April 2019 Archives

National Guard blamed for Humvee fatality

Accidents caused by fatigued or drowsy driving are not limited to civilians. Two multi-million-dollar lawsuits for wrongful death were recently filed against the Ohio National Guard for the deaths of a 34-year-old man and his six-year old son after one of its Humvees crashed into his vehicle in Sept. 2016. The fatal accident was allegedly caused by a sleep-deprived and inexperienced National Guardsman.

Nursing home suicides climb, according to report

Suicide deaths among older adults, reflecting the national trend among all age groups, are climbing. Older Americans residing in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes are part of this troubling trend, according to a six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour. This raises the issue of whether facilities are engaged in nursing home neglect and abuse by failing to recognize warning signs and preventing suicide.

Unsafe roads cause catastrophic Ohio accidents

Sharp drop-offs are frequent when old roads undergo a series of repaving, but county planners congratulate themselves when they save money by not paying to blend the roadsides in a smooth decrease down to the shoulder. There are hundreds of these rural death-traps in Ohio. Until a vehicle's tires hit the fatal edge, unaware travelers cannot know how quickly their lives may change—or end.

The prevalence of catastrophic injury and death in America

A federal agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to improve public health in the United States. The CDC is a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Many news sources cite statistics from the CDC's annual report listing the top 10 causes of catastrophic injury or death.

Catastrophic injuries jump at trampoline parks

Trampoline parks have surged in popularity and became a billion-dollar industry with hundreds of children bouncing and playing tag at these parks every weekend. But at least six people reportedly died in fatal injuries over the last seven years and others have suffered catastrophic injuries in accidents at these parks.

Feds cite Xenia nursing home

Nursing homes are legally required to provide a reasonable level of care and treat residents with dignity. The federal government and Ohio can impose numerous penalties for nursing home neglect and abuse. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently gave notice to a Xenia nursing home that it will not make Medicare and Medicaid payments to the facility because of several citations over patient care.

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