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January 2015 Archives

The dangers of whiplash in car accidents

The seriousness of a whiplash injury suffered by an Ohio resident can vary. Whiplash, commonly caused by the abrupt jolt that takes place during a car accident, can lead to a strain on the muscles and the tendons. In some cases, however, it can result in a disc herniation if there is a tear to discs between vertebrae. In rare instances, severe whiplash might lead to a fractured or dislocated vertebrae.

The dangers of distracted driving

Individuals in Ohio may wonder what is meant by distracted driving. There are three types of distracted driving, and they are visual, manual and cognitive. Distracted driving might include anything from eating to using a GPS system to texting, but some types of distraction are more dangerous than others. More than 1,000 people are injured and more than nine are killed daily in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Understanding res ipsa loquitur laws

One concept which many Ohio residents who follow legal issues have a lot of interest in is the common law principle of res ipsa loquitor. This allows plaintiffs to establish a presumption of negligence on the defendant's part in a civil tort action. When an accident occurs, in the absence of direct evidence, circumstantial evidence may be possible as proof that negligence occurred. In these cases, the judge and jury make their determination based on certain overall facts. The doctrnie comes from the Latin phrase for "the thing speaks for itself".

The repercussions of receiving a serious burn injury

People in Ohio who have received a burn injury may be wondering what type of treatment is necessary for a full recovery. Depending on the type of burn, therapy or surgery may be needed. When a person is exposed to specific chemicals or comes into direct contact with something that is hot, the death of cells inside the skin can cause a severe burn. The thickness of the skin as well as the tissues underneath it could be destroyed.

Truck crash fatalities going up

Most traffic accidents are minor fender-benders that occur in parking lots and on local Ohio roads. While these types of crashes can be expensive in terms of car repairs and increases in insurance rates, they don't usually result in human fatalities. Most crashes that cause deaths occur on the nation's highways.

Truck accident deaths continue to rise

Weaker congressional regulations related to truck driver fatigue and ineffective trucking industry safety enforcement create growing hazards for Ohio motorists. Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that deaths from big truck accidents have increased for four years in a row. The NHTSA found that fatalities have risen 17 percent since 2009.

Malpractice risks at outpatient surgery centers

Ohio individuals who have considered surgery at an outpatient center may wonder about the safety of those types of facilities. Expert opinion differs about how safe they are compared to hospitals. Comedian Joan Rivers died in September 2014 after a center where she was having routine surgery failed on a number of counts including correctly monitoring and responding to her vital signs, but other centers say they take careful steps to ensure the safety of their patients.

Medical malpractice statute of limitations in Ohio

In order to seek recovery through a medical malpractice civil lawsuit, the plaintiff must commence the action within specified time periods as outlined under Ohio law. These time frames for filing are called statutes of limitations, and any actions filed beyond those deadlines will in most cases be time-barred, allowing no action for recovery.

Drugged drivers on the road nearly hits 8 figures, survey finds

Many Ohio motorists know that navigating the state's roadways in a motor vehicle presents enough perils on its own and do not need other drivers to present any extra dangers. Yet, that is exactly what individuals who chose to drive under the influence of drugs do, authorities say. The psychoactive, or mind-altering, effects that are common to many controlled substances that millions of U.S. drivers have purportedly admitted to using are not compatible with safe driving practices.

Ohio's impaired driving problem

Ohio has similar issues with impaired driving and alcohol intoxication behind the wheel as the rest of America does. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other related authorities have released statistics demonstrating the exact depth of the issue across the nation. There are more than a million crashes in an average year that involve at least one driver with a measurable amount of alcohol in their blood.

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