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Families seek compensation after fatal medication errors in Ohio

One of the most important responsibilities that medical professionals in Ohio and across the nation have when treating a patient is dispensing medication. Patients and their families put an inherent amount of trust in doctors, nurses and anyone who cares for their loved ones. Medical mistakes violate that trust in addition to causing injuries and fatalities. People who believe a loved one suffered a worsened condition or died because of a doctor error must remember their rights and consider a legal filing to receive compensation.

An investigation into a doctor who is alleged to have over-prescribed fentanyl to many patients causing severe illness and death has led to legal filings for compensation. The doctor was dismissed from the hospital in December. There were 27 people who were known to have been hurt or died because of the doctor error. More than 40 other hospital workers were placed on leave due to this investigation.

Is your nagging cough related to asbestos?

When you catch a cold or the flu or some other minor illness, you may sneeze and cough until your illness subsides. It's not uncommon to cough if you have allergies, as well. There are certain conditions, however, that are far more serious and necessitate specialized medical care. In fact, some illnesses and infections are so serious, there is no way to cure them. This is often the case for Ohio residents who suffer asbestos-related injuries.

If you're exposed to asbestos, microscopic fibers can lodge in your lungs when you inhale or ingest particles so small, you can't see them with a naked eye. You may not learn you've contracted a terminal illness until much later, when symptoms arise. A nagging cough is often a sign that something isn't right in your body. The more you learn about such symptoms, as well asĀ where to seek support if you fall ill, the better you can cope with a poor health condition.

Car, truck accidents and other vehicle fatalities reach 40K again

Ohioans should know that motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common ways for people to die unexpectedly in the U.S. These fatalities can be due to a truck accident, a car accident, a motorcycle accident or any other type of highway crash. Researchers keep track of the statistics as part of their attempt to find ways to improve safety. Regardless of their information and the steps taken by law enforcement, legislators and regulators to improve safety, accidents continue to happen causing injuries and death. This information can be important to anyone who has lost a loved one in a crash and needs legal assistance to pursue compensation.

A recent report from the National Safety Council says that there were more than 40,000 highway deaths in 2018. This was the third year in a row where the number surpassed that number. There was a moderately positive reduction in the number of fatalities in 2018 when compared to 2016-2017. In 2018, there were one percent fewer deaths. Also concerning is the number of people who were injured in these accidents: an estimated 4.5 million. That too had a reduction of one percent from the prior year.

Trooper and 2 civilians injured in truck accident

Ohio truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. While there are the common factors that often cause a truck accident like driver fatigue, distracted driving, truckers under the influence, speeding and recklessness, there are times when an accident will happen just because a trucker does not adhere to the simplest and most obvious rules. One is failing to give law enforcement the room to do their jobs by adhering to the "move over" law. When this rule is violated, not only can other drivers be injured, but law enforcement and first responders can be hurt too. After a truck accident, calling for legal assistance is a must.

An afternoon accident with a truck sent a state trooper and two civilians to the hospital. The crash occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. When the trooper had two people who had just been in a separate crash in his cruiser. A semi-truck hit the vehicle on the interstate and crushed it. The trooper had pulled onto a strip on the side of the road. The two civilians were in the backseat. The officer was in the driver seat. With slowing traffic, a vehicle hit the semi and the semi ran into the back of the police vehicle. Its front end was significantly damaged and the bumper was ripped off. The officer and one of the men received medical treatment at the hospital and were released. The third man was admitted.

Truck accident statistics stagnant even with new ELD rules

With the number of large trucks that are on the road, there is a natural fear on the part of Ohioans that they will be involved in a truck accident. Their size and speed is compounded by the concern that truckers will be distracted behind the wheel, drive under the influence, and flout the rules for how much time they can spend on the road leading to drowsiness. Rules are in place to reduce the risk, but as one recent study shows, the mandate for truckers to have an electric logging device has not reduced the number of crashes.

