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Slowing down can reduce the chance of a car accident

The hurried pace at which so many people live their lives never seems to slow down. With children's schedules, work days that never end due to constant availability, and the rush to get from point A to point B, drivers are becoming more and more impatient and hurried in Ohio. This can increase the likelihood of being involved in a car accident.

In a recent crash in Hancock County, three people were killed and two injured in a head-on crash. One of the injured was a 1-year-old girl. The accident happened when a vehicle lost control rounding a curve and drifted into the oncoming lane, causing the car to collide with a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction. The people who died were all pronounced dead at the scene. The injured, a woman and the 1-year-old girl, were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital with their conditions unknown.

Medical mistake in nursing home may end in civil suit

Entrusting one's loved ones to the care of a nursing home can be a gut wrenching decision. When older parents or relatives can no longer be successfully cared for at home in Ohio it can seem to be the best choice. One trusts the nursing home staff to take care of the person and administer medical care or assistance as needed. When this does not happen, it can lead to a potential medical mistake that may have a tragic outcome.

In a recent case in an Ohio nursing home, nurses are facing multiple charges, including patient neglect, manslaughter and falsifying patient records. The charges are in connection with the care and severe illness of two patients who were under the nurse's care. One of the patients subsequently died.

Winter weather can contribute to the cause of a car accident

Winter weather driving can be hazardous. This is particularly true in places such as Ohio where weather can change quickly and is somewhat unpredictable. The chance of a car accident occurring in such conditions is an ever-present danger. Most drivers are aware of this and exercise appropriate caution when driving in the snow. However, sometimes, the other driver is not as cautious, and a car crash can result.

A crash occurred in Stark County recently that is believed to have been weather related. It happened about 10:00 a.m. on a recent morning. According to police reports, a car was driving west on when a vehicle travelling east lost control and crossed over into the oncoming lane. The road was partially snow covered at the time.

Medical mistake may have contributed to patient's death

Americans are living longer and more productive lives than their ancestors. Ailments and disease that may have led to death in the past are now successfully treated and often cured. As a result, people are living longer, but not necessarily better. The body can begin to fail and require round the clock care that causes a person to be admitted to a nursing home. While many such facilities in Ohio and around the country offer excellent levels of care, some do fall short, and a medical mistake in one such facility may have contributed to the death of a patient.

A man was admitted to the facility, and his medical history showed that he was prone to bed sores. He did not have any sores at the time of his admission to the facility. Bed sores can be prevented by ensuring the patient does not remain in one position for too long and also by keeping skin clean and dry.

Defective product responsible for dog illnesses and deaths

Dogs are considered man's best friend. Most dog owners consider their pets to be part of the family in Ohio. Hundreds of families around the state and around the country have been mourning the loss of a canine family member in recent days. The cause is believed to have come from a defective product that owners were feeding their pets.

Science Diet dog food is a brand familiar to many pet owners and frequently recommended by veterinarians. A pet owner in Lakewood gave her dog Science Diet after her vet recommended it after the dog developed an illness a couple of years ago. The canine had done well on the food until recently, but then he began losing weight, developed an unquenchable thirst and had trouble walking. The symptoms corresponded to those associated with vitamin D poisoning, and the dog died as a result of the symptoms he experienced. The food maker's Facebook page had hundreds of stories posted that were similar to this one.

Drunk driving accident results in death of off-duty officer

Drunk driving accidents that result in tragic deaths will probably never cease to exist, though hopefully they will be greatly reduced. That does not make every incident any less tragic. A recent drunk driving accident in Ohio resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.

A young officer with the Clearcreek Township Police Department died in a crash on Ohio 125. The police chief noted that his death was ironic as the officer who died liked traffic duty because it afforded him the opportunity to get drunk drivers off the roads. The driver who hit the officer was believed to be drunk at the time of the crash.

Did you buy and item that should have had a product recall?

Ohio residents might be frustrated as the 2019 shutdown of the federal government drags on. Though things seem to be improving and many federal entities are preparing to resume business as usual, there may be some lasting effects of one of the longest shutdowns in history. One thing people may not know is that while the some government entities were closed down or operating on a skeleton staff, everyday consumers were at risk because nobody was watching to issue a product recall, if necessary. 

Under normal circumstances, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, helps companies issue and enforce a product recall if a product is found to be dangerous to consumers. In recent weeks, the CPSC was unavailable to do this very important job, leaving consumers in the dark about the dangers of an item they purchased. With most consumers unaware that nobody is watching out for their safety and the safety of their family, there is no telling how many people have been injured or made ill by a product that would have been recalled under normal circumstances. 

Drunk driving accident rate is low in Ohio

New Year's Eve is considered one of the potentially deadliest nights of the year on Ohio roadways. While a drunk driving accident can certainly happen in Ohio on that night, other states are considered more dangerous. According to a recent study, our state is actually one of the safer ones.

The study was conducted by SafeWise, a website that reviews residential security systems, from data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It looked at the number of deaths attributed to DUI across the country, and Ohio came in 39 out of 50 with 2.86 deaths per 100,000 people attributed to drunk or impaired driving. The numbers are from 2017 and are not limited to death's that occurred New Year's Eve.

Loss of Ohio woman's life calls attention to medical overdoses

When a doctor, nurse, surgeon or other medical provider fails to complete their job properly, the consequences can be deadly. A medical error could deprive a family of their loved one forever.

Such is the case in a pending lawsuit against Mount Carmel Health System. A woman who went to the emergency room to treat serious chest pain lost her life - not due to her original health condition, but due to an overdose of fentanyl.

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