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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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"I Was Prescribed Xarelto. Should I Talk with a Lawyer?"

Posted by Meghan Connolly on Jun 8, 2015 9:23:00 PM

If you or a loved one experienced harmful side effects after taking Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) tablets, you should contact us right away. If you were prescribed this drug, or if you are currently taking Xarelto, there's a lot you should know.

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Ohio Product Liability Lawyer Report: Trek Recalls 998,000 Bicycles

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Apr 23, 2015 9:31:00 PM

Ohio Product Liability Lawyer Investigating Trek Bicycle Injuries

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