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Chain-reaction Ohio trucking accident injures three, one fatally

In Ohio, trucks can be an intimidating presence, but it might come as a surprise to many that semi-truck accidents can happen even in relatively slow traffic. The size of these vehicles can make any collision deadly. A chain-reaction accident in slow traffic can be worse than other types of truck crashes as there is nowhere for the drivers of vehicles up ahead to go to avoid the accident. Frequently, they do not realize what is happening until it is too late. After a trucking accident, those who were hurt or lost a loved one should be cognizant of their financial and personal needs and consider a lawsuit for compensation.

Three people were injured - one fatally - when there was a chain-reaction crash that was started by two semi-trucks. The accident occurred in the morning at around 7 a.m. The person who died was a 56-year-old man in a 2011 Toyota Corolla. The other people who were hurt were also male, a 29-year-old and a 77-year-old. The 29-year-old had been in a box truck; the 77-year-old in a Toyota Highlander. According to the law enforcement investigation, one semi was approaching traffic and swerved, hitting a second truck. The driver of the truck that swerved was a 69-year-old man. The drivers were not believed to have been under the influence. The investigation is continuing.

Traumatic brain injury: The aftermath can be difficult

When you got the call from your loved one's employer saying he or she had received an injury on the job, you may have felt like the world dropped out from underneath your feet. After hearing that you should get to the hospital as swiftly and safely as you can, you knew it was a serious situation. Perhaps several days or weeks have passed, and you are greatly relieved that your loved one survived.

Rejoicing in his or her survival doesn't necessarily mean everything is fine, especially if the result of the workplace accident was a traumatic brain injury. While you love your family member and are willing to do whatever it takes to help him or her achieve as high quality a life as possible given the circumstances, it's critical that you build a strong support network to help you and your family move on in life.

Safety group: Truck accidents could stem from trucker drug use

Drivers of passenger vehicles who are sharing the road with large trucks in Ohio are keenly aware of the dangers they pose. They are intimidating because of their size, speed and distance they travel, but there are other factors that can place people in jeopardy of injuries and death after a truck accident. Issues such as a drunk truck driver, a drowsy trucker and a trucker who is ignoring the rules of safety that regulators have implemented are all common causes of accidents. A frequently ignored issue is drug use among truckers. This could be a key factor in a crash and in seeking compensation for medical costs, lost wages and more.

According to the safety group the Trucking Alliance, many truckers are using illegal drugs and getting away with it. It conducted a study and presented it to congress to emphasize the point. The Trucking Alliance provided evidence that truckers who were drug tested with hair testing compared to urinalysis before a truck company hired them had vastly different results. The urinalysis was notoriously inaccurate, missing nine out of 10 drivers who should have tested positive for drugs in their systems.

New discovery in makeup sparks fear of asbestos-related illness

In Ohio and across the nation, concerns about asbestos and the illnesses it can cause are usually centered around it being in buildings and its use in various industries. People who were exposed to it have a justified fear of suffering asbestos-related illness because of it. Another concern is when it is in products and the discovery of that information indicates that customers - including children - could be at risk. When there is fear that a person was exposed to asbestos or is showing symptoms of illnesses like asbestosis or mesothelioma, it is wise to find the source of the exposure and consider a legal filing.

In 2017, asbestos was found in makeup sold by the chain retailer Claire's. The company asserted that it dealt with the problem. Now, however, the Food and Drug Administration found that other products sold by Claire's and Beauty Plus Global have asbestos. The FDA has informed consumers that they should not use these items. The two companies had a voluntary recall for products that were found to have asbestos. This occurred three months after the FDA told consumers to discard other makeup that had asbestos. At first, Claire's disagreed with the FDA, but later removed the products from its shelves.

Your troubles with sepsis may not end after treatment

Whether you contracted an infection that remained undiagnosed after a surgery or some other way, the medical staff you entrusted with your health failed to treat it before it advanced into sepsis, which means that your body's immune system went into hyperdrive and began attacking the rest of your body.

Once you received a diagnosis of sepsis, you required additional and aggressive treatment. Once you received a clean bill of health, you thought the ordeal was over. However, that may not be the end of the story.

