Columbus Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Legal Blog

Suing a doctor for opioid addiction

Opioid painkillers have been wreaking havoc and ruining lives for a number of years now. Over the last couple of decades, what was a background problem has risen to the forefront as a national epidemic.

Many individuals' lives are now in shambles simply because they obeyed their doctors' orders and took opioid painkillers as they were prescribed. Unfortunately, many of the doctors who prescribed these painkillers did so negligently, leading to many physically and mentally addicted patients.

Most common distracted driving habits

Driving in the state of Ohio can be quite dangerous. There are so many vehicles on the roads and it's difficult to trust others around you. Distracted driving is a big problem in the state that law enforcement is working to curb. Aside from using a phone while driving, both for texting and talking, there are other bad habits drivers have when behind the wheel.

Even though many cars are sold because of the navigation system installed, this is actually a big distraction for drivers. Drivers who follow GPS, or use the screen in their dashboard to select music, might find themselves in a precarious situation on the roads of Ohio.

How to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one

The loss of a loved one is always difficult to handle, but when the loss occurred because of wrongful death, it can be nearly impossible to handle. When someone else's negligence causes you to lose a loved one, you will want as many answers as possible. This might not be feasible right away, which means you will have to learn how to deal with the loss as best as you can.

The grieving process will be much longer and more painful if you continue to live in denial after the loss of a loved one. It's easier said than done, but you must acknowledge the loss in order to begin the recovery process.

Did a medical care provider harm you?

We all hope that the doctors, nurses and other medical care providers that serve us do everything in their power to treat us effectively and completely. Sadly, for many individuals, medical care providers are the ones causing the greatest harm.

If your or someone you love suffered an injury because of a mistake by a medical care provider, you deserve to explore all your options for fair compensation. Deepening on the severity of the injury and its long-lasting effects, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Pursuing a medical malpractice suit is not a simple, quick process. Before you decide if a lawsuit is a good fit for you, be sure that you have at least a cursory understanding of the medical malpractice claim process. A well-rounded approach can often help you keep your head up if things get difficult before they get better.

Conor McGregor suffered a brain injury in his first boxing match

The match between famed boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the United Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, August 26th was highly anticipated. Although McGregor had told his fans he intended to win his 'money match,' it ended up with his 10th round knockout of the technical variety instead.

Soon after the match was prematurely terminated, media outlets began questioning the veteran referee that had been hired to work the match. They wondered if he'd exercised sound judgement in ending the match when he did.

Malpractice happens in multiple medical situations

There are dozens of injuries that can take place at a hospital. Malpractice may happen when you least expect it. For example, when you think of anesthesia injuries, you probably think about people waking up too soon or passing away because of the wrong dosages of medications. There are actually many other forms of anesthesia errors that can cause problems including breaking teeth when inserting the breathing tube used during the surgery and nerve damage. Of course, organ damage, cardiopulmonary arrest and death are also concerns.

Up to 16 percent of all medical malpractice claims are filed against primary care physicians. In other words, it's your family physician who may make the error that ends up leading to a lawsuit. In most of these cases, missed diagnoses and errors when prescribing medications lead to the lawsuits. Primary care providers who missed diagnoses were most likely to miss cancer, heart attacks and meningitis.

Defending the rights of a relative in a nursing home

Nursing homes are intended to provide a place of care and safety for the frail and elderly. Loved ones who place their relatives in a nursing home do not take the decision lightly, and it can be difficult to place all trust in the care providers. Unfortunately, there has been some horrific stories of nursing home neglect, particularly in Ohio.

This blog will offer a brief overview into the rights that nursing home residents have to proper care and standards of living, and how relatives and loved ones can go about defending those rights if they feel that nursing home neglect has taken place.

It may take days to realize you were hurt after a car accident

After a car accident, most people involved can be in a state of shock or experience an adrenaline rush that can make it hard to think. The mental trauma can make it difficult to truly assess the severity of your injuries. It can actually take several days before some symptoms make themselves known. This is one of the reasons why, if you have been in a car accident, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible for an assessment.

Since some injury symptoms develop over time, you should become familiar with what to watch for in the days following a car accident. Read below for delayed injuries it may take several days for you to become aware of after a motor vehicle collision.

Deaths due to crashes involving drugs rising

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that deaths due to drunk driving are falling. Since 2006, those deaths have fallen by 24 percent. However, deaths due to driving under the influence of drugs are rising -- quickly.

In 1993, drug-related collisions across the country numbered 2,003. In 2015, that number rose to 7,438. These numbers are only for those crashes where a driver has drugs in his or her system and not whether impairment by drugs caused the crash. Here are some examples of crashes were drivers were intoxicated by drugs:

  • In North Carolina, all four occupants in an SUV overdosed on heroin and the vehicle crashed.
  • A man's grandfather had to grab the wheel after the grandson lost consciousness.
  • In Cleveland, Ohio, a man overdosed, drove off the road and struck a pole. He was seriously hurt and rescue workers had to use an overdose antidote to bring him back around.
  • A man struck a group of bicyclists and killed five of them after he ingested a handful of muscle relaxers and pain pills. Police reported that the man was "completely out of it."

Interdisciplinary teams unite to stop elder abuse in Ohio

They say that a nation can be judged by how it treats its weakest citizens -- which include the disabled and the elderly.

Unfortunately, the elderly are a high-risk population when it comes to abuse and neglect. The longer that people live, the less likely they are to remain active in their community. This means that they aren't a visible presence.

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