Below, you can find answers to questions that we are frequently asked as attorneys. The FAQs are
here to help you, but please do not rely on the answers or blog posts to ultimately determine
All cases are different, which means the course of action varies. You should always consult with
an attorney before taking any course of action.
- Why should I hire Yacobozzi│Drakatos, LLC?
Hiring the right attorney is probably one of the most important decisions you
make. Experience, knowledge, trust, reputation, and work ethic are major
factors that could affect the outcome of your case. Our firm has the
extensive experience and reputation to negotiate with insurance companies
and provide you with the representation you need. Insurance companies know
that we will take cases to trial if settlement is not possible. That fear
drives insurance companies to settle cases.
- How long do I have to settle my case?
Ohio has a two (2) year statute of limitations for personal injury claims.
Certain exceptions apply, so please contact our attorneys to determine
whether you have a viable claim.
The Ohio Medical Malpractice Act imposes a one (1) year statute of
limitations on medical malpractice claims. This means that you have a
limited amount of time in which to file a claim. If you believe that you or
a loved one has suffered due to a medical error, please contact our office
Ohio has a two (2) year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims.
Prior to prosecuting a claim, an Estate must be opened. Please contact our
attorneys so we can determine whether you are within the applicable statute
of limitations for a claim arising out of a wrongful death.
- What is my case worth?
The value of a case cannot be determined until there is a proper analysis of
all the facts, which includes review of medical records, injuries, lost
wages medical bills, and future losses. Anyone who attempts to claim a case
is worth a certain number of dollars without reviewing your relevant medical
records/history is not accurate. Please contact us, and we will help
determine the value of your case.
- How much does it cost to hire Yacobozzi│Drakatos?
On cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death,
there is no charge for an initial consultation. We are able to work on a
contingency fee, which means that our legal fee would be paid at the
conclusion of your case and would be a percentage of the total settlement or
jury verdict you obtain.
For other matters, we work on an hourly fee or a flat rate. We are happy to
speak with you regarding our fees, depending on your specific case.
- Do I need a lawyer?
If you have been injured, have outstanding medical bills, are losing wages,
or are permanently disabled, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Insurance companies do not settle cases willingly, so attempting to settle
your case on your own may jeopardize your potential for a fair recovery.
There are instances where legal representation may not be needed. An honest
lawyer will tell you if it is in your best interest to hire an attorney.
- Who will pay my medical bills?
We understand that what you are going through is not your fault. However,
medical bills remain your responsibility regardless of the outcome of the
case. If you have medical payment coverage through an automobile insurance
policy, that coverage can be used for out-of-pocket medical expenses. If you
have health insurance, your health insurance will pay your medical bills as
provided by your plan. However, remember that if you recover money from the
at-fault party, you might have to repay your health insurance and/or auto
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
Length of time varies depending on the complexity of the case. Certain cases
can be resolved in a matter of months. Other, more complex, cases can take
years to resolve. Your case cannot be adequately resolved unless you have
completed your medical treatment, reached maximum medical improvement, and
all of the damages have been properly evaluated.
- Can the insurance company refuse to settle the damage to my car because I
have made a personal injury claim?
- Do I have to give a recorded statement to the insurance company?
You do not have to give a recorded statement to the other driver's insurance
company. In fact, you should absolutely refuse to give a recorded statement
because it could hurt your case. However, you are obligated to cooperate
with your insurance company in order to preserve your rights under the
contract with your insurance company. If you find yourself in such a
situation, please contact our firm so we can properly advise you of your
- Can the insurance company tell me which doctors I have to see?
No. You have the right to see any doctor you want. You should always see a
medical practitioner who is qualified to treat your injuries. Doctors and
chiropractors who send you solicitation letters in the mail may not be the
best doctors for your care. Always check with your primary care physician on
the best course of treatment, and use your common sense.
- Should I sign medical authorizations for the insurance company to get my
No. You should never sign authorizations for an insurance company to get your
records until you get advice from an attorney. The authorizations give
permission for insurance companies to obtain copies of your medical records
that might have information unrelated to your personal injury claim. Our
firm will take care of ordering the relevant medical records to provide to
the insurance company. You are always able to obtain a copy of your own
medical charts, as well, by contacting your doctor's office.