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Trick Or Treat Safety Tips: Staying Healthy & Safe In 2020

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 27, 2020 12:52:55 PM

Normally trick or treat is one of the most exciting activities of the year for children. It’s an opportunity to dress up, get free candy and enjoy some spirited fun outdoors with friends. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this year’s festivities may look a little different, depending on where you live and how your community is choosing the celebrate. In light of these shifts toward socially-distanced activities, we’ve compiled a list of ways to keep Halloween safe this year, regardless of how your community is approaching trick or treat.

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Topics: Halloween, trick or treat

Can You Collect Damages For PTSD After An Accident?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 21, 2020 8:14:00 AM

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a life-altering psychological disorder that results from experiencing one or more intense, traumatic life events. Much like a major physical injury, PTSD can cause long-term and severe disruption to one’s life, including mental and emotional strife, heightened anxiety and fear, loss of ability to concentrate, sleep disruptions, depression, moodiness and much more. Often, long after the physical injuries of a motor vehicle accident (or any serious trauma) heal, the mental and emotional side effects from PTSD remain.

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Topics: personal injury, PTSD

Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right Of Way?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 13, 2020 10:36:52 AM

There is a popular belief that pedestrians always have the right of way in an encounter with a moving vehicle. It is a good approach to defensive driving and one that drivers should take seriously. Unfortunately, while drivers do have a legal obligation to avoid accidents involving pedestrians, some accidents are unavoidable, and in certain circumstances, a pedestrian can be legally at fault when an accident occurs.

According to Ohio law, drivers must always exercise a reasonable duty of care to avoid harming pedestrians and others who share the road. A reasonable duty of care is the expectation that a driver will take reasonable precaution to avoid harming pedestrians as much as possible, especially in commonly hazardous situations like driving through residential streets, poorly lit roads or high foot traffic areas. A driver’s duty of care includes following traffic laws including posted speed limits, watching for pedestrians, slowing down or stopping when a potential hazard becomes apparent, and yielding at all crosswalks and other pedestrian safety zones. It goes without saying that a driver must avoid distractions on the road including the use of a cell phone.

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Topics: pedestrian accidents

Why Is My Personal Injury Case Taking So Long?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 30, 2020 1:06:27 PM

One of the most common concerns among personal injury clients is, “Why is my case taking so long?” While we always hope that a case will settle quickly and allow our clients to move on with their lives sooner rather than later, it is, unfortunately, not always how circumstances evolve.

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When Should I Hire An Attorney for My Personal Injury Case? Why Sooner Is Better Than Later

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 17, 2020 12:02:32 PM

One of the most common questions asked by people who have sustained an injury after an accident is, “When should I hire a lawyer?” The shortest answer is: as soon as possible.

Here’s why:

  1. The Statute of Limitations: In Ohio, with some exceptions, the statutes of limitations for filing injury lawsuits are one or two years. This means that there is a tight deadline in which your case can be prepared and brought 
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Is It A Medical Malpractice Case? Get Answers From An Attorney

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 8, 2020 2:02:14 PM

People often call our office wanting to know if their case meets the elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit. This can be a tricky question, but one which our attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield take the time to look into in earnest with each call.

There are several key components that are required for a law firm or attorney to accept a medical malpractice case. These include the following:

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Topics: medical malpractice

Three Lowe Eklund Wakefield Partners Named In Best Lawyers 2021 Guide

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 2, 2020 11:15:47 AM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield is pleased to announce that partner attorneys James A. Lowe, Ryan H. Fisher and Gregory S. Scott have been named to Best Lawyers in America’s 2021 guide.

Lowe, who has been featured since 1993, is recognized in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Scott has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2015 for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Fisher was first featured in 2016 and is recognized for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.

Best Lawyers is a legal peer review publication, founded in 1981. Approximately 1% of all lawyers in the United States are represented on its lists. Best Lawyers only accepts additions to its outstanding lawyers lists from peer nominations and a rigorous voting process. The publication works in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and is read by more than 17 million subscribers around the world.

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, Gregory S. Scott News, Ryan H. Fisher News, General Firm News

Attorney James A. Lowe To Be Honored in Cleveland-Marshall Law Hall of Fame

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 11, 2020 9:51:20 AM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is delighted to announce that founding partner, James A. Lowe, has been honored as a 2020 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame inductee.

The Cleveland-Marshall Law Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to recognize and honor alumni, faculty and staff who have enhanced the excellence and ongoing success and prestige of the school through their professional achievements, reputations and intellectual contributions.

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Topics: cleveland lawyer, James A. Lowe News, James Lowe, cleveland-marshall law

Auto Recalls: Common Questions and Straightforward Answers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 6, 2020 3:19:31 PM

Have you ever received a notification in the mail about an issue with your car? If so, your automobile has likely been subject to a manufacturer’s recall, or possibly a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall.

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Topics: auto defects, auto recalls

COVID-19 And Workers Compensation in Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 28, 2020 11:01:58 AM

It is safe to say that COVID-19, often called coronavirus, has altered the way we work, live and socialize in long-term, previously unimaginable ways. The virus has also brought about some unexpected challenges to conventional workers compensation claims and processes. Specifically, if you get coronavirus while at work and have to take time off, can you collect workers compensation during that period?

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Topics: Workers' compensation, covid-19, coronavirus

Providing Legal Help For Zantac (Ranitidine) Recall Victims

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 22, 2020 12:41:06 PM

In April of 2020 the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall on all Zantac (sometimes called Ranitidine) products after discovering high levels of cancer-causing carcinogens in the drug.

Zantac is a popular over-the-counter heartburn medication. Prolonged use of Zantac and other generic drugs containing Ranitidine can increase the levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing carcinogen, within the human body over time. NDMA is known to cause cancers in the stomach, esophagus, bladder, prostate, breasts, kidneys, thyroid and other areas of the body.

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Topics: product recalls, zantac, ranitidine, drug recall

Car Safety Ratings: What You Need To Know To Avoid A Car Crash Injury

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 13, 2020 12:57:13 PM

One of the best ways to minimize injury from a car accident is to make sure that the vehicle you’re driving is as safe as possible from the outset. Utilizing car safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent, nonprofit ratings organization, can make a difference.

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Topics: auto defects, iihs safety ratings

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Proudly Supports Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 29, 2020 2:38:15 PM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield was proud to participate in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Market at Home fundraiser last week. The firm ordered a delicious lunch from Greater Cleveland Food Bank partner restaurant, Cocky’s Bagels and Sandwiches and held an office food drive, which resulted in over 100 items donated to the food bank.

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Topics: community service

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Opens Office in Lorain County, OH

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 26, 2020 9:42:18 AM

Law Firm Expands Legal Footprint in Lorain and Erie Counties 

Lorain, OH (June 26, 2020) – Lowe Eklund Wakefield is proud to announce that it has expanded its operations to serve Lorain and Erie Counties and the surrounding cities of North central Ohio.

The new office of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is located at 4789 N Leavitt Rd, Suite A1, on the border of Amherst and Lorain, OH. It is centrally located among popular shopping destinations, restaurants, and the local Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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Topics: News, lorain, amherst, ohio lawyers

Dog Bite 101: What To Do If You've Been Bitten By A Dog

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 22, 2020 11:42:04 AM

Dog may be man’s best friend, but unfortunately sometimes dogs attack people and when they do, they have the ability to cause severe injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 4.7 million dog bites in the United States every year.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer, Ryan H. Fisher News, Dog Bite

Attorney Meghan P. Connolly Awarded CATA President’s Service Award, Appointment to Secretary of Organization

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 17, 2020 3:57:16 PM

 

Lowe Eklund Wakefield is proud to announce that partner attorney Meghan P. Connolly was honored with the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA) President’s Service Award for her outstanding commitment to the organization over the past year. Connolly was also appointed Secretary of the organization after serving as Treasurer in the 2019-2020 term.

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Topics: Meghan P. Connolly News, News, CATA

Six Tips To Avoid A Motorcycle Accident and Stay Safe This Summer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 10, 2020 3:52:22 PM

As summer gets underway, more people are outdoors enjoying the sunshine and many of them are driving motorcycles. While it’s important for motorcyclists to follow the rules of the road to stay safe, it is equally imperative that those of us driving larger, enclosed vehicles do our part to stay alert and minimize danger for our friends on two wheels.

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Topics: motorcycle safety, motorcycle accident, James Lowe

What Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 3, 2020 12:47:26 PM

You may have heard the term “wrongful death” before. In many ways, it seems self-explanatory. However, in legal terms, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought in Civil Court (different from criminal court) against a company or individual when that company or individual (the defendant) has negligently or intentionally caused someone’s death. In Ohio, wrongful death litigation is provided for in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2125.

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Topics: personal injury, wrongful death attorney, wrongful death

Defective drug lawyers applaud FDA move to pull Zantac for link to cancer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 2, 2020 3:12:50 PM

The drug injury lawyers at Lowe Eklund Wakefield are lauding the call from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull all Zantac products because of the potential cancer risk to consumers. The FDA on April 1 requested a withdrawal of all ranitidine products, more commonly known by the brand name Zantac, from shelves and counters of drug stores

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Ohio Workers Compensation Claims and COVID-19

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 30, 2020 3:38:36 PM

Can you claim workers compensation for COVID-19? Possibly

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic (worldwide) outbreak in early March 2020, and since then, the state of Ohio has taken bold steps to suspend school, limit restaurants to take-out or delivery orders, and institute stay-at-home measures in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Attorney Meghan Connolly recognized by National Trial Lawyers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 10, 2020 1:48:19 PM

Cleveland Injury Lawyer Selected to Top 40 Under 40 by National Trial Lawyers

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, litigation attorney Meghan P. Connolly was recently named to the Top 40 under 40 list by The National Trial Lawyers, a professional organization with invitation-only membership. The distinction makes Connolly, a partner at the Cleveland personal injury law firm since 2018, part of an elite group of attorneys in Ohio.

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Topics: Meghan P. Connolly News

Professional baseball teams in Ohio to ramp up fan safety

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 6, 2020 3:09:51 PM

The attention on fan safety came to the center of the sports world last year, with particular attention on children and fans injured by line-drive balls. A pair of professional baseball teams in Ohio announced their intent to make their venues safer for spectators.

Both the Cleveland Indians and minor-league affiliate the Akron Rubber Ducks announced that they will extend the safety netting from foul pole to foul pole beginning with the 2020 season.

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Five Things to do After an Automobile Accident in Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 30, 2019 3:54:15 PM

You're driving along the road and suddenly — BOOM — another vehicle slams into the side of your car after they ran a stop sign.

Your car is smashed, you feel pains throughout your body, and your heart is racing. Now what?

After a car accident, there are some key steps to take to make sure your rights are protected. It's important to know what to do and what questions may need answers by the other driver to make your insurance claim.

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Topics: personal injury, airbag injuries, cleveland lawyer, drunk driving accidents, liability

Three trial attorneys from Lowe Eklund Wakefield named to 2020 Super Lawyers List

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 16, 2019 11:00:27 AM

Three trial attorneys from Cleveland personal injury law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield have been recognized by their peers as among the top lawyers in the state of Ohio. James A. Lowe, Greg S. Scott and Ryan H. Fisher were named to the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers list — a recognition received by only 5 percent of all attorneys in the state.

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, Gregory S. Scott News, Meghan P. Connolly News, Ryan H. Fisher News, General Firm News, Kyle Melling News

How much money will I receive from Workers Comp if I'm injured at work?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 11, 2019 4:58:50 PM

A work injury can cause a significant disruption to your life, from the pain of your injuries, to your financial stability, to your long-term well-being. In Ohio, the workers compensation system is designed to help compensate injured workers who are disabled because of a work-related injury or occupational disease.

But there are limits to the amount that you might receive from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, and before you file a claim, it's important to understand how much you should expect to receive while you are recovering.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer, Workers' compensation

Three Lowe Eklund Wakefield attorneys ranked by Best Lawyers-U.S. News for Cleveland personal injury

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 20, 2019 8:49:00 AM

Cleveland personal injury attorneys James A. Lowe, Gregory S. Scott and Ryan H. Fisher from the law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, have been named to the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. The law firm was also named a Tier 1 firm in Cleveland for Personal Injury Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, and Product Liability Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2020.

"It's an honor that several of our attorneys and our law firm are continually recognized each year by Best Lawyers for the work we do advocating for our clients in their time of need," said Scott, a partner at the firm.

Lowe, Scott and Fisher were recognized by their peers for the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in Cleveland for Medical Malpractice Law, Product Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation.

“Since 1973, Lowe Eklund Wakefield has been characterized by integrity, accountability and the highest standards of practice, and that is reflected in our recognition as a Tier 1 firm by our peers in the Cleveland legal community," Fisher said. "Our goal is to continue delivering the best possible results to our clients.”

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, more than 62,000 leading lawyers were included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield is frequently sought out to serve as knowledgeable advocates in challenging, high-stakes personal injury and wrongful death cases. Its attorneys often represent car and truck accident victims, and their families, when injuries or death resulted from poor design or defective products.

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, Gregory S. Scott News, Ryan H. Fisher News, News

Ten interesting statistics about nursing home abuse and elder abuse

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 13, 2019 7:15:00 AM

The best-available research indicates that one in 10 persons aged 60 or older is the victim of elder abuse, but just 7 percent of all instances of elder abuse are ever reported to state or local authorities. The National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys, a group of legal professionals compiled and shared some eye-opening nursing home abuse statistics and elder abuse statistics from across the United States.

