Hyundai Recall Alert

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Dec 11, 2014 2:22:44 PM

Hyundai Motor America has issued a recall of two luxury vehicle models due to defective brake lights.   Due to the defect, the stop lamps on certain Hyundai luxury models, the 2009-2011 Genesis and 2011 Equus, may not illuminate when the brake is applied.  This defect increases the possibility of rear-end collisions.

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Whiplash Injuries: Are They Serious?

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Dec 11, 2014 1:36:52 PM

Whiplash injuries are among the most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents.  While some car accident injuries only occur only at higher speeds, traffic crashes ranging from high-speed impacts to low-speed and minor fender benders can cause whiplash.  Despite the outdated misconception that whiplash injuries are no big deal, medical science has shown time and again that whiplash injuries can cause serious pain and injury. 

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Skiing and Snowboarding: Safety on the Slopes

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Dec 9, 2014 4:13:44 PM

Whether you are looking to exercise, socialize, or just have a little fun, skiing and snowboarding are great ways to spend the day or weekend.   But, due to the high-speed and high-impact nature of downhill sports, skiing and snowboarding can be quite dangerous.  If you are planning on hitting the slopes this winter, whether out of state or at one of Ohio’s resorts, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

We have previously discussed liability waivers on this blog.  If you visit a ski resort this season, you are likely going to have to sign such a waiver before you can use the slopes.  While Ohio law provides that liability waivers cannot absolve a business of liability for willful or wanton misconduct or for intentional tortious conduct, liability waivers are more often than not enforceable when injuries occur as the result of ordinary negligence.

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Making a List, Checking it Twice

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Dec 7, 2014 8:06:39 PM

With Christmas right around the corner, the product liability attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are preparing for the holidays just like you.  But, having seen firsthand the damage to person and property that defective products can cause, there is one way that we prepare for the holidays that may be unlike anything you do.

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Proposed Law Threatens Ohio Patients' Rights

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Dec 4, 2014 4:14:37 PM

Imagine you have been injured by the negligence of another person.  Perhaps you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, or you tripped and fell due to a concealed defect on someone else’s property.  Whatever the scenario, imagine that after you are injured, the other person approaches you and says in no uncertain terms, “It was my fault that you were hurt.  I was negligent.”

Fast forward to your civil trial.  The defendant is on the stand and you now have the right to ask him, in front of the jury, whether he believes he was negligent.  Under threat of perjury, the honest defendant will admit his negligence.  But, if he denies his negligence, you have the right to impeach his testimony by raising his admission to you that he was, in fact, at fault.

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Ohio Airbag Injury Law Firm Investigates Takata Airbag Recall

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 25, 2014 11:20:00 PM

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Following the recall of more than 14,000,000 motor vehicles worldwide, the airbag injury lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are investigating potential product liability and wrongful death claims related to Takata Corp. airbags.

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Toyota Recall: Lexus Fuel Leaks Put Thousands at Risk

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Nov 25, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Toyota has recalled more than 400,000 Lexus cars after learning that a manufacturing defect can lead to fuel leaks and, in some cases, vehicle fires.  In response, the law firm of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA has begun investigating potential injuries and wrongful deaths caused by Toyota's dangerous, defective vehicles.

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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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