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How Do You Charge for Your Services?

We at The Fitch Law Firm work on what is known as a contingent fee. That simply means that if there is no recovery, there is no fee. We work on a percentage basis, a percentage of the gross amount recovered on behalf of the client. Our fee varies depending upon the type of case…

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How Does a Lawyer Evaluate a Personal Injury Case?

A lawyer evaluates a personal injury case in large part to the severity of the injuries. Obviously, a minor injury does not have the same evaluation as a permanently disabling injury. Primarily, there are three factors considered when coming to an evaluation. Medical Bills – Medical bills may range from a few hundred dollars to…

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Are Red Light Cameras More Dangerous Than We Thought?

  Many cities implemented red light cameras with the idea of mitigating car accidents and keeping intersections safe. However, this initiative has now been tainted with a suggestion of corruption when it became a new revenue stream for many municipalities. Red light cameras have been appealing in that cities can generate money without requiring additional…

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2017 Scholarship Essay Contest Winner

  We Have Chosen A Winner For Our 2017 Scholarship! We are proud of sponsoring The Fitch Law Firm scholarship contest, to help assist a student in raising additional funds to pay for their college education, which has continued to rise in recent years. This year, we asked applicants to write an essay answering the…

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NFL Concussion Settlement Payouts

Many people across the United States enjoy the excitement that football and other contact sports bring. Though it is common knowledge that professional football is a dangerous game, playing the game shouldn’t have to increase a player’s risk for dementia, depression, and suicide. The NFL researched the effects of repeated concussions, but found no evidence…

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Will a pre-existing condition or drug abuse on my medical record affect my personal injury claim?

When it comes to personal injury claims, countless people who are injured in an accident are already dealing with a condition or injury to their body, more commonly referred to as a “pre-existing condition.” Examples of pre-existing medical conditions are head injury, back pain, neck pain, and other aches and pains. Can a pre-existing condition…

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What is the deadline for filing personal injury lawsuit in Ohio?

If you have been hurt or injured in Ohio due to the negligence of another party, the law allows you to sue that party for your damages. These damages include present and future medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Of course, your right to sue does not last forever. A legal…

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What constitutes pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit?

“Pain and suffering” is a term commonly heard and used—but not many people know this is a key factor in any personal injury lawsuit. When an injured individual wins a personal injury case, he or she may receive damages for pain and suffering. These damages are often a monetary amount awarded to the injured person…

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Is rape treated as a personal injury for which financial compensation is payable by the guilty party?

Rape is generally defined as sexual intercourse without consent that is committed by threat of force, injury, or some form of duress—and is one of the most traumatic and horrifying experiences an individual may ever have to go through. Different kinds of rape include stranger rape, date rape, gang rape or multiple rate, acquaintance rape,…

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Defective Washing Machines Pose Threat to Consumers

WCPO Cincinnati reports that an Anderson Township woman has experienced an “exploding” washing machine, highlighting a problem Samsung is having with many of their defective washers. The problem is so bad there is even a Facebook page dedicated to the matter. Samsung admits the problem and says it affects top-loading machines manufactured between March 2011…

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Understanding Contributory Negligence in Ohio

In any car accident claim, fault is considered to be one of the most critical components taken into consideration. When a claim for damages resulting from an accident is filed, the first thing that needs to be determined is the party that caused the accident. The party believed to be at fault is the party…

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Can I Fire My Personal Injury Lawyer In Ohio?

As a client, you may have many questions about your attorney-client relationship. You may wonder if you are allowed to change lawyers for any reason or if changing lawyers would damage your case. You may be concerned whether a new lawyer could be brought up to speed fast enough to get you the results you…

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What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in Ohio?

If you are looking to find a personal injury lawyer in Ohio, it is very unlikely you will need to pay any upfront fees if the lawyer believes your case has merit. There will be no down hourly payments to be made. This is because most personal injury attorneys in the state handle claims on…

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Pokémon Go and Potential Future Lawsuits

Pokémon Go is all the rage. The app was created by Niantic, Inc. and is published by the Pokémon company which is one-third owned by Nintendo. The game application works on your smartphone. It overlays images of Pokémon characters on your phone’s camera screen. Looking at your local firehouse through your phone’s camera? You might…

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Bikers Ignored: 6 Ways Drivers Endanger Bikers

Bikers Ignored:6 Ways Drivers Endanger Bikers Drivers are often ignorant when it comes to safely sharing the road with motorcyclists. Not stupid, but they are simply unaware and uneducated. Putting aside the fact that drivers are more distracted than riders; most drivers don’t know what safe biking looks like, yet alone that a bike is…

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Teenager Killed in Jet Ski Crash in Danbury Township

According to 13abc.com, a teenager died last week from a jet ski accident. The accident occurred on a Wednesday afternoon in Sandusky Bay near the Edison Bridge in Danbury Township. Another teen was left with minor injuries. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources report stated that a group of teens were jet skiing when their…

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Lane Splitting: How California is Saving Bikers’ Lives