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Topics: personal injury, nursing home injuries, nursing home abuse

Ten interesting statistics about medical malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 4, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Medical malpractice deaths are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a set of statistics published by Rosenbaum and Associates, an injury and medical malpractice firm in Philadelphia. The statistics include information sourced from peer-reviewed studies, physician surveys, and information retrieved from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a government database of all medical malpractice reports and payments.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Lowe Eklund Wakefield helps prepare winter clothing for Cleveland kids

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 30, 2019 11:52:49 AM

Continuing its support for the Northeast Ohio community, members of the Lowe Eklund Wakefield team took part in another one-day service project — this time with Shoes and Clothes for Kids — to help prepare winter clothing items for distribution to kids before the colder weather hits. The organization, celebrating its 50th year in operation, is the only one in the Greater Cleveland area providing new shoes, school uniforms, clothes and school supplies throughout the year at no charge to thousands of children in need.

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What is a catastrophic injury in personal injury law?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 4, 2019 11:39:58 AM

In the world of personal injury, terms such as soft tissue injury, skeletal injury, loss of use, and catastrophic injury (just to name a few) are used to broadly describe the extent of the injury a victim suffered because of an accident. With some injuries, a victim can recover in weeks or months of medical treatment. But with more serious injuries, like catastrophic injuries, the impact is permanent and can alter a person's quality of life.

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Topics: product liability, personal injury, cleveland lawyer, medical malpractice, burn injury, auto defects, spinal cord injury, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, traumatic brain injury, truck accidents, wrongful death attorney

Seven warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 25, 2019 7:36:00 AM

There are about 1.5 million individuals residing in nursing homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nursing home abuse isn't as rare as some might think. According to data compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse, about 10 percent of all nursing home residents were victims of some form of abuse in the last year.

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Topics: nursing home injuries, nursing home abuse

Spike in lung illnesses linked with vaping, e-cigs, raise questions about defective products [UPDATED]

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 22, 2019 5:04:57 PM

An alarming national trend is sending e-cigarette users to hospitals with medical emergencies. Doctors are seeing a dramatic spike this summer in serious respiratory conditions, including collapsed lungs, that have a common link — all the cases involve the use of an e-cigarette or vaping product that contain nicotine or THC.

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Topics: product liability, cleveland lawyer, liability

Ohio product liability lawyer reacts to NHTSA criticism

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 12, 2019 11:45:00 AM

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has come under fire lately, as safety advocates claim it is too inconsistent with its policies and too reliant on automakers in investigating auto defects.

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Topics: product liability, airbag injuries, auto defects, liability

Three tips to avoid being hit by a car while jogging

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 5, 2019 3:28:12 PM

When the weather is favorable, a jog outside can be one of the most invigorating things for your physical and mental health. But any outdoor runner faces a variety of risks depending on the area where they are running, and accidents to a pedestrian in these situations are rarely minor and are frequently severe or deadly. The pedestrian accident lawyers of Cleveland, Ohio, law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, know this from firsthand experience.

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Topics: personal injury, car accidents

How much is my case worth? The answer depends on various factors

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 16, 2019 10:30:11 AM

About how much is your case worth? Personal injury attorneys will tell you that case value is one of the most asked questions from prospective clients, and it's also one of the most difficult to answer. The lawyers at Ohio law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, have decades of experience in personal injury claims and litigation, but there isn't a crystal ball to know in advance how much you should expect to recover.

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Topics: personal injury, legal basics, settlement

Are sports teams liable for the injuries that might occur to fans?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 3, 2019 8:40:00 AM

The attention of the baseball world will shift to Cleveland this week for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. But not all the focus will be on what takes place on the field. There's been an ongoing debate about fan safety — and, furthermore, who is liable for that safety.

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Topics: personal injury, liability, settlement

What documents should you bring to your consultation with a lawyer?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 27, 2019 11:47:56 AM

So you've set up your first meeting with a personal injury attorney to discuss a potential claim. This initial consultation is a great opportunity for you and a lawyer to get to know each other briefly and to determine if you want to hire that lawyer through a formal attorney-client relationship.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer, lawsuit

Highlights and reflections from Lowe Eklund Wakefield community service day

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 13, 2019 2:47:02 PM

What is community? For many of us at Cleveland law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield, community is fellowship, it is giving back to those around as you are able, and it is a sense of belonging and place.

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Ohio attorney weighs in on debate for workers compensation PTSD benefits to first responders

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 10, 2019 4:44:08 PM

Ohio lawmakers want to extend workers compensation benefits to first responders’ access who experience post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the Columbus Dispatch, House lawmakers added a provision to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget that would allow police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to file claims without a correlating physical injury. 

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Topics: Workers' compensation, PTSD

What are "never events" for skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 5, 2019 8:07:00 AM

The term "never event" was introduced into the medical vernacular nearly 20 years ago. In the time since its introduction and the first list of "never events" was introduced, the meaning has been modified and expanded, and overall public awareness has increased while fatal errors to patients have decreased.

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Topics: personal injury, nursing home injuries, nursing home abuse, nursing home negligence

Cleveland law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield to kick off car seat giveaway

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 31, 2019 6:47:00 AM

To help keep children safe on the road, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, is kicking off a giveaway ahead of the busiest travel season. The Cleveland personal injury law firm is helping pay for the cost of a car seat to qualifying families in Northeast Ohio throughout the summer.

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Topics: General Firm News

Lowe Eklund Wakefield staff to volunteer with local nonprofit Providence House

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 15, 2019 8:39:00 AM

The staff from Cleveland law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, is doing its part to help create stronger, more stable families this summer by volunteering at a local nonprofit that serves at-risk local children and families in crisis.

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Topics: General Firm News

How Does a Lawsuit Work? An Overview of the Civil Litigation Process

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 8, 2019 8:46:00 AM

When you're injured because of another person's mistake or recklessness and you're considering legal action, one of the many questions that often comes to mind is how a personal injury lawsuit works.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer, legal basics

How Product Defect Attorneys Protect Ohio Consumers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 26, 2019 11:29:47 PM

Product Defect Attorneys Fight for the Rights of Ordinary Citizens

Every day, Ohioans suffer injuries due to defective products.  Vehicles, appliances, tools, work equipment, medicine—when any type of defective product gets into the marketplace it can cause serious harm to buyers, users, and third parties.  Fortunately, Ohio law allows product defect victims to fight back.

If you or your loved one suffered an injury caused by a defective product, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s product defect attorneys can help you take action to recover the compensation you deserve.  While individuals like you routinely suffer when businesses sell defective products, Lowe Eklund has the resources and experience necessary to fight for what is right against large corporations and insurance companies.

Call or email for a free consultation regarding your product defect claims.

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Topics: product liability

What an SSD Lawyer Can Do for You

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 9, 2019 8:15:00 PM

Chances are you have probably heard of Social Security and the Social Security Administration.  But, if you are like many people, you may not realize that the SSA administers to certain recipients besides retirees and the elderly.  The SSA also administers disability benefits through such programs as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you are already confused, don’t worry: you are not alone.  When it comes to applying for benefits through the SSA, many applicants struggle.  Which program is right for you? What documentation do you need?  How do you appeal denials?  These are all questions that most people do not know how to answer.

With an experienced disability and SSD lawyer, though, you can rest easy knowing that your attorney will help you get the benefits to which you are entitled.  At Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, clients with disabilities receive full-service regardless of your situation.  Whether considering filing, wondering about your options, or facing a recent denial of benefits, the Lowe Eklund team knows how to help.

Call or email now for a free initial consultation and find out what an SSD lawyer at Lowe Eklund can do for you.

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Topics: Social Security

Vape Pen Death Raises Alarms for Product Liability Attorneys

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 9, 2019 2:20:59 PM

This week, consumers and product liability attorneys were shocked to hear about the death of a Texas man as the result of a defective vape pen.  Whether or not you use vape pen or similar devices yourself, chances are you know at least one person who does.  In light of the recent tragedy, millions are now left wondering, “What if a defective vape pen harmed me, my friends, or loved ones?”

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Topics: product liability

When You Need an SSI Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 2, 2019 11:57:59 AM

It is no secret that having an SSI lawyer can drastically improve your chances of a successful SSI claim.  As Cleveland disability attorneys, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA helps many clients get the benefits they need through SSI and SSDI claims. 

And yet it is believed that many Ohioans who are eligible to receive SSI benefits do not get the assistance they need.  There are many reasons for this.  Countless individuals are unaware that the SSI program even exists.  Many more fail to file timely appeals for denied claims.  Others simply lack the resources or expertise to collect and submit appropriate documentation of their disabilities.

This does not have to be you!  An experienced disability or SSI lawyer can discuss your options with you, help you navigate the complex Social Security Administration filing and appeals processes, and protect your right to receive the benefits for which you are eligible.

If you or a loved one suffer from a disability and need to explore your benefits options, call Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA today to schedule your free consultation.  Or, to learn more about SSI benefits and whether they may be available for you, continue reading below.

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Topics: Disability

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 28, 2019 8:54:59 PM

When it comes to protecting workers and their families, no one fights for their clients like the workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA.  Injuries arising out of your employment can leave you and your family struggling to make ends meet, overcome exorbitant medical bills, and dealing with lost wages.  With the Lowe Eklund team by your side, you know that you have someone working to secure all financial benefits and compensation available to you in your time of need.

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Get You the Benefits You Deserve

While Ohio law provides workers’ compensation options for most employees, navigating the complex compensation system can be difficult.  Many claims for rightful compensation are denied due to application errors such as incomplete information or lack of appropriate medical evidence.  Retaining an experienced attorney prior to filing your claim can eliminate these common errors and help you file for the highest benefits available to you.

If you have already filed a claim, though, it is not too late to retain counsel if your claim has been challenged or denied.  In many instances an employer may challenge a workers’ comp claim or the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will deny a claim altogether.  If your claim has been challenged or recently denied, you need an attorney you can trust to fight back on your behalf.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Wrongful Death Attorney: Questions and Answers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 25, 2019 8:35:02 AM

When a loved one dies because of someone else’s actions, you need to consult a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.  No matter the circumstances, the loss of a loved one can be traumatic, emotional, and difficult to understand.  A loss can leave families with many questions regarding the circumstances and responsibility relating to the wrongful death.  In your difficult time, you need the help and advice of someone you can trust.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s wrongful death attorneys help families in Cleveland, Ohio, and across the country find justice after the wrongful death of a loved one.  For more than forty years, Lowe Eklund’s attorneys have successfully represented countless families in settlements, negotiations, and civil trials.  Our dedicated team knows how to hold companies, hospitals, manufacturers, drivers, and negligent actors legally and financially liable for the injuries and wrongful deaths they cause.

If your loved one has passed and you believe a business or individual’s actions may be to blame, you need to act fast to discuss your claims with an attorney.  Call or email Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA today for a FREE consultation about your case.  Or, for answers to wrongful death client FAQs, keep reading below.

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Topics: wrongful death attorney

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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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

Does Private Disability Insurance Affect Your Right to Social Security Disability?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 13, 2018 11:00:53 PM

When workers suffer disability due to injury, illness, or medical conditions, their lives and their families can be turned upside down.  Without even mentioning the personal and psychological turmoil, workers and their loved ones face the threat of lost wages, medical and care expenses, and serious questions about how they will finance their care and their future.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s experienced team of Social Security disability attorneys understands these concerns.  That is why Lowe Eklund works with clients to identify all potential sources of compensation and assistance, from personal injury claims to workers’ compensation to insurance and Social Security disability.

One question that can arise in the context of disabilities is whether Social Security disability benefits may be affected by other types of compensation or financial assistance.  Specifically, if you are like more than one third of all workers, does your private disability insurance affect your right to receive Social Security disability?

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Topics: Social Security

Supplemental Security Income vs. Social Security Disability: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 12, 2018 8:19:59 PM

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers various programs for seniors and the disabled to receive financial assistance.  When an injury or medical condition leaves individuals unable to provide for themselves, an SSA program can be a lifeline for those in need.

But which program may be available for you or your family member?  The eligibility qualifications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability are quite different.  What programs are available and which may provide resources to you or your loved one should be understood from the outset of the application process to ensure timely and effective filing for benefits.

If you or a family member are in need of financial assistance and you believe Social Security may be an option, contacting an experienced SSI and Social Security disability attorney at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA provides you with the opportunity to receive a free consultation regarding your options and your rights. 

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Topics: Social Security

Personal Injuries, Disability, and Social Security Benefits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 9, 2018 8:10:00 PM

If you or a loved one suffer a personal injury, illness, or medical condition, your family’s future could very well depend on taking the right steps to recover financial compensation and assistance.  With stakes this high, you deserve to have an experienced legal team at your disposal to help you receive all monies to which you are entitled, including personal injury settlements and judgments, workers’ compensation, and/or Social Security benefits.

As a leader in Ohio personal injury representation, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA has helped countless injured and afflicted individuals recover compensation for their injuries.  But often times a personal injury award is only part of the compensation equation.

With in-house workers’ compensation and Social Security disability attorneys here to help you, Lowe Eklund has the resources and experience to help you collect financial compensation and assistance from all available sources following your injury, illness, condition, or disability.

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Topics: Disability, Social Security

Monetary Awards in Ohio Workers’ Compensation

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 7, 2018 10:37:00 PM

When injuries occur on the job, monetary awards from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation can make a huge difference for employees and their families.  Whether covering medical expenses, lost wages, or future costs, an adequate award can help those affected by workplace injuries maintain or adjust their lifestyle in their time of need.

Getting the full monetary awards available from workers’ compensation can be difficult.  Having an experienced Ohio workers’ comp law firm like Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA represent you or your loved one can expedite the process, protect your rights, and help you get the full value of your claim.

