Tips for discussing the dangers of impaired driving with your teen

teen driversNo parent wants to believe their child would put themself in harm’s way by driving while impaired or riding with another driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, living in denial about the possibility of your teen driver taking part in these life-threatening activities is one of the most dangerous approaches parents can take when it comes to the issue.

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$3.6 Million Jury Verdict Reduced to $500,000 in Case of Sexual Assault of a Minor

New Ohio Supreme Court ruling highlights unintended consequences of state’s cap on noneconomic damages.

On Dec. 14, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that capping noneconomic damages awarded to a teenage victim of sexual assault did not violate her constitutional rights. The victim’s $3.6 million jury verdict was reduced to just $500,000 after the cap was applied.

In her appeal, the victim challenged the damage cap as unconstitutional, claiming her state constitutional rights to a trial by jury, to an open court, to a remedy, due process and equal protection were violated by the law as it applied to her case. The damage cap undermined the jury’s $3.5 million Continue reading “$3.6 Million Jury Verdict Reduced to $500,000 in Case of Sexual Assault of a Minor”

Elk & Elk hosts Holiday Celebration for Cleveland community

HolidayCelebration1On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Elk & Elk welcomed members of the Cleveland community to the firm’s W. 25th St. office for a Holiday Celebration.

The event was free and open to the public. Families were treated to visits and photos with Santa, refreshments, gifts and more. Senior Partner David Elk stopped by to celebrate the holidays with those in attendance.

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Yankee Candle recalls Luminous Collection candles for laceration hazard

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Photo courtesy of Yankee Candle.

‘Tis the season to make sure gifts, given and received, are safe to use. The Yankee Candle Company, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recently issued a voluntary recall on its line of Luminous Collection candles.

The company received an influx of consumer feedback reporting the candles’ glass spontaneously cracking, creating a possible laceration hazard.

Affected Yankee Candles

The collection is made up of six scented candles with the following product numbers:

  • Sea Salt and Coral (1535651)
  • Blackberry and Sage (1535890)
  • Apple Blossom and Melon (1535891)
  • Sugarcane and Honey (1535892)
  • Pine and Sandalwood (1535893)
  • Cinnamon and Cedar (1535894)

If you purchased or received a Luminous Collection candle, Yankee Candle is offering a full refund and an additional candle of your choice upon return. If the candle was purchased at another store, you must return it to a Yankee Candle location to receive the refund and additional candle.

For more information, call 877-803-6890 during business hours.

To view more holiday product recalls, visit safekids.org.

4 tips to keep your teen driver safe in winter road conditions

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Driving in winter weather is a dangerous challenge for even the most skilled motorists. While it may be tempting to take away your teen driver’s keys at the first sign of snow, there will come a time when they will need to brave the winter roads. Wouldn’t you rather them be prepared?

Follow these four tips to help keep your teen driver safe in winter road conditions:

1. Prepare your teen’s vehicle for the season.

Complete all of the recommended seasonal vehicle maintenance, and upgrade the tires and wiper blades if the weather in your region gets particularly nasty in the winter. Stock your teen’s car with an ice scraper and brush, windshield deicer, a small shovel, an emergency kit and blankets. Keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk to melt ice and snow in a pinch.

2. Explain the different types of dangers they might encounter.

Snow isn’t the only hazard motorists face in the winter. Be sure your teen knows how to recognize freezing rain, sleet and black ice, and is aware of the threats posed by each. This information is especially important to review with teen drivers who were licensed in the spring or summer, and may have only experienced these dangerous winter road conditions from the passenger seat.

3. Review the best approaches for driving on snow or ice.

Remind your teen to adjust their speed for the road conditions, not the speed limit. Explain how to brake safely on snow and ice, and how to regain control of the vehicle if they feel it beginning to slide. Reinforce the importance of maintaining a greater following distance than usual and a heightened awareness of nearby vehicles.

