Ohio Personal Injury Resources

The state of Ohio got its name from the Iroquis word “ohi-yo” which means “great river” or “large creek”. It is located in the Midwestern United States and much of its northern border is along the coast of Lake Erie. The geographic location of Ohio is very beneficial to its economy as it links the Northeast to the Midwest, allowing much business traffic to pass by its well developed highways. The Midwest is historically an economy led by heavy industry, with its own legal issues associated with the trade. Much like the rest of the country, most personal injury cases in Ohio are caused by car accidents and medical malpractice.
In 2012, Ohio had an estimated population of 11,544,225 which makes it the 7th most populous and 10th most densely populated in the United States. It had a total of 786,558 civil incoming cases, which is 6,818 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 21,243 are tort cases, tried in the Circuit court.The tort trend in Ohio is showing a decrease of about 30% the past decade. Many tort cases in Ohio involve medical malpractice. One famous tort case that happened recently is when a patient visited her OB/GYN, Dr. John Black. Dr. Black mistakenly sprayed potassium hydroxide on the patient causing her extreme pain and ongoing bleeding. The doctor and his employer denied all allegations. This is one often cited example of a negligent doctor benefitting from Ohio’s tort reform, though cases exist on each end of the spectrum.
A few years ago, Ohio passed a right-limiting tort reform that imposed a strict limit on the amount of compensation an injured patient can receive for their non-economic injuries. This is significant as critics often claim that lawyers raise compensation amounts to unreasonable levels by expertly swaying juries. Like the rest of the country, in Ohio, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases, all involving some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents. Traffic accidents and medical malpractice generally make up the bulk of personal injury claims, and this is certainly the case in Ohio.

Ohio State Resources
State of Ohio: http://ohio.gov/
Official Portal of Ohio: http://ohio.gov/
Ohio Legislature Online:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us
Ohio Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://ohio.gov/government/
Ohio Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/
CuyahogaCounty Official Website: http://www.cuyahogacounty.us/

Ohio Court Resources
Ohio Courts Online: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/
Links for Ohio Courts: http://www.ohiocourtlinks.org/
Ohio Office of Court Administration: https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AdminOffices/
Supreme Court of Ohio: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Ohio Legal Associates
State Bar of Ohio: https://www.ohiobar.org
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: http://www.clemetrobar.org/
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Ohio Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Ohio: http://research.lawyers.com/Ohio/Personal-Injury-in-Ohio.html
Ohio Legal Resources: http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem
Ohio Constitution: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/constitution.pdf
Ohio Legislature and Statutes Online: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/laws.cfm
Ohio Rules of Evidence: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/LegalResources/Rules/evidence/evidence.pdf
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Ohio Public Records finder:http://www.drc.ohio.gov/OffenderSearch/Search.aspx
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com