GM Recall Lawyers: Power Steering Issue Linked to Over a Million Unsafe Vehicles

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 14, 2018 9:26:50 AM

On September 13, 2018, automobile manufacturer General Motors announced a recall of more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S.  The vehicles, both pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles, are being recalled because of a power steering defect that has been shown to increase the risk of crash.  According to the Associated Press, 30 crashes related to the defect have been reported, including 2 injuries. 

A GM recall issued previously addressed a similar power steering problem in other GM vehicles, suggesting that GM may have known about the defect at issue in the current recall.  Why the manufacturer delayed addressing this dangerous issue for over a year remains unanswered.  Unfortunately, accidents and injuries can likely be attributed to the delay.

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Topics: product liability, product recalls

Ohio Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 10, 2018 6:17:00 PM

Ever since hospital and insurance lobbyists successfully limited injured patients’ rights in the early 2000s, Ohioans and families have had a much harder time holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their negligence.

But personal injury attorneys like the team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA have not given up the fight.  Medical malpractice verdicts and settlements can still be obtained under Ohio law, and our dedicated malpractice lawyers continue to help injured patients and their families get the compensation they deserve.

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Topics: medical malpractice

How Medical Malpractice Causes Cerebral Palsy

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 9, 2018 4:09:23 PM

Expectant mothers and growing families never expect their medical treatment to lead to a newborn developing cerebral palsy.  Unfortunately, malpractice both before and during childbirth can cause this life-altering condition.

While cerebral palsy can develop in infants and children independent of medical malpractice, a diagnosis of infant cerebral palsy should raise red flags that malpractice may have occurred.  Parents of infants with cerebral palsy should consult with an experienced medical malpractice or birth injury lawyer to determine if negligence or hospital error may have caused their child’s injury or condition.

Cleveland, Ohio’s leading personal injury firm, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, is proud to help the children and families whose lives are affected by cerebral palsy.  For more information about medical malpractice and cerebral palsy, continue reading below or contact us today for a free consultation regarding your potential claims.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Room

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 7, 2018 4:59:58 PM

When you or your loved one suffer an injury or medical emergency, you rely on emergency room doctors and staff to provide fast, adequate treatment. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in the emergency room happens all too often.

Undue delays, medical errors, and doctor or hospital negligence can end in tragedy.  Having helped countless individuals and families harmed by medical malpractice, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s attorneys have seen the damage that negligent medical care can cause.

If you or your family member received suffered injury or wrongful death in the ER and you believe malpractice is the cause, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.  The personal, emotional, and financial hardship that results from malpractice can seem insurmountable, but an experienced attorney can fight for you and help you find justice.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Brain Trauma Caused by Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 30, 2018 5:57:00 PM

We trust hospitals and doctors with our lives.  When providing proper care, their decisions have the power to heal and to save.  But when they ignore their duty and act negligently, the consequences can be disastrous—even fatal.

Medical malpractice is a major cause of brain trauma, including both direct injuries and injuries occurring through blood and oxygen deprivation.  Injuries can be attributed to the negligence of doctors, surgeons, supporting staff, and even facility administrators and policies. 

If you or your loved one suffer brain trauma or other injury as the result of negligent medical treatment, you need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.  Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s team of injury lawyers can help you and your family hold dangerous and negligent medical professionals responsible.

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Topics: medical malpractice, traumatic brain injury

Ohio SSI Benefits: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 29, 2018 6:39:00 PM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s Social Security disability lawyers help countless Ohioans each year get the assistance they need from the Social Security Administration.  One lesser known program for getting assistance to those in need is SSI benefits.

SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a program operated by the Social Security Administration that may be available to disabled individuals who do not qualify under ordinary SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance.  Like SSDI, SSI benefits come with restrictions, eligibility requirements, and evidentiary requirements for applicants.

Because SSI benefits are lesser known, many eligible individuals may be missing out on the SSI financial assistance they need.  Contacting an experienced disability lawyer at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA can ensure that you receive all the information you need to pursue disability assistance from the right program.  Call today: SSI benefits may be right for you.

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Topics: Social Security

Why Disabled Workers Should Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 21, 2018 6:32:00 PM

In the U.S., the vast majority of workers are eligible to receive Social Security disability when injury or illness leaves them unable to work.  Despite this eligibility, many individuals who need assistance do not get it.

If you or a loved one are disabled, it is okay to ask for help.  In fact, it is encouraged.  Getting the assistance you need is the best thing for your family.  And while most disabled workers recognize that they are in need of financial assistance, receiving legal assistance for your Social Security disability claim can be just as important.

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Topics: Social Security

Breach of Warranty Under Ohio Product Liability Law

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 20, 2018 7:31:00 PM

Under Ohio law, consumers have several protections against a breach of warranty by a product manufacturer. This makes a lot of sense.  Consumers often purchase products relying on the manufacturers assurances regarding what the product can do.  When a manufacturer’s assurances are false or inaccurate, consumers suffer and manufacturers unjustly profit.

In the area of product liability law, protections for consumers can extend beyond breach of warranty claims.  Those injured by manufacturers’ breached warranties may be entitled to compensation, but does there need to be a warranty to file a product liability law suit?

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Topics: product liability

Mothers’ Birth Injuries: A Medical Malpractice Report

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 17, 2018 4:50:41 PM

It hardly needs stating that birth injuries, whether to mother or child, can cause tremendous suffering to the victims and their families.  Over decades of law practice, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s medical malpractice lawyers have rarely dealt with more emotionally trying and heartbreaking injuries than those related to childbirth.

When medical malpractice turns a sacred, life affirming experience into something painful or tragic, families are torn apart.  Yet careless hospitals and medical professionals continue to put lives at risk by failing to take the reasonable steps necessary to ensure the safety of infants and mothers.

Now, a new investigation by USA TODAY is shedding even more light on the severe and substantial risk of birth injuries to mothers as the result of dangerous and deadly medical malpractice.

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Topics: medical malpractice

How Long Do You Have to Work to be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 17, 2018 3:54:44 PM

Understanding Social Security disability benefits eligibility is not easy.  Clients of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA rely on experienced disability benefits attorneys because navigating the Social Security Administration’s complex rules and requirements can lead to undervalued, disputed, and denied applications.

One of the most confusing issues for disability applicants continues to be how long you must have worked to be eligible to receive Social Security disability.  While you will want to review the specifics of your case with your disability benefits lawyer, below are the basics regarding working time, recency, and work credits.

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Topics: Social Security