Professional football players afflicted with a brain injury or concussion have been in the spotlight lately. However, statistics show that high school football players have faced more fatal injuries. Preventable injuries like many of those associated with high school football may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
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.
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.
A death at an Ohio company put it on a list of employers in this country who placed employees and communities at risk through their unsafe practices, according to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health private safety advocacy coalition. A fatal workplace accident is often the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit may not always involve a fatal vehicle crash, medical malpractice or occupational injury. According to a recent report, a Dayton family may file a cause of action because of the mauling death of a 60-year-old family member last year.
It may be only a matter of time until autonomous vehicles, currently under development, are on Ohio's roads. Wrongful death cases involving last month's first fatal self-driving vehicle crash poses new legal questions for motorists and pedestrians across the country concerning this new technology.
Social hosts, in addition to bars and restaurants, may be held legally responsible in Ohio for injuries caused by serving alcohol to minors or intoxicated guests. In a recent case, the father of a 19-year-old who was killed in a drunk driving car crash filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the party host who hired her as a bartender at his private party.
The federal government has implemented numerous regulations following a fatal truck or car crash and other deadly accidents. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn, repealed or delayed implementation of at least 12 transportation safety rules since the beginning of 2017 designed to prevent accidents that lead to wrongful death in Ohio and across the nation.