A big part of our job as personal injury lawyers is protecting your rights against the interests of big insurance companies. Insurance companies are businesses. And, as a business, the primary goal of an insurance company is to increase profits.
One of the ways insurance companies increase their profits is by paying the minimum amount possible for your car accident or personal injury claim. Because of this, its important to consult with one of our Cincinnati car accident injury lawyers after your crash.
Our personal injury lawyers in Cincinnati can help you receive a fair settlement that will take into account your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our experienced attorneys also understand many of the tricks insurance companies try in order to avoid paying the full amount for your claim.
For example: Ms. C sustained injuries to her head, neck, back and leg in the course of a car accident.
Ms. C contacted O’Connor, Acciani & Levy and the case was assigned to an experienced personal injury lawyer. It was the sort of case our attorneys handle every day. The insurance company wanted to settle for less than the cost of her medical bills. Ms. C called our firm because she needed the help of an experienced attorney to fight for a fair settlement.
The case was filed into court and the insurance company asked for unrelated medical records from her allergist, eye doctor and dermatologist. Her attorney, refused to give the insurance company his clients personal information when it had no bearing on her case.
A judge then ordered the attorney to hand over his clients unrelated medical records. We thought this was wrong, so O’Connor, Acciani & Levy appealed the case to the 1st District Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals agreed with us and decided that the judge must review any medical records and decide if the records are relevant to the case. If the judge deems that the requested medical records are not relevant, then the plaintiff is not required to allow the insurance company to see the medical records.
The case eventually settled for more than the insurance company had originally offered. The case has been cited by other attorneys in order to prevent the insurance companies from accessing their clients unrelated personal information.
This decision is good news for injury victims who wish to protect their privacy. O’Connor, Acciani & Levy is pleased that we were able to protect our clients right to privacy, as well as help a client receive a fair settlement. Were not going to let insurance companies cause further anguish to our clients, who are already dealing with the difficulties associated with their injuries.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, then call O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for a free consultation. Our firm takes great pride in the quality of legal experience and skill present in our attorneys. Let us put these assets to work for you to help get the maximum settlement possible for your injury.