JO Knows Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Plaintiff and Defense
Automobile and Industrial Accidents
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Worker’s Compensation

 

When you’ve been injured, your focus should be on getting better. But that can be difficult as medical bills mount and insurance companies call with settlement offers. The last thing you want to deal with as you recuperate are medical professionals and insurance companies.

 

Don’t go it alone. For over 110 years, Jones Obenchain’s lawyers have represented individuals who have been injured through someone else’s negligence—whether in a car accident, slip-and-fall incident, or by a defective product. And because we represent not just the injured, but also those accused of negligently injuring someone else, we’ve developed the expertise necessary to assess injury claims from every angle.

And the work we do for injured people gets us into court—a lot. Unlike many injury lawyers who never see the inside of a courtroom, we actually try cases. In fact, in 2011 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials than all but one other firm in Indiana according to the Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

Our lawyers are skilled in alternative-dispute resolution too. We regularly participate in arbitration and mediation. These procedures can reduce the cost of litigation and get cases resolved more quickly than a trial. So if you’ve been injured and need help, call Jones Obenchain, LLP.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is always celebrated on February 14.  For many people that celebration includes giving; cards, letters, candy, flowers, or presents to their spouse or significant other in celebration of romantic love. Common Valentine’s Day symbols are hearts, red roses, and of course that winged messenger of love, Cupid.

 

Employers: Recent 7th Circuit Ruling on Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is supposed to protect older workers from discrimination based on their age. But a recent 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision may have significantly limited its application.

The court held that the ADEA doesn’t extend to outside job applicants who claim they have been victimized by disparate-impact discrimination. Internal job applicants are still covered by the ADEA’s provisions.

The case involved a 58-year-old legal professional who was passed over for a promotion in favor of a younger applicant with less experience. The employment posting sought applicants with “3 to 7 years (no more than 7 years) of relevant legal experience.” The company ultimately hired a 29-year-old applicant who met the requirement.

Employers can be liable for enacting policies and procedures that have a discriminatory effect on employees or applicants in a protected class, even if the discrimination is unintentional. But the court reached the decision by comparing the ADEA’s language to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, finding that the omission of “applicants” from the ADEA was fatal to the plaintiff’s claims.

Despite the court’s decision, engaging in age discrimination probably isn’t the best path forward. Attorneys at Jones Obenchain, LLP can review your company’s employment and hiring practices, and advise as to best practices.

Meet Our JO Team

Kent Rowe, III has been with Jones Obenchain since October 2016. He brings with him 30+ years of legal expertise. Some of Kent’ s interests outside the office include racquetball, weight lifting/fitness, and microwave cooking. To get to know Kent a little better and find out how he can assist you or your business visit: http://jonesobenchain.com/team-member/r-kent-rowe-iii/

Be Prepared!

As we continue to thaw from the Polar Vortex last week, we are well aware that winter is in full swing. With the uncertain weather conditions, winter brings the very real chance you could be stranded in your car. Take a lesson from the Boy Scouts and be prepared. You should always carry an emergency kit in your trunk, but especially in the winter. To see what you should keep in your emergency kit visit http://thecarguy.com/articles/emrg_kit.htm.

Tax Season is Upon Us…..

As we all prepare to file our 2018 tax returns, visiting IRS.gov can answer questions we may have about the 2017 tax-reform legislation. The IRS has worked closely with those in the tax-return-preparation and tax-software industries to ensure that taxpayers can continue to rely on the IRS, tax professionals, and tax software programs when it’s time to file their returns. To review one of the recent publications the IRS prepared to answer some frequently asked questions, go to: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/individuals-can-find-answers-to-their-questions-about-tax-reform-on-irsgov

JO In Action

Composting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to minimize your carbon footprint and build healthy soil. JO partner, Tom Vetne, has been a fanatic at it for over 15 years. A master composter, he turns his own family’s food-and-yard waste—and the coffee grounds, tea bags, and banana peels the office generates—into the dark, rich soil amendment prized by gardners everywhere. Tom is so compost-crazed committed to composting that he’s expanded his operations beyond the backyard pile he’s fawned over tended for over a decade. After years of nagging careful negotiations, Tom’s wife threw in the towel allowed him to try his hand at vermicomposting—the process of using earthworms to turn table scraps into compost. The results after two years have been promising: his wife hasn’t move out his worms are thriving and producing copious amounts of compost for his wife’s roses which he has had to buy a lot more of to stay on her good side. If you’re inclined to start a backyard compost pile, you can find some helpful tips here. And if vermicomposting appeals to you, try this site.

 

Small Business Owners Beware!

Owners of small businesses should be on-guard against a recent wave of identity theft associated with a W-2 scam. Employees information, such as that which appears on a Form W-2, is highly valued by identity thieves. All employers are targets for the W-2 scam. This has become one of the more dangerous email scams around right now.  To learn the details about this scam and how it works visit:https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/employers-should-be-aware-of-w-2-scam-protect-employee-information

JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil court filings in the United States. That’s right: businesses suing to enforce contractual obligations are what keep our courts busy.

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can’t be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage litigation risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. We aim to get to the bottom of the matter, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude the case creatively and expeditiously.

Our litigators have years of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. We also represent trustees, receivers, creditors, and debtors in major insolvency and restructuring matters.

When a promising deal goes south, or when an employee strikes off on their own to set up a competing enterprise, see why business owners in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan have looked to Jones Obenchain, LLP for help for over 100 years.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination under federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.