As one of Northeast Ohio’s most successful personal-injury law firms, Kisling, Nestico & Redick has proven itself a formidable advocate for those who have been seriously injured in accidents through no fault of their own. KNR can make these often-dismal situations better through allowing injured clients a little more financial security. But making things financially easier doesn’t negate the central fact of most cases that KNR handles: Serious personal injuries are often life-changing, catastrophic events. And its clients would have been immeasurably better off if these tragic circumstances never occurred in the first place.
KNR work cures financial ills, but prevention of physical and mental harm is its higher aim
Negligence, error and failure to accept responsibility are elements of human nature. So, a firm like Kisling, Nestico & Redick will always have a reason to exist. However, among the 35+ lawyers and more than 100+ support staff that work at KNR, almost all will tell you that they would instantly trade in a little extra income in order to stanch the parade of heartbreaking client stories that walk through their doors every day.
The simple fact is that, like police or emergency medical workers, dealing with all of the worst outcomes that society produces can have a profound impact on people’s psyches. After repeatedly witnessing gross negligence, preventable error, and greed, most of the firm’s staff has developed a deep-rooted ethos of doing everything they can to prevent the very outcomes upon which their business is focused.
The birth of KNR Cares About Kids and other hunger and injury-prevention campaigns
Since its inception in 2005, Kisling, Nestico & Redick has always been deeply interested in helping not just to remediate suffering but also to prevent it. The firm has long engaged in acts of local charity throughout Ohio. Recently, the firm has decided to step things up a notch, directly donating and raising tens of thousands of dollars to help the area’s local kids.
KNR raised more than $30,000 for a food bank through participating in the Polar Bear Jump
In February of 2019, various top KNR staff drove to Portage Lakes State Park and dove into the frigid waters as participants in the 2019 Annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump. The law firm had participated the year before in the charity event, raising $26,000. This year, they sought to beat their previous record donation. They were able to achieve and surpass their goal, raising more than $30,000.
With more than $56,000 raised inside of two years from this single event, Kisling, Nestico & Redick has given a dramatic boost to the funding of the charity event’s primary recipient: the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
According to the Foodbank’s own research, one in five children throughout the Akron metropolitan area are food insecure, meaning that they are at high risk of malnourishment or going hungry. At the same time, the Foodbank found that one in seven residents within its area of operation will actually face hunger in any given year. The Foodbank’s goal is the reduction of that last figure to zero, ensuring that no single resident within the Akron area ever faces genuine hunger, especially the area’s children.
Through careful sourcing and its work with national charities, NGOs and government agencies, the Foodbank has been able to reduce its average cost of a meal down to just 25 cents. This means that KNR’s contribution to the Polar Bear Jump in the last two years alone is enough for the provision of 224,000 meals, enough to single-handedly mark a significant contribution to ending hunger within the greater Akron region.
For Kisling, Nestico & Redick, charity starts at home
The Polar Bear Jump is just one of many charitable causes that KNR has undertaken since the start of its KNR Cares About Kids campaign, all with the theme of helping local kids in particular and Akron residents in general.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick has a solid understanding of the old maxim that charity starts at home. At the national level, donating $56,000 might go mostly to paying the salaries of an organization’s executives. But with local, all-volunteer organizations like the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, that same $56,000 can help end the terrifying curse of hunger for tens of thousands of the firm’s neighbors.
Taking the fight against childhood hunger to the street
KNR’s vision of tackling community issues head on, rather than relying on making anonymous donations to national or global charities, is in further evidence in its recent efforts to directly supply needy kids with healthy food during vulnerable times.
The firm donated more than $1,200 worth of food to Greenbriar Middle School in Parma Heights. Filling more than 60 bags with essential foods such as bread, fresh fruit, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, the bags were tactfully distributed to kids that were deemed to be at risk of serious food insecurity over the period of spring break.
The Greenbriar principal, Jill Schissler, said that the food donations far exceeded her expectations, with each bag providing roughly enough food for an entire family to eat well for a week. For his part, KNR Managing Partner Rob Nestico revealed that the school was chosen specifically for the high number of vulnerable kids and the real difference that having sufficient food can make in kids being able to simply enjoy their spring break rather than stressing out over where their next meal will come from.
