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Youth sport safety challenged

The concerns over Ohio catastrophic injuries associated with professional football players suffering with a traumatic brain injury is relatively recent. But, this issue has also impacted children playing football across this country who may be facing the risk of brain damage.

Critics claim meds misused in nursing homes

There are many causes of Ohio nursing home negligence, such as improper administration of drugs to the elderly. CNN investigators recently claimed that a drug intended to curb emotional outbursts in patients with progressive neurodegenerative disorders was misused, particularly by nursing homes, to limit these outbursts with patients afflicted with memory loss disorders.

The drug, Nuedexta, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) in 2010. PBA is usually associated with people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It leads to instances of uncontrollable and inappropriate laughing or crying.

Proving a medical malpractice case

Physician or hospital negligence can have catastrophic and life-altering consequences for patients and their families. Proving a medical malpractice case for compensation may be complicated and must clear legal and evidentiary hurdles.

Malpractice occurs when a health care practitioner or facility injures a patient through negligence or an omission. Errors with diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health-care management may constitute the negligence.

2 serious motorcycle accident injuries to be aware of

If you have never experienced a motorcycle accident in the Beechwood area before, you may not realize just how serious the injuries can be. Not all falls and collisions lead to minor scrapes and bruises. Many motorcycle accidents end with riders and their passengers sustaining serious and catastrophic injuries. Some people who suffer critical injuries die from complications. 

It is important for you to understand that it is impossible to predict the severity of any motor vehicle collision you may get into. You should not assume that all accidents will lead to you being able to walk away from them. There is always the possibility that a motorcycle crash can render you severely injured, disabled and completely dependent on others for your care. 

Rugby concussions pose legal worries

Workplace and highway accidents are not the only cause of catastrophic injuries in Ohio. Like professional football, college rugby has sparked concerns about concussions. Kenyon College in Gambier indefinitely suspended its men and women's rugby team as it reviews the program and head injury risks.

Six college administrators intend to address the number of concussions suffered by rugby players. The administrators said that these teams suffer a disproportionate number of concussions, compared to other athletics. Rugby teams already suffered nine concussions this fall. Other varsity sports had only five of these injuries.

Higher traffic deaths have many causes

The rise in Ohio traffic deaths is increasing the likelihood of wrongful death legal actions in this country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a report that the number of traffic fatalities in this country increased last year by 5.6 percent to 37,461. This accounted for 102 deaths in this country each day in vehicle crashes.

The NHTSA cited on-the-road hazards that limit the safety benefits of improved occupant protection and crash-avoidance technology. Fatalities attributed to drunk driving rose by 1.7 percent. Deaths caused by driving at excessive speed climbed by four percent. Distracted driving is still a problem but deaths associated with that behavior dropped by 2.2 percent.

Truck crash deaths rose last year

Ohio accidents involving large truck may be particularly deadly, especially for occupants of smaller passenger vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's report on vehicles crashes for 2016, accordingly, is alarming. The NHTSA found that fatalities from truck accidents rose in 2016.

Deaths from large truck accidents rose from 4,094 in 2015 to 4,317 in 2016. This figure was 3,908 in 2014. The 2016 rate was the highest since 2007. In 2016, 17 percent or 722 deaths, were truck occupants. Occupants of other vehicles constituted 72 percent of these deaths while nonoccupants of vehicles were 11 percent.

Stricter electric rules sought for nursing homes

Advocates for Ohio nursing home residents are seeking lessons from the tragic death of 11 nursing home residents in Florida during Hurricane Irma after the facility lost power. To protect residents and prevent nursing home neglect and abuse, advocates are seeking tougher nursing home requirements.

Following these deaths in Florida, Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency order requiring that nursing homes and assisted-living centers install generators that provide sufficient power for air conditioning and heating for four days. These facilities have 60 days to comply.

Suing for wrongful death in Ohio

If you have experienced the death of a loved one in the wake of an accident, suing may not be the first thing on your mind. Even during this difficult time, it is important to understand the legal options before you, including the possibility of a wrongful death action.

At this point, you are probably still in shock. You may not yet know all the facts, including whether someone's negligence caused the accident or the full extent of the resulting damages. Speaking with an attorney can help you get the information you need to decide how to proceed next.

Lawsuit filed for death of skateboarder

Skateboarding led to an unexpected turn of events causing the death of 16-year-old last year in Norton, Ohio. His mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district and the driver of the bus that struck the teenager.

The victim, a Norton High School sophomore, was skateboarding on his RipStik, two-wheeled skateboard in a school driveway near Norton Cornerstone Elementary school on Sept. 14, 2016. He tripped and fell off his skateboard and landed under the bus, according to witnesses. The vehicle was reportedly filled with students.

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