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Cincinnati Attorney Anthony Castelli Named Again to Super Lawyers Magazine 2011

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

 Here is a recent press release about an honor I just received.

Super Lawyers Magazine 2011 Names Cincinnati Attorney Anthony Castelli on Its Ohio Super Lawyer List For 2011 

PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 30, 2010 – Cincinnati

Anthony Castelli Cincinnati Personal injury Trial Lawyer has been listed in the Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2011. Each year Super lawyers Magazine picks just 5% of the Lawyers in this State to receive this honor.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, Minn. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Anthony Castelli has been fighting for the rights of injury victims for 29 years.  Anthony stated” Helping people seriously injured by the carelessness of another is rewarding. My clients are often facing the challenge of their life to survive the consequences of a bodily injury diability they did not deserve. I help them meet these challenges by getting big insurance to pay what is fair to make up for all the suffering and loss caused to my clients.

Anthony’s goal is to answer is client’s questions, solve their problems and get them the best result possible. As a young child Anthony’s parents instilled in him the duty to help others in need. His career path from social worker, helping disadvantaged adults and abused and neglected children, to a lawyer helping accident injury victims has exemplified this calling.  

With  over 25 civil injury trials, Anthony is uniquely positioned to fight big insurance. When results matter Anthony has helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars.
“I know it’s not just about money for my clients. Money can help but it can not take away their pain and the effects their injury has on family.  My clients want to know that they have someone that cares and believes in them. I try with all my heart to let them know that I will be there for them every step of the way.  

Anthony and his team invest 100% of their time and energy to delivering first-class service to his clients.  As a result, their valued clients and friends refer their family, friends and work associates to them for advice on their legal matters. “We’re interested in building strong, life long relationships, one person at a time.” That’s why he’s one of the few attorneys that has on his team a nurse case manager to review his client’s medical records and help analyze and explain  their injury and effect on their life.

Anthony can be reached at 1-800-447-6549. Or you can view his web site http://www.castellilaw.com or blog http://blog.castellilaw.com for more information. Anthony offers seriously injured victims a free no obligation consultation to see if he can help.

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Cincinnati Lawyer says No Such Thing As a Settlement Injury Formula

Friday, December 24th, 2010

There is no such thing as a settlement injury formula. Many lay people think there is a settlement injury formula for their personal injury claim. This is fostered by so called self help books that tell you not to hire an attorney. I recently downloaded one of those “Settle my own Car Accident Case Books” and it gave a formula of 2,3,4 times your medical bills plus your lost wages.

 The fallacy of this can easily be recognized by the exampe of a person who had to have their leg amputated in a car accident. Let’s assume the following: the amputation occured the day of the accident , they had a desk job and were able to go back to work in 3 months, they were an avid competitor in marathon racing, golfing, tennis and iron man events. Their total medical bills were $125,000 and the medical providers accepted as full payment $75,000 to wipe out those bills. Lost wages were $15,000. So 3 times the $75,000 plus their lost wages is $240,000.

 This is wholly inadequate , in my opinion to receive as compensation for past and future pain, suffering, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life past and future. I would argue for $750,000-$1,000,ooo in the Cincinnati area. This amount still does not come close to making one whole for the loss of a leg . But in the past Hamilton county juries have been on the lower end of verdicts in Ohio as compared to Cleveland. ALTHOUGH THIS APPEARS TO BE CHANGING.

  The place of injury must be factored in, since the geo location will cause the amount of payment to be on the low and or the higher end. For instance John Hochenfelder publishes some verdicts out of  New York regarding  amputation

 http://www.newyorkinjurycasesblog.com/articles/amputation-injuries/ is were you can find this information . But New York’s verdicts are generally higher than Ohio’s and parts of New York are higher than others. That’s one of the reasons in serious injury cases you want to hire an attorney with significant personal injury experience. They will have a reasoned idea of the fair range of settlement based on many factors, and it won’t be on some simplistic multiplier calculator.

By Cincinnati personal injury lawyer  Anthony Castelli. Anthony welcomes your calls for a Free no obligation consultation. Call 1-800447-6549

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Cincinnati Attorney Reveals You Can Have A Personal Injury and Workers Compensation and Social Security Claim At the Same Time

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You could possibly have a personal injury, workers compensation and social security claim all at one time according to Cincinnati attorney Anthony Castelli.  If you do, it is advisable to have one attorney experienced in all of those areas handle your cases. That way everything is coordinated through one lawyer.

If you are seriously injured in a car accident that was the fault of a third party and you were driving for your employer, you would be entitled to file a workers compensation claim because you were hurt while working. Since a third party, unrelated to your employer, caused the accident you can also file a pesonal injury claim against the person that caused your injury.

