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Lawrence & Associates Help a Client Get a Settlement Even After a Police Officer Messed Up His Accident Report

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 4:46 pm    

accident reportAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client was in a car wreck when the person behind him failed to stop and rear ended his vehicle. Adding insult to injury, the police officer that responded to the scene got his notes from two different wrecks mixed up, so the police report was incorrect. This caused our client some major heartburn as they dealt with their insurance carrier.

What We Did

Lawrence & Associates tracked down witnesses to the accident. We also found the police officer and got to the bottom of the faulty police report. We presented the proof of what really happened to our clients insurance carrier so that their coverage couldn’t be denied any longer.

The Result

Lawrence & Associates were able to resolve this case without filing a lawsuit. Our clients car was fixed and his medical bills were paid, plus he was able to set aside some money for future needs.


Lawrence & Associates Rescue a Client and Get Her a Settlement After Being Abandoned by a Previous Attorney

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 4:22 pm    

rescueAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client had another attorney for her car accident, but he was not returning her phone calls. She was hurt and was almost kicked out of the court system, but deserved compensation.

What We Did

Lawrence & Associates took over her case in time to save it from being dismissed, fought the defense attorney until it was clear that our client’s case would no longer be a pushover, and negotiated a settlement.

The Result

Not only did the client get a settlement she was happy with, but Lawrence & Associates also helped her negotiate down the bills she owed to her doctors.


Lawrence & Associates Help a Client Get Compensated by a Machine Manufacturer and an Insurance Company Who Was Denying Claims

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 12:52 pm    

construction accidentAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client had severe crushing injuries after a collision between construction equipment. The client was hospitalized with no income, and no way to pay for multiple surgeries because the insurance company would not approve them. The client’s spouse and children were in danger of losing their home.

What We Did

Lawrence & Associates filed suit against the manufacturer of the equipment involved in the wreck due to defects in the machine that caused it to crush the client. We also took on the insurance company to show it was responsible for paying for all the medical treatment that had been denied. Finally, we contacted the creditors to stop the lawsuits they were threatening to file against our client.

The Result

Lawrence & Associates obtained a large recovery for our client to replace all lost income, pay for future medical care, and compensate our client for pain and suffering. Lawrence & Associates also forced the insurance company to pay for every single medical treatment they had wrongfully denied. Finally, we were able to save our client’s home from foreclosure.

If you or someone you know is struggling like the client mentioned above, call Lawrence & Associates today.
Fort Mitchell, KY: (859) 371-5997
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Think You Have a Case? Should You Sue? What Are the Costs of Litigation?

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 1:28 pm    

Litigation DecisionsThe litigation costs are usually the primary factor to be considered when determining whether to pursue a lawsuit. Although some suits are pursued for other reasons than monetary gain, the reality is that if a judgment is unlikely to cover the legal costs, then it is not financially worthwhile to pursue the suit. On the other hand, if the judgment is likely to cover the costs of litigation (and then some), the probability that a settlement with the Defendant will be attained also.

So, litigation costs are very important, and should be calculated earlier on by both the party wishing to pursue a claim and the attorney whom is being asked to pursue the claim on that party’s behalf. These costs generally include court fees, expert fees, deposition fees, reports or other projects, legal research fees, private investigation fees, accident reconstruction fees, etc.

Who covers the expenses?

If the potential costs of litigation are too great for the party to cover, this might prevent that party from pursuing his claim. However, as is common with most Personal Injury attorneys/firms, the party can contract with his or her attorney to cover the expenses and, in some instances, reimburse those costs if the claim results in a settlement or judgment that is enough to cover such expenses. This type of arrangement is quite common in a contingency fee agreement. The Supreme Court Rules of Kentucky allow a firm or attorney to forward all litigation expenses and either require or not require repayment of said expenses.

In the event the attorney cannot cover the case expenses either, that attorney should generally refuse to take on the case, since accepting it would result in a disservice to the client and a disadvantage to the attorney.

Does the other party ever cover the costs of litigation?

The General Law in the United States is that the loser in a case will not be forced to pay for the other party’s costs of litigation, except under special circumstances. The two main circumstances are when the parties contractually agreed that the loser pay for these costs, and where there are specific statutes in place that allow for the recovery of litigation costs (e.g., where a party committed a malicious and willful wrong against the public good).

In contrast, Kentucky statute provides that a successful party in any action shall recover his costs unless otherwise provided by law. However, it goes on to state that “[s]uccessful defendants who are necessary nominal parties shall not recover their costs and each party will pay their own expenses, [while] successful defendants who are not necessary parties will be awarded their costs.” Furthermore, the court has the discretion to award costs in actions between partners, tenants-in-common, joint tenants, settling of estates and partnerships, and enforcing trusts. KRS 453.040.

