Comatose Patient’s Pregnancy Puts Spotlight on Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 17, 2019 7:07:17 AM

Shocking headlines from Phoenix, Arizona have gained national attention by showing how serious and appalling nursing home abuse can be.  

At Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, a female patient in a vegetative state gave birth last month.  The patient, whose name has respectfully been withheld, has been in her comatose condition for an extended period and at no point possessed the capacity to consent to sexual contact. 

Phoenix Police investigating this sexual assault have zeroed in on the nursing home’s male staff and, hopefully, the culprit will be brought to justice.  However, following Hacienda Healthcare CEO’s resignation, questions remain regarding how long and how prevalent this type of abuse may have been at the facility.

Nursing Home Abuse in Ohio

For many families, this story has raised deeply personal questions about their own loved ones.  If nursing home abuse can happen in Arizona, it can happen elsewhere, too.  Including Ohio.

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse occurs frequently in Ohio.  Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s lawyers have spent years representing countless patients and families affected by nursing home abuse.  The conditions and errors that make abuse possible are, regrettably, more prevalent now than ever.

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Topics: nursing home injuries

What a Product Liability Lawyer Can Do for You

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 16, 2019 9:15:21 AM

Every product liability lawyer at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA knows how badly defective products can harm consumers.  That is why Lowe Eklund’s attorneys fights to hold businesses, manufacturers, and suppliers liable for the injuries they cause.

Whether injured in Ohio or elsewhere across the country, those who suffer product-related injuries need an experienced lawyer they can trust.  You and your family may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  However, it is up to you to take legal action to protect your claims.  Because of this, having the right lawyer to protect your rights is essential.

If you or someone you love have suffered injuries as the result of a dangerous or defective product, call or email Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA now to schedule your free consultation.  Or, to learn more about what a product liability lawyer can do for you, continue reading below.

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Topics: product liability

Four Trial Attorneys from Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Named to 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers List

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 10, 2019 4:17:14 PM

James Lowe, Ryan Fisher, Gregory Scott and Mark Wakefield, trial attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, a Cleveland, Ohio-based law firm, have been named to the 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers® List. Only 5 percent of attorneys in Ohio were selected to receive this honor.

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Topics: General Firm News

Attorney Meghan P. Connolly Named Partner of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co.

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 8, 2019 1:07:36 PM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co. LPA announces that Meghan P. Connolly has been named a partner of the firm. 

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Topics: Meghan P. Connolly News, General Firm News

How to Hire an Attorney in Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 5, 2019 10:57:34 PM

When faced with a legal issue, you need to hire an attorney to protect your rights and claims.  Ignoring the issue or representing yourself can lead to negative outcomes that experienced lawyers know how to prevent.  Still, even when you’ve decided to make the smart move and hire an attorney, what do you do next?

In our technological age, individuals looking for legal representation have a wide array of options and services for contacting attorneys.  Attorney sites, referral services, social media, traditional media, and recommendations from friends and family all can point you to a plethora of lawyers and law firms. 

With so many options, finding an attorney is not hard.  However, finding the right attorney for you may not be so simple.

The lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA know that choosing the right attorney can make all the difference to clients.  Moreover, the Lowe Eklund team understands the responsibility that comes with each and every clients’ trust.  From the very first point of contact, the Lowe Eklund team takes a caring, service-focused approach to demonstrate that Lowe Eklund clients are more than just a file. 

Read on below to learn how to hire an attorney by looking out for the practices that keep clients coming back to Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA.

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Topics: cleveland lawyer

Medical Malpractice FAQs

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 5, 2019 11:01:14 AM

Medical malpractice affects hundreds of thousands of patients and families every year.  If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is.  Despite all of the advances in medical science and technology, a few key factors continue to cause significant risks to patients.

With so many instances of medical malpractice, medical lawsuits remain a significant portion of Ohio civil lawsuits.  As one of Ohio’s leading medical injury law firms, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA represents numerous clients and families injured by medical or surgical malpractice. 

Medical malpractice clients typically ask a similar set of questions regarding medical malpractice claims.  For that reason, the following article offers a high-level overview of medical malpractice claims under Ohio law.  But remember: because every case is different, any suspicion of medical malpractice should be brought to the attention of a qualified attorney.

