On the debut episode of Moore Law, host and local TV journalist Deb Haas was joined by attorney co-host Don Moore and his son, Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Dan Moore to discuss the topic “All About Injuries.” The attorneys handled a variety of calls from viewers regarding such issues as medical malpractice, workers compensation and premises liability among other topics.
The show’s first caller, Jason in Hamilton, asked about legal recourse for his girlfriend who nearly died from a port that became infected following a hospital visit and spent 45 days in an Intensive-Care Unit (ICU). Dan encouraged him to speak to a lawyer about a possible medical malpractice suit while Don explained how such lawsuits can become expensive to file because of the investigation and expert testimony that is needed. Later in the show, Don advised a Cincinnati caller who was suffering from deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and cellulitis as a result of a punctured vein to first get a medical opinion to see if the clinic he had gone to did something wrong, or fell below medical standards, before speaking to an attorney about a possible medical malpractice lawsuit.
Additionally, Robert in Milford was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident but did not experience pain until the days that followed said he had been told to seek a settlement equivocal to his medical bills without hiring a lawyer. Don explained that the caller had received some bad advice, as he would be a “distinct disadvantage” in handling the case himself with no experience while the other side “does this for a living.”
Moore Law also had two questions revolving around possible premises liability cases, with Deb in Fort Mitchell suffering an injury at a gym and another gentleman having been involved in a slip and fall accident at his apartment complex. Natasha in Cincinnati also asked about a possible negligence claim after the automotive store she had purchased tires at installed the wrong tires on her vehicle and one came off while driving. In discussing her options, Dan stressed the importance of preserving evidence in such cases. “I can’t say that enough,” Dan said.
Shirley in Cincinnati called in to ask if she still had a claim for a wrist injury she suffered five years ago on a job she retired from two years ago. Dan advised her to call her local bar association to be directed to a lawyer who focuses on workers compensation cases. The question also allowed Don and Dan to touch on the statute of limitations, and later in the program, Deb asked Don to explain how contingency fees work. “It’s important that people understand that they can talk to a lawyer absolutely free,” Don said, explaining that both the phone call and initial consultation do not cost anything. Fear of an up-front fee can prevent many people from calling an attorney, but Don noted that most of these cases work on a “No recovery, no fee” agreement.
“This was a blast,” Don said at the end of the show. The next episode of Moore Law is Monday, March 19, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. on WXIX-TV, FOX19.