About Craig McLaughlin

I’m an Ohio trial lawyer who represents people who were seriously injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, or defective products. 

If you have a legal problem and need a lawyer to help you, then it is important to know that hiring the right Ohio trial lawyer can literally be the difference between winning and losing your case.  Or it can be the difference between obtaining just an “ok” result and a result that provides you with full and fair compensation for your injuries or damages.  Therefore, the information set forth below concerning my experience, resources, and results is the type of information you should demand to know about any Ohio trial lawyer you are considering hiring to represent you for your case.


Experience

  • I have been representing people who were seriously injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, and defective products since 1997.

  • I have been the primary lawyer for an injured person in over 35 jury trials and also in numerous bench trials and arbitration hearings.

  • During my career, I have successfully resolved over 850 personal injury or medical malpractice cases for my clients.

  • I have earned the highest rating from lawyer rating services such as Martindale Hubbell and Avvo; have been recognized by other lawyers as an Ohio Super Lawyer each year since 2009; and am a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

  • Various lawyer groups and associations have asked me to speak to other lawyers about personal injury, insurance, and medical malpractice law at numerous legal seminars.

  • Cleveland 19 News, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Columbus Dispatch, and other news outlets have asked me to serve as a legal consultant or comment on some of my high profile cases.


Resources

I have worked as an attorney at the law firm of Elk & Elk since 2005.  Working at Elk & Elk gives me access to investigators, legal nurse consultants, and other tremendous resources to help me represent my clients. Personal injury and medical malpractice litigation can be very expensive.  Sometimes the costs run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, Elk & Elk is able to front these costs and is only reimbursed if my client wins.  This means if you hire me as your lawyer, we will have the financial resources necessary to go head to head against any opponent and we will not be outspent by the other side in the pursuit of your case. 


Results

Every case is different.  The value of your case depends on a variety of factors (e.g., liability, injuries, medical treatment, insurance coverage, etc.)  No lawyer can tell you what your case is worth during that first phone call or guarantee you a successful result.  If he or she does, then I suggest you hang up and call another lawyer!

I have won cases I thought I was going to lose and I have lost cases that I thought I was going to win.  You never really know what the 8 people that make up a jury will do after they hear the evidence at a trial.  However, I do think it is important for clients to know what type of track record the lawyer they are considering hiring has in obtaining successful results on similar cases, either by obtaining a verdict from a jury or by negotiating a settlement.  So while I can’t guarantee you that your case will have a similar result, here are some examples of cases I have handled during my career.

 $7.1 Million – Motor Vehicle Crash – Indiana

Recovery for an Ohio woman who was rear-ended by an SUV at a high rate of speed on an Indiana highway. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractures in her middle back, herniated discs in her lower back, multiple rib fractures, and other injuries in the collision that prevented her from continuing her career as an administrative assistant.

Confidential Settlement – Motor Vehicle Crash – Ohio

Recovery for a man who was seriously injured when a commercial truck went left of center and hit his pick-up truck in a head-on collision. He suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured hip, and other injuries that kept him from continuing his career as a welder.

$1.25 Million – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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 – Motor Vehicle Crash – Allen County, Ohio

Recovery for a woman involved in a multiple vehicle crash on an Ohio interstate. She suffered a lacerated liver, rib fractures, ankle fracture, bruised lung, abdominal compartment syndrome and other injuries in the collision.

$1.05 Million – Motor Vehicle Crash – Geauga County, Ohio

Recovery for a man who was hit in a head-on collision by a speeding commercial truck. He suffered multiple fractures of his legs, lacerations to his spleen and kidneys, and other injuries in the crash.

Confidential Settlement – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

Recovery for the family of a patient who suffered a brain injury and then died when the doctor failed to come to the hospital or order appropriate medication after being informed of the patient’s declining condition.

Confidential Settlement – Employer Intentional Tort – 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.

$875,000 Verdict – Medical Malpractice – Court of Claims – Ohio

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 failed to have a second experienced doctor present to assist her during this difficult delivery. A verdict on the issue of liability only was won in the Ohio Court of Claim and then the case was resolved at a settlement conference.

$800,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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.

Confidential Settlement – Motor Vehicle Crash – Ohio

Recovery for a female security guard who had her foot and ankle run over by a tractor-trailer driver during an inspection of the trailer. She was unable to work as a security guard again.

