Month: November 2018

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Malek & Malek Thanksgiving

Hello, Thanksgiving is coming up in two days. The extended Malek & Malek family will be convening at Doug’s house this year. I have seven brothers and sisters. I work with two of them, Jim and Doug. Sometimes our family gatherings can resemble the Griswolds from National Lampoon Family Vacation. You get an explosive mix of personalities and it can get interesting.

One of my favorite and more humorous memories is not from Thanksgiving, but rather I think we were celebrating my grandmother’s birthday. Anyways my mom, in her infinite wisdom, choose to celebrate this birthday at Buca De Beppo’s. If anyone has been to this restaurant its famous for “family style” meals, aka chaos. Basically instead of say 10-20 people ordering 10-20 individual meals, you order a few big entrees. The idea is everyone shares.

So we order chicken parmigiana, stuffed mushrooms, italian sausage, and spaghetti and meatballs. At this dinner are my two sisters and their kids who at the time were toddlers. So the food eventually gets to the table, everybody is clamoring to get their share of the food. It was getting testy, and my sister worried that her son would go hungry, yells “pass the f#&@()&# meatballs!” So we did, and he got his f*(^&^^&#) meatballs.

Drunksgiving Eve

Irregardless Thanksgiving at our house can be fun, and chaotic. But the reason I’m posting this is apparently the Thanksgiving Eve is so well known for drinking that it has earned the sobriquet Drunksgiving or Blackout Wednesday. I had never heard this before. But apparently people in returning back to their hometowns for Thanksgiving meet friends, and family the night before. They go out drinking. People are “saving” space in their tummies for turkey and mash potatoes, so they don’t eat that much. Sales of alcohol have been shown to increase by 23 percent.

With increased drinking comes increased drunk driving. More accidents, more hospital visits, etc. So  I guess maybe avoid driving on Drunksgiving? If you do and you get hit by a drunk driver on Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Eve and the accident involves more than a fender bender, please give us a call.  Malek & Malek will compassionately, and aggressively strive to get your medical bills paid, and the compensation you deserve for your car accident. Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to “pass the f*(*&#@&) turkey!”

Workers Comp: Seasonal Work

Work Injuries and Seasonal Jobs

I posted about seasonal jobs last year, but it bears repeating. This is the time of year that stores and various types of warehouse jobs hire temporary workers. People work overtime, six-seven days a week to make some extra holiday money, or just supplement their yearly income. Inevitably some temp workers get hurt.

When I was in at Purdue University I got a temp job at Cheryl’s Cookies in Westerville, Ohio during our Christmas break. I would pack various gift boxes with cookies. It wasn’t a particularly hard job. We got free cookies. A funny thing happened working there. We had to sign a little card indicating who had made the gift box.

Some temp worker had signed the card as “this package was made by Inmate #45921.” I didn’t do it, but come on its kinda funny. Anyways I recall whomever did it got fired; I do not condone things that will get you fired.

Temp Employee, Injured, You May Have a Claim

The likelihood of me being injured at Cheryl’s Cookies was very low. But had I gotten injured I would have a worker’s comp claim. Even though I was only a temp worker and the job would have ended in less than a month.

So please, let no one get injured at their temp job, but if you do, remember you can file a claim. It doesn’t matter if you worked only one hour or three weeks.

Doug, Ben, and I have taken many hearings involving injured temp workers. If you’re injured come to Malek & Malek for compassionate, aggressive legal representation for your work injury. We’ve been in business since 1972 protecting the injured and their families in Ohio.

Dog Bite: Who Pays

Malek & Malek aggressively represents people who have been bitten by a dog. Anecdotally a great deal of the most seriously injured happen to be children. These dog bites can leave not only physical scars but mental scars that last long after the injury has healed.

A common refrain we will hear from dog owners is that a child antagonized the dog causing the dog bite. Under Ohio law children are essentially not responsible for their negligent acts. So bottomline is that if you have a dog, and this dog is around children a dog bite can occur.

Who pays? The home owner will pay. If you rent an apartment, the landlord will pay. What will happen to the dog? It can be put down.

Are some dogs more prone to bite than others? There are certainly some dog breeds that have a greater reputation for violence. However even “friendly” dog breeds are capable of committing a dog bite. As a kid growing up our family had three golden retrievers: Major, Raider and our last golden, Bailey. Bailey was super friendly, you could take his food bowl and he would not growl. However if he smelled a bone in someone’s garbage he would become a demon dog. Could he have bit me at these times, absolutely.

With 4.7 million dog bites occurring each year. If you have a dog, please take care around children. You might also look into supplemental dog insurance.