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Joseph Rhoades and Stephen Morrow Receive Top Lawyer Acknowledgment

Rhoades & Morrow is pleased to announce that Joseph J. Rhoades, Esq. and Stephen T. Morrow, Esq. were named on the Top Lawyers 2021 list in Delaware Today Magazine. The publication honors lawyers from the state in multiple practice areas. Joseph and Stephen were honored for their work in personal injury.

Lawyers named to Delaware Today’s 2021 Top Lawyers list are nominated by their fellow lawyers, who also practice law in Delaware. The only individuals, who may vote in this process, are lawyers who practice law in Delaware. Clients, paralegals, and other legal professionals are not permitted to vote, which means that lawyers who make this list have been recognized by their colleagues. The magazine publishes the list on an annual basis. To find more information regarding Joe and Steve’s selection as “2021 Top Lawyers” look for the November 2021 edition of Delaware Today.

Joe earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. Since then, he has been licensed to practice law in Delaware, along with the U.S. Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of several organizations, including the American State Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, where he served as a past president.

Steve received his Juris Doctor from the New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated cum laude. He is past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association (“DTLA”) and continues to serve on DTLA’s Board of Governors where he is a co-chair of DTLA’s Legislative Committee as well as a member of DTLA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. Steve is also a member of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) and previously served on AAJ’s Council of Presidents. In addition, he is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association (“DSBA”) and previously served as the Chair of the DSBA Workers’ Compensation Section. Currently, he is a member of the DSBA Workers’ Compensation Section Rules Committee and is a frequent presenter at DSBA seminars, which address workers’ compensation topics. Steve also offers pro bono services through the State of Delaware Office of the Child Advocate where he serves as a child attorney for dependent, neglected, and abused children in Delaware.

Those who have been hurt in an accident or injured because of the negligence of another party can seek help from the Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Those interested can call 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, the firm serves clients throughout Middletown, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford, Delaware.

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Rhoades and Morrow Sponsored 2021 Delaware Building & Construction Trades Council Annual Picnic

Rhoades and Morrow was proud to be a sponsor for the 2021 Delaware Building & Construction Trades Council (“DBCTC”) Annual Picnic to support the DBCTC Charity Fund held at the Local 42-lnsulators Hall on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Funds raised through events such as this go toward supporting charitable causes throughout our community, including donating turkeys to needy families and supporting other charitable organizations such as Best Buddies of Delaware, Ministry of Caring and the United Way of Delaware.

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Stephen Morrow Featured As Guest Blogger on The Delaware Detour Frolic To Discuss Recent Case

In a recent case before the Delaware Industrial Accident Board (IAB), two men who were injured at work and deemed permanently disabled and later returned to part-time work. Both had their disability payments terminated. The IAB reaffirmed the workers’ rights to continued payments for the injuries that kept them from working full-time. Attorney Stephen Morrow, partner at Rhoades & Morrow is proud to have represented one of the two injured workers in the case and was asked to write a guest blog on the topic in Delaware Detour & Frolic.

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Steve Morrow Recognized at Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford’s 2021 Legislative Luncheon

On Wednesday, July 21st, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford held its annual Legislative Luncheon at Etta’s Catering in Milford. In addition to members of the Chamber, state and local representatives attended the luncheon to discuss various legislative and business issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as issues related to the growth of the City of Milford. During the luncheon, Steve Morrow was recognized as a member of both the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Steve is pictured with his father, Douglas Morrow, Sr., who serves as a councilman for the City of Milford’s third ward.

Rhoades & Morrow Statement Regarding Resumption of Civil Jury Trials

Despite the difficult times over the last year, the attorneys and staff at Rhoades & Morrow continued to focus on assisting current clients and new clients in their effort to seek full and fair compensation for their injuries.  During the last year, we have handled mediations, arbitrations, depositions, and workers’ compensation hearings to ensure that our clients’ cases continued to move forward and were not negatively affected.  During these extraordinary times, we did not waiver in our commitment to seek justice for our clients.

 

The Superior Court of the State of Delaware has now announced that as of September 1, 2021, the New Castle County and Sussex County Superior Courts will resume civil jury trials.  Given that no civil jury trials have been held for over a year, this is welcome news for our clients whose cases were not able to proceed to a jury trial because of the pandemic.  We now look forward to stepping back into the courtroom where we will continue to stand-up for our clients’ rights.

 

Rhoades & Morrow is dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals who have been injured. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Rhoades & Morrow for a free consultation.

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Joe Rhoades Selected to 2021 Super Lawyers List

Joseph J. Rhoades, Esq., founder of Rhoades & Morrow, has been chosen to this year’s Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers highlights lawyers throughout the country from over 70 practice areas. Those who are peer-nominated undergo a multi-phase process that assesses their professional work and firm standing, as well as awards, evaluations, and peer reviews. This is his first year being selected to Super Lawyers. Joseph Rhoades 2021 Super Lawyers

Joe earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School and is admitted to practice in the State of Delaware, the U.S. Supreme Court, and other U.S. federal courts. He focuses on representing injured individuals in personal injury and worker injury claims. He is a member of the American and Delaware State Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a Past President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.  He is a former member of the State of Delaware Workers’ Compensation Health Care Advisory Panel, serving as the Panel’s Chair, as well the State of Delaware Workers’ Compensation Task Force.  He is the Injured Workers’ Representative on the State of Delaware Workers’ Compensation Oversight Panel and is currently serving as the Panel’s Chair.  He is also the Vice Chair of the Delaware Superior Court Civil Rules Committee.