Confidential Settlement – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

Recovery for an elderly man who now has advanced stage kidney disease because his family doctor failed to review and respond to abnormal blood tests that had been ordered for many years. The client will now likely need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Confidential Settlement – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

Recovery for the family of a patient who died from a heart condition days after being negligently discharged from the hospital by a doctor who failed to run the appropriate tests.

Confidential Settlement – Premises Liability – Ohio

Recovery for a man who fell thru the tile floor in the bathroom of a hotel room. He suffered significant injuries to his leg and ankle that left him with permanent scars and other limitations.

$700,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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 disks in his lower back that required multiple surgeries and left him unable to return to work. The last offer from the insurance company before trial was $50,000.

$600,000 – Personal Injury – Trumbull County, Ohio

Recovery for a student at a private trade school who suffered a serious and permanent injury when a board kicked back into the student’s groin because the teacher had negligently removed a required guard from a table saw.

$575,000 – Personal Injury – 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.

$525,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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.

$525,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – Franklin County, Ohio

Recovery for the death of a 73 years old woman who was killed when her husband went left of center and crashed into another car. She died at the scene.

$500,000 – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

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 intestines during surgery then failed to detect the injury in a timely manner. The client died several months later due to complication from a sepsis infection.

$500,000 – Medical Malpractice – Lucas County, Ohio

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 a brain injury. He died one month later.

$500,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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 very bad laceration to her leg, and other injuries.

$475,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – Holmes County, Ohio

Recovery for a female senior citizen who was stopped and waiting to make a turn when she was hit from behind by a school bus. She suffered a fractured wrist, clavicle, multiple ribs, and other injuries in the crash.

Confidential Settlement – Personal Injury – Ohio

Recovery for a pipefitter whose foot was crushed when the operator negligently lowered outriggers on a mobile crane without warning.

$470,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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 – Motor Vehicle Crash – 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.

$425,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – Kentucky

Recovery for a young woman who was a passenger in a pick-up truck that rear-ended a slow-moving tractor on a dark country road that did not have appropriate lights and warning signs. She suffered a fractured nose, fractured wrist, fractured ankle, and other injuries.

$400,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – Kentucky

Recovery for a man who was injured when another car ran a red light and struck his car while he was clearing the intersection. He suffered closed head injury, a punctured lung, bruised lung, and other injuries.

$400,000 – Motor Vehicle Crash – Allen County, Ohio

Recovery for a female that was seriously injured when a commercial truck failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the car in which she was a passenger. She suffered a fractured nose, a fractured arm, fractured leg, multiple rib fractures, and other injuries.

$400,000 – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

Recovery for the family of an 82-year-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 a brain injury. She died two days later.

$350,000 – Medical Malpractice – 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.

$325,000 – Premises Liability – Knox County, Ohio

Recovery for an elderly female who tripped and fell going down steps to a business that did not comply with safety codes. She suffered a fractured skull, traumatic brain injury, fractured right wrist, and other injuries.

$300,000 – Dog Bite – Miami County, Ohio

Recovery for a young girl who was bitten on her face by a relative’s dog and suffered a torn tear duct.

Confidential – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

Recovery for the family of an elderly nursing home resident who was dropped and suffered a brain injury during a Hoyer lift transfer because the aide attempted transfer on her own instead of with two people as was required. The client died days after the fall.

$300,000 – Personal Injury – 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.

$275,000 – Medical Malpractice – Ohio

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. The client became very sick, needed multiple surgeries to fix the problem, and missed significant time from work.

$241,000 – Personal Injury – 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 – Dog Bite – Butler County, Ohio

Recovery for a toddler who was bitten on the cheek by a friend’s dog at a Fourth of July party.

 

HONORS & AwardS
 

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KIND WORDS FROM PAST CLIENTS AND OTHER LAWYERS

Craig is an excellent advocate, skilled in all phases of litigation. He also practices law with the utmost integrity and honesty.
— Chris - Lawyer
Craig McLaughlin is an outstanding lawyer. I have seen him in action many times. He is smart, always prepared, and truly cares about his clients. His clients are lucky to have him as their lawyer.”
— Marc - Lawyer
I am so thankful for everything that Craig did for me. He was very caring and compassionate for what I was feeling.
— Maude - Past Client
Thank you for all the consideration and patience shown me. You definitely will be my recommendation for anyone who has any legal problems.
— Mildred - Past Client
Everything was fantastic. Could not have done any better.
— Deborah - Past Client