If you think you may have a case in any of the following areas, or would like help deciding if you possibly have a legal case, please contact us for a confidential conversation with William F. McMurry about your situation.
General aviation and airline crash law
While a Partner in a large insurance defense law firm, William McMurry handled aviation and airline crash cases. The issues in these cases ranged from defects in the engines, propellers and avionics to pilot error and crew error.
Clergy sexual abuse
William McMurry is the lead counsel in the negligence case against the Archdiocese of Louisville. The case currently involves over two hundred victims of abuse by a growing list of Catholic priests and asserts that the Catholic Church, through its failure to act, allowed known sexual predators to prey upon innocent children. If you have been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy of any denomination, please call.
What is legal malpractice? A lawyer commits malpractice when he or she fails to provide quality legal services to a client. If the lawyer, through an error or omission, fails to provide services that meet the minimum standard of care of a licensed attorney, then the lawyer has committed malpractice. Just because you received a "bad" result from your former lawyer does not necessarily mean that the lawyer has committed malpractice. You may have received the "best" result possible under the circumstances of your particular matter. We will help you establish if your case meets the requirements for legal malpractice.
SCR 3.130 Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct
Automobile accident injury
As with other types of accidents, figuring out who is at fault in a traffic accident is a matter of deciding who was careless or "negligent" in legalese. In many cases, your instincts will tell you that a driver, cyclist or pedestrian acted carelessly. We will help you determine if actual rules were violated and merit a case.
If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, laboratory or other medical provider, both the medical questions and the legal rules involved are complex. They almost certainly require that you hire a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice cases. William F. McMurry can guide you.
Insurance bad faith
The conduct of insurance companies is regulated by Kentucky law. If you make a proper claim to your insurance company and the insurance company fails to comply with Kentucky law, you may have a claim for "bad faith." Your insurance company, whether it is automobile, homeowners or health insurance, has an obligation to handle your claim according to Kentucky law. An insurance company acts in "bad faith" if it violates Kentucky's "Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act." Under this Act, an insurance company commits unfair settlement practice if they commit an or perform any of the following acts or omissions:
- Misrepresenting pertinent facts of insurance policy provisions relating to coverages at issue;
- Failing to acknowledge and act reasonably and promptly upon communications with respect to claims arising under insurance policies;
- Failing to adopt and implement reasonable standards for the prompt investigation of claims arising under insurance policies;
- Refusing to pay claims without conducting a reasonable investigation based upon all available information;
- Failing to affirm or deny coverage of claims within a reasonable time after proof of loss statements have been completed;
- Not attempting in good faith to effectuate prompt, fair and equitable settlements of claims in which liability has become reasonably clear;
- Compelling insureds to institute litigation to recover amounts due under an insurance policy by offering substantially less than the amounts ultimately recovered in actions brought by such insureds.
If you believe that your insurance company may have acted in bad faith in handing your claim, William F. McMurry can guide you.