Mansfield Personal Injury Blog

When can a driver be liable for car accident damages?

When a car accident victim has suffered harm in an unexpected car accident, they may be aware that legal protections are available to help. They may also, however, wonder how a personal injury claim for damages works and in what circumstances they may be able to receive compensation for damages.

It is important for car accident victims to have answers to these questions. When a victim is injured in a motor vehicle accident, they may have legal remedies available to help them recover compensation for damages. Car accidents account for the majority of personal injury claims and greater than 5.5 million car accidents were reported during 2012. Personal injury claims for damages can help car accident victims recover compensation for the damages they have suffered from the driver responsible for causing their accident.

Who can I bring a claim for medical malpractice against?

In general, a claim for medical malpractice can be brought against a party that provides negligent treatment or care to the victim. Victims and their families may wonder, however, who exactly this refers to and should ensure they have answers to these questions if they have been harmed by medical malpractice.

The answer is that medical malpractice claims can be brought against a variety of medical care providers including hospitals, doctors, nurses, other medical care professionals and even pharmaceutical companies in some instances. Whenever a medical care professional has provided medical care that falls below the standard of care, they may be liable for medical malpractice and to compensate victims for the damages they have suffered. The standard of care is determined by the care provided by other reasonably prudent health care providers in the area.

Ford announces major recall of pickups for fire hazard

Consumers have the right to expect that they can safely use and operate the products they purchase, including vehicles. Car manufacturer Ford recently announced a recall of 874,082 F-150 pickup trucks due to fire concerns. A faulty engine block heater cable is to blame. The auto manufacturer is aware of three fires that have resulted from the defect. Corrosion of the cable can cause damage over time, leading to fire.

The concern is particularly bad in colder weather climates that require the engine block to be plugged in externally using the cable to help keep the engine block warm during the cold winter months. Ford is repairing the defect, however, concerns about timing and the ability to access timely repairs have been expressed. There are a variety of protections available to help ensure the safety of the public and consumers.

Protections for victims of distracted drivers

Distracted driving, including texting while driving, is an increasing danger on roadways throughout the country. During 2015, there were nearly 391,000 Americans injured in a car accident that involved a distracted driver. Legal options protect victims of distracted drivers.

Because of how serious distracted driving accidents are, it is essential for victims of distracted driving-related car accidents to be familiar with the legal options and remedies available to them. A distracted driving car accident can turn the lives of victims and their families upside down. Victims may need medical care and ongoing medical care to treat their injuries and to help them recover from the harm they have suffered. The consequences of a car accident for victims can lead to physical, financial and emotional damages.

Settlement demand basics and what victims should know

There are many different aspects to the personal injury claims process and it is useful information for injured victims to understand what those are. A personal injury claim for damages following a car accident or other traumatic accident can help injured victims in Ohio recover compensation for their damages.

Victims of car accidents may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm they have suffered. Making a personal injury claim for damages may begin with filing the claim but there are many parties and different steps in the process that are involved along the way. Insurance companies are commonly involved in the process of compensating victims for the harm they have suffered.

Surgical errors are a common type of medical malpractice

Victims of medical malpractice in Ohio and their loved ones may suffer extensive harm because of the negligent actions of a medical care provider. Unfortunately, greater than 4,000 surgical errors occur annually, and many of them are preventable. This is why injured victims and their family members should be armed with the legal protections available to them.

According to researchers, these surgical errors should never happen and can include leaving a sponge in the patient's body following surgery, operating on the wrong side of the body or operating on the wrong body part. According to estimates, from 1990 to 2010, these types of events occur approximately 10,000 times a week nationwide. When a foreign object has been left behind during surgery, the victim is likely to discover it through complications later.

Ohio city's new distracted driving law will include holding a pet

Distracted driving is a danger to everyone on the roadways. A new law going into effect just before Christmas in Mantua, Ohio, will consider holding a pet while driving to constitute distracted driving. The law will also make holding a cellphone while driving a primary offense, which means that authorities can pull over and cite a driver for holding their cellphone while driving. Prior to this law, distracted driving was a secondary offense, meaning a motorist had to first be lawfully pulled over for another purpose.

Authorities Mantua will begin citing drivers under the new law just prior to Christmas. For first time violators, they will be charged with a minor misdemeanor. If a driver violates the ordinance twice in a year, or if the violation results in a car accident that results in injury, the driver will be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor. Use of Bluetooth or other hands-free devices does not violate the law.

What is sepsis and why is it an emergency?

Many medical conditions can turn life-threatening if they aren't treated promptly. While many people might think of things like heart attacks and strokes when they hear this, there are others that can be just as serious. One condition that can turn fatal quickly is sepsis.

Sepsis impacts more than 1.5 million Americans annually. Of those, at least 250,000 die. For this reason, doctors must be vigilant to check for this condition when patients may have it.

Help for victims of dangerous or defective products

Consumers use many products in the course of their daily lives from their vehicle to the crib their child sleeps in every evening to the lawn mower they use to clip their grass and trim their lawn. This blog recently discussed some of the complexities of products liability law and provided answers to question that might come up when victims have been injured by a dangerous or defective product but it can also be helpful to understand what those circumstances may look like.

During their everyday lives, consumers may not realize how many products they come into contact with or that they have a reasonable expectation of safety when using those everyday products. When a dangerous or defective product has injured a victim, loved one or child, it is important to be familiar with personal injury legal protections available to help, especially with the medical care and costs that victims may suffer in addition to potential lost earnings and pain and suffering damages.

Various damages may be sought in personal injury claims

Seeking compensation can be a critical component in helping injured victims in Ohio recover following an unexpected car accident or other traumatic incident caused by someone else's negligence. The damages victims can receive through a personal injury claim will depend on their unique situation and circumstances, but it can help to be familiar with some general types of damages that may be available to injured victims.

Personal injury damages can include medical expenses, including those for future medical care costs providing that they can be estimated with some certainty. Compensation for medical damages can include compensation for doctors and other medical professionals; ambulance fees; emergency room treatment; hospital stays; and nursing services. Damages may also be available for disfigurement and disability in circumstances where the victim has suffered that type of harm.

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