But what types of monetary awards are available under Ohio law?  Read on to learn more about the types of compensation available.  Or, if you would like a free consultation, call or email Lowe Eklund’s dedicated attorneys now.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Does Ohio Have an Assigned Risk Plan for Workers’ Comp?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 30, 2018 7:11:00 PM

Ohio employees injured in a work-related accident face a lot of challenges.  Families of injured workers typically must wrestle with lost wages, medical expenses, personal upheaval, and a great deal of uncertainty about the future.  Fortunately, Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws do provide a level of security for those hard-working Ohioans injured on the job.

But what happens if an employer cannot obtain workers’ compensation insurance?  Is that something that can happen in Ohio?  Do employers have access to an assigned risk plan to guarantee coverage?  These are just some of the questions many non-lawyers have regarding workers’ compensation coverage.

If you have these or other questions regarding a workers’ compensation claim, call or email Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s experienced workers’ comp lawyers now for a completely free consultation.  To check out the answer to questions about assigned risk plans in Ohio keep reading below.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Are Product Liability Claims Controlled by Ohio’s Commercial Code?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 28, 2018 8:00:00 PM

To those unfamiliar with Ohio law, understanding the difference between the Ohio Unified Commercial Code and Ohio’s product liability law can be difficult.  Non-lawyers often have heard the phrase “commercial code” in daily life and can have false or misguided ideas about how the commercial code affects a product liability injury case.

Fortunately for those injured by a defective or dangerous product, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s skilled product liability lawyers are available now to help answer any questions you may have regarding your or your family member’s product-related injury.  An experienced attorney can help you determine your rights, your damages, and your best course of action if you were injured by a defective product.

Call or email Lowe Eklund now, or continue reading for a quick explanation of the difference between Ohio’s commercial code and product liability statutes.

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Topics: product liability

Ohio Workers’ Compensation Insurance: What Employees Should Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 26, 2018 7:01:00 PM

When employees are injured on the job, they may face physical issues, medical bills, lost wages, and serious personal difficulty.  Ohio law protects these injured employees by requiring Ohio employers to carry worker’s compensation insurance. 

But how does workers’ compensation insurance work?  Does your employer have coverage?  And what happens if your employer did not have insurance at the time of your on-the-job injury?

For answers to these and other questions, check out our quick guide below.  But remember: if you or a loved one suffered a work-related injury, you need to contact an Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer to protect your rights and claims.  Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s experienced attorneys can help you cut through the red tape and maximize your workers’ compensation award.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Post-Treatment: Medical Malpractice at All Stages of Patient Care

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 24, 2018 8:08:00 PM

Medical malpractice may become apparent during diagnosis, treatment, and even years after treatment occurred.  Depending on when errors occur and when they are discovered, your medical malpractice lawsuit may involve varied and complex legal issues.

Below is a review of how the stage at which malpractice occurs or becomes apparent may affect your case.  Before continuing, though, it should be stressed that anyone who has been injured as the result of medical malpractice in Ohio should consult an experienced malpractice attorney as soon as possible.  Having an attorney like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA representing you and your family can both limit your stress and improve your chance to recover the compensation you deserve.

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Topics: medical malpractice

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

What is Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 10, 2018 4:58:03 PM

Understanding what is covered by workers’ compensation in Ohio is not easy.  Unfortunately, difficulty understanding the workers’ compensation system causes many eligible workers not to file claims and many more to file claims without all necessary records and documentary evidence required.

As experienced Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers, the team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA can help you or your loved one no matter where you are in the claims process.  If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive assistance.  You deserve to collect all assistance available, to understand your rights, and to have an attorney who will give your case immediate and close attention.

To learn whether you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation, it is recommended that you speak to an attorney regarding your claims.  While every case is different, below are a few points intended to help novices understand what your attorney will review when determining whether your claim may be covered.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Birth Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 10, 2018 4:25:08 PM

A birth injury to either infant or mother can turn a blessed day into tragedy for victims and their families.  In Cleveland, Ohio, and throughout the nation, birth injuries continue to plague innocent families and all too often medical malpractice is to blame.

While it may be impossible to stop malpractice, those injured by careless medical professionals can fight back.  If you, your child, or your loved one suffered injury during or following birth, you may be entitled to hold the negligent hospitals and doctors responsible in court.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Employment Law and Personal Injury

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 30, 2018 7:41:00 PM

When personal injuries happen in the workplace, understanding your rights can be difficult.  Issues of employment law, tort law, and product liability law frequently overlap.  Determining who is responsible for your injuries—and recovering compensation from all liable parties and available resources—takes experience and legal resources.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s all-encompassing approach to workplace injuries helps clients identify and pursue all available avenues of financial recovery.  Whether taking action against a negligent actor or establishing your right to benefits or other financial assistance, Lowe Eklund’s attorneys know that when you suffer an injury every little bit matters for you and your family.

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Topics: product liability, personal injury, Workers' compensation

Substantial Gainful Activity: A Social Security Disability Explanation

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 25, 2018 9:22:00 PM

With a thriving Ohio Social Security disability practice, the attorneys of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA help countless injured Ohioans collect the benefits they need to get by.  Let’s face it: dealing with any government agency or bureaucracy can be tough.  Having an experienced lawyer by your side to explain the process and help you along the way can improve your chances of getting the assistance you deserve.

Two frequent questions that arise when it comes to Social Security disability are what is substantial gainful activity and why is it important?  Understanding the Social Security Administration’s definition of substantial gainful activity can help you understand how the SSA determines who is eligible to receive benefits.

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Topics: Social Security

Ryan Fisher of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Named Best of Thervo in 2018

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 24, 2018 10:54:24 AM

Cleveland, Ohio – July 23, 2018 – Ryan Fisher, trial attorney and partner at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, a Cleveland, Ohio-based law firm, has been named a Best of Thervo legal professional in 2018. Fisher was recognized for his continued excellence in plaintiff personal injury litigation in Cleveland. 

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How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 23, 2018 7:20:00 PM

A spinal cord injury is among the worst injuries that anyone can suffer.  Those who sustain spinal cord injury will, at best, struggle with impaired feeling and function of a portion of their body.  At worst, injury can result in total paralysis and require permanent, round-the-clock care.

When spinal cord injuries occur under the care or treatment of medical professionals and facilities, the news of the injury is all the more devastating.  Something like a betrayal, when we or our loved ones put ourselves under hospital or medical care we expect to be safe.  Yet medical negligence can and does cause spinal cord injury to unsuspecting patients each year.

If you or your family member suffer a spinal cord injury as the result of poor medical care or treatment, an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Who is Liable for Defective Medical Device Injuries?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 20, 2018 5:42:00 PM

Last year, the FDA issued more than 3,000 recalls of defective medical devices.  Dozens of the recalled devices were Class I recalls, reserved for defective medical products that pose a reasonable likelihood of causing serious injury or wrongful death.

With this many known defective and dangerous devices on the market, it is easy to understand why personal injury attorneys continue to represent countless individuals harmed by these dangerous products.  What may not be so easy to understand is just who is liable for your injuries. 

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Topics: product liability, medical malpractice, product recalls

Payment of Medical Treatment Costs for Work Injuries

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 19, 2018 7:06:00 PM

Unexpected medical bills can be a serious financial burden in any circumstance.  When an injury leaves you unable to work, the costs of medical treatments can seem insurmountable.  Fortunately for Ohio’s workers, if an injury occurs on the job financial assistance may be available in the form of workers’ compensation.

Ohio’s workers’ compensation program allows those injured in work-related accidents to receive temporary or permanent assistance for lost wages.  More importantly for many injured workers, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to cover the pricey medical treatment costs that come from suffering workplace injuries.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Hospital Mistakes: When Are They Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 18, 2018 6:03:00 PM

Hospital mistakes happen all the time.  For the lucky ones, hospital mistakes do not result in injury or illness.  But for thousands of patients each year, hospital mistakes cause serious and even fatal injuries and complications.

Not every mistake that happens in a hospital amounts to medical malpractice.  Some mistakes do not involve medical treatment, some do not amount to a breach of the appropriate level of care, and some do not result in injuries.  So how do you know when you should contact an attorney?

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Topics: medical malpractice

Inherently Dangerous Products Can Cause Major Injuries

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 17, 2018 5:36:00 PM

For consumers, inherently dangerous products create a hazardous and often unknown risk of product liability injuries.  We expect businesses, manufacturers, and suppliers to provide safe, reliable, and tested products.  When they cut corners, it is innocent consumers who suffer.

While not all product liability cases involve inherently dangerous products, many do.  Understanding how these products can cause injury—even to the most careful of users—can give you a better idea of the risks greedy and careless companies takes when it comes to the safety and welfare of the public. 

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s product liability lawyers have helped many individuals in Ohio and throughout the country following an injury caused by an inherently dangerous product.  Below you will find information regarding inherently dangerous products and what injured victims can do about them.

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Topics: product liability

Class Action Product Liability Lawsuits: What You Should Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 7, 2018 2:48:56 PM

When manufacturers or suppliers create products that cause the same types of injuries to numerous people, attorneys representing the injured plaintiffs may have reason to pursue a class action claim.  Class action lawsuits against product makers and sellers can be an effective tool for protecting innocent consumers against greedy, negligent, or fraudulent businesses.

But making a decision regarding whether to pursue a class action lawsuit or whether to join an existing class in pending litigation is beyond the expertise of most people injured by defective products.  As a leading product liability law firm, the attorneys of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are here to help.

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Topics: product liability

What to Do If You are Unable to Work After a Workplace Accident

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 7, 2018 1:30:32 PM

Any type of personal injury can leave you unable to work either temporarily or permanently.  When your injury occurs during the course of your employment, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.  These benefits include compensation for lost wages incurred because of your injury, condition, or illness.

If you or your family member suffered an on-the-job injury, time is ticking.  Obtaining the benefits to which you are entitled can be complicated, and filing a claim must be completed according to the rules and regulations set by Ohio law.  Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s workers compensation lawyers are available now to help you, regardless of where you are in the claim process.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Using Medical Records to Support Your Social Security Disability Claim

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 26, 2018 9:23:49 PM

Supplying insufficient medical records is a major cause of denied Social Security disability applications.  Even people with listed conditions who should qualify for disability with little or no resistance are routinely denied benefits because of issues with records and documentation.

Whether you are considering applying for Social Security disability or you were denied for records-related reasons, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s experienced benefits lawyers are here to help you.  By securing appropriate, accurate records and identifying inadequate or incomplete files, reports, and results, our team can streamline your claim by presenting the most comprehensive picture of your disability.

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Topics: Social Security

Are Lost Wages Covered by Ohio Workers’ Compensation?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 26, 2018 4:32:23 PM

When Ohio workers suffer on-the-job injuries, the threat of medical expenses and lost wages can leave families wondering how they will make ends meet.  Understanding what benefits may be available and how to collect them can be difficult, especially when dealing with an injury or illness. 

If you or a loved one suffered a work-related injury, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help.  Our experienced legal team can answer all of your questions regarding benefits and assistance that may be available to you, including whether or not you may be eligible to receive financial assistance required due to lost wages.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Consumer Protection: Product Liability Law in Action

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 16, 2018 7:43:00 AM

Consumer protection is essential to preventing personal injuries and wrongful deaths.  Government agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission do fantastic work overseeing businesses and taking action when unsafe products enter the marketplace.  But, despite their efforts, consumers continue to suffer.

The CPSC has existed for almost fifty years, and yet dangerous products, contaminated food, and defective motor vehicles continue to cause countless injuries to innocent victims.  For many of the injured and their families, preventative consumer protection fails.  When it does, a product liability lawsuit may be the only way to achieve justice—and may serve as a powerful protection for other unwary consumers.

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Topics: product liability

Work-Related Injuries and Your Right to Compensation

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 15, 2018 10:00:00 PM

Ohio law provides protections for individuals who suffer work-related injuries.  If you or your loved one were injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to assist you financially in both the near- and long-term, depending on your situation.

But benefits are not a guarantee.  Claims may be denied, disputed, or undervalued, causing loss of income and time to you and your family.  Fortunately, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s workers compensation attorneys are available now to help fight for you before the Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Industrial Commission. 

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Prescription Errors in Ohio Hospitals

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 11, 2018 7:44:35 AM

Like all medical malpractice, prescription errors occur far more frequently than most people think.  When hospitals policies or hospital staff do not put the focus on appropriate and safe patient care, mistakes are made and patients suffer the consequences.  And, since thousands of prescription errors occur in U.S. hospitals each year, the consequences to patients are widespread and dangerous.

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Topics: medical malpractice

The Disability Determination Process (and How a Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help You)

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 10, 2018 8:52:43 PM

The Social Security Administration’s disability determination process is how the agency decides who does and does not qualify for Social Security disability benefits.  Those who have suffered a personal injury (regardless of who is at fault), as well as those who suffer from a debilitating illness or medical condition, can apply to receive financial assistance when they are unable to provide an income on their own.  Not everyone who is injured is entitled to disability benefits, however, and it is the responsibility of applicants to demonstrate their eligibility.

At Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, our social security disability attorneys understand the disability determination process, its procedural and evidentiary requirements, and how to present your application or appeal to maximize your likelihood of receiving the benefits you need.  Whether you are considering applying or your application was recently denied, you need an experienced attorney to represent you.

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Topics: Social Security

James Lowe of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 8, 2018 9:18:38 AM

Cleveland, Ohio – May 31, 2018 – James A. Lowe, founder and partner at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, a Cleveland, Ohio-based law firm, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ohio Association for Justice’s 2018 Annual Convention. Lowe was recognized for his lifetime of service and dedication to excellence in litigation, primarily on behalf of individuals catastrophically injured by dangerous and defective products.