Misdiagnosis of one condition for another can cause death

In Ohio and throughout the United States, people who are suffering from a medical issue will seek assistance from a doctor. Getting a diagnosis of what the problem is can be a relief, especially if it is treatable. However, a problem that frequently occurs is when there is a misdiagnosis. Because some conditions have the same symptoms as more serious ones, it is not uncommon for there to be a mistake. If that mistake is one that can cause a worsened medical condition and death, it is important for the person to know they have the right to seek compensation in a medical malpractice legal filing.

In what can be a dangerous circumstance, people who are suffering from heart failure are often misdiagnosed as having asthma. This happened to a New York woman who was having a problem walking as little as one block. She had been given medication for asthma, but later found out that she was suffering from heart failure. Because heart failure causes a diminishing of the amount of blood pumped through the body, it can have severe consequences. Misdiagnosing it can be fatal. This woman, 60, was fortunate that it was caught in time and she received the proper treatment. Others might not be as lucky.

Furniture falling onto road causes multi-vehicle crash in Ohio

Given the number of large trucks on the Ohio roadways, it is important that drivers take the necessary steps to ensure safety. Part of that is securing what they are carrying to make certain it does not come loose and fall on the road. Objects on the road will inevitably cause other vehicles to swerve to try and avoid them. This frequently causes accidents. If there are trucks, their size and the speed at which they travel will drastically reduce their maneuverability. Truck accidents can occur and cause serious injuries and death if this happens. A full investigation is needed to determine the cause and people who were injured must consider a legal filing for compensation.

A multi-vehicle crash left several people injured when patio furniture fell off a truck and landed in the roadway. The furniture had been on the back of a truck when it came loose. A semi-truck behind it swerved to avoid it and crashed into the median. It subsequently flipped over. Fluid began leaking from it. The driver was injured. There were two other vehicles involved in the series of accidents. The people in those vehicles were also hurt. Although their injuries were initially reported as minor, the investigation is ongoing.

Distracted truck driver accidents require legal help for victims

The Ohio roadways are teeming with large trucks that are going to and through the state. These vehicles present numerous dangers to drivers of passenger vehicles who share the road with them. When there is a crash with one of these giant trucks, the passenger vehicle and those inside will undoubtedly get the worst of it with serious injuries and fatalities. After a crash with a truck, those who were affected should remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Truckers and truck companies are expected to maintain a standard of safety. That includes adhering to the law for time on the road, making certain the vehicles are maintained properly and avoiding certain risks when behind the wheel. Still, truckers are just like everyone else in the era of the cellphone and being connected 24/7. This can lead to a distracted truck driver with all the accompanying dangers. Although there are many possible risks with a truck, distraction is growing in scope and is worrisome.

Maternal personal injury and death after childbirth preventable

Ohioans who are expecting a child will be anxiously awaiting the baby's arrival. For many, this is the high point in their life as they try to start or expand a family. Although childbirth is common and most come through it with the mother and newborn safe and healthy, there is no denying that it carries with it some risk. Mothers can suffer personal injury and death for a variety of reasons including mistakes and negligence on the part of the staff, medication errors and failure to diagnose. In a worst-case scenario, these can result in a fatal medical error. When a mother suffers an illness or dies after childbirth, it is imperative to know how and why it happened so the person's family can consider a lawsuit for compensation.

Recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that almost 700 women die annually because of complications from pregnancy in the U.S. It also says that more than half of these deaths could have been prevented. The report says that around three of every five deaths were avoidable. These range from an incident during the pregnancy, when the baby was being delivered, or up to one year after childbirth.

Hands-free devices don't always mean distraction-free driving

By now, it should be obvious to everyone in Ohio and across the nation that digital devices can create dangerous distractions for drivers. In an effort to avoid distractions, many drivers are switching to hands-free systems so that they can talk on the phone or accomplish other tasks without taking their hands off the wheel.

Unfortunately, hands-free driving does not necessarily mean distraction-free driving. A hands-free device can even create a false sense of security, causing drivers to take unnecessary risks with other distractions. A new study is showing that being a distracted driver is likely to spark other forms of distraction behind the wheel, increasing the risk.

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