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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

It takes more than a mere law degree to most effectively handle a major injury claim. Our highly skilled and nationally recognized team work with competent and knowledgeable consultants and experts to ensure that every matter is given the highest degree of skill and attention in all injury and death areas, included but not limited to motor vehicle accidents; product liability; wrongful death; medical malpractice; nursing home negligence and premises liability. Dworken & Bernstein is known for having creative and aggressive representation for victims of serious injury and death.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Working to help restore your world after the unexpected happens.

Dworken & Bernstein Co. LPA has been representing victims of automobile, motorcycle and trucking accidents for over 50 years. We have had the privilege of helping those people obtain fair and just compensation for their injuries or the death of a loved one.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident you are about to be flooded information and critical decisions. Beware. Often the insurer for the person who caused your accident will be the first to call. Early “mis-steps” when speaking to an insurer may be harmful to your ultimate claim. Some adjusters will seek a release of all liability in exchange for a small up front settlement despite the fact that your injury has not yet been fully determined. Some will tape record leading interviews for the purpose of limiting your claim. It is not always wise to deal one-on-one with these professionals whose job it is to protect the financial reserves of the insurance company. The smarter course of action is to first speak with an attorney experienced in handling injury claims.

Unfortunately you are also likely to be bombarded with mail solicitations from other lawyers and chiropractors. At Dworken & Bernstein, we rise above this practice. Over the past 50 years, we have built our reputation on the basic principle of hard work; we have built this law firm on the referrals of our thousands of satisfied clients.

Today there are many complicated factors in handling an injury claim. Decisions must be made as to how medical bills should be paid, what claims can be made and when those claims have to be properly asserted. Investigation and evidence preservation is vital at the early stages of your claim. State laws and some insurance policies have critical time frames for action which if not heeded can adversely affect your claim.

Let Dworken & Bernstein’s experienced attorneys and staff help you to navigate through a troubled time. We know how to obtain the necessary evidence and satisfy the legal requirements to obtain compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost earnings, disability and other personal damages. If necessary we have the experience and ability to take your injury claim all the way through a jury trial. Fair compensation is essential.

It is comforting to know that from start to finish, you have the guiding hand of a trusted and competent law firm protecting your rights. Please call us for a free consultation on your claim.


Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorneys

Patrick T. Murphy
Amanda Condon

Nursing Home Negligence

Taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves.

As a child, grandchild, or other relative of an aging loved one, we are often confronted with difficult choices of how best to care for our family member. At some point, the physical frailties or the mental and emotional difficulties that are so common among the elderly cause us to seek professional assistance in meeting the needs of those we cherish.

We often turn to skilled nursing homes, assisted living programs, home health care services or other programs that promote their expertise, their skill, and their loving touch – we entrust our loved ones to their care. Many of those institutions serving the elderly meet our expectations in caring for our parents, grandparents or other relatives. Too often however their promises of quality care are empty – we see bed sores, falls, medication errors, failures to attend to those in need, missed diagnoses of critical changes in medical conditions. Not only are these failures to provide quality care a breach of our trust, under the strict and clearcut laws of Ohio to protect elderly patients, they are often violations of protected rights and recognized standards of care.

Ohio has enacted an entire set of laws to protect the elderly in these exact situations. If you are concerned about the treatment of your loved one, please contact our experienced and competent Elder Care lawyers to promptly evaluate your situation. Our lawyers have been repeatedly awarded SuperLawyer® designation, AV skill ratings, and have been selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Ohio.

The lawyers at Dworken & Bernstein have for over 50 years successfully fought for those who have been harmed by Elder Law violations, including nursing home abuse or negligence. Our lawyers are experienced in courts throughout Ohio and many other states…Call us now for a free consultation.


Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys

Patrick T. Murphy
Amanda Condon

Professional Negligence

Committed to helping those who may have been a victim of negligence.