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Ohio Liability Law: Who is Liable for Dangerous Products?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 30, 2018 10:25:00 PM

Liability law in Ohio allows people injured by a dangerous product to pursue legal action for their injuries.  But determining who may be held liable for dangerous products and the damages they cause is not always simple.

Vehicles, appliances, tools, and other consumer products may cause injuries for a variety of reasons. Pursuing legal action against the correct parties ensures that your case proceeds as expeditiously as possible, while also protecting your rights and your claims.  Holding all parties responsible also increases the likelihood that you will be able to collect the full and fair value of your claim. 

Below are explanations of the most common defendants in claims involving dangerous products.

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Topics: product liability

Brain Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 29, 2018 9:29:13 PM

A brain injury is among the most severe and devastating types of personal injuries.  Known to cause comas, vegetative states, and even wrongful death, brain injuries impact victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially.  Motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, falling objects, or defective products can all cause brain injuries.  But injuries to the brain also frequently occur as the result of medical or surgical malpractice. 

If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of a negligent physician or hospital, you need an experienced medical malpractice law firm like Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA to help you fight for justice.  Brain injuries can burden families with heavy personal and financial losses, and you have the right to pursue compensation from those liable for your loved one’s injuries.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Consumer Product Recalls and Product Liability Lawsuits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 24, 2018 10:54:33 PM

A quick scan of the latest recalls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website shows how frequently dangerous consumer products injure unsuspecting users.  Bicycles, cabinets, power tools, safety equipment, and so much more—practically every type of product imaginable has been subject to a recall because the product caused harm to consumers.

As advocates for consumers, the product liability attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA fight tirelessly on behalf of those injured by defective products like the ones recalled every day.  But product recalls simply are not enough to prevent all unnecessary injuries.  Despite the laudable efforts of the CPSC, individuals continue to suffer because bad businesses choose to put profits over safety.

When product recalls do not protect you or your loved ones from dangerous products, retaining an experienced product liability lawyer may be your only way to seek justice.

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Topics: product liability, product recalls

Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 24, 2018 6:15:00 PM

When we leave our loved ones in the care of hospitals and doctors, we literally trust these medical professionals with the lives of our family and friends.  We count on them to provide those we love with competent and attentive care.  So when a loved one is injured or suffers wrongful death caused by medical malpractice, the emotional and personal devastation can be unfathomable.

The lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one because of medical errors and hospital carelessness.  Families of the victims of wrongful death have a right to pursue justice for their loss, for their pain, and to show the increasingly profit focused healthcare industry that patients will not tolerate shoddy and negligent care.

How Does Malpractice Cause Wrongful Death?

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Topics: medical malpractice

The Listing of Impairments in Disability Claims

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 16, 2018 8:20:00 PM

When applying for Social Security disability, it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration (SSA) will evaluate your application.  In a very real sense, the SSA uses the listing of impairments and other factors to determine your future.  This should process should never be taken lightly.

Having the legal expertise of Social Security disability lawyers like Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA can hep protect your rights and maximize your benefits.  With a dedicated team devoted to helping you receive the best possible outcome, navigating the Social Security benefits process can be smooth, streamlined, and allow you to protect your family and future.

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Topics: Social Security

Why Injured Workers Should Call a Workers Compensation Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 15, 2018 1:13:00 PM

Injured workers face difficult challenges.  Coping with medical expenses, lost wages, and physical recovery all at the same time can be extremely stressful. 

Fortunately, state law insures that injured employees may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries.  Even so, knowing what steps to take to protect your family, finances, and future can be tough.

If you are considering filing a claim with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, or if your existing claim was denied, calling an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer like those at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is in your best interest.  Offering free initial consultations, the Lowe Eklund team can help you protect your right to receive the benefits available to you by law.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Defective Products and Personal Injuries: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 14, 2018 12:28:01 AM

Defective products are put on the market all the time.  Sometimes this happens by accident.  Sometimes—more often than most people can imagine—it even happens on purpose. 

When defective products are put in the hands of consumers, safety and lives are put at risk.  Companies that make big profits by selling unsafe goods cannot be allowed to put their bottom line above the safety of consumers and innocent bystanders.

The product liability law firm of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA has represented consumers against greedy and irresponsible businesses for over three decades.  By fighting for those injured by unreasonably dangerous and defective vehicles, products, and components, Lowe Eklund has helped make negligent corporations pay for their careless and unsafe business practices.

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Topics: product liability

Case Evaluation of Medical Malpractice Claims

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 13, 2018 11:08:45 PM

The case evaluation process for medical malpractice claims can be different than the process for evaluating other types of injury claims.  This is in part due to the nature of medical malpractice laws and in part due to unique nature of pursuing medical negligence claims.

Relying on an experienced medical malpractice attorney, like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, can help you better understand whether taking legal action in your particular circumstances is the right move for you.  Here are a few things to know before calling for your free case evaluation.

Medical Malpractice Occurs Frequently

Medical errors occurs frequently.  According to Forbes, medical errors are responsible for literally hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.  The corresponding rate of medical errors that cause or exacerbate non-fatal injuries and illnesses can be assumed to be astronomically high.  In short, medical errors happen all the time.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 3, 2018 5:25:06 PM

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is just the beginning of what can be a long and complicated process.  When you or your loved one are already struggling with the consequences of an injury or illness, dealing with disability applications, bureaucracy, and appeals can seem impossible.

By retaining an experienced Social Security disability lawyer, applicants can ease their burden and know that they have someone fighting to help them get the maximum benefits available.  This means more time to focus on your own well-being and recuperation. 

At Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, helping clients in their time of needs means securing compensation and benefits from all available sources.  That is why the Lowe Eklund team represents clients in social security disability benefits matters. 

Injured and ailing individuals deserve to have someone on their side.  No matter what stage of the benefits application or appeals process you are in, one of Lowe Eklund’s qualified attorneys can help.   

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Topics: Social Security

Manufacturing Defect Injuries: When to Contact an Attorney

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 30, 2018 9:34:08 PM

A manufacturing defect is just one cause of unsafe product injuries and wrongful deaths.  Every day, unsuspecting consumers suffer terrible harm because companies put profits before consumer safety.  When this happens, consumers should know that they have the right to pursue legal action against the businesses responsible.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s product liability lawyers have helped countless clients fight back against greedy companies and manufacturers of defective products.  If a defective product causes you or your loves one injuries, call now for a free consultation.

Product Liability Law

In Ohio and across the nation, consumers have legal recourse for injuries caused by defective products.  This recourse is available in the civil courts through what is known as product liability laws.  These laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but all jurisdictions provide some protection and recourse for injured consumers and third parties.

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Surgical Error in Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 28, 2018 9:33:07 PM

Surgical error can result in a media frenzy and big headlines.  Stories about doctors operating on the wrong patient or amputating the wrong limb are astonishing to everyone.  After all, how could medical professionals make such terrible mistakes?

But the unfortunate truth is that surgeons, staff, and medical facilities do make mistakes.  All the time.  While most cases of surgical error are not as clear-cut as the headlines about incorrectly amputated legs, the very fact that errors of this magnitude can—and do—occur demonstrate that medical professionals are as capable as error as anyone else.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s medical malpractice attorneys have represented countless clients injured by surgical errors.  Whether a surgery is major or minor, errors and malpractice by medical professionals can have severe, long-lasting, and even permanent consequences.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Is Failure to Diagnose Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 28, 2018 8:32:01 PM

A doctor’s failure to diagnose your illness or injury can have serious consequences.  Getting satisfactory and timely treatment is important to protect you from exacerbated symptoms, collateral health issues, and even death.

But is a failure to diagnose a condition actually medical malpractice in Ohio?

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Topics: medical malpractice

Ohio Law Firm for Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 17, 2018 10:49:57 PM

Having the right law firm representing you and your family is important.  Car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents can result in devastating injuries.  You need to know that your rights and your interests are protected by experienced legal counsel.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is a law firm dedicated to fighting for injured people like you.  For over thirty years, Lowe Eklund Wakefield’s accident injury attorneys have represented countless individuals and families who have suffered due to the negligence of another.

Lawyers You Can Trust

When you are dealing with a motor vehicle accident injury, dealing with your injuries and your claims is of utmost importance to you.  You deserve an attorney who will treat your case with the attention it deserves.

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A Free Consultation After Your Car Accident: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 16, 2018 11:10:11 PM

A free consultation with an experienced attorney should be on your list of priorities if you have been involved in a motor vehicle crash.  While the aftermath of a car or truck accident can be a difficult time, having the right injury attorney on your side can minimize your stress. 


By allowing lawyers like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA to take control of your claim, you can focus on your recovery and let the professionals handle the rest.  Do not be taken in by insurance adjusters asking you to sign away your legal rights in exchange for a quick settlement.  To protect your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation, schedule a free consultation with one of Lowe Eklund Wakefield’s experienced lawyers.

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Topics: cleveland lawyer, auto defects, drunk driving accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents

When to Hire an Ohio Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 30, 2018 11:26:13 PM

Neglect of a loved one in a nursing home facility is unacceptable.  Unfortunately, it occurs with alarming frequency in Ohio and across the country.  If your loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a nursing home facility or its staff, you need a nursing home neglect lawyer to help protect your parent or relative from further mistreatment.

What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

Any type of mistreatment of patients and residents in a nursing home facility is wrong, and may be actionable under Ohio law. Intentional abuse and malpractice in the extended care environment should be addressed with the help of an attorney.

Perhaps the most pervasive form of elder mistreatment, though, is nursing home neglect.  Neglect occurs when a facility and its staff fail to provide the reasonable level of care required to protect the health and safety of patients and residents.

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Topics: nursing home injuries

Ohio Workers’ Compensation Settlements

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 28, 2018 11:12:13 PM

Many people injured on the job in Ohio are entitled to compensation.  Section 4123.65 of the Ohio Revised Code allows injured employees to apply for workers’ compensation settlements following a workplace injury.  If you suffered a workplace accident, it is imperative that you contact an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer to protect and preserve your rights to compensation.

While workers’ compensation settlements will vary from case to case, below are a few of the items you can expect to discuss with your attorney when you wish to settle a claim.

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Top Personal Injury Attorneys in Cleveland | Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 31, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Several lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA recently were honored as being among the top personal injury attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio. 


Partners James Lowe, Ryan Fisher, and Greg Scott were named to The Best Lawyers in America listing of top legal practitioners.  Additionally, associate Meghan Connolly was named one of 2018’s Ohio Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

Both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers are peer-reviewed listings honoring the top attorneys in a particular practice area.  The attorneys at Lowe Eklund have been a fixture of the listings for years, a testament to the firm’s standing in the legal community.

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Winter Car Crash? Call an Accident Attorney in Cleveland Now

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 30, 2017 9:53:40 PM

The Ohio winter has come in like a lion this year.  For the past weeks, Clevelanders have been dealing with precipitous snow, icy roads, and dangerous traffic crashes.  With wrecks and collisions on the rise, you may be wondering if you need an accident attorney in Cleveland.

The truth is that whether you are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, consulting a lawyer is a must to protect your interests.  Accident attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are available now to provide a free consultation regarding your accident and your legal options.

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Topics: car accidents

James Lowe of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Named To Best Lawyers in America for 2018

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 5, 2017 9:00:11 AM

Cleveland, Ohio – James Lowe, personal injury attorney at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, a Cleveland, Ohio-based law firm, was recognized in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs. Best Lawyers uses a peer review process to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.  

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Medical Malpractice in Ohio: The Basics

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 30, 2017 10:23:36 PM

Medical malpractice in Ohio occurs rather frequently.  Unfortunately, many instances of medical malpractice go uninvestigated and unpursued.  If you or a loved one are injured and you suspect a medical professional or hospital is to blame, the most important thing you can do is contact a medical malpractice attorney.

Medical malpractice attorneys in Ohio can assist you from the moment an injury occurs until the resolution of your claims.  With the help of a legal professional, you can focus on your recovery and have the confidence of knowing a lawyer is fighting for your rights.

But what are your rights under Ohio law?  Below are some of the basic points of Ohio medical malpractice law that you can expect to discuss with your attorney.

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Topics: medical malpractice

How a Cleveland Accident Lawyer Can Make Your Recovery Easier

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 29, 2017 10:56:23 PM

Accidents can cause a lot of damage.  For many, coping with the injuries sustained in a motor vehicle or other accident may be the most difficult time of their lives.  While facing a struggle of this magnitude, individuals owe it to themselves to focus on their recovery.

A Cleveland accident lawyer can help make that possible so that injured accident victims and their families can have the time and resources to recover.

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Meghan Connolly of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Named to 2018 Rising Stars List

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 21, 2017 8:00:43 AM

Cleveland, Ohio – Meghan Connolly, associate attorney at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, a Cleveland-based law firm, has been selected to the 2018 Ohio Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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Gregory Scott and Ryan Fisher of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Named To Best Lawyers in America for 2018

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 9, 2017 4:56:05 PM

Cleveland, Ohio – Ryan Fisher, partner at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, and Gregory S. Scott, also a partner at the Cleveland-based law firm, have both been included in The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2018. Fisher was recognized for his outstanding work in plaintiff personal injury litigation, and Scott was honored for his excellence and professional experience in plaintiff personal injury litigation as well. Both have been acclaimed for their personal dedication to advocating on behalf of their clients.

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Topics: Gregory S. Scott News, Ryan H. Fisher News, News

When Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Injuries on the job can occur in any work environment.  It does not matter whether you work on a construction site, in the office, operating a motor vehicle, in a hospital, or in any other venue—when you are injured at work you have certain rights.  But when do you need to consult a workers’ compensation lawyer

Call a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Immediately

In the event of any work-related injury, it is important to consult an experienced workers comp attorney at the earliest opportunity.  This includes all manner of injuries, even those that do not result in missed time at work. 

