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May 2019 Archives

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.

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.

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.

Recent Verdicts Show Promise for Victims of Roundup Exposure

A unanimous California jury has found Monsanto/Bayer liable for failing to warn that its weed killer, Roundup, could cause cancer. The federal jury awarded the plaintiff, Ed Hardeman, $80 million in the first bellwether trial of this vastly growing litigation, striking a blow to Monsanto and opening the door for thousands of individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by the development of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma as a result of Roundup usage. Specifically, the jury awarded Hardeman $200,967 in economic damages, approximately $5 million in future and past noneconomic damages, and $75 million in punitive damages.This was a bifurcated trial in which the jury heard a causation phase and a secondary damages phase. The causation phase of the trial ended on March 19 when the jury concluded that Roundup was a substantial factor in causing Hardeman's cancer, sending the dispute into a second phase to determine liability and damages. During the damages phase, the jury heard evidence that between 1980 and 2012, Monsanto was aware of five epidemiological studies, seven animal studies, three oxidative stress studies and 14 genotoxicity studies that linked its Roundup products to cancer. Mr. Hardeman's lawyers argued that despite the studies, Monsanto never warned consumers and refused to conduct its own long-term research.Monsanto executives were also accused of "ghostwriting" multiple academic articles in the 1990s and 2000s, allegedly in an effort to mislead federal regulators and the public about the safety of Roundup. Mr. Hardeman's attorneys asked the jury to award punitive damages against Monsanto for "manipulating the science" and public opinion for years, pointing out that Bayer bought Monsanto for $63 billion in June, and Monsanto made $210 million from Roundup sales in one year alone.

Consumer injury sparks FDA to act with pelvic mesh and stop sales

When an Ohio resident is advised to receive a certain treatment for a medical issue, there is a significant level of trust that will be placed on the judgment of the medical professionals and the ability on the part of manufacturers to make safe and effective products. When medical devices are not formulated properly or there are dangers when using them, regulators will likely act to prevent people from being injured. Unfortunately, this still leaves people who have had these devices used on them at risk. For them, filing a lawsuit is often required to be compensated.

Asbestos risks you'll want to be aware of in Ohio

Is your Ohio workplace, school or home a health hazard? You probably aren't sure how to answer that because some potentially dangerous health issues remain unseen. Thousands of people have suffered serious illnesses after being exposed to asbestos. Many of them had no idea they had been exposed, although in some cases, their employers knew but failed to keep them safe.

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