If your injury is so bad that you will not be able to work for at least one full year at any gainful employment then you could collect social security disability benefits. There will be an interplay between these three claims and evidence may come out in one case that may affect your other case. Additionally the benefit computations are adjusted. Also workers compensation is allowed to make you pay them back from the proceeds of your personal injury case. There is a complicated formula that determines what gets paid back. This can be negotiated to a much reduced basis by a lawyer skilled and experienced with workers compensation  law.

Anthony Castelli Cincinnati personal injury workers compensation and social security disability attorney focuses his law practice on these three areas of law. He welcomes you to call him at 621-2345 for a free consultation

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Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer Announces New Updated Web Site

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Anthony Castelli Announces new update to his web site.

After many  months of work my new updated web site is live. The focus of the web site is educational articles videos and free ebooks about car accident injury insurance claims and other motor vehicle accidents and injuries such as truck accidents motorcycle accidents and other personal injury claims.

Also there is information on workers compensation claims and social security disability claims. The web site features links to frequently asked questions such as 4 Deadly Sins that can ruin your personal injury case,How to hire a great personal injury lawyer and many other topics. This is the go to web site for Ohio law on these featured  topics.

I welcome your questions . So Call me for a free no obligation consultation at 1-800-447-6549 or visit My Cincinnati Accident and Injury Web site www.castellilaw.com

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How To Settle Your Own Injury Claim Yourself Book Review

Monday, December 13th, 2010

There are some web sites that tout books variously titled How To Settle Your Own Personal Injury Claim Yourself. You can pay up to $100 dollars for some of these books. I wanted to see if they were selling snake oil to the consuming public. Yes and No is the answer. The book I reviewed is by an lawyer. It does give some educational material about the claims process. So its not ALL snake oil.

But their guarantee says it all. (Snake Oil) The say you will save as much or more as the price you pay for the book. Read even further and they tell you Amazingly the way they say you will save this money is by getting an insurance quote through an aggregator. So all your personal information is now captured by third parties. And they say get a quote two months after your settlement. If your insurance company raises your rates (which they should not do because we are presuming a not at fault accident) you can use this information to tell them you can get a better rate and if they do not lower your rate you can buy other insurance. So their guarantee has nothing to do with saving money on your settlement.

Not all cases need attorneys. Most real lawyers I know will tell you this without selling the information to you. Small cases can be handled by yourself. In fact, most serious personal injury attorneys limit the cases they take to serious injuries. Guess what the book says about that. “Please do not try to settle your case if you have a serious injury, a fatal injury , a brain injury or a permanent injury.”

They go on to say, “Injury lawyers have their place. There is no question about it. Good attorneys can increase your settlement substantially. There are certain claims where you NEED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY i.e. brain injururies, permanent injuries, fatalities…. on these claims a lawyer is needed and the fee they charge (normally 33 1/3%) is well worth it.”

Well well well. In a book touting “settle your claim yourself” comes out the reality they tell you themselves. If you have a significant injury hire a personal injury lawyer.
I’ll have more to say about this book in the future.
I believe based on my experience their discussion of Colossus, the computer program started in use to value claims by Allstate in the United States is also not totally correct.

I invite you to call me at 1-800-447-6549 for a no obligation free consultation about your personal injury accident settlement .

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My Child Injury How To Avoid It

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

There is nothing worse than your child suffering an injury. This is especially true when it could have and should have been prevented. The American association for justice has recently commented on toy hazards that manufacturers could have prevented.
“Unforeseen hazards are still finding their way into toys despite recently improved safety standards, illustrating the need for a strong civil justice system that protects children and holds negligent manufacturers accountable, according to a new report released today by the American Association for Justice ”

For years, corporations have knowingly shipped toys with hidden dangers like small parts, loose magnets, asbestos, and other toxic chemicals until outrage from parents and civil actions forced regulators or manufacturers to act. As toys have become more sophisticated, so too have the risks associated with them,” said AAJ President Gibson Vance. “Protecting our children requires vigilance from everyone. Regulators, parents, manufacturers, and the civil justice system all play a part in keeping dangerous toys off store shelves.”
Information revealed by the Association is shocking. Its hard to believe for some this happens right here in Cincinnati or an town in America.

For example, earlier this year unsafe levels of cadmium were found in children’s jewelry, a toxic metal known to cause cancer and ranked as seventh on a federal list of the 275 most hazardous substances. An investigation found the origin of the metal was likely China, where the use of the toxin had been prompted, ironically, by the recent prohibition of using lead. The U.S. imports more than 30,000 tons of toys every year from foreign markets, accounting now for 95 percent of toys sold in the U.S.

Here is a link to: Playing with Safety: Dangerous Toys Read this to learn some toys to avoid to prevent seriou injury to your child.

By Cincinnati Child injury attorney Anthony Castelli. If your child was injured I am here to help you any way I can 1-800-447-5449

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