By calling for a free consultation with Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, our workers’ compensation lawyers can review the circumstances surrounding your injury and help you find the best path forward with a potential claim.  This includes helping you understand whether your injury may be compensable under Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws.

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Topics: Workers' compensation

Should I Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Truck accidents in Ohio are common.  Unfortunately, this means that injuries and wrongful death caused by truck accidents are common, too.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash involving a semi or other truck, it is recommended that you contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

While everyone is required to share the road, large trucks can wreak a disproportionate amount of havoc when negligence, distracted driving, drunk driving, or drowsy driving are involved.  Ordinary cars, vans, and pick-ups can sustain significantly more damage when involved in a truck accident.  This leads to heightened property damages, and an increased risk of personal injury.

These physical differences are just the tip of the truck accident iceberg.  Key differences in the law, the typical accident scenarios, and the operation of the vehicles themselves make truck crash cases complex.  What follows are a few of the reasons why, if you or a loved one were injured, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer.

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Topics: truck accidents

A Car Accident Personal Injury Attorney Should Always Review Your Claim

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 30, 2017 3:59:46 PM

When someone is injured in a car accident, personal injury attorneys provide victims with a voice.  Whether arguing before the court or fighting against greedy insurance companies, a lawyer can help you stand up for your right to compensation for your injuries.

Many car accident victims, though, do not consult with a personal injury lawyer following a crash.  Some choose to settle with an insurance company on their own.  Others do not think their injuries are serious enough for a case.  Others still believe that their partial responsibility makes a successful lawsuit impossible.

Whatever their reasons, these poor victims disadvantage themselves by not consulting a car accident personal injury attorney

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Topics: car accidents

How to Choose an Ohio Injury Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 27, 2017 9:49:53 PM

Selecting the right Ohio injury lawyer can make all the difference to you and your family following a personal injury or wrongful death.  Of course, everyone wants legal counsel who will passionately represent them.  But there are many additional qualities that are important to consider when hiring an attorney.

The right lawyer for you may not necessarily be the right lawyer for someone else.  The trial team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, works with you to fully understand your needs, set and meet your expectations, and deliver the personal experience you should expect from trusted legal counsel.

If you or a loved one are thinking about hiring an Ohio injury lawyer, here are a few of the qualities that you may wish to consider.

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Cleveland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 30, 2017 6:16:02 AM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s motorcycle accident lawyers have seen firsthand the personal and financial devastation of motor cycle accident injuries.  Motorcycle accidents can cause injury, death, loss of ability to work, personal and social upheaval, and many other damages to a driver or rider.

Compared to non-motorcycle crashes, those injured in motor cycle accidents frequently have more severe injuries and a more difficult time dealing with difficult insurance companies.  That is why it is imperative that you or your loved one contact an experienced Cleveland motorcycle accident lawyer following a motorcycle crash.

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Topics: motorcycle accidents

Medical Errors and Malpractice Injuries: How Medical Lawyers Can Help

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 25, 2017 11:20:52 PM

It is no secret that the deck is stacked against patients injured by doctors and hospitals.  Large, powerful healthcare companies and their large, powerful malpractice insurers often care more about their profit margin than about the lives of those injured by medical errors and malpractice.

Fortunately for the innocent victims of medical malpractice, Ohio’s medical lawyers are empowered by law to help those injured by malpractice recover compensation for their injuries.  In fact, the lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA have helped injured Ohioans collect millions of dollars in damages suffered as the result of medical and surgical malpractice.

While facing down an irresponsible or reckless healthcare professional or system can seem daunting, the right medical lawyers can help you stand up to businesses that so dangerously put profit ahead of health and safety.

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Topics: medical malpractice

The Ohio State Fair Accident and Ohio's Amusement Ride Laws

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 2, 2017 11:25:31 AM

Tragedy struck at the Ohio State Fair on July 26, 2017 as one man was killed and several others were injured by a malfunctioning amusement park ride.  This devastating incident has many justifiably concerned about their safety at fairs and amusement parks.

The team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is available now to help you and your loved ones if you were injured at an amusement park or fair.  Amusement ride patrons are entitled to enjoy rides free from unreasonable risks and dangers, and anyone who is injured should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Read on for the fast facts that Ohioans should know about amusement rides and their safety.

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Topics: Ohio State Fair Accident

Nursing Home Abuse: Separating Myth from Fact

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 25, 2017 12:03:54 AM

Everyone agrees that instances of nursing home abuse are cause for alarm.  But most people do not understand the various types of abuse that can occur, and the shocking frequency of physical, emotional, and financial abuse that our loved ones endure. 

When families make the decision to place an elderly or special needs loved one in a nursing home facility, they expect both healthcare professionals and staff to treat their family members with respect, kindness, and dignity.  Sadly, whether because of profit-hungry policies or negligent hiring, many nursing home facilities do not take proper care of their patients.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s nursing home abuse lawyers are available now to help you and your loved ones understand your rights if you believe abuse has occurred.

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Topics: nursing home injuries

Who is Responsible for Passenger Injuries in an Auto Accident?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 30, 2017 9:43:02 PM

Many car and truck accidents involve injuries to vehicle passengers.  Who is at fault for (and who is financially liable for) a passenger’s injuries is not always easy to figure out.  For this reason it is important when a passenger is injured in an auto accident to contact a Cleveland car accident lawyer.

Why You Need an Auto Accident Attorney when Dealing with Insurance Companies

Auto insurance companies are notorious for their efforts to achieve a quick settlement with injured crash victims.  The reasons they do this are many: to prevent individuals from seeking the advice of legal counsel who may be able to determine additional liabilities; to prevent individuals from more thoroughly estimate the amount of damages suffered; and to prevent individuals from hiring legal counsel to negotiate on their behalf for a more appropriate settlement.

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Topics: car accidents

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Protect the Rights of Injured Patients

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 22, 2017 11:13:48 PM

A study published in 2016 estimated that approximately 250,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as the result of medical errors.  Despite this alarming statistic, medical malpractice claims continue to decrease, and injured patients and their families are left to cope with the aftermath of medical malpractice because of restrictive laws that limit patients’ rights.

In short, medical malpractice may be killing up to a quarter of a million Americans each year, and those responsible are getting away with it.  But injured patients and families still have rights under the law. 

If you or your family have been injured by a doctor or healthcare professional’s negligence, a medical malpractice lawyer may be your only chance to receive the just compensation you deserve.

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What Does an Ohio Injury Lawyer Do?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Every Ohio injury lawyer at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA is dedicated to helping individuals obtain fair compensation for their injuries.  But just what does that entail?

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Topics: personal injury

4 Types of Cases That Medical Malpractice Lawyers See Too Often

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 24, 2017 10:42:17 PM

Patients trust medical professionals with their lives.  Too often, though, hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare practitioners see patients as nothing more than profits.  This can lead to inattentive and careless treatment.  Worse, it can lead to injury or death due to medical malpractice.

At Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, medical malpractice lawyers represent numerous clients who have been harmed due to medical and surgical negligence.  While the specifics of each case differ, the majority of injured patients who rely on Lowe Eklund’s experienced attorneys suffer as the result of just a few types of medical malpractice.

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How Can Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Help Senior Citizens?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 30, 2017 11:28:03 PM

Deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home facility can be difficult.  We all want the senior citizens in our lives to receive the care and attention they need.  Unfortunately, as elderly abuse and neglect continues in Ohio and nationwide, nursing home abuse lawyers are seeing many families harmed by the mistreatment of a nursing home resident.

If you or your loved one have experienced or show signs of nursing home abuse, you do not have to take on the facility alone.  Experienced nursing home abuse lawyers like those at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA can stand up for your loved one and help your family find justice after an abusive incident.

What is nursing home abuse?

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Topics: nursing home injuries

After a TBI, a Brain Injury Attorney Is Essential

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, ranks among the most serious types of personal injuries.  Typically leading to long-term symptoms and frequently causing permanent disabilities, TBI can cause a lifetime of personal and financial hardship.

When a loved one suffers a TBI, you owe it to your family to contact an experienced Cleveland brain injury attorney.  Seeking justice and obtaining compensation for your injured family member will likely require in-depth legal and medical analysis that can only be provided by a proven professional like those at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA.

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Topics: traumatic brain injury

Why Samsung Is Going to Hate Product Liability Attorneys

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Anyone who follows tech news knows Samsung has received much negative attention recently.  With the manufacturer’s upcoming product release, product liability attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio, and throughout the country are prepared to step up should Samsung release another defective product. 

Background: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

In September 2016, Samsung made headlines when it announced a recall—first informally, and then formally—of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.  The recall was necessary because a manufacturing defect related to the phones’ batteries caused some devices to overheat and, in some cases, cause fires.

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Topics: product liability, product recalls

How an Ohio Product Liability Attorney Evaluates Your Case

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM

An award-winning product liability attorney like Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s James Lowe  knows that every product liability case is different.  Defects in automobiles, appliances, industrial equipment, medical supplies.  These, or any other faulty product, can cause a wide range of serious personal injuries.

Evaluating a product liability case requires both legal and technical knowledge.  Unlike simpler claims, product liability lawsuits may involve investigating mechanical issues, supply chains, industry practices, and even conducting product tests. 

Clearly, these lawsuits can be complicated, and will be fact-specific.  The process of evaluating a product liability case, however, will be fairly similar from case to case.

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Who Pays for an Ohio Personal Injury Attorney?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 

Financial concerns are common after you or a loved one suffer a personal injury.  Things like car accidents and medical errors can cause thousands of dollars in healthcare costs, periods of unemployment, and expensive property damage.  In these difficult times, the last thing an injured person and their family should have to worry about it the cost of hiring an Ohio personal injury attorney.

At the law firm of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, our team of trial lawyers believe that you should not have to pay if you cannot settle or win your dispute.

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How to Get Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Individuals who have suffered injury or illness typically worry about how they will recover from both their physical and financial injuries.  The reality is that many Ohioans must rely on social security disability benefits because they accidents render them disabled.

Planning for your future means uncovering all of the resources available to help you live a life that is financially secure.  If a personal injury accident caused your disability, this may mean filing a civil suit for compensation.  But in all cases of disability, regardless of cause, individuals in Ohio may be entitled to receive social security disability benefits.

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Topics: Social Security

What Does a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Do?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Ohio law protects employees injured on the job.  Ohio’s employers must contribute to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, a public workers’ compensation pool, or to provide coverage through a private insurer.  These sources of compensation are then available to employees injured in the course of employment.

But protecting your right to adequate compensation for your injuries can be difficult.  Workers’ compensation claims can involve analyzing the scope of the damage and impairment you have suffered, timely filing a claim in a complex system, and fighting against denied or delayed claims.  For this stressful process, you need a trusted workers’ compensation lawyer.

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Liability in Ohio Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

You have heard the word liability. You probably have liability insurance. You know that someone may be found liable in court. But what exactly is liability? 

What Is Liability in Ohio?

In a legal context, liability is any type of debt or obligation that an individual, business, or even government is bound by law to pay or perform. If a defendant is found liable for someone’s personal injuries in Ohio’s legal system, that defendant must compensate the injured individual (subject to any limitations found in Ohio law).

Is Liability the Same as Guilt?

There are a couple ways that the legal concept of liability is different than the legal concept of guilt. Firstly, medical malpractice, car accident, and other personal injury lawsuits are civil matters. Guilt is pleaded or determined not in civil court, but criminal court.

Within the civil system, though, there is another distinction between liability and guilt in the everyday sense of the word.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer, liability

What Does a Social Security Disability Lawyer Do?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Accidents, injuries, and medical problems can happen to anyone.  Fortunately, Social Security protects many of those who are affected by a disability.  But many people’s Social Security disability applications are denied, and many others struggle to navigate the complex Social Security system.  That is why you should contact a Social Security disability lawyer if you or a loved one need Social Security assistance due to a disability.   

As with any other legal process, applying for Social Security disability benefits involves law, regulations, and procedures unfamiliar to most non-lawyers.  With a dedicated disability attorney at your side, you can rely on the guidance of a professional to help you demonstrate that you are entitled to your Social Security disability benefits.  In your time of need, it is better to allow an experienced lawyer do the things that you may not be able to do yourself.

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Topics: Social Security

What If You’re Involved in an Uber Accident?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM

As “ride sharing” or “ride hailing” apps continue to expand across the country, traffic crashes involving Uber and Lyft drivers are increasing.  Passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists injured by careless drivers often find it difficult to sort out liability in the
aftermath of an Uber accident.  These accidents can involve many difficult questions.  Who is liable?  Whose insurance policy provides coverage?  Where should a lawsuit should be filed against an out-of-state company?  Are a ride sharing company’s drivers employees or independent contractors?

With these and so many other questions arising from Uber and Lyft accidents, there are several important factors that your attorney will consider when contemplating a lawsuit.

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Cleveland Construction Accident Attorneys Search for Answers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Construction accidents are among the most frequent, and most dangerous, injuries to employees and contractors in Ohio.  Falls, electrocutions, falling objects, collapsing structures, and unstable equipment can cause serious on-the-job injuries to even the most careful worker.  Because of the complexity of law and circumstances, an experienced Cleveland construction accident attorney will need to search for answers to ensure that construction site injuries are fully compensated.

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Topics: personal injury, construction accidents

Ohio Motorcycle Accidents in 2016

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Ohio motorcycle accidents have risen steadily over the past two years and, if current trends continue, 2016 may be one of the most dangerous years for Ohio motorcyclists. 

