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Doctors make mistakes because symptoms are similar

You are tired of feeling sick, and you go to the doctor. You have high hopes, but then the doctor seems perplexed. Before you know it, the appointment is over.

You don't have the answers you were seeking. You try the treatment the doctor suggested, and it doesn't work. Later, after seeing 10 more medical professionals, you find out that it was a misdiagnosis. That doctor was simply wrong.

New homeowners facing an unexpected challenge: formaldehyde-smelling wood

Homeowners of new homes around the country were shocked to discover something unexpected. Not mismatched carpet or unfinished plumbing, but rather, a foul-smell that permeated the house, courtesy of Weyerhaeuser Co., a company responsible for producing floor joists—support beams that go underneath the flooring—which were coated with formaldehyde-based resin, causing a strong odor and eliciting a physical reaction within some people. 

Driver monitoring technology could prevent drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is a major concern in the trucking industry. Truckers spend long hours behind the wheel, and despite efforts to limit these hours, drivers can still get very tired while driving. 

Tech companies and automakers are working to prevent drowsy driving. One recent advancement comes from Panasonic, and depending on how the system performs in upcoming tests, it could start appearing in vehicles to help prevent sleepiness by using artificial intelligence systems.

Don't ignore these symptoms if you have had a hip replacement

In recent years, the number of patients injured by defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices has skyrocketed. A huge number of lawsuits have been filed against multiple manufacturers citing failed components, the release of metal into a person's bloodstream and other issues stemming from device defects.

With all this in mind, we urge readers who have had a hip replaced to pay close attention to any of the following potentially troubling symptoms that could signal some very serious health complications. 

What women should know about Essure and their legal options

Choosing a method of birth control can be a challenge for women across Ohio. Between the sheer number of pills, patches and medical devices promising to effectively block pregnancy, there are countless options available to effectively block pregnancy.

Unfortunately, while they may be effective, they may not be safe. This is the difficult lesson many women who had the Essure device implanted have learned. If you are one of these women, then it can be crucial for you to know that you have legal options if Essure has caused serious illness or injury.

4 possible defenses to a slip-and-fall claim

If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the last thing you want to hear is that the property owner responsible for an unsafe condition denies being to blame. This can be incredibly frustrating, as any claim you file for compensation will hinge on establishing liability.

As surprised and upset as you may be when a property owner denies blame, understand that in most cases, property owners will say and do whatever they can to avoid the legal and financial penalties of a premises liability claim. Because of this, you can expect that property owners will defend themselves and their actions in one of the following ways.

Soon to come: a cap on medical malpractice awards?

We quite literally trust doctors with our lives. However, doctors are still humans, and therefore, are liable to commit errors that could have disastrous consequences. If a doctor commits a grave error—say, mistakenly removing a healthy organ instead of the one marked for removal—should patients not have the right to recover monetary damages that compensate them for the loss, and the difficulty that will come moving forward?

Most agree that such damages are in order when a doctor or other medical professional acts erroneously. However, a bill before the House of Representatives is seeking to put a cap on those damages at $250,000, according to a recent article in NPR.

3 critical numbers to remember in medical malpractice claims

Any person who has suffered an injury, illness or loss as a result of medical malpractice will have enough to worry about in terms of recovering from the incident. The last thing people want to deal with is the complexity of filing a legal claim.

However, filing a medical malpractice claim can be one of the most important things you can do if you or a loved one suffers damages from a medical mistake or misconduct. To make the situation a little easier to approach, we will break these claims down to three important numbers.

Even 40 years after contact, asbestos-related illness risks grow

Asbestos is a hazardous product. In Ohio and across the country, victims of exposure as long as 40 years ago continue to face serious health risks. The risks of developing a cancer called mesothelioma -- an asbestos\-related illness -- have been found to keep increasing over passing years. Recent studies concluded that affected workers' chances of developing this disease grow each year, even if their last exposure occurred four decades ago.

Pleural mesothelioma is primarily caused by asbestos, which remains latent for many years. International studies determined that workers who were exposed to asbestos as recently as within the last five years were at a lower risk than those who were exposed 40 years ago. Research also focused on the dangers of different types of asbestos of which crocidolite (blue asbestos) and chrysotile (white asbestos) are the primary types. The results showed that blue asbestos produced significantly higher risks.

How poor working conditions for truckers affect other motorists

A recent report from USA Today revealed some upsetting details about truckers hired by some of the world's largest retailers. According to the report, dozens of major trucking companies commit serious labor violations with regard to their truckers.

Among the findings were claims that employers were threatening drivers, encouraging them to violate state and federal trucking laws, and seizing trucks (and everything a driver had paid for the truck) when a trucker missed work and could not keep up with lease payments. These violations are troubling for many reasons, including the fact that they make the roads less safe for others in at least a few ways.

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