In Kentucky, the costs to be awarded include filing fees, fees incident to service of process and summoning of witnesses, jury fees, warning order attorney and guardian ad litem fees, costs of the originals of depositions, fees for extraordinary services ordered by the court to be paid, and other such costs as are ordinarily recoverable by the successful party. C.R. 54.04. It is important to note that this does NOT include Attorneys Fees.

Balancing the risks of Litigation

The pursuit of a claim will always involve some risks due to the litigations costs. If you have a claim, and are unsure about whether the costs of litigation outweigh the potential of your claim, consult an attorney before making this determination on your own. A good attorney will be able to judge the risks and balance them against a successful outcome. If you are located in Northern Kentucky, contact an attorney at Lawrence & Associates for a free consultation.

If you have a case that you would like to possible litigate in Kentucky or Ohio, contact us for some advice.  Lawrence & Associates has a long record of success in personal injury litigation in Kentucky and Ohio.

Contact Us in Kentucky: (859.371.5997) or Ohio: (513.351.5997) for a Free Consultation


Lawrence & Associates Help a Client Who Fell On the Job Because a Faulty Construction Platform

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 3:51 pm    

Construction PlatformAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and West Chester, Ohio, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client was seriously hurt when he fell through the floor of the construction platform. The platform had been provided to his employer by another company, but was not constructed correctly. Our client had a major spine injury and needed surgery.

What We Did

Our client filed a lawsuit against the company that provided the work platform because the platform violated OSHA and caused our clients injury. Lawrence & Associates fought the work platform company for four years, all the way up to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (one step below the US Supreme Court) before finally reaching a settlement.

The Result

Our client got his spinal surgery and money to replace his lost income. He also had money set aside for future medical treatment. All his past medical bills were paid by the work platform company.

Contact Us at (513) 351-5997 for a Free Consultation


Hiring an Attorney: Tips On Getting the Best Lawyer For Your Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, or Workers’ Compensation Case

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 3:58 pm    

finding an attorneyIf you’ve never worked with an attorney before, it can be intimidating to pick up the phone and call. As a layman, there’s no good way to compare one attorney’s services to another because each client’s case is unique and many variables (such as the random selection of a jury) can make similar approaches in similar cases yield wildly different results. Thus, choosing an attorney can feel like taking a complete shot in the dark. However, there are certain things you can do to ensure that you are choosing the attorney that is right for your unique situation.

See What the Bar Association Has to Say

In Kentucky, all attorneys are required to be members of the Kentucky Bar Association in order to practice law. Not all states have this requirement, but even states that lack it generally have local or regional bar associations. Attorney reprimands and disciplinary actions are matters of public record. Has the attorney you are interested in hiring ever had a bar complaint, or been reprimanded? Contact the Bar Association to find this out!

See What the Attorney’s Former Clients Have to Say

Confirming that your attorney has no black marks on his or her record only confirms competence. What about excellence? The internet is a referendum of public opinion on law firms just like other professions and business. While my experience has been that law firms typically have fewer online reviews than comparably sized businesses, reviews do still exist. Check out Avvo.com, which should have a profile on your attorney complete with peer endorsements and client reviews. Yellowpages.com and the various search engines’ local business listings are also good sources of information.

See What the Attorney Has to Say

Call the attorney and ask for a free consultation. Most attorneys will give one, depending on the area of practice. In personal injury, workers’ compensation, or bankruptcy, a free consultation is almost guaranteed. In other fields, like family law, you can usually get one but not always. Use the free consultation to gauge the attorney’s confidence and the depth of his or her knowledge. You should also feel free to bring up whatever concerns you have to the attorney and expect an answer that satisfies your concerns. If the attorney can’t give you that, you might want to keep looking.

See What Your Gut Has to Say

You’re an adult with plenty of experience in meeting new people and sizing them up. If you’re reading this article to prepare for a first meeting with an attorney, odds are you have a lot of common sense. Don’t leave that common sense at the attorney’s front door. If the attorney seems honest and feels like someone you can work with, use him or her. If not, move on. There are plenty of us out there.

Just like everyone else, attorneys have good days and bad days. Those of us that have been doing our jobs for a long time are sometimes guilty of going too fast and assuming new clients are more familiar with what we are saying than they really are. Occasionally, even the most seasoned attorney will get a curveball question during a consultation and have to say, “I don’t know, I’ll have to look that up for you.” But good attorneys are polite on their bad days, take the time with their clients to explain things fully, and follow up their “I don’t know” with “I’ve got that answer for you.”

