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 not there to brag, but it's there because this is the type of information you should demand to know about any Ohio trial lawyer that you are considering hiring to represent you for your case.
- 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 700 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.
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.
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.
$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 – 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 – 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.
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.
$875,000 - Verdict - 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 negligently 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 - 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 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.
$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.
$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 - 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 intestines during surgery then failed to detect the injury in a timely manner. The client died several months later due to complication from sepsis infection.
$500,000 – 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 - 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.
Confidential Settlement – Ohio
Recovery for a pipefitter whose foot was crushed when the operator negligently lowered outriggers on a mobile crane without warning.
$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, bruised lung and other injuries.
$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 a brain injury. 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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
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.
$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.
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.