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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.

Doctor Linked to Medical Negligence Fentanyl Death

A wrongful death lawsuit resulting from medical negligence was filed against Mount Carmel hospital, a doctor, and other medical staff claiming they intentionally gave a lethal dose of the drug Fentanyl to a 79-year-old woman in order to hasten her death.

Pharmaceuticals bear some blame in creation of dangerous product

Medicine is meant to improve a person's physical or mental condition. While medications need to be taken according to instructions to be effective, taking them as instructed should not be harmful. A judge in Ohio has recently issued a ruling allowing several claims against retailers, manufacturers and distributors to proceed. He stated in part of the ruling that these parties had taken part in the creation of a dangerous product that has plagued our nation for the past 20 years.

The judge determined that the defendants in the lawsuits contributed to the crisis through their actions and inactions around the creation, marketing and distribution of prescription opioids. The judge also determined that the parties in the suit contributed to the opioid addiction of millions of Americans. He concluded that they should have foreseen that those addicted would probably turn to street drugs to feed their addictions.

Speed and alcohol contribute to fatal car accident

Cars have become necessary to America's way of life in most places. Ohio is certainly one of them. An increased number of vehicles on the roads has lead to an increase in the likelihood of being involved in a car accident. Car safety features, traffic laws, and traffic signs and signals are all part of an effort to protect drivers from serious injury. Failing to make use of safety features or obey traffic laws can lead to tragedy.

Early one Sunday morning, a young woman was heading east on Lindsay Avenue in Akron. She was driving very fast and failed to stop at a stop sign, according to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. As a result of failing to stop, her car reportedly struck another vehicle in the intersection.

Failure to obtain consent can result in medical malpractice

Surgery is never an easy or pleasant experience to contemplate. When a child faces surgery it can be a particularly stressful and difficult time for the child's family. The family wants to believe they are doing the best for the child and typically place their trust and confidence in the surgeon. If a procedure goes awry, it can result in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Ohio.

In a case at Cincinnati Children's Hospital that trust turned out to be sadly misplaced. A surgeon performed a spinal procedure on a young boy who was then 12 years old. During the procedure, the surgeon used a device that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the surgeon neglected to inform the patient or the family of that fact.

Maintain safe following distance and reduce chance of car crash

Ohio highways are crowded with holiday shoppers and travelers. Most drivers are aware that defensive driving and anticipating problems can prevent accidents. Maintaining a safe following distance is one of the most important things a driver can do. However, during the busy holiday season people can become distracted and lose focus, which can cause a car crash.

Failure to maintain a safe distance between vehicles may have contributed to a multiple car crash on Ohio 32. A five-car pileup caused the death of one person. The crash resulted in the highway being shut down for a short period of time as the accident scene was cleared and investigated. The accident appears to have happened when one driver failed to maintain a safe following distance, hitting the car in front of him and causing a chain-reaction crash.

Fatal car accident can turn a happy holiday into a sad reminder

The holiday season is in full swing in Ohio. People are shopping, heading to holiday parties and other celebrations. As a consequence, both car and truck traffic have increased. With the increase in traffic comes an increased risk for accidents. A fatal car accident occurred recently in Jackson County.

The accident happened on U.S. 35. A man driving a 2003 Honda Civic was headed west at about 6:30 a.m. A tractor-trailer was heading toward U.S. 35 from Cain Road. According to reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the driver of the truck failed to yield when attempting to make a left turn onto U.S. 35.

Slip-and-fall accidents need not mar the holiday season

The holiday shopping season is here and with increased foot traffic in stores the risk of a fall can increase in Ohio. As stores and public spaces become more crowded there may be more obstacles and floors may be wetter due to inclement weather. If it is an outdoor venue ice may be a factor. So what should a person do if one is involved in a slip-and-fall accident?

After a fall it is a good idea to seek medical attention. Even if there is no obvious damage, falls can cause problems that if not treated could become debilitating. Getting checked out and finding nothing is wrong can provide peace of mind. Notify the management of the property where the accident took place and ask that the person write up the incident and provide a copy of the report. Remain calm and do not accept blame or place fault with the establishment where the fall occurred.

Failure to assess a fall risk can lead to medical malpractice

As people age physical capacities may diminish. Following a serious ailment, such as a stroke, further physical abilities may change or disappear. People in nursing homes in Ohio rely on a doctor's review of the situation to ensure that proper care is given and one of the greatest dangers to people in nursing homes or in a hospital is the risk of a fall. Evaluating a patient's risk for falls is a critical component to helping to ensure that the patient receives adequate care. Failure to appropriately assess this risk can result in a medical malpractice suit.

A patient in a nursing home had suffered a stroke and required a wheelchair. He did have the ability to transfer himself from the chair to the toilet and back again with assistance. The patient was left alone by a nursing home staff person one day while on the toilet. He fell while attempting to transfer himself from the toilet to his wheelchair. The fall resulted in a broken hip that was not promptly diagnosed.

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