Columbus Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Legal Blog

Consider any injury settlement carefully before accepting

After suffering a serious injury, you may find it overwhelming to stay on top of the settlement process while also working through your own physical recovery. This is a normal, expected part of the process, but one that often results in victims accepting settlement terms that do not fairly compensate them for their losses.

Insurance companies understand that victims often cannot fairly represent themselves and also deal with their physical recovery, and regularly use this to their own advantage. It is important to remember that although insurance companies provide an important service to victims, they are primarily concerned with their own bottom lines and will choose their own profits over the well-being of a victim nearly every time if given the opportunity. This is not necessarily "wrong," but it does not serve the interests of victims.

Settling out of court for truck accident injuries

A commercial truck accident can burden victims with vehicle repair costs, medical bills and lost wages. To receive compensatory damages, they can either go through with litigation, or they can see if the other side will settle out of court. Civil law in Ohio, as in other states, allows for out-of-court settlements via alternative dispute resolution. ADR methods include negotiations, mediation and arbitration.

There are several benefits to settling out of court, one of them being that victims can save a lot of time and money. Civil trials can become drawn-out affairs, and they make it hard for both sides to be completely honest and open. With ADR, though, the other side will be less defensive and be open to hearing the victim speak. The environment is a confidential one with neither side admitting to any fault.

New software company to address truck driver fatigue

With more than 3 million commercial drivers moving 70 percent of the nation's cargo, the trucking industry is essential to the U.S. economy. It is also an industry fraught with dangers as turnover rates exceed 90 percent and drowsy driving becomes more and more common. Drivers in Ohio should know that a startup specializing in safety software could help prevent truck drivers from engaging in drowsy driving and other risky behavior.

BlyncSync was started three years ago by graduates of Oklahoma University to improve safety for truckers and improve relationships between truckers and their dispatchers. The company is planning to produce wearable devices, such as special watches, hats and safety glasses, that measure biometric data. Its first initiative is to create glasses that measure and report truck driver fatigue in real time through signs like yawning and blinking.

Self-driving cars still affected by human problems

Autonomous vehicle technology is exciting to many people in Ohio because of the futuristic potential it presents for self-driving cars and a world without auto accidents. Car accidents can be costly and dangerous, causing severe injuries and even deaths; most are attributable to human error behind the wheel. Automated vehicles present the opportunity for a future of cars that are free of these human failings. At the same time, others warn of technological problems that could prove to be equally unsafe.

One engineering professor at Arizona State University says there is reason to be cautious about the safety potential of self-driving vehicles, but not because of any inherent problems with the technology. Autonomous cars are being developed in order to replicate as closely as possible the human experience of driving a car.However, he notes, it is human driving that leads to car accidents, while a fully automated vehicle could use other, less human ways of determining safety when operating.

Software shows potential to reduce radiology errors

Accurate diagnoses for medical patients in Ohio often relies on the results of tests like ultrasounds and X-rays. A research team that studied the efficacy of a software system meant to catch data entry errors made by radiologists and sonographers found significant potential to reduce mistakes that could lead to a misdiagnosis and delayed or ineffective treatment.

The results as published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology showed that the software caught errors in 6 to 28 percent of ultrasound or radiology reports. The system also improved efficiency by shortening the time that practitioners spent making reports. This would result in labor savings for medical institutions.

A mild brain injury may disrupt your child’s college education

Some young people experience serious car accidents during their time in college. Sadly, it's often due to intoxicated driving. If not properly prepared for the aftermath, their education may suffer greatly. Not only do these accident pose serious threats to the health of the young person who experiences it, some of the effects of the accident may threaten his or her educational goals in ways that are difficult to anticipate.

Any car accident may involve a blow to the head that results in a mild traumatic brain injury, even in instances when the victim does not recall experiencing a blow to the head. This is part of why it is important to seek out a professional medical examination following any significant car accident. Not only may a victim receive injuries that do not produce pain immediately, if the victim receives a mild TBI, the symptoms may not present themselves for days or weeks, and may wreak havoc on a young person's educational career.

The causes of fatal car accidents in Ohio

The causes of fatal accidents in Ohio can vary by a significant degree. In some cases, the accident may be caused by driver error; in other cases, the issue may have been with the road conditions.

The most frequent cause attributed to vehicle accident fatalities is human error. The most publicized example in this category is drunk or impaired driving. Alcohol and drugs can affect a driver's motor skills, making a collision more likely. Another example is distracted driving. It's not uncommon for drivers to look at their phone while driving, but taking their eyes off the road can lead to rear-end collisions if they're not paying close attention.

OSU alumni killed in accident near campus

In the early morning hours of March 17, 2018, a former Ohio State University student was killed in a two-car accident at approximately 2:15 a.m. The accident occurred in Columbus, Ohio, at the intersection of Summit Street and East 15th Avenue.

The victim was a 23-year-old man originally from Dublin, Ohio. According to school records, the victim was enrolled at Ohio State University in the fall of 2017. The victim was traveling southbound on Summit Street when he collided with another vehicle. The second vehicle, which was driving east from 15th Avenue, had pulled onto Summit Street at the same time the victim reached the intersection. The Columbus Division of Police said that the victim was declared dead at the scene.

Your child should always see a doctor after any car accident

After a child experiences a car accident, he or she may not feel any pain or have any visible injuries, but that does not necessarily mean the child is unharmed from the experience. In many cases, car accidents can inflict injuries on the body that do not cause pain immediately, meaning that a child (or an adult, for that matter) may not realize that he or she actually has an injury that may cause serious complications, some of which can prove fatal.

Furthermore, children of any age may not have the ability to clearly understand or communicate certain pain or sensations, or may feel unexpected pressures to avoid talking about some pain. It is also possible that a child may say he or she has pain or discomfort when this is not the case, for some unrelated reason.

What Ohio drivers should know about soft tissue damage

Soft tissue injuries are some of the most difficult for doctors to diagnose because no X-ray can detect them. Furthermore, some of the symptoms may take several days to manifest. Damage to soft tissue, which includes muscles, ligaments and tendons, often occur in car collisions. These tissues can be strained, sprained, bruised or torn.

One serious form of soft tissue injury is whiplash. Because the head is actually quite heavy, it can seriously damage the neck tissues when it snaps back in a rear-end collision. Whiplash symptoms range from a burning sensation in the neck to shooting pains extending from the neck and shoulders to the back. Whiplash can lead to a slipped disc, muscle joint dysfunction and other serious issues.

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