If you’re looking for a lawyer in Kentucky or Ohio, Lawrence & Associates has a long record of success in personal injury, bankruptcy, and workers’ comp cases.

Contact Us in Kentucky: (859.371.5997) or Ohio: (513.351.997) for a Free Consultation


Lawrence & Associates Help A Client Who Lost Income Because He Was in a Kentucky Auto Accident By No Fault of His Own

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm    

car crashAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client was involved in a wreck on the interstate while driving through Kentucky. Because of the wreck, the client was unable to begin work on a new construction contract outside the country. The other driver’s insurance company refused to reimburse the client for the loss of income.

What We Did

Lawrence & Associates filed a lawsuit against the other driver and got proof of the lost income from the company that awarded the construction contract.

The Result

Lawrence & Associates recovered for our client’s lost income and got the property damage for his vehicle paid in full.

Contact Us at (513) 351-5997 for a Free Consultation


Fen-Phen Case: The Justice System May Not Be Fast, But It Generally Gets Things Right

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:28 pm    

fen-phenRemember the Fen-Phen disaster? If you don’t remember it, way back around 2006 the Fen-Phen class action settlement became the biggest black eye the legal profession has seen in a long time because four attorneys conspired to keep millions of dollars from the settlement that should have gone to their clients. Then a judge rubber stamped the whole sordid mess. There was a public outcry (justified) that left a lot of people wondering if justice would ever be served (not justified).

Justice Has Been Served

All of the attorneys and the judge have been disbarred. Two of the attorneys are serving what amounts to life sentences in prison based on their age and health. A third attorney went through a criminal trial and was acquitted. And within the last month, the final attorney – Stan Chesley of Cincinnati, Ohio – was ordered to pay back $42 Million dollars to the Fen-Phen victims. If he fails or refuses to do so, he could be held in contempt of court and also see jail time. It wasn’t fast. It wasn’t pretty. But justice was served.

Policing It’s Own

I’m proud to work in a system that doesn’t just take care of its own (and I’m looking at American Medical Association here), but rather polices its own and makes sure victims get what they deserve. It’s your justice system. Fight to keep it strong.

Information About Product Liability Cases

When a poorly designed or manufactured product causes an injury, the victim can claim compensation for financial loses, pain and emotional suffering. The families of people killed by a dangerous product can also seek compensation. Product liability cases are often hard-fought and present numerous liability and technical challenges. You should seek out an attorney who has the experience, skills and resources needed to meet these challenges.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a product in Kentucky or Ohio, you need an attorney. Lawrence & Associates has a long record of success in personal injury litigation in Kentucky and Ohio.

Contact Us (859.371.5997) for a Free Consultation


Lawrence & Associates Help a Client Who Slipped on Liquid in a Store Get Payment for Medical Bills, Pain, and Suffering!

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 9:54 am    

Wet floorAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We want to share with you the results of a case we oversaw in September of 2011. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client was shopping and slipped in liquid on the floor of the store.  Our client severely broke their arm.

What We Did

After investigation, it appeared the store’s equipment malfunctioned and leaked fluid onto the floor. The store denied liability. Lawrence & Associates challenged the store and showed proof that the fall was due to its faulty equipment.

The Result

Lawrence & Associates was able to recover the client’s medical bills plus more for pain and suffering. The client was pleased to recover without having to file a lawsuit!


Lawrence & Associates Helps a Client in a Car Accident Get a Settlement For His Surgery, Time Off Work, and Pain and Suffering!

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:31 pm    

personal injury settlementAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. We want to share with you the results of a case we oversaw in September of 2011. We will supply as many details as possible while still respecting our clients need for privacy.

The Situation

Our client was in a motor vehicle accident in November 2011. The other driver failed to yield the right of way and hit the left rear of of our client’s vehicle.

The Injury

A few days after the accident, our client developed numbness and tingling in his arm and severe jaw pain. He was 58 years old at the time of the accident and had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Our client’s numbness was diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, which his doctor thought came from clenching the steering wheel when the collision occurred. The doctor also said the jaw pain was related to the impact.

The Result

Our client initially came to Lawrence & Associates because he had no way to get the medical treatment he needed. Lawrence & Associates was able to get him the surgery his doctor recommended, which was fully paid for by the other driver’s insurance company. Our client  also got paid for his time off work and for his pain and suffering.

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