Elk & Elk attorneys help hunger center provide 17,000 meals for Thanksgiving

Hunger is a problem 365 days a year, not just during the holidays. That’s why Elk & Elk partners each Thanksgiving with Cleveland sports radio personality Mark “Munch” Bishop to help stock the pantry at the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Tremont.

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, for the eighth consecutive year, Cleveland attorneys Art and Dave Elk and the rest of the staff of Elk & Elk loaded up a trailer with food and pitched in to help collect donations during the 23rd annual food drive.

“I am so thankful for the support of Dave and Art and everyone at Elk & Elk,” said Sister Corita Ambro, who has been the hunger center director for 42 years. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

This year, besides donating 400 turkeys to the hunger center to be used throughout the year and next Thanksgiving, Elk & Elk also made a matching donation for the first $12,000 in cash donations given to the hunger center.

“It’s a pleasure for us to help out at the hunger center,” said Elk & Elk senior Partner Dave Elk. “This is a very difficult time for them. But the wonderful people here do such a great job. It’s our honor to work with them.”

Throughout the day of the food drive, area residents pulled up in their vehicles and donated turkeys and other food products, doing their part to help keep the center running for the next year. An anonymous donor gave the center 35,000 pounds of meat, which the center will use to make their meals go even further.

“It was more than a success,” said Sister Corita, referring to the food drive. “Before the drive, our shelves were empty. Now, our shelves are filled to overflowing.”

On Thanksgiving Day, the hunger center used the donations to serve more than 17,000 meals at St. Augustine and at 16 other shelters and centers across the Cleveland Area.

T.J. Ward and Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns pitched in to help with the food drive for the second year, giving the food drive a boost with their star power and boosting the morale of the center’s volunteers.

“We’re blessed to be in the situation that we’re in … and God has put us in this situation for a reason and we just have to give back anyway we can,” Ward said.

“My hope is that their generosity, which has been wonderful, will be an example to other people to follow what these men have done,” Sister Corita said.

The Thanksgiving food drive is St. Augustine’s biggest event of the year for the Hunger Center. However, donations and community service are accepted and needed all year long. In addition to providing meals, the hunger center serves many other needs of the poor, including clothing, emergency funding for rent and utilities, furniture and appliances.

“We think about them during the holidays but anytime throughout the entire season that you can help, please do,” Bishop said.

To learn more about how you can help the St. Augustine Hunger Center fulfill its mission to feed Cleveland’s hungry 365 days a year, visit www.staugustine-west14.org or call the parish at 216-781-5530 and ask for Sister Corita.

The parish and Hunger Center are located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood at 2486 W. 14th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.

Click here to see a video about how you can help all year long.

Save money with the Elk & Elk Rx Discount Card program

By Arthur Elk

Prescription drug costs are a major concern for most American families. Nearly half of all American adults take at least one prescription drug on a regular basis, and the costs of prescription drugs continue to skyrocket. Too many Americans are faced with the choice of paying for their medications or paying their rent.

At Elk & Elk, we believe in being good community partners and we are always looking for ways that we can make a difference in our community. That’s why we now offer a free discount drug card.

Our Rx Discount Card program helps you save money on expensive medications and can be used at most major pharmacies. It doesn’t matter if you already have insurance or have no health insurance at all. The Elk & Elk Rx Discount Card may be able to help you save money.

We know that too often, trying to find your way through confusing insurance forms and medical information can be a difficult chore. That’s why we made sure that signing up for and using your Elk & Elk Rx discount card couldn’t be easier.

You can start saving money as soon as you sign up for the card on ElkandElkRXCard.com. Just print out your card and take it to your pharmacy the next time you fill a prescription. Your card is already activated so you and your family can use it immediately.

You can use the Pharmacy Locator on the web site to make sure that your pharmacy accepts the card. If it does not, you can quickly and easily find another pharmacy near you that does accept the card using our Pharmacy Locator. The card is accepted at more than 60,000 major pharmacies across the country, including Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Duanereade and Target.

When you pick up your next prescription, give the Elk & Elk Rx Discount Card to your pharmacist, and the pharmacy will do the rest, applying whatever discounts apply. If you are already covered by private insurance, you can compare rates to find out which coverage is best for you. With savings of up to 75 percent for most prescription medications, card users average $150 in annual savings. Also, it is important to remember that there are no claim forms, deductibles, carve-outs, or limitations due to pre-existing conditions. All of which saves you time and headaches.

Our web site also offers you detailed information about your medications, including the company who produces it, what it can treat and any warnings or instructions related to its usage. We want you to understand the medications you are taking and how they work.

Don’t wait another minute. Please check out ElkandElkRXCard.com now and find out how you can start saving money. No one should be forced to choose between buying essential medications and paying a bill.