Lane Splitting: How California is Saving Bikers’ Lives Dear fellow bikers, Hurrah for our Hogs and Hondas, Yeehaw for our Yamahas, congrats to our Kawasakis, bravo to our Beemers. What’s the cause for celebration? Bikers are finally getting some respect on the road. On August 10th 2016, California passed Assembly Bill 51 becoming the first…

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Fairview Park Pit Bull Attack Injures Woman and Kills Her Dog

Cleveland.com reports that two pit bull mixes recently attacked a 60-year-old Fairview Park woman when she tried to prevent them from killing her dog. She was unsuccessful in protecting her eight-pound toy poodle mix and the dog was mauled to death. She sustained bruises and cuts during the attack and was taken to Fairview Hospital…

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Woman and Young Child Killed in Car Accident With Train

The Chillicothe Gazette reports that two people were killed Friday afternoon when the car they were riding in collided with a train. The accident occurred near Piketon in the vicinity of 400 River Road. Piketon is approximately 60 miles south of Columbus. Dead are an elderly woman and a three year old child. The child’s mother survived…

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Campus Sexual Assault

“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.” A rape victim spoke these powerful words to her attacker at his criminal trial for three counts of sexual assault. In January 2015, a young woman woke up on a gurney in a hospital with no idea how she got…

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FDA Issues Safety Warning on “IVC Filter” Medical Devices

Amidst growing concern over safety issues with IVC filters, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning recommending caution medical devices. IVC filters are surgically implanted into a patient’s inferior vena cava vein, which brings blood from the lower part of the body back to the heart. The small, cage-like filters are designed…

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What’s the Deal with Dog Bites?

As long as we have had dogs as pets, there have been dog bite accidents. In 2015, there were 34 deaths related to dog bites in the U.S. Pit Bulls and Rottweilers combined accounted for 91% of these fatal attacks. Last year, 14 of the 34 fatality victims were children aged 9 and under, and…

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Senior Citizens on the Road

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more elderly drivers are out on America’s roadways. Senior citizens (people over age 65) can be very good drivers, but as their vision, hearing and motor skills worsen, the incidence of motor vehicle accidents increases. In 2012, there were 5,560 people 65 and older killed and 214,000 injured in…

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What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Basics Medical malpractice is a serious problem in the U.S. In fact, it is now the third leading cause of death following heart disease and cancer, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Experts estimate that medical errors kill approximately 200,000 Americans annually. In 2012, over $3 billion was expended in…

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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse has become a silent epidemic in the U.S. It occurs in homes, churches, hospitals and more. Sexual abuse of children is tragically common; one out of every three girls and one out of every eight boys will be sexually abused by age 18. Of these abuses, 80 to 90 percent are committed…

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Trial Alternatives

Following an auto accident, you may visualize resolving the conflict through a full-blown trial with witnesses, lawyers and a judge. However, there are many reasons why proceeding to trial may not be the ideal choice. Trials can be long, expensive, risky, and unpredictable. Courts are overloaded with cases; many newly filed cases do not get…

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Filing a lawsuit in your auto accident case

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver, there are several legal options available. Most cases are settled before reaching trial through negotiations and compromise. In fact, only about 2 percent of injured people end up filing a lawsuit, according to the Rand Institute for Civil Justice. Usually, with a…

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The importance of proper healthcare following an auto accident

When you are injured in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident you will most likely require immediate medical care at the emergency room. While this is critical, it is also very important to maintain ongoing care – if necessary – to restore you to your health prior to the injury, as much as possible. We…

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How the insurance company views your case

If you have been harmed in an auto accident due to another driver’s mistake, it is understandable to think you have a “slam dunk” case. However, insurance companies often will see your claim much differently. Even if the other driver was clearly at fault and caused you substantial injury, dealing with insurance companies can be…

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Recent Litigation Regarding Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

The FDA has called into question the viability and reliability of metal-on-metal hip implants. For the thousands of patients who are currently experiencing or have formerly dealt with complications due to these devices, the road to healing and renewed health can be arduous. The recent influx in litigation surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants shines a light…

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Human Error is No Accident

An increasing number of safety advocates are pushing for a change in the language we use to describe traffic crashes. They argue that calling crashes “accidents” removes blame from at-fault drivers, and makes crashes seem like an act of fate. After all, human error is the number one cause of traffic incidents. Safety advocates –…

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FDA Warns of Additional Impulse-Control Behaviors Affecting Abilify Users

January 2016 saw pathological gambling added to the possible side effects for the drug Abilify (aripiprazole), which is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat patients with a variety of mental health disorders. May 2016 has seen an additional warning from the FDA centered around Abilify and other drugs containing aripiprazole. In addition to the compulsivity…

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When Medical Error Leads to Patient Death, a New Study

Medical error and patient death have become a far too common pairing. A new study released by the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, has placed medical error as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming over 251,000 victims per year. Published on May 3,…

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Texting and Driving: the Road to Disaster

Cell phones have never been more integrated into our everyday life than they are now. We can use them to navigate, keep in touch with friends, and check our email at a moment’s notice. But you should always exercise extreme caution when using your cell phone while driving. Many people think they can text and…

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Know Your Rights: Auto Accidents

