No. The "Stella Awards" email is fake news and has been used for decades to convince voters across the country that jury verdicts are out of control. The email claims to be sharing a list of the year's most outrageous personal injury cases and verdicts. It should be noted, however, none of the cases are real. All the cases that are mentioned in the email are fake.
The answer is yes, but the type of claim depends on how it happens.
Three members of a Middletown family were killed on Friday, February 21, when a semitruck driven by Todd Bowling went through a cable barrier on Interstate 75 into oncoming traffic near Moraine, Ohio, in the area of the Heidelberg Distributing Co. facility. Bowling's tractor trailer crossed from the northbound lane into the southbound lane and struck another vehicle. Betty Davis, 57, Amanda Kidwell, 36, and Brayden Jennings, 6, were all killed in the accident. A fourth passenger in their vehicle, 8-year-old Adriana Sanchez, was also critically injured. Law enforcement is still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed at this point.
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.
We all love summer and the joy and thrill of amusement parks. Occasionally parks do not take the appropriate measures to keep patrons safe. That's where we come in. We have successfully handled numerous claims throughout Ohio against amusement parks. We hope that our work has helped lessen the impact of injury for impacted families and improved the safety at parks.
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.
Charles M. Rittgers, pictured here with a local treasure hunter, recently resolved a case prior to trial for the maximum policy limit of one-million dollars. The metal-detector in this picture was used to find the motorcycle's headlamp that detached during the crash. The headlamp flew into a nearby soybean field and was not found by the police or accident reconstructionist experts after the crash. Retrieving the headlamp, which was a daytime running light, ended the argument the motorcycle was not plainly visible.