December 2011 Archives

15-year-old Ohio girl victim of random gunshot

Ohio residents will be saddened to hear of a fatal accident involving a teenage girl who was killed by a random rifle shot into the air. Reportedly, the 15-year-old Amish girl was travelling between Columbus and Akron on her way home from a Christmas party when the shooting occurred. To date, the incident has been ruled an accident.According to local police, an individual was cleaning his rifle when it went off into the air. Apparently, the bullet traveled 1.5 miles before hitting the girl in the head as she rode alone in a horse-drawn buggy. Investigators are analyzing evidence, including the bullet and the rifle, to test for a ballistic match. The girl had reportedly been attending a party with co-workers, most of whom were about her own age.

Fatal texting while driving accident takes a turn

For those Franklin County residents who have been keeping up with the deadly texting while driving case in the eastern part of our state, a new twist has been announced. The 21-year-old driver who admitted that she was texting when she struck and killed a man who was taking his morning walk has entered a plea of no contest. Apparently having reached a plea agreement with the prosecutor's office, this means she will not face a jury trial after all. The family of the victim in the fatal accident made no comment after the hearing.Back in August, the driver rejected a plea deal. That meant she was facing a jury trial, which could have led to serious jail time upon conviction. By entering her plea of no contest to a charge of vehicular homicide, she will now be sentenced sometime in January after a pre-sentence investigation. The charge against her carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.

Medical Malpractice and Wisdom Tooth Surgery

The family of a young man who was left brain dead and eventually died following wisdom tooth surgery was awarded $700,000 for medical malpractice by a Franklin County, Ohio jury. The family, represented by attorneys Tim Van Eman of Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, alleged that the oral surgeon performing the surgery administered far too much anesthesia and then failed to realize when the patient went into cardiac arrest as a result. The young man suffered severe, irreversible brain damage and was in a permanent vegetative coma for five years before passing away. The family sought compensation for the suffering they endured, having sent their son and brother off for a routine procedure only to get him back permanently brain dead and being kept alive by a morass of tubes and machines.

Good Samaritans seriously injured in Ohio crash

Sadly, two good Samaritans from Ohio were seriously injured recently after trying to help a woman who had been involved in a car accident. The crash happened just before 11 p.m. on Dec. 6. According to reports, a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by an 18-year-old Waverly woman was struck by a 1997 Ford Escort driven by a 39-year-old Chillicothe man. The man had apparently run a red light, and the force of the collision pushed the 18-year-old's vehicle into the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 23. Two women, ages 34 and 36, stopped to help the young woman push her car off the roadway and were seriously injured when another car struck all three. Reportedly, the 39-year-old Chillicothe man fled the scene.The good Samaritans were transported to Adena Medical Center and later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Franklin County. Sadly, doctors amputated both legs of the 36-year-old woman, and she was also facing multiple surgeries. No further word was available concerning the other injured women, except to say they are expected to survive the tragic accident. Authorities are presumably looking for the 39-year-old Chillicothe man who caused the first accident. At the time of reports, there was no indication if police planned to cite the second driver whose vehicle struck the three women.

Columbus man dies after bicycle accident on I-270

Riding a bike in Columbus can be an enjoyable and healthy form of transportation. However, bicyclists are too often at risk when drivers fail to proceed with due caution on Ohio roadways. With that concern in mind, Columbus residents may be saddened to hear of a 20-year-old man who was recently struck by a pickup truck and killed while riding his bike alongside Interstate 270. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene of the fatal accident at about 5 in the morning. The bicyclist was transported to Grant Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 a.m. The 25-year-old driver of the pickup was interviewed at the scene, and police ruled out alcohol, weather and excessive speed as factors that might have led to the accident. According to the Franklin County sheriff's office, the part of the interstate where the incident occurred was not lit, and the deceased was wearing dark clothing. However, the accident is still under investigation.

Impact of Social Media on Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Cases

People injured through the fault of another, such as a personal injury case, often must retain a lawyer and see that a lawsuit is filed on their behalf so that their rights are protected. If you are seriously injured by a negligent driver in a truck crash or car accident, or due to substandard medical care, you may need to take your case to court if the insurance company either denies responsibility, or is not willing to be fair in the settlement process. Once a claim is made, or especially when a case is filed, your health and medical history becomes "fair game" for the insurance company or defense lawyers to investigate.

Operating Room Fires and Medical Malpractice

Recently the Today Show on NBC highlighted a young woman who was undergoing a simple surgical procedure to remove a mole from her face. During the course of the surgery a flash fire occurred which led to second degree burns over her face and mouth leaving her permanently scarred and disfigured. Most people never even consider the risk of a fire when they undergo surgery. However, there has been an increase in the rate of surgical fires. In recognition of the increased incidence of surgical fires, the FDA issued a new initiative to help prevent their occurrence. Surgical fires occur when oxygen, alcohol prep and an ignition device come together. This triad is occurring more frequently due to increased use of lasers and electrocautery devices. It is recommended that patients discuss the risk of fire with their doctors before the operation.  These flash fires are preventable. The operating room staff needs to be aware of the risks and the circumstances under which these fires can occur. When they do occur the outcome can led to devastating and permanent injuries, even death, resulting in possible medical malpractice.  For more information on operating room surgical fires see:

Study confirms most dangerous intersections in Columbus

According to a recent report by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the Columbus, Ohio, intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road is the most dangerous intersection in Central Ohio. That intersection, says the report, has seen the most car accidents from 2008 to 2010.

Medical malpractice settlement - failure to diagnose stroke

$775,000 settlement reached for medical malpractice due to Ohio emergency physician's failure to diagnose and treat patient's stroke.

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