Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents: Can You Sue the Bar that Served the Drunk Driver?

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Feb 26, 2015 10:06:49 PM

According to M.A.D.D., only about one of every two thousand motor vehicle “trips”—a single instance of driving from one location to another—is driven by someone who is under the influence.  At first glance, this figure may not seem so bad.  But the shocking truth is that the seemingly small .05% of individuals driving under the influence is responsible for nearly a third of traffic deaths each year.

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Trio of February Recalls Highlight Dangers of Defective Products

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Feb 25, 2015 10:36:09 PM

February has been a busy month for product recalls.  Here we take a look at some of the more high-profile recalls of the past few weeks.  As product liability lawyers, we encourage you to stay abreast of the latest product recalls via, a free consumer resource. 

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The Deadly Link Between Nursing Home Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Feb 17, 2015 10:59:35 AM

As Ohio nursing home injury lawyers, we have helped countless victims of nursing home negligence.  While nursing home negligence can take many forms and cause a wide variety of injuries, nursing home falls are among the most common and the most dangerous results of nursing home negligence.

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4.6 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Feb 14, 2015 3:04:55 PM

Kidde, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety equipment, has recalled 4.6 million fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. due to a defective valve component.  The recalled extinguishers may not fully discharge when used, a defect which can cause serious injuries in a fire emergency.  Alarmingly, this recall comes in the midst of the peak home fire season.

The recalled extinguishers are red, white, or silver and are marked with either an ABC or BC rating.  Manufactured between July 23, 2013 and October 15, 2014, the defective extinguishers are marked with one of the following model numbers:

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Uber Motor Vehicle Accidents: Who is Liable for Your Injuries?

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Feb 7, 2015 10:50:31 AM

Whether they are looking for a ride home from a night out or a lift to the airport, people in the Cleveland area are increasingly turning to ride-sharing companies like Uber as an alternative to taxis or public transportation.  If you are unfamiliar with Uber, it is a transportation network that essentially operates like an unregulated taxicab service.  Through the company’s phone app, an individual in need of transportation can connect to a ride-sharing driver, typically an average motorist looking to make a few extra dollars.  Upon receiving an Uber request, the driver will use his own personal vehicle to pick up and transport the Uber user to his destination.  The user, though, pays his fare directly to Uber via the phone app.

So who is liable if one of these semi-professional Uber drivers cause a motor vehicle accident?  Under Ohio law, those injured by an Uber driver’s negligence can pursue personal injury claims against both Uber and the individual driver.  The good news for injured drivers and passengers is that, according to Uber, its $1 million per incident insurance policy provides coverage from the point a trip is accepted until it is ended.  This coverage limit is higher than most personal liability policies.  Moreover, Uber’s insurance policy is expressly primary to a driver’s personal insurance policy, which means that motor vehicle accident victims should be able to avoid some insurance coverage disputes that can arise when there are multiple policies in place.

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Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Life-Altering Injuries

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Feb 5, 2015 11:20:10 AM

As Cleveland personal injury lawyers, we know firsthand that slip and fall accidents happen all the time.  While many may escape slips, trips, and falls with minor cuts or bruises, countless others are not so lucky.  Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, including broken bones, long-term back injuries, and even life-altering head or spinal injuries.   With the physical suffering, lost wages, and costly medical expenses, a slip and fall injury can become one of the most difficult experiences of the victim’s life.

Slip and fall accidents frequently occur at stores, malls, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and many other venues open to the public.  Under Ohio law, these businesses and property owners are required to maintain their premises in safe condition, to inspect the property for any hidden dangers, and to warn their customers of any hidden problems that might cause injuries.  If these businesses/property owners are negligent and their negligence leads to a slip and fall, they may be liable for their customer’s injuries. 

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Latest Defective Air Bag Recall Covers 2.1 Million Vehicles

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jan 31, 2015 1:47:10 PM

Over 2.12 million vehicles have been recalled due to an auto defect that can cause airbags to deploy inadvertently and in the absence of a crash.  The unexpected deployment of airbags while driving can lead to serious injury or death and creates an unacceptable hazard to car owners, their passengers, and other motorists on the road. 

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GM Refuses to Extend Ignition Switch Claim Deadline

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jan 28, 2015 9:06:42 PM

Last November, we discussed the General Motors victim compensation fund, which the automobile manufacturer has set up for individuals, and families of individuals, injured as a result motor vehicle accidents caused by defective ignition switches in GM vehicles.  In our last post, we told you that GM had extended the filing deadline for filing a claim with the victim compensation fund to January 31, 2015.  With GM declining to extend the deadline a second time, injured victims have only days left to file a claim with the compensation fund. 

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Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Honors James Lowe with 2014 Litigator Award

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jan 22, 2015 4:10:00 PM


Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is proud to announce that partner James Lowe has received the coveted 2014 Litigator Award for his achievements as one of the nation’s premier personal injury attorneys.  Presented by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, the Litigator Award ranks among the highest honors that a lawyer can achieve.  With fewer than 1% of lawyers winning the Litigator Award, James Lowe has once again proven that his dedication to serving his clients is second to none.

The Litigator Award winner selection process does not rely on peer popularity; instead, winners are chosen based on actual “Verdict & Settlement” dollar achievement, making them among the most rigorous and openly judged award ratings anywhere. The Performance-Oriented Rating Methodology used to judge nominees makes the Litigator Awards program among the most rigorous trial-law competitions in the nation. Candidates get a thorough “vetting” by independent audit and research teams, which helps ensure that the verdicts and settlements are within the guidelines needed to win.

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Ohio Ranked a Risky State for Drivers' Wallets

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jan 20, 2015 2:15:29 PM

Consumer finance website WalletHub just released its ranking of 2015’s Most and Least Risky States for Drivers’ Wallets and, unfortunately for Ohio drivers, the Buckeye State fell in the bottom half of the list.  The rankings, which are based on local liability insurance requirements, additional (if any) types of required insurances, and estimated percentage of uninsured motorists, placed Ohio at No. 30 among all states and Washington D.C.  Had the rankings been based solely on percentage of uninsured motorists, Ohio would have fallen even lower on the list.

What Can I Do If I Was Injured by an Uninsured Driver?

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