Be safe on the roads this holiday season – Don’t drink and drive

By Arthur Elk

Last week, most of us celebrated Thanksgiving with our family and friends. Many of you probably started your Christmas shopping on Black Friday. As December approaches, we are in the full swing of the holiday season, with Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner.

The holidays are a festive time, full of family fun, parties and presents. They are a time for making special memories that will last a lifetime.

Some of you may be planning to attend office holiday parties. Or maybe you’re planning on getting together with some friends on New Year’s Eve. It’s likely you may drink some alcohol at any holiday function you attend. If you do, there are a few things you need to think about before you get behind the wheel.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Every day in the United States, 30 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents that involve an impaired driver. In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol impaired accidents.

Drunk driving can change your life and countless other lives. In an instant, one bad choice can cause a tragedy that you will regret for the rest of your life. Don’t let yourself become just another statistic … just another tragic story.

What can you do to stay safe on the roads this holiday season?

  • Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
  • If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
  • If you are the designated sober driver, be sure to keep your attention on the road. Don’t let yourself be distracted by your phone or other people in the car. Stay focused on your driving.

Make smart choices this holiday season. All of us at Elk & Elk wish you a safe and fun holiday season.

Thanksgiving travel expected to increase

rush_hourThis week, most of us will be taking some time off of work, getting together with our families to enjoy some turkey and stuffing and remembering all that we have to be thankful for. As you celebrate Thanksgiving, be sure to pay extra attention as you travel.

More than 43.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday through Sunday), according to estimates from AAA. If those numbers hold up, this will be the fourth consecutive year of increased Thanksgiving travel for Americans.

Of those 43.6 million Americans, 90 percent will be traveling by car, a 0.6 percent increase from 2011. Many will be traveling shorter distances than last year, likely in part due to higher gas prices. But in some good news, travelers should see some relief at the pump as the average price of gas has been dropping for the past few months. The national average dropped by nearly 40 cents a gallon since early October and is likely to continue dropping through the end of the year. As of Monday, in Cleveland, the average price of gas is around $3.43.

If you are one of the more than 3 million Americans traveling by plane during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Transportation Security Administration has a few tips to help you speed up your trip through the airport security process.

  • Call TSA Cares with medical issues: Travelers with disabilities and medical conditions should contact the TSA Cares helpline (855-787-2227) before their travel dates to see if they need to take any extra steps or if they qualify for extra assistance to clear security.
  • Don’t wrap presents: A TSA officer may have to unwrap gifts to inspect the contents.
  • Ship desserts in advance: While cakes and pies are permitted on airplanes, your creation may require further inspection and may not necessarily be permitted to board. Consider baking once you get to Grandma’s house.
  • Follow the 3-1-1 rule: Most liquids can be carried in bottles that hold 3 ounces or less, once placed in a quart-sized, clear, plastic, zipped bag to hold all of your small bottles. There’s a limit of one bag per passenger.
  • That liquid rule includes snow globes: You can bring small snow globes as carry-on luggage as long as they are less than 3.4 ounces and packed in your 3-1-1 bag. If you’re not sure, leave the globe at home or ship it. Otherwise, it may get seized.

If you are planning on traveling this week, the personal injury lawyers of Elk & Elk urge you to use caution so your trip and your holiday are something you and your family can be thankful for. As always, pay attention to the road and not your cell phone, wear your seat belt and drive defensively, not aggressively.

Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving holiday.


Women continue to report Mirena issues

It’s been more than three years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Bayer about its deceptive advertising  practices relating to the intrauterine device known as Mirena.

Millions of women worldwide continue to use the product as birth control, and now, many are taking to the Internet to share their stories of problems related to use of the device.

A quick search online for “Mirena side effects, ” “Mirena issues” or “Mirena complications” will reveal  dozens of sites with women who either are using Mirena or who have used the IUD and now wish they had chosen a different form of birth control.

Many women report abdominal pain, extremely heavy menstrual flow, infections and mood swings. In more serious cases, the device has become dislodged and caused uterine perforation. Thousands of women have had Mirena removed because the side effects or complications were too difficult to endure.

Mirena’s marketing targeted “busy moms,” suggesting that the product would increase the level of intimacy, romance and emotional satisfaction for women. This in spite of clinical trials that reported at least 5 percent of women experienced decreased libido after use.  The marketing also suggested Mirena would help women “look and feel great,” despite known side effects including weight gain, acne, breast pain and tenderness.

The personal injury lawyers of Elk & Elk have nearly 50 years of experience battling big businesses who put the bottom line before the health and safety of their customers – businesses like Bayer, that continues to profit from Mirena despite the risk to millions of women’s well-being.  Making false and misleading ads and failing to inform patients of the risk of product migration and uterus perforation has endangered the health of every woman using the device.

If you have been injured or suffered complications while using Mirena, please contact us today. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out or free online consultation form.

To find out more about Mirena and what the Ohio Mirena lawyers of Elk & Elk can do to help you, click here.