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Is an apology evidence?

Proving a medical malpractice case in Ohio requires the presentation of sufficient evidence. However, the state Supreme Court recently ruled that the state's Apology Statute prohibits a doctor's admission of fault from being considered if the statement was part of an apology for a medical result that was unintended.

The Court ruled on an appeal of a malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a patient who committed suicide. The patient was hospitalized after an earlier suicide attempt and was transferred to the care of the defendant in a hospital psychiatric department.

State law may limit liability in fatal thrill ride accident

A fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair this summer has shaken the public's faith in the safety of amusement park rides. Now, legal analysis of this tragic case may shake the public's faith in justice.

One person was killed and seven more injured in July when a gondola arm on the Fire Ball ride broke apart while passengers were seated on the spinning ride. Investigators said the cause was excessive corrosion on one of the metal beams that supported the ride.

A look at the dangers of drowsy driving in Ohio

Most Ohio residents are aware of the various dangerous driving conditions that they may encounter whenever they enter the roads. Some dangerous driving conditions include construction zones, poorly maintained streets and unforeseen hazards like fallen trees, animals or poor weather conditions. However, some Ohioans may take for granted the hazards present by fellow drivers on the road.

In fact, many accidents on the road that are a result of another driver involve drunk driving and distracted driving. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is something we should not take for granted.

A minor rear-end collision can cause major injuries

Many people experience rear-end collisions; they happen every day. In fact, someone may have involved you in such an accident recently, with surprising results.

You may have sustained whiplash, which is common for a driver whose vehicle takes a hit from behind. However, a doctor may find that you have soft tissue injuries, which can be much more serious than you anticipated.

Can a hospital be liable in a medical malpractice suit?

When we enter a hospital in Ohio, we expect the medical professionals to treat us with professional care and service. The last thing on our minds should be the thought or potential that we will walk out sicker or more injured than when we entered. Unfortunately, like any industry or business, mistakes can happen. When it comes to medical malpractice however, the mistakes could lead to serious illness, injuries or even, in some cases, death. Can a hospital itself be liable for medical malpractice? The short answer is yes, but it is more complicated than that.

Hospitals may be found negligent if it can be proven that they failed to properly vet their employees, including licensed physicians, nurses, assistants and nurse practitioners. Hospitals must also make certain they have a sufficient number of staff on hand 24/7 to ensure that all patients are cared for appropriately.

Labor Day in Ohio means an increase of catastrophic accidents

Summer is almost over with Labor Day weekend nearly upon us. For many Americans, including hundreds of thousands from Cleveland, Ohio, area, this means a "last hurrah," and a weekend of barbeques and parties. Inevitably, it also means an increase of the consumption of alcohol, which often leads to catastrophic drunk driving accidents on the roads, including brain injuries.

A serious brain injury could lead to long-term care, significant and costly therapy and even permanent disabilities. A head injury could lead to amnesia, a coma, permanent brain damage or even death. If you or a loved one has suffered from such an injury, you may want to seek compensation if it can be shown that negligence played a role in the accident, including drunk driving.

A look at spinal cord injuries resulting from truck accidents

A few weeks ago, we spoke about the severity of truck accidents and the how a collision with an 18-wheeler could lead to serious injuries. A common injury in truck accidents in Ohio are spinal cord injuries, which could be catastrophic to a victim. Over one third of all spinal cord injuries nationwide occur from motor vehicle accidents, according to statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.

A spinal cord injury occurs when a strike or blow to the body fractures or dislocates vertebrae in the spine. This may also cause ligament bruising or tearing of nerves in the spinal cord. In addition, shortly following a spinal cord injury, it is not uncommon for swelling, inflammation and bleeding to cause additional damage to the nerves.

How a brain injury can affect a person's life

Considered by many scientists and doctors to be the most important organ in the human body and among the most complex systems known to man, the brain is essential to human life. Although it is protected by a thick and sturdy skull, due to its location it is still vulnerable to injury, especially during accidents such as car and truck accidents, slip and falls and accidents in the workplace.

Due to its complexity, when a brain is injured, the types of injuries can vary greatly. Depending on the severity and location of the brain damage, an injury could result in limited motor skills and physical abilities. This may require that a victim use physical aids such as a cane, walker or wheelchair.

Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect have legal protections

The decision to entrust loved ones to a nursing home when the time comes is a difficult one and involves placing trust in the nursing home or care facility where the loved one will be living. Unfortunately, if the nursing home or nursing home staff does not provide appropriate care of the loved one entrusted to them, the loved one can be injured or even killed by their negligence.

When a loved one has been injured because of nursing home negligence, it is important to hold the nursing home or care facility responsible for the harmed caused by the home, facility or its employees and staff. Circumstances of both nursing home neglect and abuse can be serious and sometimes deadly. Neglect and abuse situations can include bed sores; dehydration; malnutrition; elopement; injuries that occur while patients are being transferred from assisting living centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals or homes; or when a nursing home is operating understaffed.

The basics of an Ohio wrongful death claim

When an accident ultimately results in death, the victim's estate can bring a lawsuit for wrongful death. Although the circumstances giving rise to the suit are generally similar to those in a personal injury case, wrongful death cases have some important differences.

Wrongful death cases can arise from various types of accidents. Common examples include medical malpractice, car crashes and nursing home negligence. In any such case, the plaintiff must show the defendant acted negligently by failing to meet a duty of care owed to the deceased.

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