Mansfield Personal Injury Blog

What can I do if I am injured by a defective airbag?

When an Ohio victim has been injured by their airbag, which they understood was there to keep them safe, they may wonder what they can do about it. Products liability law provides protections to help victims of defective airbags with the damages they suffer.

Unfortunately, airbags can injure victims in a variety of different ways, including if the sensors malfunction which cause the airbag to prematurely inflate or to inflate late, if the airbag fails to deflate or if the airbag exposes the victim to chemicals. Other types of defects and damages have also been reported with airbags. These types of problems can lead to serious injuries, such as facial abrasions and burns, for victims and even death in some instances.

What do when mean when we say a driver was negligent?

Personal injury legal resources help protect victims of negligence such as victims of a negligent driver, negligent medical care provider or negligent manufacturer. Car accident victims or other seeking compensation for their damages through a personal injury claim for damages may wonder what negligent means exactly and what it refers to.

In general terms, negligence refers to careless or reckless actions and behavior that can result in accidents and harm to victims. A personal injury claim for damages is based on a claim of negligence. There are many examples of negligent behavior and citations or criminal charges may be used as evidence of negligence. In general, a party may be liable for negligence if they owed a duty to the victim that was harmed and then breached that duty which resulted in harm and damages to the victim.

Medical malpractice protects victims of medication errors

Medication errors can cause serious harm to victims and are a type of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice legal resources are available to victims of any type of medical malpractice, including medication errors, and are a remedy victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with to help them with their damages suffered as a result of a medication error.

Medication errors can occur in a variety of different ways. Medication errors can take place when the wrong dosage of a medication is given; when the patient's current medications and medical history are not properly taken into account; when drug combinations and dosages are not properly monitored; when the patient experiences an allergic reaction; when medication and medicine pumps are improperly labeled; when a prescription is written so that it is illegible; of there is a miscommunication between health care professionals.

Changes with brain injuries are hard to accept

The trauma that a brain injury brings can be hard to live with. When your loved one is trying to navigate life after a moderate to severe injury, you might find that the uncertainties are almost as hard to deal with as the major changes. Your loved one might experience a variety of feelings that have to be sorted through at a time when they are learning about their new possibilities and limitations because of the brain injury.

One thing that can help people who are going through this is to have a strong support system. They need to know that they have people there who will help them and who won't judge or look down on them. It can be hard for them to cope with the changes, so you should be prepared for a myriad of things to happen.

Ohio authorities are focusing on distracted driving

Legal resources are available to victims of distracted drivers. Greater than 6,800 victims were injured and 51 victims died in Ohio during 2018 in distracted driving-related car accidents. Distracted driving is a serious danger throughout Ohio and the country as a whole. While distracted by sending or reading a text, distracted drivers can travel the length of a football field if traveling at 55 miles per hour. As a result, authorities in Ohio are watching for distracted drivers and report that driver distraction leads to other potentially dangerous driving behaviors.

Authorities are watching on the roadways and from the air for these driving behaviors that may indicate driver distraction. Distracted driving is unsafe and can lead to serious injuries and harm for victims. Victims may be able to bring a personal injury claim for damages when they have been harmed by a distracted driver in a distracted driving-related car accident. Distracted drivers may be held liable for the harm they have caused while driving distracted.

Answering common questions about products liability

When a victim has been injured by an unsafe or hazardous product, they may want to be familiar with their legal options and remedies that may be able to help them with the damages they have suffered as a result of a dangerous or defective product. Products liability law is an important protection for victims of dangerous and defective products and knowing how it works is helpful for injured victims.

When a victim has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, they may be able to make different legal claims for damages depending on the situation and circumstances. Different legal theories upon which a products liability claim for damages may be based include negligence; breach of warranty; or a products liability claim based on strict liability. Strict liability claims, by definition, do not require a showing of negligence.

Brain injuries are emotionally and financially costly to victims

Brain injuries are one of the most serious and costly types of injuries victims can suffer in a car accident. Because of the long-term consequences victims can face, it is important for victims of traumatic brain injuries to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them.

Personal injury claims can help victims with the high costs associated with caring for and treating a brain injury following a car accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the harm suffered from a negligent party. The estimated costs of brain injuries can range from $85,000 for a mild brain injury to $941,000 for a moderate brain injury to $3 million for a severe brain injury

Surgical errors and never events can harm victims

There are different types of medical malpractice and one type includes surgical errors. Any type of medical malpractice can have devastating consequences for victims, which is why they should be familiar with the legal options available to them.

One study reported that 4,000 preventable mistakes occur during surgeries each year. These types of medical mistakes are referred to as never events because experts contend that they should never happen. Never events range from leaving an object in a patient's body to performing the wrong procedure on a patient or operating on the wrong part of the patient's body. Never events can even include operating on the wrong patient.

Relief for victims of motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries to motorcycle accident victims injured on Ohio's many roadways. It is important for victims of motorcycle accidents to know how they can get help with their injuries and the harm suffered in a motorcycle accident.

When an injured motorcycle accident victim needs help with their medical expenses, lost wages and emotional damages suffered in a motorcycle accident, they may be able to recover compensation from a negligent driver responsible for their injuries. When a negligent driver causes a car accident, they may be liable for the victims' physical, financial and emotional damages. It is helpful for motorcycle accident victims to understand the personal injury legal process and how it can help them.

Who is liable for a product liability claim?

When a victim has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, they may wonder who is to blame and how they can hold them accountable for the damages they have suffered. The public has a reasonable expectation of safety when using everyday products and when they are harmed by an unsafe product should be familiar with protections available to help them with their physical, financial and emotional damages.

The good news is that products liability law holds a variety of parties responsible when a victim has been injured by a dangerous or defective product. Any party that could foreseeably be injured by the unsafe product may have a claim for damages against a variety of parties provided the unsafe product was sold. Parties that may be liable to compensate the victim for their damages includes the manufacturer of the product; the manufacturer of component parts of the product; the party that assembled or installed the product; and the wholesaler or retailer of the product.

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