If you suspect you or a family member were injured by medical malpractice, call or email Lowe Eklund’s lawyers for a free consultation regarding your claims.  Otherwise, read on below to learn about the basics of Ohio medical malpractice law.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Primary Insurance Amount in Social Security Disability Determinations

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 26, 2018 4:31:02 PM

When you or your loved one suffer from a disability, getting the assistance you need can make a world of difference for you and your family.  To get the full measure of benefits, though, is not easy.  It takes not only proving your eligibility, but making sure your benefits are calculated correctly and paying out at the maximum rate allowed in your particular circumstances.  This means understanding complicated formulas and concepts, like the primary insurance amount.

If this sounds confusing, that is because it is.  The Social Security Administration does admirable work administering a variety of disability and retirement benefits, but it is a large, federal agency governed by extremely complex laws, regulations, and limitations.  If you are like most people, dealing with the bureaucracy of the SSA can seem daunting—even impossible.  But you do not have to face the SSA alone.

Dedicated lawyers like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA represent many clients just like you who are applying for or appealing for disability benefits.  Having an experienced Social Security disability attorney representing you can expedite your claims, improve the quality and thoroughness of your benefits application, and protect your right to receive the full measure of benefits allowed by law.

Call or email now to contact an attorney and find out more about how your benefits amount may be calculated.  Or, to learn the basics of how the primary insurance amount can affect your Social Security disability, read on below.

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Topics: Social Security

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Death Claims

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 26, 2018 2:24:56 PM

When Ohio workers suffer work-related injuries or illnesses, their on-the-job injuries can affect those who count on them.  Families feel both the heartache of seeing their loved one suffer and the financial stress and upheaval of lost wages and medical expenses.  In these situations, workers’ compensation benefits may be able to ease your family’s burden in a difficult time.  But what happens when the injured or ill worker dies as the result of his or her work-related injury?

If your loved one sustained a life-ending injury or illness related to their employment, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s workers’ compensation benefits lawyers are available now to help you and your family in your time of need.  Under Ohio workers’ compensation laws, families may be eligible to receive benefits following the lost of an injured worker’s life.

Call or email now to schedule a free consultation regarding your death claim and find out how we can fight for your family.  Or, to learn more about death claims in the Ohio workers’ compensation benefits system, read on below.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Average Weekly Wage in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 20, 2018 9:24:00 PM

If you or your family member were injured at work, Ohio’s workers’ compensation program may be available to assist you financially in your time of need.  If you are like most other Ohioans, though, chances are you do not know much about how your workers’ compensation payments will be calculated.  In fact, the term “average weekly wage” may be completely foreign to you, and that is okay.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA know that understanding your rights and benefits eligibility is difficult.  To non-lawyers, the applications, evidentiary requirements, and appeals process can make filing a workers’ compensation application seem impossible.  That is why Lowe Eklund offers free consultations to Ohio workers and their families following an on-the-job injury.

When you call or visit the office, your attorney will take the time to help you understand your eligibility, your obligations, and how your benefits will be calculated.  With experienced counsel to guide you through the workers’ compensation system, you can expedite your claim and ensure that you receive the most assistance available in your case.

For a one-on-one consultation, call or email now.  Or, to learn more about how your benefits may be calculated based on your average weekly wage, read on below.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

What Is an Implied Warranty in Ohio Product Liability?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 16, 2018 9:48:35 PM

When a manufacturer offers a warranty on their product, consumers have an easier time understanding what to expect from the product.  If a manufacturer states that a product can perform some task or last so many years, it is clear what the manufacturer is promising. 

But does this mean that products only have to do what is explicitly promised by the manufacturer?  In addition to explicit warranties, is there such a thing as an implied warranty in product liability law?

Product liability law can be difficult to grasp, but product liability lawyers like those at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA continue to help Ohioans understand their rights and their next steps following a product-related injury.  While careless manufacturers and greedy businesses have no shortage of ways to elude liability for their unsafe products, an experienced attorney from Lowe Eklund will fight for you and your family.

So if you or a loved one were injured by a product without an explicit warranty, can you still pursue a product liability claim?

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Topics: product liability