Due to a wide variety of factors, the frequent and often deadly motorcycle injuries that occur as the result of negligent driving can lead to complex and unique litigation issues.  With accidents and injuries on the rise, it is important than ever that motorcyclists understand how their cases are different from ordinary motor vehicle cases, and why they need an experienced attorney following a motorcycle crash.

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Topics: motorcycle accidents

How to Hire a Cleveland Accident Attorney

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you have been injured in an accident, finding the right attorney is essential.  A skilled Cleveland accident attorney can guide you through the complex and trying times that follow a life-altering personal injury.

Frequently, this means more than merely negotiating an insurance settlement or representing you in court.  It may also mean providing guidance on matters of treatment for your injuries, loss of employment, disability benefits, and the many other difficult personal consequences of sustaining a personal injury.

With so much on the line, you may want to remember a few easy tips to help ensure that your accident attorney is the right attorney for you.

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Topics: personal injury, car accidents, cleveland lawyer

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA Opens New Office in Chardon, Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 31, 2016 2:32:58 PM

New Office Extends Personal Injury Services to Eastern Counties and Expands Into New Practice Areas

Cleveland, OH—August 30, 2016—The attorneys of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA announced today the opening of a satellite office in Chardon, Ohio on August 22. Practice areas will include workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation cases. The new office complements the personal injury and product liability legal services the firm provides at its downtown Cleveland location.

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Attorneys Recognize May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month with Infographic

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 10, 2016 5:50:41 PM

Statistics Show Those Involved in Motorcycle Accidents Are Likely to Suffer Preventable, Life-Altering Consequences

Link to Infographic: https://blog.lewlaw.com/ohio-motorcycle-accident-statistics?utm_campaign=Motorcycle_Accidents_Infographic&utm_medium=PR&utm_source=syndication%2Fpa

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, Gregory S. Scott News, Ryan H. Fisher News, News

Who Decides Whether to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Ohio?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 30, 2016 11:30:00 PM

Personal Injury Plaintiffs Have a Right to Make Their Own Decisions

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Can a Passenger in a Motor Vehicle Accident Sue Both Drivers?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 30, 2016 9:43:49 PM

Any Driver Can Be Negligent

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There are many scenarios that can cause you to seek out a car accident lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio.

When most of us think of motor vehicle accident lawsuits, we probably think of a negligent driver crashing into another vehicle and causing injuries to the occupants of the other vehicle. This type of scenario does, in fact, occur quite often.

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Topics: car accidents

Polaris RZR Recall: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 23, 2016 11:30:00 PM

Polaris Recalls 133,000 RZR Off-Highway Vehicles

 

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On Tuesday, vehicle manufacturer Polaris Industries Inc. recalled approximately 133,000 of its “recreational off-highway vehicles” following more than 160 reports of fires, nearly 20 reports of injuries, and one death. With so many reports of the vehicles catching fire during operation, one has to wonder what sort of manufacturer could in good conscience take so long to recall these dangerous vehicles.

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Topics: auto defects

What is Ohio’s Dram Shop Law?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 23, 2016 9:52:14 PM

When Bars Over-serve, Lives Hang in the Balance

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Topics: car accidents, drunk driving accidents

Ohio Paralysis Injury Lawyers: Despite Advances, Victims Still Face Extreme Challenges

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM

An Amazing Scientific Breakthrough

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Topics: spinal cord injury

Where Will My Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyer File My Lawsuit?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 14, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Plaintiffs Like You Are Often Concerned About Where They Will File a Lawsuit

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer

Federal Elder Justice Task Force Takes Aim at Negligent Ohio Nursing Homes

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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New Task Force May Help Prevent Ohio Nursing Home Injuries

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Topics: nursing home injuries

Spring Home Improvement Injuries: Who May Be Liable?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 31, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Defective Products Can Make Home Improvement Projects Dangerous

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Topics: product liability

When Will I Receive Payment After Settling My Personal Injury Claim?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 26, 2016 10:55:08 PM

Personal Injuries Can Cause Serious Financial Hardship

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4 Things a Personal Injury Lawyer Will Ask You About Your Claim

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 26, 2016 10:01:29 PM

As a personal injury law firm in Cleveland, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA helps many Ohioans fight for just compensation for their injuries. While every personal injury case is different, there are several questions that will always be asked regarding a negligence claim. For those unfamiliar with the process of pursuing legal action for a personal injury, here are four questions that you can expect your personal injury lawyer to ask about your claim.

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Lowe Eklund Wakefield Wins Prestigious 2015 Litigator Award for Personal Injury Law to Solidify Position Among Best Attorneys in Cleveland

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 20, 2016 5:33:06 PM

Cleveland, Ohio – March 1, 2016 – This year, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, a Cleveland, Ohio based law firm, was awarded the 2015 Litigator Award in the category of personal injury law by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. This prestigious award is based upon verifiable settlement amounts, and confirms the firm's place among the best attorneys in Cleveland as well as nationally.Lowe Eklund Wins Litigator Award

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Guess Who’s Recalling Another 30K Defective Products

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 19, 2016 11:39:48 PM

Before beginning this post, it should be clarified that this blog is not, in fact, dedicated solely to IKEA-related issues. Granted, it may seem to be heading that direction but that is only because no one else is giving this story the attention it deserves.

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Topics: product recalls

Radiologist Errors and Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 19, 2016 10:16:44 PM

The following post comes in response to a question from a non-lawyer. For those outside of the legal profession, understanding a medical malpractice lawsuit can be quite difficult. Sometimes even knowing what role medical professionals play in the treatment process can be hard to figure out, let alone navigating the legal system following a medical malpractice injury.

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Topics: medical malpractice

ICYMI: IKEA Recalls Another 1 Million+ Dangerous Products

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 12, 2016 9:00:00 PM

In January, a post appeared on this blog highlighting the numerous, high-volume recalls and consumer alerts issued by IKEA over the past year and a half. As if to emphasize the contention of that post—that IKEA has a frightening track record of selling dangerous products—IKEA issued yet another recall barely two weeks later.

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Topics: product liability, product recalls

Ohio Experiences Highest Increase in Risk of Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 12, 2016 1:23:43 PM

A new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association projects an approximately 10% increase of pedestrian traffic fatalities nationwide in 2015. The preliminary data reported by the GHSA is based on deaths occurring only in the first half of the year, but if projections hold the 10% increase will be the highest year-to-year increase since the data has been collected.

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Topics: car accidents

Ohio Personal Injury Lawsuits: How Does a “Not Guilty” Verdict Affect My Civil Case?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 5, 2016 12:38:17 AM

Recently, a driver involved in a local motor vehicle accident that left two bicyclists dead was found not guilty of criminal charges stemming from the incident. When a defendant is found not guilty in a criminal trial, though, that does not necessarily mean that defendant is free from civil liability for his or her actions.

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Topics: personal injury

How Dangerous is Laminate Flooring? What Customers Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 27, 2016 7:07:58 PM

Many readers will remember a widely-publicized story from March 2015 investigating the link between several incidences of cancer and laminate flooring sold by popular retailer Lumber Liquidators. That report exposed the risks created by Lumber Liquidators’ use and sale of Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring that contained dangerous levels of formaldehyde, a chemical the CDC has confirmed can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation in the short term, and cancer in the long term.

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Topics: product liability

4 Times When You Should Call a Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 20, 2016 11:28:05 PM

If you are like many Clevelanders whose lives are affected by personal injuries, you may have some hesitation when it comes to contacting a Cleveland personal injury lawyer. The legal system can be daunting and complex, and this leads many injured individuals to second-guess whether their particular case is significant enough to warrant the attention of an attorney (or, ultimately, the courts). The truth is that, although not every injury will give rise to a lawsuit or legal claim, every instance where an individual wrongly suffers personal injury or property damage should be reviewed by an experienced injury attorney.

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CPSC: Every Hoverboard on the Market Today May Be Unsafe

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 20, 2016 3:05:46 PM

When the media caught wind of the dangers of hoverboards last fall, safety advocates everywhere were hopeful that the national attention would protect at least a few consumers and families from personal injury and serious property damage. While some injuries may have been prevented, some alarming numbers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission make it difficult to be optimistic about how seriously the public has taken previous hoverboard warnings.

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Topics: product liability

Cleveland Personal Injury Law Firm Investigating Artificial Turf/Cancer Link

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 13, 2016 9:05:09 PM

For several years there has been convincing evidence that certain types of artificial turf used on athletic fields and playgrounds may be causing cancer among children and athletes. Now, under mounting pressure from advocacy groups, U.S. government agencies are finally investigating whether artificial turf is to blame for many documented cases of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma. While government research and action could take years, private citizens who suspect they or their loved one suffered as a result of exposure to crumb rubber artificial turf are urged to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.

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Ohio Airbag Recall Lawyers: Takata Recall Expands After Latest Reported Death; Updated Recall List

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 12, 2016 10:26:31 PM

In what at this point can only be described as a consumer safety nightmare, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that a tenth person was killed by a defective Takata airbag in late December. In the latest incident, a defective airbag exploded upon deployment, propelling metal shrapnel into the vehicle cabin and striking the victim in the neck. Local authorities and the NHTSA have confirmed that the victim died of injuries caused by the shrapnel.

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Topics: Takata airbag recall

Multiple Cleveland House Fires Leave 2 Dead

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 6, 2016 10:07:05 PM

The tragic wave of area house fires continued on Saturday, leaving at least two dead in one day. The fires, both located on Cleveland’s East Side, occurred within hours of each other. The first occurred at approximately 3 a.m., while the second began around 12 p.m. The causes of the blazes are undetermined at this time.

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Topics: house fire lawyer

Women Face High Risk of Misdiagnosed and Undiagnosed Heart Disease

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 2, 2016 9:58:22 PM

As part of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association has designated this Friday, February 5, 2016, as National Wear Red Day. Participants are encouraged to wear red clothes, makeup, jewelry, and anything else that might grab someone’s attention and lead to a discussion about the risks women face from heart disease and strokes.

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Topics: medical malpractice

Listeria Outbreak: How to Tell If You Purchased Potentially Contaminated Salad

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 23, 2016 3:06:17 PM

Ohio has been linked to yet another outbreak of a foodborne illness, this time as the suspected state of origin for a deadly strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Though no infections have yet been reported in Ohio, the product brands linked to the outbreak are distributed throughout the state.

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Topics: personal injury, food poisoning

Are IKEA Products Safe for Children?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 21, 2016 6:30:00 PM

Last week, popular international retailer IKEA recalled more than 3,000 toy drums and drumstick sets due to a potential choking hazard posed by a separable rubber ball component. While no injuries were reported, this seemingly minor recall is the latest in a long streak of IKEA product recalls issued for products that have caused or pose a risk of causing serious injuries to children and infants.

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Topics: child injuries

Second Recall Issued After “Fixed” Chrysler Vehicles Catch Fire

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 16, 2016 3:50:35 PM

Following a 2014 recall of certain model year Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees, Chrysler this week issued a new recall of the same vehicles in connection with faulty wiring in the vehicles’ sun visors—the same defect reported in the original recall. This second recall comes after a government investigation was launched earlier this year in response to reports of electrical fires in vehicles that had purportedly been repaired. Regular readers will remember that this is the second recall repair failure in recent memory, as only four months ago Nissan recalled nearly one million vehicles after the manufacturer’s remedy for an airbag defect did not adequately fix the known issue.

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Topics: auto defects

Ohio Gas Explosion Lawyers - Northfield Home Explosion Kills 4

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 12, 2016 10:36:47 AM

Northfield Home Explosion Raises Questions

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Topics: gas explosion

Choosing a Nursing Home: How One Online Database Could Help Ensure Your Loved One’s Safety

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 9, 2016 11:10:05 PM

Nursing home injuries, both in Cleveland and throughout Ohio, are all too common. As we have discussed in previous blog entries, a third of nursing home patients will suffer injury or death as the result of treatment or medication errors—nearly 60% of which are actually preventable errors. With risks this alarmingly high, it is imperative that families know as much as possible about a nursing home prior to putting the lives of loved ones into a facilities potentially dangerous hands.

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Topics: nursing home injuries

What is Subrogation and How Can It Affect an Ohio Personal Injury Claim?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 8, 2016 10:35:17 PM

What is Subrogation?

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Topics: legal basics

Breville Pressure Cookers Cause Second Degree Burns, 35,000 Units Recalled

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 2, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Vigilant consumers may remember that December 2014 saw coffeemaker manufacturer Keurig recall several million of its home coffee brewers following complaints that the appliances had caused numerous burn injuries. Now, almost a year to the day, kitchen appliance manufacturer Breville has issued a recall for its Fast Slow Cooker, a home pressure cooker that has reportedly caused burn injuries to multiple users.

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Topics: product liability, personal injury, product recalls, burn injury

Ohio Traffic Deaths Rise in 2015

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 2, 2016 1:27:49 PM

2015 saw an approximately 5% increase in Ohio traffic-related deaths over the previous year, according to the State Highway Patrol. The 1,057 confirmed traffic deaths in 2015 was up from 1,008 in 2014 and 990 in 2013. With 42 deaths still under review, the 2015 figure could rise to over 1,100 Ohio traffic deaths.

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Topics: car accidents

Steps to Take Following a Cleveland Hit-and-Run Accident

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 26, 2015 12:27:39 PM

Tragedy struck this holiday season as two Cleveland hit-and-run accidents left a local woman dead and at least two people injured on Christmas. Police are believed to have promising leads for identifying both of the responsible hit/skip drivers, but this does not change the fact that once again local car accident victims and their families must now cope with devastating injury and loss because of the actions of negligent—and likely criminal—drivers.

