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The impact of a TBI on your relationships

You suffer a traumatic brain injury in an accident. Someone pulls out in front of you as you drive through Columbus. You do everything in your power to avoid the crash, but you can't. You lose consciousness and wake up in the hospital.

The doctors tell you that you have a TBI and the full impact on your physical, mental and emotional health has yet to be seen. They don't know exactly what changes you'll experience. They warn you that every TBI is different.

Study finds many truck drivers are sleep deprived

People in Ohio and across the U.S. are getting less sleep according to a new study by researchers at Ball State University. What's worse is that many professional drivers are among the most sleep deprived.

Researchers found that the number of Americans getting seven hours of sleep or less per night jumped from 30.9% in 2010 to 35.9% in 2018. However, the numbers are even worse among those working in the transport industry. The study found that the number of transport drivers not getting adequate rest spiked from 32% to 41% over the last decade, which is an increase of 28%. Meanwhile, the study found that 50% of police and military members, 45% of health care support workers and 41% of production workers fail to get enough sleep within each 24-hour period. According to the lead author of the study, the research team couldn't identify specific reasons why people are getting less sleep.

Data shows road rage on the rise

According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of car accident fatalities connected to aggressive driving is on a steep rise. The figure spiked almost 500% over the ten years between 2006 and 2015, from 80 fatalities to 467. Drivers in Ohio may already be aware of the increased prevalence of road rage, and there are things they can do to make motor vehicle travel safer.

Drivers can begin by monitoring and minimizing their own levels of stress wherever possible. This might mean getting more sleep or reducing the number of pre-commute morning decisions by, for example, getting meals ready and setting out clothes for work the night before. Being courteous to other drivers can also help reduce the risk of road rage; giving the other driver the right of way can avoid anger issues according to a AAA director of safety advocacy and research.

Should trucks turn across oncoming traffic?

When a semi has to make a left turn, there's the potential for disaster.

Maybe you're in the left-hand turn lane on the road the semi is trying to turn onto. You may have to back up if they don't have enough space to complete the turn without hitting your car. If there is nowhere to go, now you either have a crash with the trailer as it swings through your lane, crushing itself into your window, or you have an accident as you back into the car behind you.

Fatal DUI car crash after TV show premiere party sparks lawsuit

When there is a fatal accident in Ohio or anywhere across the nation, there could be the foundation to file a legal claim. The circumstances of the incident are key. In many of these cases, the accident occurred while a person was at the accident site as part of their job. In such a situation, the employer could be held liable.

A fatal car crash that killed an employee has sparked a legal filing against the Comedy Central show “Lights Off” starring comedian and actor David Spade. According to the lawsuit filed by the man’s parents, the producers let another man who was working as an accountant on the program drive drunk. The accident happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 in Los Angeles. A 2018 Infiniti driven by the man crashed into an Acura. The Acura careened to where the decedent, 24, was standing. He suffered severe head trauma.

Tesla's sensor tech still a work in progress

Many Ohio residents probably own a car with a driver assistance system. The thing to remember is that the technology behind these systems is not perfect. Cameras and sensors may more easily pick up moving vehicles than parked vehicles, for instance. They may set a safe speed for drivers as long as they stay in their lane, but changing lanes may cause a "cut-out scenario" that confuses the sensors.

Several crashes have occurred because the cameras and sensors did not "see" an obstruction ahead and activate the automatic braking system. In 2016, a Florida man died when his Tesla Model S collided into the side of a big rig. On January 22, 2018, the same vehicle caused a driver in Culver City, California, to crash into the rear of a fire truck. No one was injured or killed.

Claiming damages after a car accident as a student

Being involved in a car accident as a college student can severely affect your studies, whether you were physically injured or not. It's important to recognize the profound ways that the car accident you were involved in affected you, whether it's physically, emotionally or financially. This is because it may be possible to gain back damages as a result of going through the settlement process.

Your first step should be to gain a good understanding of where the law stands in the state in which the car accident occurred. In Ohio, drivers are required to carry liability car insurance to cover damages that could occur in an accident. Ohio is an at-fault car insurance state, which means that damages are covered by the insurer of the party that was to blame for the accident. If you believe that you were not to blame for the accident, it is important to hold the other party responsible.

Innovation important in treatment of rare cancers

Rare cancers present unique difficulties for medical professionals, but that does not mean they can't be properly treated. Medical malpractice law holds doctors and other health care professionals in Ohio to a professional standard of care. With rare cancers, there may be an increased risk of misdiagnosis, limited treatment options and a limited number of specialists available. Most of the data about especially rare types of cancer comes from individual case studies because there are not enough patients for larger group studies or clinical trials.

One growing trend in the treatment of rare cancers is to focus on the mutations that the cancers come from rather than the part of the body in which they originate. Several drugs have been approved to treat mismatch repair deficiency cancers in which the tumor has problems making repairs to itself once it has been damaged. A rare muscle tumor cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, and a rare pancreatic cancer, acinar cell sarcoma, are both mismatch repair deficiency cancers as are a number of more prevalent prostate, colorectal, bladder and breast cancers.

Medical malpractice can lead to serious injuries

The vision many Ohio residents have of medical malpractice is not a pretty one. The thought of a botched surgery often comes vividly to mind. However, surgical errors are among the least common types of medical malpractice mistakes committed by doctors and other medical professionals.

Instead, legal commentators point to misdiagnosis as a leading cause of medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis can lead to patient injury in several different ways. The wrong medicine or the wrong dosage may be prescribed, the wrong treatment protocol could be initiated or proper treatment might be delayed or not started at all. It's important to understand that medical malpractice can be an error of commission, where a mistake is affirmatively made, or an act of omission, where something that's needed is not done.

Why drowsy driving happens, how to stop it

While drowsy driving poses a danger to people on the road, preventing this behavior is a challenge. There is no test for fatigued driving as there is for drunk driving, and inadequate transportation systems in America sometimes leave people with few other transportation options. Ohio residents might like to know more about the problem of driver fatigue.

One AAA survey questioned participants about how often they had been fatigued while driving within the previous month. Nearly one-third of those questioned had operated a vehicle at least once while struggling to keep their eyes open.

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