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April 2020 Archives

Will my future medical bills, wage loss and pain and suffering be covered in my personal injury claim?

The short answer is yes. By law, the at-fault person's insurance company owes you for all the damages you suffer as a result of an accident. Damages include things in the past, present and future. Future damages are more difficult to predict. The law requires that future damages are proven with reasonable certainty; specifically, future issues must be proven to be more likely than not.

Can I get treatment for my injuries during the current crisis?

The short answer is that it is still possible to get medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Getting proper treatment takes persistence during these times and may not involve an in-person meeting with a physician, nurse, or physical therapist but treatment is still available.

Why do some lawyers get higher injury settlements for their clients?

The short answer is because of past jury trial success. Insurance companies are world class data collectors and analyzers. Insurance carriers use complex algorithms to determine the cost of coverage premiums. They also use data and formulas to decide how much money to offer in injury and death cases. The amount they offer will be impacted by the lawyer representing the plaintiff.

Covid-19 Prison Update

The COVID-19 global pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances in our communities. As society continues to adjust to self-isolation and quarantine, we can only hope that life as we knew it returns to "normal" as soon as possible. While social distancing and isolation have become our new daily routine, it is something that is impossible for people incarcerated in Ohio's prisons and jails. While so many of us are concerned with keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities healthy, many Ohio inmates are being forgotten about. What was once a six-month or one-year sentence could now be a death sentence for some inmates.

CAN YOU BE PULLED OVER FOR DRIVING SOMEONE ELSE'S VEHICLE?

Potentially, yes. If you do not have permission to be driving the vehicle, then you are committing a crime and can be arrested. However, a recent United States Supreme Court case held that even if you have permission to drive someone else's vehicle, it is possible that you could still be pulled over-even though you are not committing a crime.

Butler County Area Courts to Offer Fee Amnesty

If you owe court fees to Butler County Area 1 (Oxford), 2 (Hamilton), or 3 (West Chester) Court those courts are currently offering a fee amnesty program through May 22, 2020. Individuals owing fines in those three courts can have the remainder of those fees waived if they pay half the amount owed, plus $125 for court costs. 

SHOULD I MAKE A CLAIM WITH MY OWN AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY IF THE CAR ACCIDENT IS NOT MY FAULT?

The short answer is yes. Many people who have been in a car accident caused by another driver worry that their premiums will be raised if they open a claim with their own insurance company. But Ohio law (R.C. 3937.22) is clear that an insurance carrier may not increase rates if the accident is not their insured's fault.

Governor DeWine Announces Plan Regarding Ohio Prisons

On April 7, Governor DeWine announced his plan going forward to decrease the prison population in light of the Coronavirus. In noting the difficulty of social distancing for both inmates and staff the Governor announced a plan to release two classes of inmates. The first class is for individuals whose sentence is set to expire within the next 90 days. With respect to these individuals, the Governor has screened out (meaning deemed ineligible) individuals convicted of domestic violence, kidnapping, abduction, homicide-related charges, making terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation, and sexually oriented offenses. 

Can I, or my Loved One, be Released from Prison Because of the Corona Virus?

The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected so many aspects of our society. Families, jobs, and even cases in the criminal justice system have been dramatically impacted by this virus. With each new day, Governor DeWine and President Trump issue new orders and directives that impact our daily lives.

Can I, or my Loved One, be Released from Jail Because of the Corona Virus?

If you or a loved one is currently being held in a county jail, you may have an opportunity to seek being released. Due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic, many courts and law enforcement agencies are taking steps to decrease their jail population and release at-risk inmates.

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