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Topics: car accidents

Ace Bayou Corp. Renews Recall of 2.2 Million Children’s Bean Bag Chairs; 2 Deaths Reported

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 19, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Ace Bayou 2014 Bean Bag Chair Recall

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Are Hoverboards the Most Dangerous Gift of 2015?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 18, 2015 7:30:00 PM

What is a hoverboard?

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Topics: product liability

Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Hearing Loss?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Individuals Who Suffer Hearing Loss Due to the Negligence of Another Have the Right to Seek Compensation

When an individual suffers hearing loss as the result of the negligence of another, the physical and psychological strain can be extremely traumatic.

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Topics: personal injury

New NHTSA Standards May Reduce Personal Injuries Among Pedestrians, Drivers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 11, 2015 7:39:34 PM

Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a series of changes to its crash testing protocols and vehicle safety rating system. Though not yet finalized, the proposed changes would bring American crash testing standards up to par with those of other countries around the globe. As Ohio motor vehicle accident lawyers, the team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA knows firsthand the significant and potentially life-saving difference that these updates could make.

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Topics: car accidents

Ohio Product Liability Lawyer Alert: Massive Drill Recall, 6 Injuries Reported

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 5, 2015 7:00:00 PM

This week Harbor Freight Tools recalled 1.7 million cordless drills after it was revealed that a defect in the devices can lead to overheating. The handheld devices have already been linked to six instances of burns and five reports of damage to property.

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Topics: product liability, product recalls

3 Myths about Nursing Home Injuries

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Dec 4, 2015 7:00:00 PM

When making the difficult decision to place a family member in a nursing home, it is comforting to believe that the facility’s personnel will give our loved ones the attention and care they deserve. But, no matter how safe or ideal an extended care facility may seem, it is important that family members of residents remember that much of what nursing home operators want you to believe is a sales pitch. By debunking a few of the most common myths about Cleveland nursing home injuries, residents and their families may be better prepared to scrutinize and follow up on nursing home injuries that may occur.  

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Snowmobile Accidents: Who is Liable?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 28, 2015 8:49:34 PM

With winter coming in less than a month, outdoor enthusiasts throughout Ohio are preparing to switch out their ATVs for their snowmobiles and enjoy some high-speed fun in the snow. While snowmobiling can be a good time for riders both young and old, it is a very dangerous activity. In fact, in 2014 snowmobile and ATV crashes resulted in a higher fatality per crash rate in Ohio than any other type of vehicle, including motorcycles.

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Topics: personal injury

The Danger of Distracted Driving Summed Up in One Graphic

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 27, 2015 2:42:43 PM

Anyone Can Be a Distracted Driver

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Topics: car accidents, cleveland lawyer

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak: What Ohio Customers Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 21, 2015 11:21:56 AM

Last month, the popular fast-casual chain Chipotle made headlines when it temporarily closed 43 restaurants in Washington and Oregon after dozens of diners fell ill with E. coli food poisoning. Now it appears that this potentially deadly E. coli outbreak has also reached Northeast Ohio.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer

Mercedes-Benz USA Recalls 126,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defects

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 14, 2015 3:26:22 PM

In case you missed it, Mercedes-Benz USA filed a recall report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month announcing the recall of 126,260 vehicles.  Per the report summary, “Due to a manufacturing error, the air bag control unit [in affected vehicles] may corrode and cause the control unit to malfunction.”  This can cause either unexpected deployment while driving or a failure to deploy during a crash, meaning that the defective airbags pose risks to motorists both in everyday use and during motor vehicle accidents.

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Topics: airbag injuries

“Culture of Secrecy”: NewsChannel5 Report Echoes Warnings of Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 13, 2015 10:23:44 AM

Last night, Cleveland’s NewsChannel5 aired an investigative piece by Sarah Buduson entitled “Culture of Secrecy.”  The report examines the air of secrecy surrounding instances of medical malpractice and the lengths to which hospitals, doctors, and health care providers will go to conceal the truth about medical negligence and surgical errors.  Readers are urged to watch the full report here for a glimpse of what victims and their families must go through following medical malpractice injuries or death.

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Can an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer Help With My Intentional Tort Claim?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 7, 2015 11:59:00 PM

Far more often than not, this blog discusses issues relating to negligence cases.  But every single day individuals suffer personal injuries and wrongful deaths due to the intentional—as opposed to negligent—actions of another. 

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Keeping Your Personal Injury Private in the Age of Social Media

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 7, 2015 7:59:44 AM

Years ago, if a defendant or insurance company had doubts as to whether an Ohio personal injury plaintiff was injured as badly as he claimed, they would hire a private investigator to tail the plaintiff in his everyday life.  Since the advent of social media, however, this practice is far less prevalent.  Now, defendants frequently do not need to hire an investigator to photograph or record plaintiffs because the plaintiffs are now doing it themselves and posting the record of their life online.

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer

Ohio Product Recall News: Sanofi Recalls All Auvi-Q Injectors, Hundreds of Thousands at Risk

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 31, 2015 9:47:04 PM

This week, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis recalled hundreds of thousands of epinephrine auto-injectors due to a risk of incorrect dosing.  Readers are urged to alert friends and loved ones who may be in possession of an epinephrine injector to review the recall details and exchange their defective units. 

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Topics: product liability, cleveland lawyer

Does Marijuana Cause Car Accidents?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 31, 2015 1:30:30 PM

With a marijuana legalization issue on the Ohio ballot next week, many are thinking about the potential consequences of marijuana use in our state.  While we will leave it to the voters to decide the issue, one fact that will remain true regardless of the outcome is that marijuana use can result in personal injuries.

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Topics: car accidents

What Is An Independent Medical Examination? Cleveland Personal Injury Law Firm Explains the Basics

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 24, 2015 9:32:27 PM

Under Ohio negligence law, a plaintiff must establish that he suffered injury as the result of the negligent acts of another.  Assuming the plaintiff can successfully prove each element of his claim, the measure of compensation awarded will be based on the extent and severity of the injuries that the plaintiff actually suffered. 

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Topics: personal injury, cleveland lawyer

Hospital Falls Lead to Injuries, Increased Nursing Home Placement among Elderly

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 24, 2015 10:57:22 AM

Each year, slips, trips, and falls cause thousands of cases of injury and death.  While fall injuries can affect people of any age, perhaps no population is more at risk of serious fall injuries than our senior citizens.  One particular source of injuries—nursing home falls—leads to countless deaths, bone fractures, and other serious injuries among the elderly every single day.

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Topics: personal injury, nursing home injuries

Ohio Product Liability News: 1.3 Million Bicycles Recalled Due to Injury Risk

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 17, 2015 10:01:17 PM

Thirteen bicycle manufacturers issued a combined recall of approximately 1.3 million bicycles in the U.S. and an additional 250,000 in Canada and Mexico due to a product defect that can lead to serious personal injuries for riders.  Specifically, a release lever on an affected bicycle can come into contact with the bicycle’s front disk break while the bicycle is in use, creating a risk of sudden breaking or wheel separation. 

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Topics: product liability

How Does Ohio’s Medical Malpractice Damages Cap Work?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 16, 2015 10:45:36 PM

Note: This is the fourth post in our “How Does It Work?” series intended to elucidate commonly heard legal terms and concepts for non-lawyers.  Feel free to read our earlier posts here, here, and here.

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New Study Finds Association between Fracking and Major Medical Complication

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 10, 2015 2:05:46 PM

Fracking Associated with Preterm Birth

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October and November Are Historically Dangerous Months for Both Motorists and Pedestrians

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 10, 2015 12:50:39 AM

In 2014, the months of October and November saw the highest totals of Ohio traffic accident-related injuries and deaths, with totals of 9,706 and 9,142 respectively.  While snowy months typically see higher total crashes, those accidents frequently occur at lower speeds because drivers may be operating their vehicles with extra caution due to road conditions.  Thus, fewer physical injuries occur as the result of crashes.  Why, then, do so many injuries occur in October and November?

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Topics: personal injury, car accidents, cleveland lawyer

Food Poisoning Cases Highlight the Dangers of Contamination

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 3, 2015 9:04:30 PM

According to the Center for Disease Control, every year approximately one in six Americans will experience a food-borne illness.  As recent high-profile cases show, those responsible for causing food-borne illnesses and food contamination may face legal consequences for their actions.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Crash

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 2, 2015 9:02:20 PM

Since the start of this blog, we have posted a number of articles suggesting the best course of action to take in the aftermath of an Ohio motor vehicle accident.  Both on the scene and in the weeks or months after a traffic crash, taking the proper steps can help injured victims protect their rights and streamline a potential monetary recovery.  But, along with the list of things to do, there are certain things that injured parties in many cases should not do.

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Topics: car accidents, cleveland lawyer

Citing Potential Engine Failure during Operation, Major Auto Manufacturer Recalls 470,000 Sedans

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 26, 2015 6:23:38 PM

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publicly posted details of the latest in what is beginning to seem like an endless parade of automobile recalls in the U.S.  While not as large as the high-profile Takata air bag recall or the GM ignition switch recall, this recent recall covers nearly half a million vehicles from one of the manufacturer’s most popular models.

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Safety Reminder: Inspecting Heating Equipment Now Could Save Lives

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 25, 2015 12:36:17 AM

If you are like most people, you probably do not give much thought to your furnace or other home heating appliances until the first cold streak hits.  Given the climate in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio, once we begin using our heating appliances we may continue to need them for weeks or even months at a time.  Unfortunately, dangerous and unsafe heating units can cause serious personal injuries even with limited use, and the long-term use required during a harsh Ohio winter only increases the risk to you and your family.

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Nearly One Million “Fixed” Nissan Airbags May Still Be Defective

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 19, 2015 9:33:24 PM

Last year, automobile manufacturer Nissan North America, Inc. recalled approximately 990,000 vehicles due to a dangerous airbag defect.  Now, after Nissan attempted to fix the defect with only a software update, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether the manufacturer has in fact remedied the auto defect.

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Who Can File a Class Action Lawsuit?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 16, 2015 9:45:55 PM

Many, if not most, Ohioans have heard the term “class action lawsuit.”  Some may have even received a portion of settlement proceeds from a class action lawsuit without any direct involvement.  Few people outside of the legal profession, though, understand that class actions can develop from the willingness of one individual to stand up against the fraud or other wrong perpetrated by a corporation against consumers or other businesses.

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How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Evaluate My Case?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 12, 2015 10:03:12 PM

On this blog, we frequently discuss what will happen after an individual has retained a personal injury lawyer.  These topics are important, but it is also helpful for individuals to understand—at least on a very basic level—the types of things that a personal injury lawyer may consider when determining whether any action should be taken to seek compensation for a personal injury victim.  Below, we discuss the three broad areas that an Ohio personal injury lawyer will likely consider when evaluating your case.

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Topics: personal injury

Ohio Department of Health Releases 2015 Ohio Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 10, 2015 10:32:12 PM

Recently, the Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Maternal and Child Health released the 2015 Ohio Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review, an annual report detailing the pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths that occur in Ohio each year.  For most women and their families, pregnancy, childbirth, and the first months of having a new child are a special and joyful time.  Tragically, though, many families endure unspeakable loss as the result of negligent medical care.

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Bicycle Recall Alert: Trek, Huffy, and Cannondale Models Pose Hazards to Riders

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 5, 2015 4:38:23 PM

In less than two weeks, three major bicycle manufacturers have announced recalls of popular bicycle models due to known defects.  Here is the breakdown:

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Can Hackers Cause Car Accidents?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 2, 2015 11:20:30 PM

By now, readers of legal blogs—and, particularly, personal injury blogs—have seen numerous speculative pieces concerning the potential risks and legal consequences of self-driving cars.  Self-driving cars and trucks are big news right now, and undoubtedly will impact both the way we travel and how we compensate injured parties following accidents.  But with successful  driving records, widespread regulatory approval of self-driving cars still years away, and public trust in the technology likely even further out, self-driving cars do not currently pose a substantial risk to most Americans.  Connected cars, however, do.

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Product Recall Alert: Major Pharmaceutical Company Recalls Eye Treatment Products

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 29, 2015 9:54:34 PM

Allergan PLC (formerly Actavis PLC) this week began a voluntary recall of several eye care products after receiving more than a dozen complaints that the manufacturer’s products were causing eye injuries.  According to the manufacturer, the recalled products—which include certain products in the company’s popular Refresh brand—share a common packaging defect that causes a portion of the package cap to break off when opened.  This piece of the cap can contaminate the product and, ultimately, cause injury when the contaminated product is used.

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How Does an Accident Settlement Work? Cleveland Auto Accident Law Firm Explains the Basics

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 26, 2015 10:03:14 PM

Note: This is the third post in our “How Does It Work?” series.  Previous posts can be found here and here.

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September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 22, 2015 10:57:48 PM

Late last month, Congress once again designated the month of September “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.”  While September is still a few days away, it is never too early to get the facts about spinal cord injuries, one of the most devastating types of injuries frequently suffered by victims of negligence.

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Be Vigilant and Vocal When It Comes to Prescription Drug Side Effects

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 19, 2015 10:37:17 PM

Ordinarily, the phrase “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” refers to the steps that we should take to avoid health problems.  But the phrase can apply equally to individuals who are already experiencing health problems.

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How Does a Deposition Work? Cleveland Personal Injury Law Firm Explains the Basics

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 16, 2015 12:19:29 AM

Note: This is the second post in our “How Does It Work?” series. Check out our first entry here.

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Fracking Injuries Continue to Make Headlines Throughout the U.S.

