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Defective product believed responsible for Ohio teen's death

Teenagers drive family vehicles to school and stow their books, sports gear and whatever else they need in the car.  When they want one of these things, they go to the car and expect to be able to safely retrieve it. One Ohio teen did just that, but the consequences turned tragic. Now, it's claimed that a defective product caused his death, and the incident has received extensive media coverage across the country. 

According to a recent news report, the 16-year-old went to his vehicle, a 2004 Honda Odyssey, and was leaning over a rear seat to retrieve his tennis gear when the seat flipped and trapped him in the cargo area. He was unable to free himself. He did make two emergency calls to 911 but died from chest compression injuries before first responders arrived.

Fatal car crash on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is typically about spending time with families, hoping for spring and eating a festive meal. People set out for their family celebrations expecting to reach their destinations safely. They don't expect to be involved in a horrible and fatal car crash. Unfortunately, such an accident happened near Springfield, Ohio this past Easter Sunday.

Friends and family were traveling together and came to an intersection with a stop sign. Witnesses said the car stopped at the stop sign and then inched forward so the driver could attempt to see if the way was clear. The car, a red Honda Accord, was then struck on the passenger side by a grey Jaguar. There were five passengers in the Honda. One, a 3-month-old infant, died, and four others were injured, two critically.

Tragic death at what may be a dangerous property

It's Monday morning. Alarms go off and people rise, shower and go off to work. At the end of the day, these people expect to return home. Some people's jobs may involve working at a potentially dangerous property where tragedy can strike at any moment. Such was the case for a gentleman from Dayton, Ohio, who worked as a forklift operator.

The forklift operator was found between the forklift and a pallet of glass that apparently weighed 2,097 pounds. The coroner ruled the death an accident and that the gentleman had died from blunt force trauma to the head. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the tragedy.

Fatal car accident in Ohio leaves one dead and one injured

Traffic accidents are never expected and always scary. No accident is scarier than one that involves a fatality and injuries. No matter how careful and observant a driver, a car accident can still happen in Ohio. Living through an accident and through its aftermath is one of life's more stressful situations.

In a recent accident in Lorain County, two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions on US 20. One vehicle was a Chevrolet Blazer, and the other was a Ford 350 pulling an empty trailer. The Ford 350 attempted to turn in front of the Blazer and was struck by the SUV. The driver of the Blazer, a 50-year-old woman, was thrown clear of the vehicle and died at the scene. The driver of the Ford 350 was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, but a passenger sustained serious injuries and was air lifted to a Cleveland hospital.

March and the early spring car crash

It is past St. Patrick's Day, and everyone is tiring of winter. Spring is in sight and one can feel it in the air. And then it happens, the March snow storm. It can happen at anytime and be a brief snow shower or a squall, complete with white outs, that can create hazardous driving conditions in Ohio that can lead to a car crash.

A rapid weather change was a contributing factor in a multiple car crash on Interstate 80 near Austintown. The chain reaction car crash began when two vehicles, one a passenger vehicle and the other a tractor-trailer, collided on the highway. Visibility at the time was poor so approaching vehicles may not have been able to see the accident in front of them. Two additional crashes, one involving six vehicles and one involving 11 vehicles, occurred and caused multiple injuries that resulted in at least two people, one of whom was a child, being transported to an area hospital.

Drug warnings and medical malpractice

When a person in Ohio is in intense pain, he or she expects to go to a doctor and be given relief. A person should also expect that he or she will be informed of any warnings associated with a medication. Failure to inform a patient could constitute medical malpractice.

A patient was suffering from intense pain caused by complications from prior surgeries. The patient consulted a pain specialist who tried many options before ultimately prescribing the fentanyl patch, a drug far stronger than most other opioid or narcotic medications. While the doctor did inform his patient of all the instructions he needed to follow while on the medication, the doctor did not warn him of the dangers of the medication.

Winter driving in Ohio can cause a car crash

Those who live in Ohio know how treacherous winter driving can be. This can be particularly true when the weather is so changeable and is difficult to predict. Most drivers are aware of these circumstances and exercise appropriate caution when driving in the snow. Sometimes another driver is not as cautious, or is even reckless, and a deadly car crash can result.

Such was the case in a recent tragedy that occurred in Waterville on State Route 64. A young woman was driving along on snow-covered roads in a Kia around 3 p.m. The 31-year-old driver of an oncoming Cadillac lost control of the vehicle, crashing head-on into the Kia. The driver of the Cadillac suffered minor injuries. The Kia driver, just 21 years old, was not wearing a seatbelt and died later at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

When a medical mistake results in catastrophe

When a loved one is seriously ill in Ohio or anywhere else, the family will trust the advice of the people they believe to be the experts: the hospitals and doctors. This could hold true particularly when a child is involved. The family is consumed with worry and the need to help each other through the crisis. They trust the medical professionals to do the best for their sick child. A medical mistake would not be at the forefront of their minds.

Such was the case for a one-and-a-half-year-old girl at a prominent hospital. She had been diagnosed with a very large abdominal tumor. After many surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, she was declared cancer free, but her doctors recommended the family continue with her last scheduled chemotherapy treatment. The technician tasked with filling the order for the treatment administered the wrong dose of the drug. The child died.

A Night Out Ends in a Fatal Car Accident

A fun night out with friends gone terribly wrong.  No one wants to think of this happening, but unfortunately, it can happen in the blink of an eye.  A driver is distracted for an instant. That is all it takes for a night out with friends to become a life-changing tragedy caused by a car accident.

This very scenario played out in a recent single car accident in the North Side vicinity of Columbus. A car struck a curb, flipped onto its side, and a young female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two other passengers in the back seat were transported to an area hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.  The cause of the crash had not yet been determined, but investigators believe that the crash was likely not caused by weather conditions.

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