4. Find a safe place for your teen driver to practice.

The best way to prepare your teen for driving in winter weather is to give them opportunities to face their fears (and yours) in a controlled environment under adult supervision. When the snow starts to fall, find an empty parking lot and let them test their skills. Demonstrate how to properly apply the braking and correcting concepts you’ve reviewed.

Having a newly licensed driver in the household can be a significant source of stress for any parent, but the dangerous road conditions associated with this time of year often intensify parents’ fears. Taking the proper steps to prepare your child for the challenge of driving in winter weather will offer peace of mind to you and your teen driver.

Elk & Elk and Cavs go #ALLinORANGE for Hardwood Classics Nights

Hardwood Classics NightsOn Friday, Dec. 9, Elk & Elk kicks off the second annual Hardwood Classics Nights series in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers during their matchup against the Heat.

The team is turning back the clock and turning up the orange at six home games throughout the 2016-17 season. To pay homage to the teams of the 80s, led by legends including World B. Free, Ron Harper, Mark Price and John “Hot Rod” Williams, the Cavs will sport bright orange retro jerseys. Fans in attendance at the Hardwood Classics Nights games will be treated to commemorative in-game videos, music and entertainment.

As the presenting sponsor of the Hardwood Classics Nights series, Elk & Elk will host autograph sessions with Cavs legends during select games and offer opportunities for fans to win throwback jerseys and other Cavs prizes.

Learn how you could win a Cavs throwback jersey!

LIKE Elk & Elk’s Facebook page or FOLLOW @elkandelk on Twitter for updates about upcoming giveaways and promotions. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation on social media by posting with the hashtags #ALLinORANGE and #CavsHWC.

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Hardwood Classics Nights Presented by Elk & Elk

  • Friday, Dec. 9 vs. Miami Heat
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Charlotte Hornets
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 vs. Chicago Bulls [Legends Autograph Session]*
  • Sunday, Jan. 29 vs. Oklahoma City [Postgame Fan Free Throws]
  • Tuesday, March 14 vs. Detroit Pistons [Legends Autograph Session]*
  • Friday, March 31 vs. Philadelphia 76ers

*Legends Autograph Sessions will be held in or around the Team Shop at Quicken Loans Arena.

Purchase your tickets today, and don’t forget to wear your orange!

During the inaugural year of the series, Hardwood Classics Nights took fans back to the 70s to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Miracle of Richfield and honor Cavs legends from the 1974-81 seasons. The team even shot a groovy intro video to celebrate!

Elk & Elk attorneys recognized on 2017 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars lists

Super Lawyers 2017The success of a law firm is measured by independent review, peer recognition and client satisfaction. The attorneys of Elk & Elk respect each of these perspectives, and are humbled by the continuous recognition as Super Lawyers by their peers.

Five Elk & Elk attorneys were recognized on the top 100 in Ohio list, and a total of 13 attorneys were named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The depth of talent within Elk & Elk has provided their clients with results totaling more than 1 billion dollars in recovery.

Communication, diligence and collaboration define Elk & Elk’s practice. It is the attorneys’ belief that clients deserve access to their lawyer when questions or needs arise. Elk & Elk ensures all clients’ questions are answered and works to guide them through the legal process with a thorough understanding of the legal remedies available.

Collaboration begins with the many resources Elk & Elk has available.  Every client has access to in-house nurses, paralegals, accountants, accident reconstructionists and support staff who work together to bring unique perspective and skills to each client’s case.

Through more than 35 years of serving clients, they have expanded their efforts into the community. With support from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Elk & Elk created “Get That Weak Stuff Out Of Here” to raise resources and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. In addition, the firm’s “Everything Earned” program awarded six high school athletic departments grants for their outstanding achievements in sports as well as in the classroom and community.

“When Art and I founded Elk & Elk 35 years ago, we had dreams of great success, like most business owners,” says David Elk. “Our firm continues to grow, and in the process those dreams continue to be exceeded. Not everyone here has the last name of Elk, but we are very much a family, and it is our privilege to help families in need throughout Ohio.”