Good news! The Ohio legislature has passed House Bill 166, a law that prevents attorneys and health providers from soliciting or otherwise communicating with victims of motor vehicle accidents for thirty days following the accident. It will take effect in the coming months - likely October of this year.
Most Americans are aware of HIPPA regulations and the fact that our medical records are protected by law as private. A person or corporation needs a medical authorization to gain access to a medical record.
Recently, a gentleman called our office because his wife had fractured her arm in a boating accident. He said that he and his wife made a claim with Progressive Insurance Company and were assured by the Progressive adjuster that a fair settlement could be reached without the need for attorneys to be involved. Ultimately, Progressive offered to pay $5,000 for medical bills and 50,000 for her pain and suffering. He and his wife felt that the offer was fair, settled the claim with Progressive and signed paperwork releasing Progressive and the at fault person for any future claims.
Many of us love the thrill of the highs and lows of the amusement parks, carnivals, fairs or water parks. We love the rush of excitement we experience on every ride. But, do we think of the dangers or safety? Most of us do not. We assume regulations and standards are in place.
Former critical care doctor, William Husel, was recently charged with murder for causing the deaths of twenty-five patients at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Husel plead not guilty and the criminal case remains pending.
After an injury or tragic death, the last thing a family wants to do is look for a lawyer. Hiring a lawyer quickly is important but can be difficult. Even when a person has ample time to conduct due diligence, finding the best lawyer can be difficult because of the number of lawyers who inundate our televisions, radio, and billboards with lawyer advertising.
By Konrad Kircher
The State of Ohio takes biking laws seriously in order to protect the health and safety of those participating in the joys of exploring the trails that wind through the countryside of this great state. But do you know the bicycle laws?
On Monday, December 17, 2018, the Midwest and Maryland provinces of the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, plan to release lists of priests dating back to 1955 who were accused of sexually abusing minors. As the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church, this revelation is long overdue and is due, in part, to the tireless work of attorneys across the country - like Rittgers & Rittgers' own Konrad Kircher and Ryan McGraw - on behalf of survivors of priest abuse.
As you read your homeowner's insurance policy one thing that you will inevitably encounter are terms referencing other terms, referencing definitions, referencing back to other terms (never mind all of the exclusions). It can be maddening. A logical next question is whether these definitions are there to exclude coverage, or simply to define coverage. While our previous discussion about exclusions should give you some peace of mind that anything not specifically excluded should be covered under Ohio law, courts are instructed to read policies in their entirety, and not to ignore one part of a policy to the benefit of another.1 Courts must "give meaning to every paragraph, clause, phrase and word."2