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Preparing for Your First Meeting With Your Personal Injury Lawyer

Preparing for Your First Meeting With Your Personal Injury Lawyer In a previous article, I discussed the qualities you should look for in a personal injury attorney (trial experience, previous work with personal injury cases, a successful track record, etc). Once you have found the right lawyer, you will meet with him or her. At […]

Slips on Snow or Ice

Slips on Snow or Ice We typically receive several calls each winter regarding falls on ice or snow.  These slips and falls can be serious.  I once encountered a case in which a business patron actually had his leg amputated, resulting from complications of a fall on ice. However, most people misunderstand what obligations property […]

Finding the Right Attorney

Finding the Right Attorney How do you find the right lawyer in your injury case? My advice: do not just call the first lawyer in an ad that you see. All attorneys market themselves, some more than others. The best-known lawyers in your area will be the ones with well-planned marketing campaigns. They will have […]

C.Diff Infections Caused by Antibiotics

C.Diff Infections Caused by Antibiotics We are currently handing a case involving a C. diff. infection caused by an antibiotic.  That is right—an infection caused by an antibiotic. Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) is a bacteria that is often found in the large intestines.  It is kept in check by the “good” bacteria that is normally found […]

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 […]