With the written logs, it was not uncommon for drivers to write inaccurate information so they could spend more time than they were legally allowed to and try to get their delivery to its destination faster. With the new rules, there has not been a reduction in accidents, but there has been a rise in speeding. There is believed to be a connection between them as drivers are seeking to make better time by going faster instead of going beyond the time constraints for being on the road.

FDA Warning: Fluoroquinolones and Aortic Dissections or Aortic Aneurysms

In December 2018, the FDA added new warnings to fluoroquinolone antibiotics after receiving reports of rare but serious ruptures or tears in the main artery of the body, called the aorta. These tears, called aortic dissections, or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm, can lead to dangerous bleeding or death. These serious side effects were seen in patients who had been treated with systemic fluoroquinolones given by mouth or through an injection.

The risk appears to apply to both current and past users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, with recent users having a roughly two-fold adjusted increased risk for an aortic aneurysm or dissection hospitalization, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Asbestos-related illness a concern after classroom discovery

With the understanding of the dangers of asbestos and asbestos-related illness when the substance is found, Ohioans and people across the nation are understandably surprised when reports of an asbestos discovery come out. Unfortunately, it happens quite frequently throughout the U.S. People who were exposed to asbestos when it was considered a miraculous discovery can have various medical issues that inevitably result in death. Considering the knowledge of its risk, it is a concern when there is a chance of exposure. This is especially true when it is found in a school. Those who think they might have been exposed at any time and are afflicted with asbestos-related illness should know they have the right to consider legal action.

Classrooms that are used for children and offices were closed in Montana after asbestos was found. The levels of the substance were deemed "unacceptable" for safety. It was at the University of Montana. A mass email was sent stating that inspections found that there was dust that had been contaminated with asbestos. The hall where it was found was closed and locked as tests are conducted and a cleanup is planned. The school was informed that there might be asbestos when it was believed to have been found in a ceiling in December. The duration of the cleanup is not known. There is an ongoing search to discover where the contamination started. It is believed to be linked to thermal insulation. Experts have been called.

Car and truck accidents could be linked to handheld devices

When out on the road in Ohio and across the nation, the concern about distracted drivers is a realistic one. Because the growth of smartphones and handheld devices has grown exponentially in recent years, it can be an irresistible temptation to check it repeatedly. A distracted truck driver is especially dangerous because of the size of their vehicles, the speeds they travel and how much damage they can do if there is a crash. Paying attention to various studies of how distracted driving behaviors are impacting road safety is useful for those who have been in an accident and are preparing for a legal filing to seek compensation.

A 2018 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined drivers in Virginia and how often they were distracted by a cellphone. The study was compared to a similar one from four years earlier and found that drivers were 57 percent likelier to be using their device in 2018 than they were then. Via observation, 3.4 percent of drivers were seen manipulating their device in 2018. That is a rise from 2.3 percent in 2014.

A little-discussed potentially life changing injury: Eye trauma

Every part of your body has vulnerabilities. No matter how hard you try to keep yourself from suffering an injury, you may not have any choice in the matter if someone else does something negligent and you happen to get caught up in it. For instance, you can't plan for a car accident. You can do as much as you can to keep yourself safe, but it may not be enough.

During the crash, debris could fly all over your vehicle. Broken glass, your hot coffee cup and even that pen you left on the dashboard could all become projectiles that cause you injury. Even if you instinctively try to close your eyes, it may not be fast enough, or your eyelids may not be strong enough to prevent trauma to one or both of your eyes.

Medical device recall affects item used for brain surgery

Advancements in medical technology have benefited a great number of Ohioans and people across the nation. Devices that are designed to improve the quality of life and help doctors perform complex procedures could be categorized as miraculous. While a significant number of these devices do exactly what they are designed to do and people are saved because of them, some defective medical devices can cause danger and even lead to severe injuries and death.

There are government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration whose job it is to check these devices and make companies recall them if there is an issue. Those who might have been affected by a defective medical device should keep track of these recalls as it could be the foundation for a legal filing. Software that is used with a surgical system is being recalled because it showed inaccurate information while biopsies were being performed. This can result in consumer injury and threaten their lives.

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