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Akron Personal Injury Law Blog

Ohio negligence law: How does it work?

Most civil lawsuits, including personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, are based on negligence laws, and those laws are left up to states to decide. In general, to hold a person responsible for negligence that caused injury or death, a number of things have to be proven.

First, you have to prove that the person whose negligence injured you owed you a duty of care. For example, a driver has a duty not to drive recklessly and thereby put your safety at risk. If you are injured by a reckless driver, then that driver breached his or her duty of care.

After a truck accident, it is crucial to notify all potentially liable parties

In dealing with the physical and emotional strain caused by a collision with a large truck, individuals and families are often overwhelmed by the prospect of pursuing compensation for medical bills and other expenses. You cannot be certain the insurance companies will provide the full measure of coverage you need, so it is important to know exactly who can be held responsible for a truck accident and how to notify those parties of your intention to seek compensation.

When it comes to responsibility for a victim's injuries, the trucking industry is exceedingly complex. The parties to these accidents go to great lengths to buffer themselves from liability. Still, it is important that all potentially liable parties are notified of your injuries in a timely manner.

Police: Reckless driving led to bus-truck crash that took student's life

When a loved one dies because of another party's negligent or reckless actions, the family of the deceased has the right to hold the responsible party accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit, regardless of the outcome of any criminal trial that follows the death. Wrongful death claims are civil actions that allow grieving families to pursue the full measure of legal justice.

Questions of justice have arisen after the sudden death of a college student in downtown Columbus. According to witnesses, a speeding pickup truck with a flat tire crashed into a school bus just as the college student, who was an engineering intern, was crossing the street. She and a city engineer were struck. The engineer suffered critical injuries, and the young woman died at the scene. 

Dangerous driving behaviors

As we age, we sometimes gain perspective and perhaps even wisdom. We often gain an appreciation for the value of life that we sometimes took for granted in the carefree days of youth.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that a significant percentage of our nation’s young people regularly engage in risky behavior while they’re behind the wheel or with friends who are driving; risky behavior that far too often results in car accidents and serious injuries.

Victim of medical negligence? You are not alone

Patients have a reasonable expectation that the doctors and nurses who treat them have already met high educational standards, will stay abreast of changes in the medical field, and ensure that patient safety is the top priority. Too often, however, that expectation is not met, and patients suffer serious injury because of medical negligence.

In Ohio, there are specific rules that place a significant burden on patients seeking to hold a negligent doctor to account. For example, before a patient can bring a medical malpractice claim, the patient must get an affidavit from another doctor saying that medical malpractice likely occurred. Ohio law also limits the amount of damages a medical malpractice plaintiff can recover, so it is important to have an experienced lawyer assess your case and work to maximize the amount you receive.

Paralyzed patient able to walk again after breakthrough surgery

A new surgical procedure may offer patients with spinal cord injuries a ray of hope. British researchers have discovered that taking regenerative cells from a patient's nasal cavity and implanting them above and below the damaged site in the spinal cord can promote nerve cell grown and reconnect severed nerve endings.

The surgery was performed on a Polish man whose spinal column was severed in a knife attack. He was unable to walk prior to the procedure, but now he has regained muscle control and sensation in his legs. With the help of a walking frame, the man can walk again.

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