Month: October 2017

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. The man had an extensive mental health history and was charged with several serious crimes. Incarcerated for five months, the man received no mental health counseling even though the issue of his mental health status had been raised at pretrial consultations and he was scheduled for evaluations. In addition, the man had a history of...

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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? 1. Safety Contracts A safety contract might sound a little hokey, but it can be an effective tool for parents and teens to use to communicate expectations about what parents expect when a teen is behind the wheel -- and what consequences will be faced if the teen fails to live up to that contract. Contracts can include no texting or no cellphones on at all while...

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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...

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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? According to a recent study, Google Maps is the number one app being pulled up on drivers' phones while they're on the road. That's probably an understandable use of the device, although drivers would be far safer if they remember to activate their device before they get into traffic or...

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5 conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

Many conditions share similar symptoms. For example, you might go see your doctor because you are experiencing dizziness, sweating and nausea. After a cursory exam, she might send you home with a prescription for flu medication. Unfortunately, these symptoms are also present in an individual suffering a heart attack. In cases like this, the wrong medical opinion can result in death. Every year, approximately five percent of adults that visit a hospital or clinic for outpatient services walk away with the wrong diagnosis, a delayed diagnosis or a completely missed condition. This means that...

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