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Life Insurance Claim Denials caused by Portability and Conversion Mistakes

Life Insurance Claim Denials caused by Portability and Conversion Mistakes During the last four years, I have had several cases in which children and widows of deceased employees were denied the life insurance benefits that had been purchased through their employer’s benefit plan.  In each case, the employer, in conjunction with the life insurer, botched […]

The Oil and Gas Boom

The Oil and Gas Boom Southeast Ohio is once again experiencing an oil and gas boom.  The development, or potential development, of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations is reinvigorating the gas business in our area. Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels handles oil and gas matters.  We will review proposed leases, assist in negotiating leases, and […]

Significant U.S. Supreme Court ERISA Decision

Significant U.S. Supreme Court ERISA Decision Our firm handles a significant number of ERISA claims for aggrieved employees and plan participants.  ERISA governs most employee benefit actions:  pensions, health plan claims, long-term disability insurance claims, and even employer-sponsored life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance claims. One of the aggravations of ERISA is the […]

Another Significant Award in Washington County

Another Significant Award in Washington County I am pleased to announce that the court issued its decision on July 27, 2011, awarding $600,496.44 to the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities—not counting attorney’s fees yet to be awarded. Unlike my previous post, this was my trial. I represented the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities […]

The “Pit Bull” Lawyer

The “Pit Bull” Lawyer Over the years, it has been said that clients want a “bull dog” lawyer or a “pit bull” lawyer. Although the true definition of this is uncertain sometimes, it can be presumed that would entail an angry lawyer. Does a client benefit from a mean lawyer? A win-at-all-costs lawyer? A lawyer […]

Herniated Discs

As discussed in my previous post regarding neck and back injuries, auto collisions can cause painful spinal injuries.  Less common than sprains or strains is the herniated disc. There are 33 vertebrae in the human spine.  These are divided into four sections: cervical  (neck), thoracic  (mid-back between the rib cage), lumbar  (the lower back), and […]

Why Hire a “Personal Injury” Lawyer for Your Business Case?

Why Hire a “Personal Injury” Lawyer for Your Business Case? Should you consider hiring a “personal injury” lawyer to represent your business in court? Yes. Years ago, lawyers did not limit their practices to the degree that they do today. There were simply trial lawyers who did everything. Abraham Lincoln routinely would represent individuals and […]

Significant Verdict in Washington County

Significant Verdict in Washington County Although not my case, I had the privilege of watching portions of the trial of McLaughlin v. American Electric Power in June, here in Marietta. The case reinforces why our civil justice system and juries are so important. In 2007, there was a fatal explosion at the Muskingum River power […]

Neck and Back Injuries

Neck and Back Injuries I represent dozens of clients relating to personal injuries, and I have settled hundreds. What is the most common injury? Neck and back injuries are the most common, by far. Why? The spine bears the force of auto collisions. Thankfully, these days, most of us wear our seat belts. This is […]