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Wrongful death and prescription errors

Prescription errors take place all the time -- and the results can range from the benign to total devastation and death.

If you take any kind of medication, it's important to be aware of some specific dangers that you -- and those you may love -- face as a result:

Driving in Amish country: Be wary of uncommon dangers

Ohio is uniquely situated in this country physically, putting it right in the center of some of the most diverse traffic in the country. Ohio sees everything from big rigs traveling to and from the coasts to the Amish drivers in their horse-drawn buggies.

The Amish, in particular, pose dangers that many drivers simply aren't prepared to handle.

The most commonly misdiagnosed cancers

A missed or delayed cancer diagnosis not only means that you may have to endure harder, more aggressive treatments than you would have if the disease had been spotted earlier, it also means that your chances of survival are diminished.

Information is your best weapon against medical malpractice -- which is why knowing how some of the most common cancers are overlooked can help you avoid becoming a victim:

These are the top causes of truck accidents

If you drive in the Mansfield area, you have probably found yourself riding next to, in front of, or behind a large commercial truck or semi. Big rigs and delivery trucks come with a set of unique hazards that can make the roadways more dangerous for smaller passenger vehicles. While many of these truck drivers have participated in training programs and are aware of the dangers, many people operating passenger cars and trucks have no idea about some of the hazards.

By taking the time to learn more about common causes of truck accidents, you can reduce your risk for an accident with a large commercial delivery truck or semi. Read further to find some circumstances that contribute to truck accidents.

Cheerleaders face catastrophic injuries all the time

Cheerleaders used to do little more than shake pom-poms and make up chants to raise the level of excitement for the crowd during lulls in a football game.

Gradually, the stunts cheerleaders performed became their own show, and cheerleading has now evolved into a dangerous athletic activity for many of the young women involved.

Spouse of mentally-ill suicide victim seeks wrongful death claim

How mentally ill and obviously suicidal does an inmate have to be to get his or her jailers to take notice?

That's the question being asked in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of an Ohio native who recently hung himself inside the Summit County jail.

It's time to talk to your teen about driving safety

The week of October 21, 2017, celebrates National Teen Driver Safety initiatives across the country.

If you're a parent of a teenager that's old enough to drive, what are the most important things to address with your teenage driver?

What happens after a spinal cord injury? 5 important facts

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most catastrophic "whole body" events that a person can suffer. The number one cause of spinal cord injuries is trauma, which can result from a bad fall down a set of steps, a slip from a ladder or a car accident.

However, most people don't really understand the nature of spinal cord injuries. They don't know what they should expect in the weeks and months after they or someone they love get injured. Below are some facts about spinal cord injuries.

  • Your spinal cord doesn't have to be cut to cause you to become paralyzed. Even a bruise on the spinal cord is very serious.
  • The position of the injury determines what part of the body is going to be affected. Because your spinal cord operates like the "control room" for all the other nerves in the body flowing out and downward from the spine, every part of the body below the injury is likely to be affected.
  • Spinal cord injuries are often not the worst things victims have to endure. Infections are a major factor in fatal spinal cord injuries. The body's natural defenses against infection become weaker when voluntary movement ceases. Catheters and breathing tubes can also serve as doorways for bacteria and viruses that can easily kill someone in an already-weakened state.
  • It's very difficult to assess the extent of spinal cord injuries immediately after an accident. There's often improvement after the initial swelling subsides around the bruised spinal cord. But secondary events like toxins spreading into the body when patients turn septic can worsen the damage.
  • Treatment protocols for for spinal cord injuries have changed in the last few years. Post-injury life expectancy rates have gotten longer, and so have the ways doctors approach the injuries. Where surgeons once waited until the swelling went down to operate in order to relieve pressure on the spine, many now perform surgeries immediately once the patient has stablized.

What are drivers really using their phones for while driving?

Distracted driving has become a major menace on the road these days. While it may have always been somewhat of a problem, the advent of the mobile phone has made the problem worse than ever before.

Exactly what are drivers doing with their phones these days when they should be focusing on the road instead?

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