With more than 50 percent of its students receiving free or reduced-price lunches, Greenbriar Middle School was brought to the attention of Nestico as an ideal place to donate needed food items. Because so many of the school’s students are food insecure, there was already a program in place where teachers discreetly administered a food pantry. Kids that needed extra food could contact certain teachers and have that food given to them in a way so as to not draw unnecessary attention to their vulnerable circumstances. The 60 bags of fresh and non-perishable food that were donated by Kisling, Nestico & Redick were delivered through this same pre-established mechanism. It would be difficult to think of a more effective charitable intervention than directly apportioning food to those most in need.
Nestico observed that hunger doesn’t take a spring break. Through this initiative as well as many others, KNR is proving that it, too, takes no breaks when it comes to fighting some of Northeast Ohio’s most pressing community concerns.
However, Kisling, Nestico & Redick has not just restricted their charitable activities to the local prevention of hunger. The law firm is also directly tackling a major cause of some of the worst suffering that its staff members and clients grapple with on a daily basis. KNR is seeking to dramatically reduce the incidence of distracted-driving injuries throughout Northeast Ohio.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick battles texting while driving, saving lives in the process
Statistically, nearly half of all distracted-driving accidents are caused by people who are texting on their cell phones while driving. As professionals whose life work is dealing with the consequences of often-horrific car accidents, KNR has over a decade of experience dealing with the aftermath of distracted driving. And it’s made enough of a lasting impression on the firm’s staff that they have collectively taken up the cause to eliminate texting as a major cause of local accidents.
Distracted driving: a serious and growing threat to everyone on the road
Way back in 2009, Car and Driver conducted an experiment in which two of its drivers had their performance behind the wheel tested, first while distracted from texting on a cellphone and then while intoxicated. What they found would probably not surprise anyone who works with car-crash victims. But the findings continue to shed light on the severity of a problem that many still don’t recognize as being a tremendous threat to public safety.
In the test, the two drivers each had their reaction times tested using a light on the windshield that was meant to simulate the break lights of a lead vehicle. Their reaction times were tested while reading a text, composing a text and while having a blood-alcohol content of greater than the Michigan legal threshold of .08 percent.
Astonishingly, the effect of reading a text on total braking distance at 70 mph was approximately 10 times worse than being acutely intoxicated. The effect of composing a text message while driving was 20 times worse than being flat-out sauced. While this wasn’t a robust scientific experiment, with double blind treatments and rigorous statistical controls, its results dovetail with what actual scientific findings have revealed for more than two decades. The proof is irrefutable that texting while driving is an extremely dangerous activity.
Perhaps even more damning, the auto-accident fatality rate in the United States has arguably not significantly improved since about the year 2000. Yet, the improvements in automotive safety since that time have been massive, with systems like multi-point airbags, traction control and anti-lock brakes becoming mandatory. Equipment failure rates, especially involving steering and braking systems, have continued to trend sharply lower. And in recent years, active safety systems, such as lane-departure warnings, automatic emergency braking and automated cruise control, have added dramatically to highway safety.
But despite these huge safety gains, some recent years have actually seen accident fatality rates increase. The most plausible explanation for this, say many experts, is drivers being increasingly distracted by the technologies at their disposal, particularly cell phones. It would be nice to think that all of the recent laws that have been passed against texting while driving as well as the public awareness campaigns that have been launched to combat it are having an effect. But all of the evidence points to this grave problem getting even worse.
KNR’s Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship fights the scourge of distracted driving among those most likely affected
In the mid-2010’s, Kisling, Nestico & Redick decided to put its money where its mouth is in the fight against texting while driving. Studies have shown that 25 percent of all traffic fatalities are caused directly by texting while driving. Among those who are both the cause and victims of these incidents, young Americans are vastly overrepresented.
So it was that KNR sought to engage young people in the fight against this terrible claimant to so many innocent lives. The firm’s Don’t Text and Drive scholarship program for the year 2019-2020 school year was recently completed. Applicants for the scholarship were required to complete a brief biography and then create a public service announcement that Kisling, Nestico & Redick may use in future advertising materials.
