Elk & Elk, Dubyak Nelson represent victims in claims against emergency air transport provider

In a life-threatening medical emergency, airborne ICUs save valuable time and dramatically improve treatment outcomes. Unfortunately, the relief following successful treatment is often met with shock and panic when the bill for the service arrives. Patients across the country have been hit with tens of thousands of dollars in charges for air ambulance services and bombarded with collection calls while they are still in recovery. This practice adds insult to injury and can cause patients great amounts of anxiety and stress during one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.  Continue reading “Elk & Elk, Dubyak Nelson represent victims in claims against emergency air transport provider”

Elk & Elk attorneys recognized on 2017 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars lists

Super Lawyers 2017The success of a law firm is measured by independent review, peer recognition and client satisfaction. The attorneys of Elk & Elk respect each of these perspectives, and are humbled by the continuous recognition as Super Lawyers by their peers.

Five Elk & Elk attorneys were recognized on the top 100 in Ohio list, and a total of 13 attorneys were named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The depth of talent within Elk & Elk has provided their clients with results totaling more than 1 billion dollars in recovery.

Communication, diligence and collaboration define Elk & Elk’s practice. It is the attorneys’ belief that clients deserve access to their lawyer when questions or needs arise. Elk & Elk ensures all clients’ questions are answered and works to guide them through the legal process with a thorough understanding of the legal remedies available.

Collaboration begins with the many resources Elk & Elk has available.  Every client has access to in-house nurses, paralegals, accountants, accident reconstructionists and support staff who work together to bring unique perspective and skills to each client’s case.

Through more than 35 years of serving clients, they have expanded their efforts into the community. With support from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Elk & Elk created “Get That Weak Stuff Out Of Here” to raise resources and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. In addition, the firm’s “Everything Earned” program awarded six high school athletic departments grants for their outstanding achievements in sports as well as in the classroom and community.

“When Art and I founded Elk & Elk 35 years ago, we had dreams of great success, like most business owners,” says David Elk. “Our firm continues to grow, and in the process those dreams continue to be exceeded. Not everyone here has the last name of Elk, but we are very much a family, and it is our privilege to help families in need throughout Ohio.”

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™.

Learn more about Elk & Elk Partner Jay Kelley.

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.

Read our interview with Elk & Elk Partner Marilena DiSilvio.

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.”

Everything Earned Athletic Award Program Recognizes Local Teams

Elk & Elk launched the Everything Earned Athletic Award Program last fall.  The program recognized high school teams throughout Northeast Ohio who excel in their sport and in the classroom, and display a passion for making a difference in the community. Teams were nominated by their school’s athletic director, and each month a winner was selected to receive $1,000 for their program courtesy of the firm.

2015-2016 Everything Earned Athletic Award Winners

Lutheran East Boys Basketball

As the first recipients of our Everything Earned Athletic Award, the Falcons set the bar for the program. The team’s impressive season, dedication to their studies and participation in Lutheran East’s annual Service Day exemplified the values we sought in our winners. The team contributed the $1,000 from the award to ongoing gymnasium renovations.

Max S. Hayes High Swimming

The Lakers took home this year’s Senate Athletic League title after an outstanding performance at the championship meet. The school’s valedictorian and several students enrolled in advanced placement courses compete on the team. Learn more about how these students go above and beyond in the pool, the classroom and the community.

James F. Rhodes Boys Cross Country

The Rams overcame the odds to earn their award. Despite the fact that only two members of the team had ever run a mile prior to joining the school’s cross country team, their hard work paid off with a Senate League Championship. While the team’s achievements were remarkable, a good deed they performed during the season caught our attention.

Willoughby South Girls Volleyball

When the Rebels discovered their coach’s 3-year-old great niece was battling cancer, the team organized a “Princess Night” fundraiser and brought their community together to raise $5,000 in honor of Bella’s Special Wish. In addition to the $1,000 award for the volleyball program, Elk & Elk made a $1,000 donation to A Special Wish Foundation in the team’s name.

Westlake Girls Soccer

The Westlake girls soccer team has competed in 11 of the past 13 district finals. The Lady Demons have been recognized 11 times as a 1st Team Scholastic All-American Team, and every player carries a GPA above 4.0. The team put the money from their award toward the purchase of soccer shelters for the upcoming season.

Euclid Football

The Euclid Panthers have showed no signs of slowing down since the conclusion of their 10-3 season and appearance in the OHSAA Division I playoffs. Twenty-five of the team’s seniors will continue their football careers at the collegiate level, and every player in the Class of 2016 is pursuing a college degree or entering the military.

Elk & Elk intends to expand the Everything Earned Athletic Award Program in coming years. Like Elk & Elk’s Facebook page or follow @elkandelk on Twitter for updates about the campaign.

“Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign Raises Over $40,000 for Cleveland Clinic Children’s

The end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ historic season also concluded the inaugural year of Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out Of Here!” Campaign. The program, which was launched in January, tied every shot blocked by the Cavs during the 2015-2016 season to a $100 donation to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Cavs legend Austin Carr, who is known to fans as “Mr. Cavalier,” served as the spokesperson. The campaign was inspired by his popular catch-phrase, “Get that weak stuff out of here!,” that he uses each time a shot is blocked by the team.

“Northeast Ohio is so fortunate to have Cleveland Clinic Children’s in our own backyard and we are grateful for the work that they do. We are also thankful for organizations like Elk & Elk for stepping up to help make a difference,” Carr commented in the campaign press release.blocking pediatric cancer with cleveland clinic

On Sunday, April 3, Elk & Elk Partner Jay Kelley presented a check for $28,900 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s for the campaign’s regular season contribution. The Cavs tallied an additional 117 blocks during the remainder of the season and playoffs, totaling 406 blocks and a $40,600 donation from Elk & Elk to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. LeBron James led the Cavs with 76 blocks this season, including a jaw-dropping block on Golden State’s Andre Iguodala during the championship game.

“Our goal was to find a platform to bring awareness to the scope of the challenges pediatric cancer creates for children and their families, while contributing to the Clinic’s efforts to fight the disease,” said Kelley of the campaign.

Funds raised by Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign will support pioneering pediatric cancer research with the hope of discovering new treatment options for young patients.

Despite the fact that pediatric cases account for less than one percent of all annual cancer diagnoses, the disease is the second leading cause of death in children. According to American Cancer Society, almost 10,400 children under 15 will be diagnosed and around 1,250 will lose their lives to the disease this year. Leukemia, neuroblastoma and brain and central nervous system tumors are the most common forms of pediatric cancers.

“We are deeply grateful for Elk & Elk and the Cavs’ commitment to helping our young cancer patients. This campaign will help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer but most importantly, put a smile on the faces of our patients,” said Cleveland Clinic Children’s in a statement about the program.

Want to join us in the fight against pediatric cancer? Make a donation by visiting the “Make A Gift” page on giving.ccf.org/childrens, and directing your gift to Children’s Cancer.

Pediatric cancer statistics courtesy of American Cancer Society.