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 11, 2015 9:36:46 PM

Fracking Lawsuits on the Rise

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Mazda CX-9 Recall: Why Ohio Vehicle Owners Should Be Concerned

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 8, 2015 9:34:44 PM

Last month, Mazda recalled nearly 200,000 vehicles due to a potentially deadly auto defect in the manufacturer’s CX-9 sports utility vehicles.  According to the recall notice, model year 2007 through 2014 CX-9 vehicles “have front suspension ball joints that may corrode from water leaking into the fitting.”  This corrosion can, in turn, result in loss of steering control while the vehicle is in use, creating a serious risk of crash, bodily injury, and death.

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Should I Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Adjuster?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 5, 2015 10:15:05 PM

Here is an experience that many motor vehicle accident victims have gone through:

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3 Things to Do When You Think Medical Malpractice Has Occurred

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 1, 2015 9:34:47 PM

The aftermath of a medical malpractice injury can be frustrating, painful, and often tragic for victims and their families.  When going through this stressful time, many people feel overwhelmed with the prospect of investigating an injury and filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.  This feeling is quite understandable: medical malpractice claims are technical and complex legal actions. 

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Inexperience the Leading Cause of Ohio Boating Accidents

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 28, 2015 10:54:36 PM

Earlier this month, a boating accident on the Ohio River that left three dead brought national attention to the issue of boating safety.  As with automobile accidents, stricter regulations and technological advancements have improved the overall survival rate of those injured in Ohio boating accidents compared to previous decades.  Unfortunately, many in Ohio continue to suffer injury and death due to boating crashes every year.

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Cleveland Airbag Injury Lawyers: Is Another Major Airbag Recall On the Way?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 24, 2015 11:54:02 PM

Defective airbags have been all over the news during the past year, primarily due to the massive recall related to faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corp. and used in a wide range of popular automobiles.  Now, it seems possible that another major airbag recall may be on the way.

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Topics: car accidents

Home Fire Leads to Recall of 143,000 Night Lights

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 23, 2015 12:12:34 AM

On Tuesday, retail giant Target recalled approximately 143,000 Circo Night Lights due to a known fire hazard.

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Essure Injuries: FDA Updates Risks of Permanent Birth Control Implant

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 18, 2015 9:38:46 PM

Essure Lawsuit Watch – Update from the FDA

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Uber Settles CA Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 14, 2015 11:07:19 PM

Today Reuters reported that Uber, the international “ride-hailing” service that connects drivers with passengers via a mobile app, reached a settlement with the family of a child who was killed when she was struck by an on-duty Uber driver in 2013.  The tragic story of the six-year-old victim, Sofia Liu, has garnered national attention and raised questions about Uber’s dangerously lax driver screening process.  Details of the settlement remain confidential.

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How Contingency Fees Work: An Ohio Personal Injury Primer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 11, 2015 3:24:57 AM

Personal injury lawsuits can be quite expensive.  The costs of investigating an accident and injury, obtaining medical records, filing a lawsuit, paying for depositions and expert witnesses, and other case expenses frequently add up to thousands of dollars that injured plaintiffs do not have available to them.  A contingent fee agreement is a contractual tool that allows personal injury plaintiffs to obtain legal representation without having to pay for these burdensome expenses.

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Xarelto Lawsuit Update: New Report Suggests Link Between Rivaroxaban and Vitreous Hemorrhaging

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 7, 2015 11:58:29 PM

One month has passed since Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA apprised readers of the dangers of Xarelto (Rivaroxaban), and in that brief period a new report has surfaced that could implicate the anti-coagulant in a host of new injury claims. 

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The Difference Between Negligence and Negligence Per Se

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 4, 2015 9:37:49 PM

It has been some time since the last entry in our “Difference Between…” series, a feature in which we explain, in broad strokes, the difference between related, similar, or frequently confused legal concepts for non-lawyers.  In this post, we will be discussing the difference between negligence and negligence per se, two legal terms that you will likely hear if you are involved in an Ohio personal injury accident.

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Have a Fun, Safe Independence Day!

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 30, 2015 9:49:20 PM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July.  With the coming weekend likely to be filled with fireworks, swimming, grilling, and perhaps alcohol, we urge everyone to practice safety and restraint when enjoying these potentially dangerous activities. 

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Expanded Teen Driving Restrictions Take Effect July 1

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 27, 2015 10:53:10 PM

In an effort to curb crashes involving inexperienced teenage drivers, Ohio lawmakers passed a series of driving restrictions last April that go into effect on Wednesday.  The restrictions, which apply to probationary license holders under the age of eighteen, expand upon Ohio’s teen driving laws enacted in 2007.

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Road Work Zones Can Be Dangerous at Any Speed

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 23, 2015 10:21:46 AM

Throughout Northeast Ohio, road work and construction projects are in full swing, including a number of projects underway in downtown Cleveland.  While necessary for the upkeep of our roadways and cities, these construction areas are often viewed as annoyances by busy commuters rushing to get to the office.  But no matter how important your next appointment may be, there is no excuse for careless driving when the safety of other motorists and workers is involved.

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Ohio Product Liability Lawyer Report: June Recalls Cover a Wide Array of Products

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 20, 2015 3:16:55 PM

Over the past month, companies have recalled an assortment of products that unsuspecting consumers might not perceive as being potentially dangerous.  While many associate product liability injury cases with auto defects or defective manufacturing equipment, the truth is that almost any consumer product has the potential to cause serious injury if manufacturers neglect to take adequate safety precautions.  The June 2015 recalls provide just a small sample of some the products that may not seem dangerous but can create unreasonable hazards to end users.

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Berkeley Balcony Collapse Tragedy Highlights Dangers of Property Defects

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 17, 2015 11:35:37 PM

Early yesterday morning, six people tragically fell to their deaths in Berkeley, California after a fourth-story apartment balcony collapsed during a birthday party.  While an investigation of the cause of the collapse is underway, Berkeley’s mayor earlier today reported that the balcony’s wooden beams had rotted and weakened due to moisture damage.  If true, it is unfortunate that these six lives might have been spared with simple inspection and preventive maintenance.

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Could Budget Plan Provision Increase Ohio Drunk Driving Accidents?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 13, 2015 7:39:27 PM

A provision of the Ohio Senate’s latest budget plan would allow liquor permit holders in certain circumstances to push the cutoff time for alcohol sales from 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.  While a report posted to Cleveland.com earlier this week focused on the application of this new rule to the upcoming RNC convention in Cleveland, it was noted that the provision also “would permit any Ohio municipality with a population of more than 350,000 to allow 4 a.m. beer and liquor sales during ‘major events’ that last between one and 10 days and are expected to attract more than 3,000 people.”  The budget plan, which includes the provision in question, is still being debated by the Senate.

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June is National Safety Month – Check Out These Resources to Help Keep Your Family Safe

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 11, 2015 9:31:07 PM

The National Safety Council has designated June as “National Safety Month,” and now is a great time to review some of the NSC’s safety education resources.  Covering nearly every area of concern imaginable, the NSC addresses accidents and dangers that frequently result in personal injury.  Below we’ve provided a snapshot of some of the NSC’s safety facts and a few suggestions that may prevent life-altering injuries.

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What Makes a Good Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 5, 2015 12:46:42 AM

If you have suffered a personal injury, your very livelihood may hang in the balance.  The short- and long-term effects of a motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice can leave you unable to earn a living, incapable of covering your steep medical bills, and wondering how you are going to get the money you need to support yourself and your family.  Finding yourself in this situation can be frightening, but a good personal injury lawyer can assist you in putting your life back together following an accident or injury.  But what makes a good personal injury lawyer?

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James Lowe Achieves Recertification in Civil Trial Law with the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 3, 2015 11:22:03 AM

Click here to read the full press release about the latest James Lowe certification:
JamesLowe NBTA Recertification

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, News

Lawnmower Injuries Are More Common—And More Dangerous—Than You May Think

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 2, 2015 11:53:52 PM

Approximately 70,000 U.S. emergency room visits each year are attributable to lawnmower-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  36,000 of those visits are attributed to walk-behind mowers, with the other 34,000 attributed to riding lawnmowers.  These numbers, of course, do not even account for the injuries treated in non-emergency room environments or those that go unreported.  Considering that lawnmower use is uncommon for half of the year in the northern states, the frequency of lawnmower injuries is clearly a serious concern.

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Walmart Truck Accident Lawsuit Highlights the Serious Dangers of Truck Driver Negligence

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 30, 2015 9:22:02 PM

Nearly a year after being seriously injured in a truck accident that made national headlines, comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his case against Walmart, the owner of the truck involved, for an undisclosed amount.  News of the settlement comes several months after the family of a man killed in the accident, James McNair, reached a settlement with the Walmart for $10 million. 

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CPSC: Nearly 400 Pool/Spa Drowning Deaths Each Year Among Children 0-14 Years Old

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 26, 2015 10:51:00 PM

This past Memorial Day weekend, many Ohioans took advantage of the warm weather and opened their pools for the summer season.  While pools are a great way to beat the heat and spend time with family and friends, they can also be very dangerous, particularly for young children.  As Cleveland personal injury lawyers, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA wants to remind readers that practicing pool safety can ensure your fun in the sun doesn’t take a turn for the worse.

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Ohio Auto Defect Lawyers: Takata Recall Continues to Expand, Now Covers 34 Million Vehicles

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 23, 2015 6:31:08 PM

While reports that the Takata airbag recall is now the largest recall in U.S. history may not be correct, it is hard to argue that the recall of 33.8 million vehicles is not the most significant defective product recall in recent memory.  As dedicated Ohio auto defect lawyers, we have repeatedly discussed this recall and the dangers created by Takata’s defective airbags.  The vast scope of those dangers continues to become clearer as the public is given access to more information.

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Is a Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 20, 2015 11:44:27 PM

For many people, the phrase “medical malpractice” calls to mind images of operations gone wrong or patients receiving an incorrect prescription.  While these instances of medical negligence certainly fit the definition of medical malpractice, they are not the only types of errors that cause patients serious injury and wrongful death.  Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are among the most common and the most dangerous instances of medical malpractice.

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ODPS Releases 2014 Ohio Traffic Crash Facts Report

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 16, 2015 2:47:08 PM

The Ohio Department of Public Safety this week released the 2014 Ohio Traffic Crash Facts, the Department’s annual report of state traffic accident statistics.  While the latest report does not appear to contain any alarming changes from previous years, it does indicate that Ohio motor vehicle accidents continue to increase steadily over time.  Total Ohio crashes rose in 2014 to 282,368, up from 269,079 in 2013. 

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Airbag Defect Lawyers Report: Chrysler Recalls 2,408 RAM ProMaster City Cargo Vans

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 11, 2015 11:23:16 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of 2,408 RAM ProMaster City vehicles manufactured between November 6, 2014 and March 17, 2015, due to a dangerous manufacturing defect.  The 2015 vehicles, manufactured byFiat Chrysler Automobiles, come equipped with federally mandated side airbag “curtains,” but the improper installation of the curtains can prevent the side airbags from deploying in the event of a crash.  Drivers and passengers are at risk of serious personal injury or death in the event that a defective airbag does not deploy; therefore, owners should cease use of the affected vehicles and contact the manufacturer for necessary repairs.

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3 Myths About Ohio Workplace Accident Lawsuits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 9, 2015 10:22:58 PM

No matter where you work, there is always the potential that work-related injuries may occur.  While many workplace accidents occur in industrial settings like construction sites, fracking sites, or automobile factories, a large number of on-the-job injuries also occur in offices, schools, and retail stores.  Because almost anyone who is employed may, at some point, need to consider filing an Ohio workplace accident lawsuit, it is important to separate the myths from the truths about workplace accident lawsuits.

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What Should I Bring to My Consultation with a Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 4, 2015 10:15:01 PM

When someone schedules a consultation with a Cleveland personal injury lawyer, chances are that they or a loved one recently suffered a serious injury.  The aftermath of such a trying experience can be frightening, frustrating, and confusing.  But, by following the below guidelines for what to bring to a personal injury consultation, individuals can help ensure that their personal injury claims are resolved as quickly and favorably as possible.

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Ohio Product Liability Lawyers Investigating Can-Am Spyder Injuries

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 2, 2015 2:19:30 PM

Following the recent recall of more than 5,000 Can-Am Spyder motorcycles, Ohio product liability lawyers Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are investigating potential claims involving defective Can-Am vehicles.  The recall, which covers the Can-Am Spyder RT 2013, cites engine overheating issues that can cause the defective vehicles to catch fire.  While the recent recall is limited to 2013 models, there have been several prior Spyder recalls.  In fact, last year federal safety regulators began probing 2008-2014 Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles following similar reports of the vehicles catching fire.

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James Lowe Wins 2014 Litigator Award for Personal Injury Law

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 22, 2015 2:53:56 PM

James Lowe, Principal Attorney at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, Cleveland, Ohio, has been honored by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents with the 2014 Litigator Award in the category of personal injury law.

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, News

U. S. News & World Report Names Lowe Eklund Wakefield to 2010 List of Country’s Best Law Firms

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 27, 2014 1:27:24 PM

U. S. News & World Report, the publication known for its popular annual rankings of hospitals and colleges, has named [site_name] to its 2010 "Best Law Firms" list. The firm is Ohio’s only product liability firm representing only plaintiffs to be named to the nationwide ranking.

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Topics: James A. Lowe News, News

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Attorneys Receive Jury Award of $587,000 in Personal Injury Case

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 27, 2014 1:24:51 PM

Trial attorneys Ryan Fisher and Greg Scott of [site_name] obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $587,000 (less 30% for comparative negligence) for their client Eric Payne who suffered serious injuries when he was clipped by a passing construction vehicle while flagging traffic near a construction site.

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Topics: Gregory S. Scott News, Ryan H. Fisher News, News