tirelessly on behalf of clients who can’t fight the insurance giants on their own.
Also, numerous Kisling, Nestico & Redick attorneys and assistants worked in the insurance industry prior to joining the firm. They are therefore adept at knowing how big insurance companies operate and know how to predict their strategies. Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s expertise has resulted in more than $450 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients.
Again, when the insurer calls, don’t answer questions about your injuries. Don’t discuss or accept a settlement offer. That’s a job for the pros at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.
8. Speak with an experienced lawyer.
After a crash that results in injury, you don’t just need an attorney. You need an attorney who is experienced with cases involving car accidents. The Kisling, Nestico & Redick team goes the extra mile to see that clients like you are not taken advantage of. They’ll look at your case from all angles to determine who must answer for your injuries.
If the other party is liable for damages, they’ll assign a value to your case and make sure that you’re fairly compensated in full. They’ll do all the negotiating with the insurance company so that you can focus on your treatment and recovery.
You Deserve the Best
It’s not just clients who hold Kisling, Nestico & Redick in high regard. The firm belongs to some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry. Ohio Super Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum are just two examples.
Several KNR attorneys are listed among the American Trial Lawyers Association Top Trial Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland, and Top 100 Trial Lawyers of Ohio.
They’re so committed to clients and confident of positive outcomes that they do initial case evaluations for free.
No innocent victim of a life-altering accident should have to pay the consequences. They shouldn’t have to fight for their rights without quality legal counsel. With any luck, you’ll get through life without a car accident and serious injuries. If you don’t, you want compassionate, determined lawyers in your corner. You want Kisling, Nestico & Redick.