Whether it be doctors, lawyers, accountants, hospitals, nursing homes or other professional and licensed persons or institutions – thay all owe their patients, clients and residents a duty of using accepted levels of care, skill, diligence and expertise. When a professional person or institution causes you or a loved one harm by failing to live up to professional standards, they have committed malpractice and should be held accountable for their misconduct, mistakes or errors.

Attorneys at Dworken & Bernstein are committed to helping those who have been victimized by any type of professional negligence. We seek to hold the professional accountable and to help our clients earn fair compensation for their losses.

In the medical area, we have successfully handled cases involving surgical errors, failure to make proper and timely diagnoses, emergency room mistakes, anesthesia problems, birth trauma, and injury caused by medication mix-ups.

The lawyers at Dworken & Bernstein have taken on nursing homes that have not met expectations in caring for loved ones. We have successfully resolved claims concerning bed sores, slip and falls, residents leaving the premises, and medication errors.

We have dealt with cases against dentists, lawyers, accountants and others who have a professional and legal obligation to their patients and clients within accepted standards of care.

If you have suffered injury or economic loss because of a professional’s mistake or misconduct, call us at Dworken & Bernstein for a free consultation and review of your problem.

AGGRESSIVE. CREATIVE. SUCCESSSFUL

That is our pledge to you.


Professional Negligence Attorneys

Patrick T. Murphy
Amanda Condon

Wrongful Death

Someone in your corner when you need us the most.

The law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. has been successful in representing the families of persons whose death has been caused by the wrongful act of another. Wrongful death claims arise in many areas of injury law including motor vehicle accidents, work place accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and others. The Ohio General Assembly has codified the law necessary for families to recover in the case of a deceased loved one. Those claims, however, can only be brought by the personal representative of the deceased person who has been duly appointed by the Probate Court.

A wrongful death action may be brought by the Estate on behalf of the next of kin and beneficiaries of the Estate for damages they have suffered as the result of the death of a loved one. Both economic and non-economic damages may be obtained. Family members are entitled to compensation for the monetary loss suffered by way of loss of earnings or medical or funeral expenses. The wrongful death statute also provides a way to recover damages for the mental anguish incurred as the result of loss of the companionship, care, assistance and advice of a loved one.

A separate cause of action exists for the injuries suffered directly by the decedent. Death does not take away a cause of action or a claim of the injured person. The cause of action survives the death and continues in the personal representative appointed by the Probate Court. This “survival” action continues the right to sue and recover money for such things as the conscious pain and suffering of the decedent before he or she died.

If your spouse, child or parent died as the result of the negligence of someone else, contact one of Dworken & Bernstein’s lawyers listed.


Wrongful Death Attorneys

Patrick T. Murphy
Amanda Condon

Products Liability

Keeping you and the things we use safe.

Ohio law provides for claims to be made against the manufacturer, designer, seller or supplier of products that are defective and cause injury. Products can be anything from industrial machines to common everyday consumer products. Products may be defective because of faulty design or manufacturing processes, because of faulty instructions or warnings, or because the product failed to conform to representations of the manufacturer.

We have represented clients for injury or damage for everything from improperly manufactured plastic bottles to the failure of complex control circuitry in massive industrial presses. We have represented clients against everyone from restaurants serving poisoned food to firearms manufacturers to automotive manufacturers. Dworken & Bernstein lawyers work hand-in-hand with qualified engineers to determine whether a product is defective and the cause of an injury.

Oftentimes at Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. we discover that our industrial clients may have more than just a claim for workers’ compensation for their on-the-job injuries. It takes a trained eye to evaluate a case to determine whether a product liability claim may be appropriate for your injury.

If you believe that the reason for your injury was due to a defective product, please contact a Dworken & Bernstein attorney for a free consultation to learn more about your options.


Products Liability Attorneys

Patrick T. Murphy
Amanda Condon


All Personal Injury Attorneys

Patrick T. Murphy
Amanda Condon


Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Patrick T. Murphy

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