Getting the news that a loved one has suffered an accident in which they were seriously injured is many people's worst nightmare. Medical care is the best it's ever been, but there are no guarantees that someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury will ever fully recover. That's why it's good to think ahead and to discover whether a loved one's injury is due to another's negligence.
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.
A bounce house that allows children to jump and cavort on an inflatable platform has become a fixture at birthday parties and picnics in this country. However, there were injuries every day involving these attractions, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of these have involved catastrophic injuries.
Protective gear, such as football helmets, may not prevent catastrophic injuries despite assurances from manufacturers and athletic teams. A father in Ohio is believed to be the first person to sue a helmet maker for fatal head injuries his son suffered when playing football.
The Ohio state Supreme Court will decide whether a widow can proceed with a lawsuit over claims that her husband suffered catastrophic injuries while playing football for Notre Dame in the 1970s. The former player was suffering from dementia and the early onset of Alzheimer's when he filed a lawsuit with his wife in Ohio in October of 2014. They named Notre Dame and the NCAA as defendants and claimed that these institutions displayed reckless disregard for the safety of football players by not educating and protecting players from concussions.
An afternoon at the Ohio State Fair in July of 2017 quickly turned from family fun into unspeakable tragedy and permanent disability. An accident involving a ride at the Ohio State Fair caused one death and seven injuries. One of the victims who suffered catastrophic injuries is expected to receive a $1.7 million settlement.
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.
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.