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Akron Personal Injury Law Blog

Injuries from medical negligence a serious risk in Ohio

Injurious medical errors happen more than you might expect, and the consequences can be devastating. In fact, the Office of the Inspector General has estimated that the federal government spends more than $4 billion annually to address medical errors in treatment covered by Medicare. It has also been estimated that hospitals report less than 1 percent of adverse medical events, which are defined as harmful events caused by medical care.

A report from a local news station highlights the risks patients may face when they go in for medical treatment. One woman, who has a lawsuit currently pending in Mahoning County, went to a hospital for a routine hysterectomy procedure. When she woke up after the surgery, she was in excruciating pain.

Distracted driving accidents are utterly preventable

Missouri law bans texting while driving -- but only for novice drivers (those under age 21). This relatively lax ban is put in perspective when we consider most of Missouri's neighboring states. Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa all ban texting while driving for all drivers, regardless of age.

While distracted driving can take many forms -- for example, eating, grooming, talking to passengers, changing CDs -- texting while behind the wheel is particularly alarming because it requires the driver's attention on multiple levels: manual, visual and cognitive. You need all of these faculties to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Common causes of serious truck accidents

Whether we like it or not (and most of us don't like it), we are asked to share roads and highways with large trucks. At best, these giant vehicles make it difficult to see other cars on the road and difficult to maneuver through traffic. At worst, semi-trucks can cause or contribute to serious and fatal accidents.

Because semi-trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times more than standard passenger vehicles, one does not need to be a physicist to understand that the truck is going to inflict more damage than it absorbs. Truck accidents are often fatal for occupants of smaller vehicles, even when the truck drivers can walk away without a scratch.

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.

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