The Latest on GM's Ignition Switch Recall

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 20, 2014 12:48:26 PM

General Motors has extended the filing deadline for its victim compensation fund set up for individuals injured as a result of GM’s use of defective ignition switches.  The filing deadline has been extended to January 31, 2015.  The extension comes in the wake of a New York Times report of GM’s failure to notify the family of a woman killed in an ignition switch related accident of their right to file a claim.

The compensation fund has been set up for claims made by individuals injured as the result of GM’s use of defective ignition switches in certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and Pontiac G5.  According to the Times, “Officials at the automaker knew about problems in the cars for more than a decade, but failed to alert regulators and the public until this year. The cars have a defective ignition switch that can suddenly cut off engine power and deactivate airbags.  There is evidence that years before issuing recalls, G.M. was aware of ignition issues in other cars with eerily similar problems, including the Impala, but accidents involving those vehicles are not covered by the fund.”

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How Long Before I Receive Compensation for My Injuries?

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 20, 2014 11:05:36 AM

As Ohio personal injury lawyers, we know that our clients’ number one priority is receiving fair compensation for their injuries.  While fair compensation is first and foremost, we also know that our clients desire a speedy resolution of their claims.  That is why, when clients come to us for help, we do everything in our power to facilitate a speedy resolution.  But we also prepare our clients with the one almost universal truth of civil claims: settlements and lawsuits take time.

Because it is so important to understand at the outset, allow me to repeat it: settlements and lawsuits take time.  Even in cases where an at-fault party or his insurer is amenable to settlement, a personal injury attorney typically must wait until the victim has undergone a full course of treatment for his injuries in order to determine what fair compensation for the injuries will be.  Since treatment often takes several months or longer, even situations where no lawsuit will be filed can take quite some time.

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Winter is Coming...

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 13, 2014 11:23:05 AM

Well, Cleveland, we should all be happy that the snow held off for as long as it did this year.  Like always, though, Old Man Winter looks to have found us well before December 21.  While we cannot control what the wild Ohio weather will bring this season, we can take precautions to keep ourselves protected on the road.

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Be Prepared: Checking for Hunting Gear Recalls

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 6, 2014 1:27:44 PM

With Autumn in full swing, many Ohioans have already been taking advantage of hunting season.  With the most popular hunting season, deer/gun season, fast approaching, now is the time for hunters to prepare themselves by reviewing safety guidelines and techniques to ensure an enjoyable hunting season.  While reviewing safety protocols is common practice prior to re-entering the field, many hunters fail to take one simple but vital step to ensure their own safety.

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Simon, Line Nine: How Nursing Homes Conceal Negligence

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 4, 2014 11:13:07 AM

Recently, we featured some of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s Meghan Connolly’s tips for selecting a nursing home.  Meghan stressed the importance of a personal inspection, noting that nursing homes present a rosy, “sales pitch” version of their operations to potential clients that may not accurately show what day-to-day living is like for residents.  Now, a real life example out of California demonstrates why you should take a closer look at any nursing home you are considering for yourself or a loved one. 

The Negligence

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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 12:25:00 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,, 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

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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.

What is fracking?

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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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