Columbus Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Legal Blog

AAA reminds drivers to get enough sleep for daylight saving time

Ohio residents may be aware that it's wise to get at least seven hours of rest each night. However, they may find that goal hard to achieve. In the wake of daylight saving time, it becomes even more difficult. This is why the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending everyone to adjust their sleeping schedules.

Drowsy driving is a major issue. A recent AAA survey showed that 95 percent of respondents understood the dangers involved. However, 30 percent of respondents to that same survey said that there was at least one time in the past month when they drove while having trouble keeping their eyes open.

Broken bones in young children can do more damage than you think

Modern medicine is exceptionally good at treating traumatic injuries. Everything from bullet holes to broken bones can now receive much better care than in centuries or even decades past. Because of how much improvement there has been in trauma care, far too many people tend to have a flippant attitude toward fractures.

Fracture is a more technical term for a broken bone. There are many kinds of fractures, and some of them are more serious than others. While children tend to heal quickly, broken bones are a unique kind of injury in small children. They can actually cause significant issues that persist for a long time.

Colorectal cancer misdiagnosed among younger patients

Ohioans under the age of 50 with colorectal cancer are more likely than their elder counterparts to be misdiagnosed, according to a study by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. The study indicated that 71 percent of colorectal cancer patients under age 50 have cancer at stage 3 or 4. On the other hand, patients over age 50 are more likely to have stage 1 or 2 cancer. The discrepancy has been blamed on misdiagnoses by doctors and other health care providers.

This type of cancer may be prone to misdiagnosis in young people because its symptoms are often attributed to other illnesses. Doctors might think the patient has inflammatory bowel syndrome or hemorrhoids based on symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue or constipation. Of the nearly 1,200 people who responded in the study, 63 percent said it took between three and 12 months before they were specifically checked for colorectal cancer.

Study finds some car crashes caused by opioids

Drivers who cause fatal two-vehicle accidents in Ohio and around the country are nearly twice as likely to have opioids in their system as drivers who are not at fault.. A study that came to this conclusion was published in JAMA Network Open in February.

According to the study, lane departure is the leading cause of fatal crashes of all types. In order to determine what role opioids play in such crashes, researchers analyzed data from 18,321 deadly two-vehicle accidents listed in the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Of those crashes, they found that 7,535 were attributed to a driver's failure to stay in the proper lane. Of the drivers who were found at-fault for those crashes, 918 tested positive for prescription painkillers. In comparison, only 549 of the drivers who were not found at-fault tested positive for opioids.

College students and car accidents: A serious risk

Parents often worry when their children go off to college. Will they be able to make it on their own? Will they do well in school? Will they make friends? There are a lot of questions when a child that the parent remembers taking home from the hospital as a baby is finally ready to head off on their own.

While parents may not need more things to worry about, they need to know that there is a serious risk for college students: car accidents. The Brain Injury Society notes that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the more common catastrophic injuries in a serious crash.

Study shows how MS is often misdiagnosed

A recently published study has found that the misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis is not uncommon at two MS-specializing centers. Patients across Ohio will want to know what the researchers found since the trend that was revealed could affect them, too. The study was conducted by a clinical team at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the two centers in question were at Cedars-Sinai and at UCLA.

In all, 364 patients were evaluated, and 241 were referred for treatment. This was between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Nineteen of those patients at Cedars-Sinai and 24 at UCLA were found to have been incorrectly diagnosed with MS. In all, about one in five patients were misdiagnosed with the condition.

Winter safety tips for truckers

Winter conditions pose a serious challenge to commercial truckers in Ohio and across the U.S., so it would be a good idea to consider a few tips. One is to slow down, even traveling below the speed limit if necessary. At the same time, truckers should maintain a buffer zone from the vehicle in front since snow and ice increase a truck's stopping distance. Always avoid getting into packs on the highway.

In severe weather that causes poor visibility, truckers are advised against following the taillights of the vehicle in front because this means they are traveling too close. As always, truckers should keep a safe distance from the car in front so that they can avoid any errors that the driver of that car makes. When the weather gets too severe, drivers should pull over.

The rise in big rig crash fatalities

Drivers in Ohio may be interested to know that federal crash data analyzed by Road Safe America showed that from 2009 to 2017, 44 states experienced increases in big-rig truck crash fatalities. During that time period, 35,882 people lost their lives in crashes involving large trucks. According to the co-founder of the non-profit organization, the fatalities could have been prevented if there had been laws in place requiring the use of automatic emergency braking technologies and existing speed limiting.

From 2009 to 2016, the number of miles that were driven by heavy commercial trucks fell slightly. This is while the number of crashes involving the trucks continued to rise.

When is birth trauma a type of medical malpractice?

Most births in the United States are routine procedures, where both the child and mother are healthy without experiencing complications. However, some situations increase the likelihood of a traumatic birth. A traumatic birth can lead to injuries to the baby. The baby may experience broken bones, bruising or swelling of the scalp. Oxygen deprivation, in particular, can lead to very severe issues for the infant, and can cause seizures, blindness or learning difficulties.

If your child has suffered as a result of birth trauma in Ohio, you may have reason to believe that the complications occurred due to medical negligence. If this is the case, you may be able to take action and make a successful legal claim against the hospital or the medical professional.

Study finds stress causes mistakes in operating room

Ohio surgeons might be more likely to make mistakes in the operating room if they are under stress. A study from Columbia University found that 66 percent more errors were made by surgeons who showed signs of short-term stress.

One researcher measured a surgeon's stress by having him wear a shirt designed to gather physiological information on athletes during workouts. The researcher was able to gauge the electrical impulses that cause heartbeats, calculate time between heartbeats and determine whether the surgeon was stressed at any given moment. The researcher also recorded the surgery on video, and information on the surgeon's heart was synced with the video to determine the relationship between the stressful incident and the mistake observed. Examples of incidents that induced short-term stress were negative thoughts or loud noises. The result could be mistakes that resulted in burns, bleeding or tissue damage.

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