Aside from being selected to Super Lawyers, Joseph has received prestigious awards, such as a 10 Year Volunteer Service award for the Office of the Child Advocate in Delaware, an Outstanding Service Award from the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and a Delaware State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Distinguished Service Award. He has also been previously named a Top Lawyer by Delaware Today Magazine.

For help with a legal matter, the legal team at Rhoades & Morrow can help. Call 302-427-9500 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, the firm serves clients throughout the state.

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New Sussex County Office Location

Rhoades & Morrow LLC is pleased to announce the opening of its new Sussex County office located in Lewes, Delaware at 119 W. Third Street, Suite 11. Rhoades & Morrow opened its new office to better serve client needs throughout the entire state of Delaware. Presently, Rhoades & Morrow has two offices located in New Castle County (Wilmington and Bear) and one office in Kent County (Milford). Joe Rhoades and Steve Morrow are excited to open this office in Sussex County, which expands the firm’s footprint to better assist their clients.  With the addition of this new office location, Rhoades & Morrow looks forward to continuing to fight for the rights of those harmed by others’ negligence and protecting the rights of Delaware’s injured workers.

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Steve Morrow Speaks at the DE State Bar Association Workers’ Comp Seminar

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Rhoades & Morrow partner, Steve Morrow, was invited to speak at the Delaware State Bar Association (“DSBA”) Workers’ Compensation Zoom Seminar.   Steve spoke on the topic of “Idiopathic Idiosyncrasies.”   The presentation addressed, among other issues, whether a diagnosis such as carpal tunnel syndrome can be work-related or unique to a particular individual and therefore, not work-related.  As part of his presentation, Steve discussed how the Industrial Accident Board, which resolves workers’ compensation disputes, decides issues of causation.  Steve is a frequent speaker at the DSBA Workers’ Compensation Seminars and is the past Chair of the DSBA Workers’ Compensation Section.  He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and also serves as the Legislative Co-Chair for the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.

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Rhoades & Morrow Sponsors Milford Community Clean Up Event

Rhoades and Morrow was proud to be a sponsor of the Milford Community Clean Up event, which was held on Saturday, April 24, 2021. We want to thank all of the amazing people, who volunteered their time to help keep Milford a beautiful place to live and work. Pictured are Rhoades & Morrow partner, Stephen Morrow and President of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, Angel Hodges, holding up the t-shirt given to all of the volunteers, who participated in the event.

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Delaware Supreme Court Rules Against Insurance Companies On Coverage Dispute

Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage is designed to protect an injured person when a negligent driver’s insurance coverage is not enough to fully compensate the injured person.

In USAA v. Brown, Mr. Brown was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident where the driver of the vehicle in which Mr. Brown was riding was at-fault for causing the accident. The driver’s insurance company, USAA, paid Mr. Brown the policy limits of bodily injury liability coverage, but that payment did not fully compensate Mr. Brown for the injuries that he suffered. Mr. Brown then sought UIM benefits from the driver’s USAA policy. USAA moved to dismiss the case, arguing that several provisions within the insurance policy precluded payment of UIM benefits.

The Superior Court ruled against USAA and found that Mr. Brown was entitled to UIM coverage from the USAA policy because USAA’s policy provisions were contrary to Delaware law and thus, unenforceable. USAA then appealed the Superior Court decision to the Supreme Court.

In Nationwide Property & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Irizarry, Mr. Irizarry was also injured in a motor vehicle accident where the driver of the vehicle in which Mr. Irizarry was riding was at-fault for causing the accident. The driver’s insurance company, Nationwide, paid Mr. Irizarry the policy limits of bodily injury liability coverage, but again, like Mr. Brown, that payment did not fully compensate Mr. Irizarry for the injuries he suffered. Mr. Irizarry then sought UIM benefits from the driver’s policy. Like USAA, Nationwide moved to dismiss the case, arguing that Mr. Irizarry could not receive payment under the bodily injury and UIM portion of the policy.

The Superior Court ruled against Nationwide and found that Mr. Irizarry was entitled to UIM coverage because just like USAA, Nationwide’s policy provisions were contrary to Delaware law and thus, unenforceable. Nationwide appealed the Superior Court decision to the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Delaware issued two orders upholding the decisions from the Superior Court in favor of the innocent, injured individuals and against the insurance companies, which were trying to escape their responsibility for providing UIM coverage. The decisions now issued by the Superior Court and affirmed by the Supreme Court will continue to allow us to help our clients obtain the appropriate compensation to which they are entitled.

If you would like to discuss an automobile accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident claim, contact the Delaware personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. We help our clients, who are often disabled and incur large medical expenses, obtain appropriate compensation. For a free consultation, contact us online or call 302-427-9500 today. Located in Wilmington, Milford, and Bear, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.