Elk & Elk Partners Recognized in 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Elk & Elk is excited to announce Partners Jay Kelley and Marilena DiSilvio have been included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.
Jay was recognized in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation and Best Lawyers 2017 - Jay Kelley Medical Malpractice Law. He has been a partner at Elk & Elk since 2011, and currently focuses on representing victims of medical negligence and wrongful death related to birth injury, surgery; oncological, cardiac and pharmaceutical product liability causes. In addition to his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Jay has been named in multiple Super Lawyers rankings and earned the highest marks from AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™.


Marilena was commended for her work in the field of Medical Best Lawyers 2017 - Marilena DiSilvioMalpractice Law. Prior to joining Elk & Elk as a partner in 2014, she gained extensive experience at a defense firm representing physicians, nurses and hospitals, and worked as a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit. Marilena focuses her practice on claims involving birth injuries, medical negligence and personal injury. She was first recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2010, and has been honored by various well-known legal publications and organizations throughout her impressive career.

About Best Lawyers®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and more than 13 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being 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. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Back to School: Staying Safe on the Road

school safetySummer is quickly drawing to a close, and children of all ages are preparing to head back to school. Many health and safety concerns accompany the start of each school year for parents and students, but with the increase of school buses and teens on the road, the traffic-related risks affect everyone. Follow these tips to stay safe on the road as classes get underway.

School Year Traffic Safety Tips

Pay attention to school zones and cross walks.

Whether you’ll be dropping your children off at school or passing through a school zone on your commute, plan ahead for changes in traffic patterns. Give yourself extra time to accommodate reduced speed limits in these areas, and be especially cautious when driving through cross walks frequently used by students. If possible, find an alternate route to avoid the heavy concentration of traffic altogether. National Safety Council offers more tips for safely navigating school traffic.

Know how to share the road with buses.

Sharing the road with a school bus can be frustrating, especially if you run into one on a route with frequent stops. However, failing to stop for a school bus can result in harsh legal penalties or, worse, the injury of a child. All motorists should know how and when to pass a school bus, what the different types of lights represent and when it is legally required to stop. Brush up on the basics using our guide.

Be aware of increased risks for teen drivers.

Establish rules and expectations with your teen driver before the start of the school year. Passengers are an often-overlooked risk factor for inexperienced drivers, and should be kept to a minimum whenever possible. In Ohio, newly licensed drivers are limited by law to one non-family member passenger. Distracted driving is another major problem area for teens. Set a good example by refraining from texting or talking on the phone behind the wheel.

Help prevent hot car deaths.

Those who have or care for young children will probably be forced to adjust to new schedules and travel routes in the coming weeks, and changes in routine are one of the contributing factors often cited by caretakers who have forgotten a child in a vehicle. Effective Aug. 31, a new Good Samaritan law protects Ohioans who take action to rescue a child from a hot car. Learn about the steps you can take to prevent these tragedies.

Despite these risks, the start of the school year is a very exciting time. Enjoy your final days of summer, and stay safe once classes begin!

Concussions: Reducing the Risks for High School Athletes

On Monday, Aug. 1, high school athletes around the state officially Preventing Concussions kicked
off their training for fall sports. Last year, Ohio High School Athletic Association introduced new regulations to help prevent concussions during football practices, but athletes in every sport are at risk of suffering this common injury. The first match-ups of the season are only a few weeks away, so take this time to learn the symptoms of a concussion and steps you can take to reduce your child’s risks.

What causes a concussion?

Concussions, usually caused by a blow to or violent shaking of the head and body, are the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Compared to other types of injuries, recovering from a concussion can be a relatively quick process. However, early detection is the key to preventing further damage or long-term consequences.

Common symptoms of concussions

  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering new information
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

Tips for reducing concussion risks in youth and high school athletes

Participation in sports can be a great experience for kids of all ages, but safety should always come first. Follow these tips to reduce your child’s concussion-related risks:

Consider baseline testing.

A trained health care professional can measure and interpret your child’s reaction times, balance and other cognitive processes to determine his or her standard performance. The results of these baseline tests can prove very helpful when determining the seriousness of the injury and recovery progress, but should not be used alone to diagnose a concussion.

Educate and empower your child.

You won’t be on the field or court to monitor your child’s health during games and practices. Educate them about the risks and symptoms of concussions, and encourage them to inform a coach or seek medical attention if there’s even a small possibility they suffered an injury. Remind your child it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

Don’t rush recovery.

Athletes who resume activity while the brain is still healing increase their risk of suffering a second concussion or permanent brain damage. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, and are different for every person. If your child has suffered a concussion, the CDC recommends this 5-Step Return to Play Progression.

Check out these guides for tips on avoiding concussions in your child’s particular sport.

Best of luck to all of our area athletes as they enter their upcoming seasons!