We have also partnered with other law firms seeking compensation for victims of products and substances known to be harmful, marketed or disposed of by reputable companies without any warning of the danger posed to the public:
- Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, which has caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma because of cancer-causing asbestos in the talc, with no warning of that known danger.
- “C-8,” a cancer-causing agent as lethal as asbestos that Dow Chemical released into the rivers and streams that supply Ohio’s and West Virginia’s drinking water, with no warning.
- Hernia mesh implants, used to support the surrounding tissue after hernia repair surgery, which have caused severe complications not disclosed to patients prior to implantation.
A Few Success Stories . . .
Serious workplace injuries often involve many more people, companies, pieces of equipment, agencies, and witnesses than most people would think—but to get fair compensation for a workplace injury, everyone with a significant role in the accident must be joined in any lawsuit, witnesses must be heard, and experts with knowledge about each specialized aspect of the case must be brought in.
- In one case, a worker at a wetland worksite was electrocuted when a crane’s boom accidentally came too close to high voltage power lines. The worker suffered burns with scarring and nerve damage, chronic pain, PTSD, and significant cognitive impairment. We sued the general contractor, the crane operator, the rental company that supplied the crane and its operator, and various power companies. We hired three experts to show that the people we sued were responsible for the worker’s injuries—one to discuss crane operation, one to testify about worksite safety, and one to explain electrical power distribution. We hired three more to prove the monetary value of the worker’s injuries—a life care planner, a vocational expert, and an economist—plus seven medical experts. Over 20 depositions (sworn interviews of witnesses by the attorneys involved in the case) were taken, and multiple written motions were filed. After several attempts at mediation, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
- In another case, a worker was told that a large industrial machine had been turned off. He climbed into the machine to make modifications to it. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the machine started running. The worker’s body was crushed below the navel, and that entire portion of his body had to be amputated. We hired three experts to evaluate his monetary loss—a life care planner, a vocational expert, and an economist. His expected lifetime care and income loss were substantial. We sued the machine’s owner-operator, its manufacturer, the manufacturer of a component safety switch, the company that had assembled the machine, and the company that had wired and powered the machine. After multiple depositions, exchanges of written information, and written motions, the parties reached a confidential global settlement.
Our client’s family member was killed in a motorcycle accident when a car turned left in front of him. We filed a wrongful death suit. The issues in the case included how fast the motorcyclist was traveling before the accident, whether he was impaired, whether he was at fault to any extent, and whether he experienced conscious pain and suffering before death. We took the depositions of the EMS responders, the investigating officers, accident witnesses, the coroner, the emergency room doctor, the car’s driver, and an accident reconstruction expert we hired. Immediately before trial, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
Legal Malpractice/ Insurance Bad Faith
Our client loaned his truck to his handyman to drive home and back to work. The handyman took the truck and got drunk. He rear-ended a stopped car at high speed, killing a passenger. The handyman and our client were sued. The handyman had no money or insurance of his own. In Ohio, if two people are responsible for the same accident, the one whose share of responsibility was less than the other’s can assert the defense of “apportionment.” Apportionment requires that each be responsible for no more than his share of any jury award to the injured victim. Without apportionment, the victim can collect the full amount from either person. Our client’s only fault was lending his truck to the handyman, while the handyman actually caused the accident and the passenger’s death.
Our client’s insurer had to provide a defense lawyer for him. That lawyer did not settle the case or request apportionment. The jury’s verdict was against our client and the handyman. The verdict was substantially more than our client’s insurance coverage limit. Because there was no apportionment, the victim’s estate collected the balance from our client, taking his assets and foreclosing on his real estate.
We sued the insurance defense lawyer for malpractice. After extensive litigation, a confidential settlement before trial. We then sued the insurance company for bad faith in handling our client’s insurance claim—making no effort to settle and delaying resolution of the deceased victim’s estate’s claim. We reached a confidential settlement in mediation prior to trial.
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We Believe in Giving Back to Our Community
Every year, Slater & Zurz holds a scholarship competition open to Ohio high school seniors planning to attend an Ohio college or university. We ask entrants to demonstrate their abilities by addressing a timely topic using different media. In February, 2020, we offered a $5,000 scholarship, and asked each entrant to write an essay and produce a short video concerning either the electoral college or student participation in the electoral process. We focus on each student’s creativity and ability to communicate thoughtfully and effectively.
After experiencing a close call with an aggressive dog as a young boy, and after handling hundreds of clients’ cases involving dog attacks, Jim Slater has made teaching children how to avoid being bitten his personal mission. Slater & Zurz has produced a free children’s storybook and a short video for pre-teens explaining how to stay safe around dogs. Jim has personally visited local elementary schools to share safety tips with the children while treating them to pizza.
Hiring a First-Rate Law Firm May Not Cost You Anything
We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing up front—or ever—unless we achieve a favorable resolution for you. For other types of cases, we charge a flat fee or hourly fee. We’ll discuss that in detail during your free consultation.
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