Winning out over more than 400 applicants, 18-year-old Elianna Norin of Hudson was awarded with the $5,000 scholarship for her efforts at persuading her peers of the extreme dangers inherent in texting while behind the wheel.
Norin’s concept involved a car full of happy-go-lucky teenagers driving briskly down the road. Suddenly, the driver decides to don a blindfold, causing the car to begin erratically swerving between lanes and alternately veering dangerously between both shoulder and oncoming traffic. The camera pans to the panic-stricken faces of the car’s horrified passengers as they scream, pleading with the driver to remove the blindfold. But as the camera pans back towards the driver, the viewer discovers that his blindfold is no longer on. Instead, he has been texting on his phone the entire time.
Norin is planning on using her $5,000 scholarship to pay for her tuition at Savannah College of Art and Design. She plans on becoming a freelance creative or working for a major animation studio.
As to the ongoing scholarship program, which has awarded tens of thousands of dollars to date, KNR senior partner Josh Angelotta reaffirmed his practice’s dedication to not only helping the victims of distracted-driving accidents but also preventing more people from becoming victims in the first place.
Given the enormous success of the scholarship, the law firm has stated that it plans on continuing the scholarship program indefinitely and may add new scholarships in the future that address other serious public health concerns, especially those that have so heavily contributed to the plight of many of the firm’s valued clients.
KNR knows the reality that not every accident can or will be prevented
No matter how hard we try to better ourselves and our communities, human nature ensures that serious accidents and the damage that ensues will always be a part of life. While it does everything it can to better the communities in which it operates through improving safety and relieving need, KNR knows better than anyone that once an accident happens you need top legal representation. Anything less is gambling with your future.
With hundreds of years of collective personal injury experience and more than half of its lawyers and support staff having direct insurance-industry employment experience, Kisling, Nestico & Redick knows well the gambits that insurance companies will run to minimize or avoid paying claims. Only an experienced, professional legal team can maximize your chances of receiving the settlement that you deserve. There is no more-experienced or skilled personal injury law firm throughout Northwest Ohio than KNR.
If you’ve been injured, call KNR
The hours and days after an injury-causing auto accident occur are the most crucial that you may ever live through. All too often, dazed and traumatized accident victims are hastily encouraged to sign settlement agreements by unscrupulous and aggressive insurance companies. At the same time, laypeople frequently act in ways in the aftermath of accidents that produce serious roadblocks to getting the settlements to which they are rightfully entitled.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick strongly urges people who have been injured in an auto accident to remember the following in the immediate aftermath:
- Immediately call KNR or another law firm that you know has a record of getting top results for thousands of clients.
- Never leave the scene before first responders have arrived. Doing so may all but eliminate any possibility of later filing a successful claim.
- Never refuse treatment from first responders. This includes allowing yourself to be transported to a hospital for further evaluation if that is what medical personnel on scene are recommending. This helps to create a trail of records, and any additional documentation of injuries, especially as evaluated by disinterested and qualified third parties, will be a huge benefit to making later injury claims.
- Take pictures of all damage done to your person and vehicle.
- Always file a police report if appropriate. Remember that anything you do that adds to the official record of what transpired will boost you and your legal team’s chances of prevailing in court.
KNR has a tough reputation for a reason
Kisling, Nestico & Redick unofficial motto is that its attorneys don’t claim to be trial lawyers, they are trial lawyers. When it comes to personal injury law, a great many law firms have established themselves as being adept at reaching out-of-court settlements. Many of these firms will avoid an actual trial at all costs due to the inherent risk to the firm itself. Because most personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, law firms that go to trial and lose may face hundreds or thousands of billable hours that they view as effectively wasted.
KNR has taken a different approach. With the firm’s large size, expert lawyers and highly competent legal teams, it views going to trial in personal injury cases, should it come to that, as a necessary step in the fight for justice on behalf of its clients.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick track record of prevailing at trial is not just a powerful tool in itself; it also sends an unmistakable signal to insurers and others that KNR will go all the way, providing a strong incentive for a settlement that is amenable to the client.
For more information about Kisling, Nestico & Redick its charitable activities and its world-class advocacy for victims of personal injury, please visit the firm’s website – https://www.knrlegal.com/about-us/