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Ohio is still seeing too many speeders

Early in 2020, a number of businesses shuttered their doors, and those who were able to started working from home. The net effect was that the roads were empty in a way that people have seldom seen -- and a few drivers took advantage of the situation to put their pedals to the floor and see just how fast their vehicles can go. Traffic is largely back to normal. However, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) says that the speeding (along with other risky driving behaviors) hasn’t stopped. 100 or more miles per hour is becoming a common occurrence Columbus police officer Robert Barret was...

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Tips for patients: Avoiding ER mistakes

Going to the emergency room (ER) is scary. Not only are you having a medical crisis (which is frightening enough), you have to contend with the fact that the doctors you see aren’t going to be familiar with you or your medical history. Given that an estimated 250,000 people die every year in the United States due to medical mistakes, you need to take precautions. What can you do to protect yourself? If you have health problems, you’re actually in a better position to protect yourself from medical errors than someone who has a sudden health crisis. You can prepare in advance. Here’s what you...

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Could you be vulnerable to medication errors?

While you may understand why a consumer would make a mistake with prescription medications, you may have difficulty fathoming how a medical provider could do the same. It happens quite frequently, however, for a variety of reasons.  You should take time to learn more about how these mistakes occur to do your part to ensure that it doesn't affect you. Who makes medication errors and how? Medication errors can happen at various stages within the supply chain before it makes it to the patient, from the prescribing to compounding to the administration ones. Errors can happen at the hands of:...

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Blackout Wednesday and the holidays increase drunk driving

In the next several months, there will be a number of holidays that could influence traffic. Halloween, Blackout Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve are all approaching, which can make this time of year more dangerous for people driving for work, school or other activities. Among the most dangerous days of the year and one to be particularly aware of is Blackout Wednesday. Blackout Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving. It is a time when many people will be traveling and reaching their homes or families’ homes as they plan to see each other over...

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How much time do I have to file a car accident claim in Ohio?

Let’s face it, an auto accident can leave you physically and mentally devastated. Depending on the severity, a car accident can impact pretty much all aspects of your life. To resolve the financial and legal matters arising from an Ohio auto accident, it is important that you understand how car accident lawsuits work in the state.  It is not unusual to be overwhelmed and confused after a car accident. Besides gathering evidence, seeking medical help, calling the police and exchanging contacts with the other driver, it is important that you know how much time you have to file your claim...

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What’s an affidavit of merit in an Ohio medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice can lead to absolutely devastating personal injuries -- but they aren’t treated quite like other personal injury claims. Per the Ohio Revised Code, your medical malpractice claim can’t even begin until you obtain an “Affidavit of Merit” from a physician, specialist or another expert witness. Why do you need an Affidavit of Merit? Why do you have to jump through an extra hoop or two to file a medical malpractice claim?  Officially, this requirement helps weed out “frivolous” cases that don’t have any real merit and would otherwise clog up the court system.  In practice, it...

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Is an erroneous cancer diagnosis medical malpractice?

You don’t feel well, so you go to a doctor in Ohio. The diagnosis comes back grim – the physician you saw tells you that you have cancer. You are reeling from denial and fear. Your mind is racing from one scary possibility to another, such as surgery, chemotherapy and perhaps a reduced life span. You can’t even begin to imagine conveying this unsettling information to your family. That scenario happens all the time. But what if, for a variety of reasons, the diagnosis you received was not correct? According to the National Law Review, “a shocking number of Americans” are informed that they...

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2 serious injuries people can suffer after a slip-and-fall 

Of all the kinds of accidents you can suffer, a slip-and-fall may be the most misunderstood. People slipping and falling has long been a visual punch line in television and films, so a surprising number of people don't understand that slip-and-falls can result in severe, even life-altering injuries. Every year, millions of Americans slip on dirty or wet floors and fall. A portion of those people will suffer serious injuries. What are two of the more common serious injuries people can suffer if they slip and fall? Fractured or broken bones Broken bones or fractures are a risk any time someone...

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Negligent or inadequate security can lead to an injury

When people think about premises liability, they often envision someone slipping on a patch of water or falling down some stairs. While these are two examples of possible premises liability, they are not the only way preventable property injuries occur. Public locations such as hospitals, hotels and college campuses often have unforeseen security hazards that could injure residents of Mansfield, Ohio. Learning about these possible hazards may help you avoid an injury in dangerous situations. What are some examples of negligent security? When a premise has proper security measures in place,...

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A car accident could leave your child with life-long disabilities

As a parent, how often do you think about the safety of your child? Odds are that your answer is something along the lines of “all the time” or “constantly.” It’s natural to worry about your child’s safety and do everything you can to protect them. This is something you especially need to think about when you get in the car. Remember, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for most children and even young adults. Older adults face higher risks from things like cancer and heart disease, which are tied to age and take time to develop, but accidents are exceedingly problematic for...

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