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After asbestos-related illness, a lawyer can help

The mere mention of the words "asbestos exposure" in Ohio can spark fear for a person and their loved ones. Asbestos was once prominently used for a variety of purposes before it was known to be dangerous. Since it is heat and fire-resistant, it was thought to be of great benefit in construction, manufacturing, mining and more. For people who have become ill or lost a loved one because of asbestos, it is important to understand how to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

Asbestos-related illnesses can affect anyone. People who worked with it in the past include those in the steel industry, construction workers, miners, mechanics and firefighters, among others. It can also be present in buildings without residents or workers even knowing about it. Since the symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses can be dormant for up to 40 years, people might not even realize that they became sick because of it. As soon as one believes that they have been exposed to asbestos, it is vital to get checked by a doctor.

Passenger vehicle and tractor-trailer crash injures 2 in Ohio

Since Ohio is centrally located in the U.S., there are a significant number of large tractor-trailers that travel through the state. These vehicles travel at significant speeds, and their size makes them dangerous to people in smaller vehicles and even those who are also driving tractor-trailers. When there is a tractor-trailer crash, there can be major injuries and fatalities. Those who have been involved in truck accidents must remember that they have the right to seek compensation for what they have lost.

Two people suffered injuries in a crash between two semi-trucks and a passenger car. The passenger vehicle ended up under the trailer of one truck. It was not clear who was at fault in the accident. The initial investigation shows that one semi-truck was merging onto the interstate when it hit the second semi-truck and the passenger vehicle. There was a jackknife of one semi while the other rolled. The driver of one of the semis and the driver of the car were injured.

Anecdotal evidence shows danger of distracted truck drivers

Distracted driving is a growing problem in Ohio and across the nation. Research has shown this to be the case, so, too, has anecdotal evidence from those on the front lines trying to put a stop to it and keep drivers safe: law enforcement. Compounding this problem is the reality that a distracted truck driver operates a vehicle that is large, travels at a high rate of speed and can do substantial damage to a smaller vehicle and those in it. After a truck accident, it is important to know whether the driver was distracted, as this can be essential to a legal filing.

A deputy in Lake County stated that when he was heading to the job in an unmarked vehicle, everyone he passed was using a cellphone. The deputy says that the efforts of reducing the frequency of texting and driving and other distracting behaviors behind the wheel has shown little effectiveness. He believes that around 70 percent of drivers are operating their vehicles while distracted.

How can you measure the true cost of accident-related blindness?

The eye is one of the most complex parts of the human body. It is a major gateway between you and the world around you. Unfortunately, the eye is also extremely fragile and difficult to heal.

If you suffer an accident that somehow damages your eyesight, you would probably be terrified that the damage is permanent. Although some injuries can heal with time and medical care, many can have lifelong effects.

System used in brain surgery part of medical device recall

Ohioans who are receiving treatment from a medical professional will undoubtedly understand that they are placing their lives in the hands of the doctor and their staff. An understated concern when being treated for any issue is the possibility that defective medical devices are being used. Some of these devices place people at risk of serious injury and death. When there has been a medical device recall and a patient might have been injured before the recall, this could be the basis for a lawsuit to recover compensation.

A recall was initiated by the Food and Drug Administration because of problems with a laser delivery probe. The Monteris Medical NeuroBlate system was recalled due to its propensity to unexpectedly heat up and cause damage to the probe's tip, injuring the patient. The recall is Class I, which is the most serious kind of recall the FDA can order and is used when the danger of serious injury or fatality exists. The device is used to let doctors operate on a patient's brain with minimal invasiveness. The heating and damage from the tip can let carbon dioxide into the probe, which can subsequently leak into the brain of the patient.

What should I know about negligence in a personal injury case?

When there is an accident on someone else's property due to hazardous conditions and a person suffers injuries because of it, this could be the foundation for a lawsuit. However, it is important to show negligence on the part of the property owner. This might not be as simple as it sounds, and legal help is essential when considering a legal filing to recover compensation.

Negligence stems from the failure to exhibit the necessary amount of care and someone was injured as a result. If the person who was injured is filing a claim based on negligence, the law requires that the claimant's damages be lowered based on how much they were at fault. This theory is known as contributory negligence. There are five elements that must be proven by the plaintiff to show that the defendant was negligent. The elements are: duty, breach of duty, cause in fact, proximate cause, and damages.

Shelving of proposed regulations could increase truck accidents

Ohio residents are keenly aware of the number of trucks that are on the road in the state. Trucks are part of the landscape and provide great benefit by delivering goods and giving truckers an honest living. There is no denying, however, that these vehicles can be dangerous. Their speed and size can result in significant damage when there is a crash. Regulatory agencies are constantly seeking ways to make the road safer for truckers and those who share the road with them. However, that requires the implementation of new rules and many rules have been eliminated in the first year of the new president's administration.

A dozen rules that were being developed or were already in place have been delayed, withdrawn or repealed during President Trump's first year. Some of these rules were created in response to accidents that had already happened. It is believed that the president's goal is to reduce regulations and free companies to earn and hire. But, the ancillary cost is that rules that were intended to get truckers to slow down and check for sleep apnea in operators has been put on the back burner.

Can a seat belt actually cause injury in an accident?

There’s been a huge push across the nation to raise public awareness about the safety benefits of wearing a seat belt whenever you’re in a moving vehicle. In 2015, seat belt use saved nearly 14,000 lives in motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Many people don’t know, however, that sometimes a seat belt can actually cause injury in the event of an accident. This article examines some causes of such injuries:

Medical device recall targets defibrillators

Ohioans who are experiencing medical issues and need a device to make certain they can survive must keep a close eye on when a medical device recall is issued. Defective medical devices can be dangerous, and it is a vital part of consumer protection for people to be warned and have the option of considering a legal case if they have been harmed. This is especially dangerous when it is an implantable device that does not work correctly. People who have been injured or lost a loved one might not even realize that it was because the medical device was defective.

Forty-eight defibrillators were recalled by Medtronic because the implantable and cardiac resynchronization devices did not give the shock needed to keep the person's heartbeat at its proper pace and did not revive those who went into cardiac arrest. The announcement was made by the Food and Drug Administration. These devices are comparable to pacemakers and assist the heart in beating in a regular rhythm. They are also designed to prevent the person from dying if they go into cardiac arrest. The FDA states that the failure of these devices could lead to injury or death.

Man injured when semi crashes into house

While Ohio residents know the dangers of trucks on the road, they probably do not think that a large truck could be a danger to them when they are in their homes. However, these vehicles are increasingly placing people at risk no matter where they are. This goes beyond highways and well-traveled streets and into locations where trucks place more people at risk. Given the size of these vehicles and the issues that truckers often have using intoxicants, driving while distracted and committing other illegal and dangerous acts, truck accidents can cause major injuries, significant property damage and death. A legal filing is often needed to be compensated for all that was lost.

The risk of trucks in residential areas was exhibited when a semi-truck crashed into a home. The accident happened at approximately 4:00 a.m. The 29-year-old man inside the residence was trapped under the vehicle, injured and hospitalized. The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. After investigating, law enforcement gave the driver citations for failing to control his vehicle and surpassing the legal number of hours he should have driven in one day.

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