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Medical malpractice claims re lack of informed consent

Ohio residents who have medical problems would naturally expect their physicians to provide a high degree of care. A patient is entitled to be informed of the diagnosis of his or her condition, what the recommended treatment will involve and whether any risks exist. A doctor must also notify the patient of alternative therapies and their risks, along with the potential consequences if the patient chooses to take no action. Failure to ensure that a patient understands this information could lead to a medical malpractice claim.

Providing this information is a legal process called informed consent, a disclosure that typically has to be signed by the patient to indicate that he or she understands the details. Only competent patients can give informed consent, which means that adults with mental or other impairing conditions and minors will need the consent of their guardians or parents. Unless it is an emergency, a doctor may not perform treatment without discussing it with the patient and getting his or her informed consent.

Slip-and-fall in bar and grill leads to premises liability claim

Owners of restaurants and bars in Ohio must maintain safe and secure premises. Neglecting important safety practices such as cleaning wet spills immediately and also putting out warning signs can lead to slip-and-fall accidents -- often causing severe injuries. A restaurant in another state is facing the consequences of alleged negligence after a patron filed a premises liability lawsuit against the business owner.

Court documents indicate that the plaintiff says she went to the bar and grill for dinner in November 2016. During this visit, the plaintiff contends she went to the restroom. While walking from the table, she allegedly stepped onto a wet area on the floor, which caused her to slip and fall.

Dangerous product: Teens and Facebook detergent-pod challenge

Social media is playing a significant role in exposing teenagers to the risk of ingesting harmful chemicals. Reportedly, teens respond to online videos showing others taking part in a Facebook challenge that involves putting detergent pods in their mouths. Parents in Ohio and elsewhere were recently warned that this dangerous product is no longer only a threat to small children who are attracted to the brightly colored squishy balls containing concentrated detergents for use in washing machines and dishwashers.

The medical director at the emergency center of ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital says if a pod should puncture in a person's mouth, even the smallest bit of ingested chemicals can cause burn wounds to the esophagus, breathing problems, nausea, sudden drop in blood pressure, vomiting and loss of consciousness. Furthermore, eye irritation could result in blindness. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, eight adults and two children have lost their lives in this manner between 2012 and the start of 2017.

Fatal car accident causes death of toddler

No one expects to be involved in a car crash while driving on an average weekday in the early evening. During this time in Ohio, most are driving home from work or picking kids up from day care, or perhaps headed out to dinner or other planned evening activities. However, the hustle and bustle of traffic during rush hour can often cause an unexpected car accident.

A recent three-car accident occurred in a nearby city on a Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m. The incident took place at an intersection close to a golf course. Reports indicate that, at first, an SUV and a pickup truck collided with one another, though it is not yet clear which driver may have been at fault. Following this initial crash, another truck ran into the SUV.

3 people hurt during Tuesday afternoon drunk driving accident

Most people are aware of the need to be more wary of drunk drivers later at night, especially on the weekends when many are off work or, perhaps, just got paid after a long workweek. Of course, the weekends are typically when many people celebrate various occurrences and go to parties. However, most Ohio residents would not usually expect to be involved in a drunk driving accident during a weekday in the middle of the afternoon rush hour.

On a recent Tuesday around 4 p.m., three people in a Jeep were stopped at a red light when they were hit from behind by another vehicle. All three occupants of the Jeep were injured and required hospital treatment. The extent of their injuries was unknown at the time of this report.

Ohio residents may be affected by recent product recall

When a common food product is deemed contaminated or dangerous, it would be wise for people to pay close attention to the details. Ingesting or coming into contact with contaminated food has been known to cause serious illnesses or even death. Residents of Ohio will especially want to make note of a recent product recall involving a popular ice cream.

The producer of Meijer Purple Cow ice cream recently recalled 320 cases of its orange ice cream bars, due to the possibility that they are tainted with the bacteria known as Listeria. The bacteria was detected in a standard test run of a separate batch of the ice cream bars. However, to be safe, the company recalled all recent shipments to avoid anyone becoming infected.

Teen who caused fatal car crash takes ownership for actions

It is no secret that failing to obey traffic laws can cause accidents. However, many don't realize just how true this is until they have lived it. For one teenage girl in Ohio, a reminder of the day she ran a red light will likely haunt her for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, her mistake caused a car crash that took the life of two of her friends.

In July 2017, the girl was driving an SUV containing four of her friends when she failed to stop at the red light of an intersection. This resulted in her vehicle being struck by a fire truck. Two teenage girls from the SUV did not survive the crash.

Ohio woman causes fatal car accident on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, the streets and highways are typically crowded with drivers. Many are out finishing their last-minute shopping, while others are visiting family locally or traveling long distance to see faraway loved ones. Whatever the reason for being out on Ohio roads at this busy time, people must be extra cautious in order to avoid a car accident.

For one couple traveling on Route 40 in Licking County, this would be their last Christmas Eve spent together. Their car was hit head-on by a woman who later stated that she had been driving too fast and focusing on her phone instead of the road. The distracted driver had veered into the oncoming lanes prior to crashing into the couple's car. The 74-year-old female passenger in the vehicle that was hit did not survive the crash.

Driver who caused accident had 3 impaired driving convictions

Car accidents involving tow truck drivers and officers on patrol can be fairly common; some might say the possibility of them comes along with the job. For one officer in Columbus, Ohio, just "doing his job" has caused him to be hit by a vehicle four times during his employment with the Freeway Patrol Unit. Unfortunately, an impaired driving situation can often be a leading contributor to the danger involved in these types of jobs.

On a recent Sunday morning, a patrol officer and tow truck driver were assisting a vehicle that was disabled on the side of I-670. During this time, another vehicle rear-ended the officer's car while he was sitting in it. The tow truck driver was ultimately hit by the vehicle as well.

Impaired driving, who should make the call?

When someone has had too much to drink and cannot drive, it may not be wise to take their car keys from them. Instead of approaching a stranger or even someone you know, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers suggests calling the police. In Ohio and every other state, impaired driving is a serious crime and should be handled by the police.

Authorities agree that the risk of physical confrontation is higher when asking for keys from someone who has had too much to drink. Under Ohio law, a good Samaritan could face theft charges for taking another person's keys. Officers recommend using good judgment, get the license number, know the subject's location and call 911.

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