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Nursing home defendants in court

Elderly residents of Ohio nursing homes are entitled to a reasonable standard of care. Deviations from this care is nursing home neglect and abuse which can cause serious injuries and even death. Criminal proceedings were held earlier this month against two of three defendants allegedly responsible for the death of a nursing home resident who froze to death in the facility's courtyard on Jan. 7.

The 76-year-old resident lived in a memory unit of a nursing home in Putnam County. She was found dead in the courtyard around 8:30 am. Her death was estimated to have occurred between 2:00 and 3:00 am.

Carbon fiber bikes in the dock

Bike manufacturers follow the adage that a bike must have at least two of the following characteristics: being lightweight, durable or cheap. Plaintiffs have claimed that carbon-fiber bikes are lightweight and cheap but not durable. Some of these bicycles may cause catastrophic injuries.

Carbon fiber became widespread in the bicycle industry in the mid-2000s and was used in all types of bicycles from commuter to mountain bikes. Front forks, handle bars and other components built from this material sell for $100. Entire bicycles may cost less than $2,000.

Report uncovers unlicensed and unacceptable nursing homes

Ohio and other states license nursing homes to assure that residents are afforded a reasonable standard of care. However, a recent report revealed that unlicensed nursing homes across the country are committing unacceptable and even illegal acts and compounding the frequency of nursing home neglect and abuse.

RTI International, an independent and non-profit research firm, performed the study and report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after receiving allegations of abuse and neglect in unlicensed facilities. They concluded that unlicensed facilities posed serious risks for senior citizens, individuals with mental illness and elderly adults with disabilities who are particularly susceptible to possible abuse.

Gas tank fire blamed for crash fatality

Along with a negligent driver, design flaws can cause a fatal car accident. In a recently-filed wrongful death lawsuit, the family of a 58-year-old woman killed in a crash blamed the location of her vehicle's gas tank for her death in a fire in Ohio.

On Oct. 20, 2017, the victim's 2004 Jeep Liberty was rear-ended by a concrete truck. The collision caused the fuel tank, mounted in the SUV's rear, to erupt into flames. The victim's head was placed close to the burning rear area of the vehicle after the seatback of her seat collapsed. The intensity of the fire's heat prevented bystanders from rescuing the victim.

How to help someone after a life-changing car accident

People are lucky if their car accidents are only fender benders that result in no or minimal injuries. Many car collision victims do not come out of the experience the same. If people get out of severe crashes alive, their lives are forever different.

If you know a friend or family member who is dealing with a life-altering car accident injury, you may be wondering how you should help. Here are some ways you can assist a loved one after a catastrophic motor vehicle wreck:

Fatal truck crash settled

Ohio truck accidents can be catastrophic because of their large size. A truck crash involving an unprotected pedestrian may be even more fatal. Recently, the family of a pedestrian killed by a truck in Liberty Township in Jan. 2015 settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $90,000.

The 45-year-old victim was walking along State Route 193 near a mobile home park around 10:39 pm. She was struck by a truck driven by a Brookfield police officer and full-time corrections officer at the Trumbull County jail. He was taking the drug Suboxone without a prescription because of his addiction to oxycodone.

Nursing home staffing levels disputed

Proper staffing levels protects against Ohio nursing home neglect and abuse. However, new federal data supports suspicions held by families across the country that most nursing homes had lower numbers of nurses and caretakers on staff than they reported to the government.

Kaiser Health News analyzed data from 14,000 nursing homes that had to be submitted under the Affordable Care Act. Earlier Medicare ratings were based on unverified reports from nursing homes and announced inspections.

Hospital sued for not providing emergency care

Emergency care in Ohio can make the difference between life and death, but health providers may be liable in a wrongful death lawsuit when they act negligently. The widow of patient sued an Akron-based medical practice and 22 other defendants because her husband died from a stroke after not being seen by an attending physician for approximately 20 hours after he arrived in the defendant's emergency room.

According to the lawsuit, filed last month in Summa County, her 58-year-old husband was transported by ambulance to the health care facility during the morning of Aug. 1, 2017. Three hours later, CT scan results indicted a possible cerebellar stroke and the couple were told that he was suffering a stroke.

Surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms

In many cases, nursing home neglect and abuse takes place behind closed doors and without corroborating witnesses. Some states have laws allowing surveillance cameras in residents' rooms to prevent this. In Ohio and other states, however, there may be legal issues with utilizing these cameras.

These cameras can reveal information about the care provided to residents and how they are treated by other residents, visitors and nursing home staff. Cameras may show poor care, neglect and any abusive or aggressive acts.

Government considers stronger bus restraints

Almost 500,000 buses in this country transport over 25 million students to and from school daily, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. However, the NTSB has criticized the lack of safety requirements and has recommended 3-point seatbelts. Failure to equip bus with seat belts led to student fatalities and could be the basis of wrongful death actions until buses are properly equipped.

The NTSB reached its conclusions after investigating fatal school bus crashes in Baltimore and Chattanooga, Tenn. Six children died in the bus accident in Chattanooga in 2016. In that crash, the NTSB found that the absence of lap-shoulder seatbelts played a role in the accident's severity.

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