R. Craig McLaughlin
Craig represents people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle crashes, defective products, workplace accidents, and medical negligence. He has served as lead counsel for an injured client in over 35 jury trials and recently obtained the highest verdict ($620,000) in Clermont County, Ohio for a personal injury motor vehicle crash case. He was named a "Super Lawyer" in 2013 - 2016 by Ohio Super Lawyer Magazine and was identified as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star" in 2009-2012; has earned the highest attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell and AVVO; and is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Examples of Craig's Settlements and Verdicts
Motor Vehicle Crash Cases
$1.25 Million – Butler County, Ohio
Recovery for a man who was seriously injured when a pick-up truck was negligently backed into a barn door and the door fell on him. He suffered a fractured back, fractured foot, ,multiple rib fractures, ruptured spleen, lacerated liver, and other injuries.
$1.085 Million – Ohio
Recovery for a woman involved in a multiple vehicle crash on an Ohio interstate. She suffered a lacerated liver, rib fractures, ankle fracture, lung contusion, abdominal compartment syndrome and other injuries in the collision.
$1.05 Million – Geauga County, Ohio
Recovery for a man who was hit head on by a speeding commercial truck. He suffered multiple fractures of his legs, lacerations to his spleen and kidneys, and other injuries in the crash.
$800,000 - Hamilton County, Ohio
Recovery for a woman who was a passenger in a van that was struck by a truck that failed to stop for a red light. She suffered a fractured neck and herniated disk and was unable to work again.
$700,000 - Erie County - Ohio
Recovery for a man who was hit from behind by a car while he was on a tractor driving down a country road. He suffered a fractured back and was unable to work again.
$650,000 - Miami County, Ohio
Recovery for the family of a truck driver who was killed instantly when his truck was hit by another truck.
$620,000 - Verdict - Clermont County, Ohio
Jury verdict for a man who was injured when a truck clipped another car during an improper lane change, causing it to spin out and strike the client’s car. He suffered two herniated disk in his lower back that required multiple surgeries and left him unable to return to work.
$525,000 – Mahoning County, Ohio
Recovery for an elderly woman who was being transported in a nursing home van and suffered a fractured neck when another car ran a stop sign and struck the van.
$500,000 - Lucas County, Ohio
Recovery for a woman who was hit head on by a truck that went left of center. She suffered multiple fractures to her arms and legs, a degloving injury to her leg, and other injuries.
$470,000 – Richland County, Ohio
Recovery for a teenager who was a passenger in a car where the driver lost control and struck a utility pole. Client suffered a fractured skull, moderate brain injury, and other injuries in the crash.
$460,000 – Muskingum County, Ohio
Recovery for a woman who was hit head on by a car that crossed over the median. She suffered a fractured foot, neck injury, and bruised ribs.
$400,000 – Hamilton County, Ohio
Recovery for a man who was injured when another car ran a red light and struck his car while he was clearing intersection. He suffered closed head injury, punctured lung, lung contusion and other injuries.
Medical Negligence Cases
$875,000 - Verdict - Court of Claims - Ohio - Co-counsel was Jay Kelley
A baby from Lucas County suffered brain damage when the doctor negligently performed a C-section. The mother had scar tissue from a previous abdominal surgery and the doctor negligently failed to remove scar tissue before cutting into the mother’s uterus to deliver the baby. The doctor also negligently failed to have a second experienced doctor present to assist her during this difficult delivery. Verdict on the issue of liability only was won in the Ohio Court of Claim and then the case was settled at a mediation.
$500,000 - Ohio - Federal Tort Claim Act Against the VA Medical Center
Recovery for the family of a veteran who went to the Cleveland VA Medical Center for hernia repair surgery. The surgeon perforated the client’s bowel during surgery then failed to detect the injury in a timely manner. Client died several months later due to complication from sepsis.
$500,000 – Lucas County
Recovery for the family of a nursing home patient who was dropped by a private ambulance attendant during transport back from a dialysis session. He fell and hit his head and suffered subdural hematoma. He died one month later.
$400,000 - Ohio
Recovery for the family of an 82 years old nursing home resident who was totally dependent on nursing home staff for all of her needs, but was left unattended on a portable toilet. She fell and hit her head and suffered bilateral subdural hematomas. She died two days later.
$350,000 - Ohio
Recovery for elderly gentleman after an optometrist failed to diagnose open angle glaucoma that resulted in permanent partial vision loss in both of client’s eyes.
$275,000 - Ohio - Federal Tort Claim Act Against the VA Medical Center
Recovery for a veteran after doctors and nurses at the Cleveland VA Medical Center failed to remove surgical towels from the client’s abdomen after surgery to remove his cancerous kidney. Client became very sick, needed multiple surgeries to fix the problem, and missed significant time from work.
Confidential Settlement - Ohio
Recovery for an elderly resident of a nursing home who had to have her leg amputated after the nursing home allowed her to develop pressure ulcer on her heel and then failed to identify and treat it.
Confidential Settlement - Ohio
Recovery for a patient of a hospital who had a horrible reaction to an injection of the wrong medication into her eye before her cataract surgery because the pharmacy cart had been stocked with the wrong medication.
Personal Injury Cases
Confidential Settlement – Ohio
Recovery for a factory worker who was scalped when his hair got caught on an unguarded rotating shaft on a machine. He also lost part of one ear and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
$575,000 - Kentucky
Recovery for a delivery truck driver who suffered a fractured ankle that required multiple surgeries when a tow truck operator dropped a heavy slab of granite during unloading of a flatbed trailer.
Confidential Settlement – Ohio
Recovery for a pipefitter whose foot was crushed when the operator negligently lowered outriggers on a mobile crane without warning.
$300,000 - Delaware County, Ohio
Recovery for a young girl who suffered a fractured skull when a neighbor gave his young son a golf club and ball to play with in the backyard and then left the children unsupervised while he went upstairs to take a shower.
$241,000 - Medina County, Ohio
Recovery for a teenage female who suffered an avulsion of the patellar tendon in her knee and other injuries when a classmate stepped on her feet and knocked her to the ground during horseplay at school.
$225,000 – Butler County, Ohio
Recovery for a toddler who was bit on the cheek by a friend’s dog at a Fourth of July party.
$200,000 - Franklin County, Ohio
Recovery for an independent contractor working for a masonry company who suffered a crushed thumb when he was asked to help place a very heavy stone back into a wall without the assistance of a crane and the stone was dropped on his thumb by other workers.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Ohio, 1997
- Kentucky, 2006
- Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
- J.D. - 1997
- University of Cincinnati
- B.A., Political Science - 1994
Honors and Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating? - 4.5/5.0 AV/ Preeminent
- 10.0/10.0 AVVO Rating
- Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers , 2012 - 2015
- National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Ohio Trial Lawyers
- Member - Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Member - Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Association for Justice
- Ohio Association for Justice
- Ohio State Bar Association