Mansfield Personal Injury Blog

What is products liability?

Products liability is an area of the law that can be complicated but is extremely important for victims of a defective or dangerous product or drug to understand. Unfortunately, thousands of victims are injured each year by dangerous and defective products and drugs which is why victims should be familiar with how products liability laws can protect them.

Consumers have the right to be safe when using everyday products. Products liability law holds manufacturers, sellers and others, in some circumstances, liable for the harm the dangerous or defective product they placed in the hands of consumers causes. All of those who are in the distribution chain for the dangerous or defective product may be liable for the harm it causes to consumers.

Legal protections for victims of a failure to diagnose

Distracted driving is a serious concern on roadways throughout Ohio. A new distracted driving law recently went into effect that expanded the definition of distracted driving. The law includes a variety of activities, in addition to using a cell phone while driving or texting while driving, in its definition of distracted driving. The new definition includes activities while driving that are not necessary to the activity of driving that can impair, or be reasonably expected to impair, the driver's ability to drive safely while engaged in them.

According to the new law, eating while driving or operating the radio while driving could be considered distracted driving. If those behaviors are linked to a distracted driving-related car accident, it could result in serious penalties and liability for the distracted driver. Under the new law, the possible penalty increased by $100.

Legal protections for victims of a failure to diagnose

The consequences of a failure to diagnose or an incorrect diagnosis can be devastating for victims and their families. Victims of a failure to diagnose can suffer delayed treatment as a result or may receive the incorrect treatment or no treatment at all because of a delayed or erroneous diagnosis.

When a failure to diagnose has resulted in a worsened condition, legal resources are available to help victims. A legal claim for medical malpractice may be able to help victims and their families with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered because of a failure to diagnose. A failed or incorrect diagnosis can result in the disease progressing further than it would have if it were properly diagnosed and treated and can result in permanent injuries and death.

Tips for avoiding accidents this Halloween

Halloween is a time to dress up, eat some candy and embrace the spookier side of things. But as fun as this holiday is, it can also be treacherous for those who are on the road, as car accidents often spike during Halloween.

Below, we discuss some of the more common hazards we often see on the roads around Halloween and how you can avoid them this year.

3 types of distractions make it dangerous to eat and drive

One thing that many people do is drive while eating. Most people don't think that eating while driving is dangerous, and the majority of people who do it have done so for so long that it is commonplace.

The problem with distractions is that they come in many forms. While it is not illegal to drink or eat behind the wheel, if you get into a wreck because of eating, spilling a drink or otherwise being distracted by food, you could face serious penalties.

Know what to do when you are in a car wreck in Ohio

Anxiety and stress are common after a car crash. These are virtually impossible for you to prepare for ahead of time. It is a good idea to think about what you are going to do if you are in a crash before you are even involved in one. This can give you the background to know what needs to be done.

There are several things to think about if you are ever hit by another vehicle. Your plan should encompass what to do at the scene and what you must do afterwards. Here are some important points to remember:

Knowledge of common birth injuries causes can be power

It's the last thing you want to think about when expecting a child, but birth injuries do happen. In fact, they occur at the rate of three per hour, in the U.S. Although many injuries are unavoidable, it's not always the case. While the onus is on the physician, it's helpful for expecting parents to know how the most common injuries occur before their baby is born.

Can your job survive your mild brain injury?

After any blow to the head, it is always wise to consider whether or not you received a mild brain injury. If a mild bring injury remains undiagnosed, it can create surprisingly destructive symptoms that may destroy a victim's personal and professional life completely before the victim or those around him or her realize what is happening.

In part, this is due to the nature of the injury. A brain injury, especially a mild one, is not visible to the victim or others. Also, brain injuries may not affect victims in predictable ways. Instead, the injuries may cause physical symptoms or personality changes that victims do not recognize. These symptoms often strain the victims' personal and professional relationships, and in some cases, those relationships may never recover.

Wrongful death and prescription drugs: What you should know

Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a big problem. You only have to watch the news to realize that there's a national concern among government officials, medical professionals and individual communities about the epidemic of prescription drug addictions and deaths that they're seeing.

Who is responsible when someone dies of a prescription drug overdose? Under the law, the answer is not very simple. Here are some possibilities:

How can you protect yourself from emergency room errors?

Ending up in a hospital's emergency room is never a great experience -- but there's an extra layer of stress added on top of the situation because you're forced into getting your care from an unfamiliar doctor. On top of that, emergency room doctors are often less-experienced than those in private practice -- and may be running on fumes in the middle of a long shift on the floor.

All of those factors can lead to medical mistakes, including a missed or incorrect diagnosis. According to reports, around 100,000 people die in the United States each year due to preventable hospital errors. How do you avoid being one of them? Follow these tips:

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