Distracted Walking Injuries and Comparative Negligence

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 30, 2014 4:27:09 PM

We have previously discussed the dangers of distracted driving and the increasing role of cell phones in motor vehicle accidents.  If you missed our earlier post, our advice to drivers can be summed up in short order: pay attention to the road, not your cell phone!

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Parents of Infants: Baby Wipe Recall That You Should Know About

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 28, 2014 12:25:02 PM

Yesterday, the FDA issued a recall statement for numerous baby wipe brands manufactured and sold by Nutek Disposables, Inc.  The recalled baby wipes were sold under the following brand names: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings.  The recalled wipes were sold prior to October 14, 2014 in several major retail stores: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com.

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The Difference Between: Standards of Proof

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 21, 2014 3:59:47 PM

This is the latest installment in our “Difference Between…” series, in which we explain the differences between commonly confused or misunderstood legal concepts.

Beyond a reasonable doubt.  Even to non-lawyers, this is one of the most widely recognized legal phrases.  But it is, of course, so much more than just a phrase.  Beyond a reasonable doubt is a legal concept known as a standard of proof.  In simple terms, a standard of proof is the burden that an individual must meet in order to win a case.  In a criminal trial, a prosecutor must meet the standard of proof by establishing that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Evidence of Fracking Dangers Continues to Mount

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 21, 2014 1:54:26 PM

Despite the denials from fracking companies, the evidence of the dangers of fracking continues to mount.  The latest evidence comes in the form of a study from the journal Seismological Research Letters which links approximately 400 “micro-earthquakes” in Harrison County, Ohio, to fracking.  Some of these quakes registered as high as between 1.7 and 2.2 on the Richter magnitude scale.  Fortunately for Ohioans, the quakes reviewed in this study occurred too deep in the ground to cause severe surface level damage or injury.  But with the ever-increasing fracking activity in Ohio, it is only a matter of time before this dangerous practice leads to disaster.

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Defense Tactics in Action

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 16, 2014 2:02:03 PM

Time and again, we have used this blog as a platform to educate personal injury victims about the lengths that insurance companies and defendants will go to in order to avoid responsibility for the injuries they have caused.  While we often discuss these practices in the abstract, an ongoing high-profile case perfectly illustrates these unseemly practices in action.

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Popular Patio Chair Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 16, 2014 11:30:12 AM

Dimension Industries has recalled approximately 18,000 Sling Fabric Café Sets--consisting of two swivel chairs and one table--sold at Costco locations nationwide.  Due to a missing metal washer plate, the chairs can break while in use and lead to falls and fall-related injuries.  The defective units were sold between December 2013 through May 2014.

As readers of this blog will know, fall-related injuries can be a very serious matter.  While falls often cause fractures and back and neck injuries, falls can also result in traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.  For a manufacturer to release a product with the potential to cause this sort of harm is simply unacceptable.

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Tips for a Safe Halloween

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 11, 2014 4:43:43 PM

Halloween can be a lot of fun, both for adults and children, but it is also a time that requires extra vigilance.  Both parents of trick-or-treaters and drivers have a shared responsibility to keep our children safe as they celebrate the holiday.  This year especially, with Beggars’ Night falling on Friday or Saturday in many cities throughout Northeast Ohio, it is important to walk or drive cautiously.

SafeKids Worldwide offers some excellent and creative advice regarding Halloween safety Dos and Don’ts.  Here are a few of the best pieces of advice to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe night:

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GM Issues 69th Recall of 2014

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Oct 4, 2014 9:34:44 PM

With three months still remaining in the calendar year, General Motors has issued its 69th recall of 2014.  The combined 2014 recalls cover nearly 30 million vehicles.  Perhaps most staggering about this number is the fact that the nearly 30 million dangerous and defective products were put on the market by a single manufacturer.

Let that sink in.  Millions upon millions of potentially dangerous--even deadly--products have been offered for sale to unsuspecting consumers by a single company.  Fortunately for consumers, the bad press that GM received from the GM ignition switch recall has caused an avalanche of recalls across the automotive industry.  But what about other manufacturing industries whose negligence has not been put into the spotlight?

It is appalling that it took several tragic deaths to coax GM into recalling its dangerous vehicles, but, as product liability lawyers can tell you, it is not surprising.  Too often manufacturers produce defective products that are unreasonably unsafe for consumers.  Automobiles, bicycles, appliances, and gym equipment are just a small sample of the types of products that we frequently investigate due to manufacturers' lax safety and design standards.  The harsh truth is that too many companies forego essential design, safety, and quality control testing to save on production costs.  But when manufacturers cut corners, it costs personal injury victims dearly.  

If you or a loved one have been injured due to a malfunctioning or defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Contact the Ohio GM ignition switch attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA to discuss your product liability case.  

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Lowe Eklund Wakefield Attorney Meghan Connolly Discusses Nursing Home Negligence—Part Two

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Sep 30, 2014 4:50:20 PM

Recently, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s own Meghan Connolly gave a talk on the issue of nursing home red flags.  With years of experience in nursing home injury cases, Meghan has seen firsthand the dangers that our seniors encounter in poorly run facilities.  Below we offer Meghan’s perspective on what you should do if your loved one must be admitted to a nursing home, or has suffered as the result of nursing home negligence.  And if you have not seen it, check out Part One, in which Meghan discusses the prevalence of nursing home negligence and injuries.

Selecting a Nursing Home: Resources and Red Flags

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Lowe Eklund Wakefield Attorney Meghan Connolly Discusses Nursing Home Negligence—Part One

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Sep 30, 2014 4:13:22 PM

 

Recently, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s own Meghan Connolly gave a talk on the issue of nursing home red flags.  With years of experience in nursing home injury cases, Meghan has seen firsthand the dangers that our nursing home residents encounter in poorly run facilities.  Below we offer Meghan’s perspective on the potential for injury in a nursing home.  Check back for Part Two, in which Meghan discusses what you should do if your loved one must be admitted to a nursing home, or has suffered as the result of nursing home negligence.

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