As an attorney with over 30 years’ experience, I have taken on hundreds of auto accident cases. Helping my clients recover is my highest priority, but often I wish these victims had known their rights prior to an incident. If you don’t know what to do ahead of time, the chaos and shock following an…

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Texting Ban For Ohio Drivers

Drivers using hand-held electronic devices while driving in Ohio will now be subject to prosecution. Police and state troopers will issue just warnings — instead of $150 tickets — for the first six months. Teens must especially be careful: While texting behind the wheel will be a secondary offense for adults — meaning they have…

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Ohio Auto Accident Attorney: 10 Risks Caused by Texting While Driving

According to the American Automobile Association, approximately 50% of U.S. teenagers admit to texting while driving. Perhaps even more frightening, studies have shown that at any given moment, over 800,000 people are texting, making calls, or using a hand-held cell phone while driving in the U.S.–and that number is growing every day. Texting while driving…

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Ohio Brain Injury Attorney: Minor Injuries Are a Major Problem

Following a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, the most dangerous type of injury that can occur is often the least noticeable. Mild brain injuries do not always have obvious signs, and some symptoms do not appear until long after the accident. Unfortunately, this type of injury also often requires expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, resulting…

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Why You Need an Ohio Disability Attorney Even if you Have Insurance

Many people mistakenly believe that if they pay for a disability insurance policy, their insurer will stand by them in the event of a claim. Sadly, this is not always the case. The very company of which you were a loyal customer for many years may suddenly feel like your adversary. The insurer may deny…

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Why an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer Is a Necessity, Not Just a Luxury

Following an Ohio personal injury, you may face debilitating injuries and overwhelming financial expenses. Fortunately, you may be entitled to damages to help ease the burden that you face following the injury. In order to protect your rights to recovery, however, it is essential that you contact a qualified legal professional as quickly as possible….

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Pernell D. Yates killed in Newark motorcycle, car crash

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Pernell D. Yates of Newark, Ohio was killed on Monday when his motorcycle was struck by a car in Licking County. The car was being driven by Toni Mosca of Grove City, who apparently went left of center on Northridge Road and struck Mr. Yates motorcycle head on.

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Hector A. Walker Sr. killed in motorcycle accident on Columbus’ East Side

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Hector A. Walker Sr. was killed Sunday morning while riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Livingston Ave. in Columbus. A 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Lawrence M. White, apparently cut in front of Mr. Walker, causing the motorcycle to strike the car. Mr. Walker was pronounced dead at…

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Fitch files Ohio Supreme Court brief on behalf of child rape victim

The Fitch Law Firm filed a brief today in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of one of its sexual abuse victims, Jessica Simpkins, in her case against the Delaware Grace Brethren Church. In 2008, Jessica, then 15, was twice raped by her pastor, Brian Williams. A jury awarded her 3.5 million dollars in pain…

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Rape kit evidence continues to be neglected nationwide

A USA Today recent investigation revealed that more than 70,000 untested rape kits in more than 1000 police agencies. The article, in the weekend edition for July 17-19, 2015, postulated that of the 18,000 police agencies nationwide, untested kits could run into the hundreds of thousands. The investigation revealed a wide spread discrepancy how police…

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Pastor pleads guilty to charges re: sex with church teen

Scott E. Murphy, ex-pastor of the Newark Heights Church of God, pled guilty yesterday in Licking County Ohio Common Pleas Court to four felony counts for engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a 15 year old female member of the church. Murphy was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison and labeled a sex offender….

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Music teacher indicted for sex with student

A Knox County grand jury has indicted Trever L. Rodenberger on one county of sexual battery, a third degree felony, for having sex with a high school student. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Rodenberger admitted to the relationship in a conversation with the superintendent of East Knox High School. Although the student was 18, it…

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Foster dad has sex with teen, sentenced to 2 years in prison

On Monday, July 6, 2015, a Columbus man was sentenced to 2 years in prison for having sex with a foster child placed in his care. Per media accounts, Herbert C. King, Jr. pled guilty to four counts of sexual battery for having sexual relations with a 17 year old boy. A hospital examination reportedly…

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Bill Cosby admits to using Quaaludes for young women he wanted to have sex with

According to numerous media reports, Bill Cosby admitted in sworn testimony in 2005 that he used a drug known as “Quaaludes” for young women that he wanted to have sex with. The admission was made in a civil case involving Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and raped her during her employment at Temple…

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Rape statute of limitations extended by Ohio legislature

The Ohio legislature increased the time allowed for prosecution of rape and sexual battery from 20 to 25 years. The bill passed the House and the Senate unanimously and is expected to be signed buy Gov. Kasich. Rep. Sarah LaTourette sponsored the bill. The statute extends the time for in which prosecutors can prosecute criminal…

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Ohio teacher accused of sex abuse pleads not guilty

A Loudonville, Ohio teacher, Elliot Gornall, pled not guilty last Friday to additional charges including pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of nudity-oriented material involving a minor. Gornall had been previously accused by the Ashland County prosecutor of recording kindergarten students in a bathroom with a tiny spy camera. Gornall pled not guilty…

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