Auto Subrogation Lawyers
At Keis George, we pursue commercial and personal automobile subrogation in state and federal courts in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. Successful auto and uninsured motorist subrogation is a refined dynamic in which our attorneys use an aggressive methodology to interpret and apply state laws prior to fast-approaching statutory deadlines. We streamline the consistent intake, categorization, and action on files. Even after judgment is won, we continue to ensure your subrogation monies are paid.
Keis George delivers exceptional representation by simplifying the filing process and exhausting all efforts to increase your subrogation recoveries. Different situations require different strategies to pursue what is owed. We frequently litigate matters involving:
- Animals on the road – Crashes involving an animal, such as a cow on the road, can raise serious questions of negligence. Keis George will determine if there is subrogation potential and how to go about prevailing on a claim against the owner and/or keep of the animal.
- Assured clear distance statute (ACDA) – The time-honored doctrine of assured clear distance ahead places the fault for a rear-end collision on the following car. Our team takes a comprehensive approach to overcome prejudicial assumptions.
- Comparative fault – There is no “last clear chance to avoid the accident” rule in Ohio. This would require the other driver to anticipate the negligence of another person while driving. At trial, we are required to prove the defendant had a duty of reasonable care, which he or she violated that duty, and as a result, caused damage.
- Employer’s vicarious liability – Under the respondeat superior theory, an employer must answer for the negligent driving of an employee under certain circumstances. Cases often hinge on whether the at-fault driver was engaged in work activity, and whether the driver was an employee or an independent contractor.
- Excess insurance clause or other insurance clause – These clauses seem to appear in almost every case with concurrent coverage under multiple policies. An excess clause is any clause that attempts to make the policy in question excess if there are any other policies of insurance that would cover an accident.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way – Failure to yield the right-of-way is a common matter our attorneys frequently litigate on behalf of clients.
- Negligent entrustment – Under Ohio’s negligent entrustment statute, codified at Revised Code Section 4511.203, the owner of a motor vehicle may face both criminal penalties and civil liability when he or she entrusts that vehicle to another driver the owner knew or should have known was not legally entitled to drive. This includes unlicensed drivers, drivers with revoked or suspended licenses, and intoxicated drivers.
- Parental and/or cosigner liability – Adults who cosign for the driver’s license of a minor can be held liable for the damages caused by the teen driver.
- Police accident reports – A police report is hearsay, or inadmissible unless it meets one of the exceptions enumerated in the rules of evidence.
- Self-driving cars and/or autonomous vehicles – There are more unanswered questions than answers that the legal system, insurance carriers, and engineers will have to investigate and resolve over the next several years. Especially as these vehicles, become implemented into society. Over the course of the next several years, Keis George will explore and report on this subject.
- Uninsured motorists – We help insurers recover against uninsured and underinsured motorists as quickly as possible. Because insurers can lose the right to subrogate if a case is not brought within two years of the accident, our attorneys are aggressive and efficient when seeking settlement or judgment on behalf of our clients.
Our Judgment Recovery Department supervises most recovery techniques against defendants, which include monitoring thousands of installment payments and distribution of those payments to the court and clients. When a defendant does not file an answer within twenty-eight days of service, we file a motion for default judgment or in some situations, a default hearing. At that time, we utilize all available legal executions such as wage garnishments, liens, and bank attachments; bureau of motor vehicle restrictions, such as suspended licenses and registration privileges; using bank subpoenas to obtain asset and employment data; and, other proven strategies to collect what is owed in a timely and dignified manner. We do not make verbal threats or use intimidation tactics. Our recovery techniques are so refined we do not even have to call the defendants. The defendants call us to enter into a voluntary payment agreement.
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You can see everything and anything we are up to on our Client Portal. Keis George Reports, our Client Portal, is secure proprietary software offering our clients detailed status updates with the click of a mouse. Clients may access the portal 24/7 with their username and password from any electronic device in the world. Client Portal features include:
- Access to all file information including claim status, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payment dates, schedule of all legal proceedings; statute dates, and at-fault party information;
- Customized training and support; and
- Secure access to an unlimited number of users per company.
Our subrogation attorneys pursue claims against the at-fault third party to recover what is owed. If necessary, our lawyers will garnish wages and levy bank accounts to ensure the proper resolution of a claim. For skilled representation, contact one of our subrogation lawyers to schedule a consultation.