Columbus Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Legal Blog

Motor vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of child death

As a loving parent, you probably do everything you can to give your children a safe environment and the skills and resources they need for a healthy and happy future. Unfortunately, no matter how much you love your children, it is impossible to completely shield them from the dangers of the world.

Riding in a vehicle is a perfect example. The average American takes several car trips every day, usually arriving at the intended destination without issue. However, for a tiny fraction of individuals, the daily commute can end in tragedy.

Woman's kidney wrongly removed during surgery

Some Ohio residents might be dismayed to learn that in Florida, a surgeon removed a kidney from a woman scheduled for surgery on her back. The woman had had a car accident years earlier and had suffered from back pain ever since. The surgery was to fuse the bones in her lower back.

There were two orthopedic surgeons who were going to operate on the woman, but a third surgeon prepped her for the surgery, which is normal procedure. However, the third surgeon believed he had identified a tumor and removed it. In fact, a month later, the report came back that it was actually a pelvic kidney. Pelvic kidneys are healthy organs that did not move to their usual spot in the abdomen during the fetal stage of development. Before the woman had surgery, there were two MRIs performed that indicated that she had a pelvic kidney.

Many pediatric brain tumors could be misdiagnosed

When parents and their children in Ohio receive a diagnosis of pediatric brain cancer, the future can be frightening. Because treatment is so critical to saving children's lives and preventing the disease from advancing, a correct diagnosis is essential. However, scientific advances have revealed that many childhood brain cancer diagnoses are actually incorrect. One kind of tumor is frequently identified as another, and the differences are not detectable without newer, specialized tests that examine the molecular profiles of cancerous tumors.

Researchers urged pediatric cancer specialists to adopt the newer testing protocols, called DNA methylation profiling, in order to avoid misdiagnosis and provide correct treatment. They also recommended that family members insist on this type of testing for children with pediatric brain cancer. The tumors in question, called CNS-PNETs, have traditionally been diagnosed based on where they are found in the brain and the appearance of their cells under a microscope. However, when a molecular profile was created, tumors that looked identical under microscopic examination were revealed to be entirely different types of brain cancer.

Car accident injuries: You never know what to expect

Even if you consider yourself a safe driver, you could still be part of an accident that results in a variety of injuries. If this happens, you should seek immediate medical treatment, as doing so increases your chance of making a full recovery.

You never know what type of injuries you'll suffer in a car accident. Any type of crash, even one at a low speed, can cause a serious injury. This is why it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to potential injuries.

Ohio judge dismisses Facebook from wrongful death case

An Ohio judge dismissed Facebook from a lawsuit filed by the family of a man whose killer shot him and shared the video on the social media site. The victim's family had accused Facebook of acting negligently for not spotting and then reporting the posted threats by the shooter.

The shooter shared the video of himself shooting the 74-year-old man on a street in Cleveland. His video remained live on the site for around two hours, and it was shared and viewed millions of times during that period. A few days later, the shooter also shot and killed himself following a police chase in Pennsylvania.

ECRI pinpoints 10 health tech hazards

The ECRI Institute has released its 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report, which ranks the hazards according to the priority they should receive. Medical professionals in addition to Ohio residents about to undergo surgery or another procedure will want to see whether any of these hazards might affect them personally. Topping the list of threats is hackers who target health care systems' remote access feature.

According to the report, these cybersecurity attacks can render devices or systems inoperable as well as expose or compromise patient data. The ECRI emphasizes the need to identify, monitor and protect all remote access points and follow recommended practices, like system patching and having strong passwords.

Truck crashes prove the exception to decrease in traffic deaths

In 2017, the total number of people who died in traffic accidents decreased 1.8 percent from 2016's numbers, going from 37,806 to 37,133 fatalities. Passenger vehicle, motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths saw a respective decline of 1.4, 3.1 and 1.7 percent. Speeding-related deaths dropped 5.6 percent and bicyclist deaths 8.1 percent. Ohio residents will agree that these are positive developments.

One factor, though, bucked the overall downward trend: large truck traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has explained as much in its report on 2017 car crash trends, which was culled from the data in its Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

If a minor drives drunk, can a party host face liability?

As students enter college and begin exercising their autonomy, there is very high likelihood that many of them will drink while underage, typically at a party of some kind. This experience has been celebrated in movies and television shows for many years, and a majority of college students get to college assuming that this is normal and even expected. Of these students who choose to drink while still minors, some of them will also choose to drive.

While the experience may be normal, it is neither safe nor legal, and may place many more people at risk than just the student who chooses to drink and get behind the wheel. If they cause an accident, they may derail not only their own future opportunities, but also those of other victims in the accident. They may even put the host of the party where they drank in legal jeopardy.

LBD can look like other common medical conditions

Doctors in Ohio and around the country may have a hard time diagnosing Lewy body dementia (LBD). However, it is important that an accurate diagnosis be made as soon as possible. This is because an early diagnosis may allow for treatment that could provide a patient with a greater quality of life for a longer period of time. It may also provide a greater quality of life for those who are tasked with caring for LBD patients.

In some cases, individuals who have LBD will be diagnosed with either Alzheimer's disease or with Parkinson's disease. However, LBD is different than Alzheimer's disease because symptoms may include varying levels of cognitive ability as well as REM sleep disorders. Those who initially present with a movement disorder will typically develop symptoms in line with a diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). It is possible that an individual will first present with symptoms consistent with DLB.

Car accident victims may deserve compensation for many losses

In the weeks and months after a serious car accident, victims may suffer through many kinds of pain during the recovery process, all while seeing serious medical bills and other expenses pile up. If an injury is severe or affects a specific function, it may keep the victim from working at all, with bills mounting while income is dropping.

If you recently suffered physical injuries in a car accident, then you must build a strong accident claim as quickly but thoroughly as you can. You don't want to wait to build the claim and miss important evidence from the accident that disappears with time, but you also don't want to rush the process and ultimately build a weak claim that doesn't lead to full compensation.

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