Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Electrical hazards at construction sites

While many construction workers in Ohio are aware of the dangers that falls present, you may not realize how serious electrical hazards can be at work sites. The truth is that deaths and injuries caused by electricity can occur in almost any workplace, but are more likely to occur around construction activity. We at Mezibov Butler are not only committed to helping you in case of an accident, but also educating you on the dangers so that you can avoid serious injuries.

 

What to do when your Ohio auto insurance provider will not pay

The whole purpose of paying auto insurance is to have financial protection when you get into an accident. It is more affordable to pay a monthly premium than to pay large bills all at once out of pocket. That is the job of your provider in return for being a faithfully paying client.

What do you do when you get into an accident and report it to the insurance company, but your insurer not pay the expenses covered in your policy? Or what if the company denies your claim altogether?

Four people taken to hospital after rear-end accident

Ohio residents know that motor vehicle accidents are a sad reality of life on area roads. This reality is part of why automobile insurance is important and why so much emphasis is put on laws to encourage people to drive safely. Whether following the speed limit, ceding the right of way to another vehicle or obeying traffic signals and more, there are many things that can help people reduce their risk of being in an accident.

However, even when a driver does everything right and follows all of the laws, they may still be impacted by an accident because they cannot count on other drivers to operate vehicles safely at all times. Such is the case for one person who was taken to the hospital after being hit from behind by a car that didn't even stop initially. The incident occured near Straight Arrow Road and County Line Road in Kettering.

Will your auto insurance rates go up after an accident?

Being involved in a car accident and dealing with the resulting injuries and expenses is stressful. Adding to your stress and worry may be concerns surrounding how an accident will affect your auto insurance rates. Given your situation, you likely cannot afford to have your premiums skyrocket, so you may consider not reporting the incident to your provider.

However, it's important to know that if you fail to report an accident you effectively forfeit your right to file a personal injury claim and therefore, cannot pursue financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Don't make this mistake.

3 common causes of motorcycle accidents

Longer days filled with sunshine in Ohio are perfect for motorcycle travel. However, according to the Insurance Information Institute, nearly 5,000 people die every year from injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes. This tragic figure illustrates just how vital it is that all drivers share the road safely, but there are some specific mistakes that most commonly contribute to accidents involving motorcycles.

Understanding the unique hazards motorcyclists face can help drivers and motorcyclists alike keep safe and avoid traffic crashes and collisions. 

What is the lifetime cost of a traumatic brain injury?

If you have a loved one that survives a serious accident in Hamilton, your primary concern becomes dealing with any short- or long-term impairments he or she may have. Disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury are almost certain inflict a significant emotional toll on you and others. Along with that also comes the added financial cost of your loves one’s care. Those two elements together can lead to a great deal of stress and worry. Yet understanding the potential costs of a TBI might better prepare you to deal with such a challenge.

The total cost of a TBI will depend of its severity. It goes without saying that dealing with a major injury cost more than a minor one. Indeed, study information published by the Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America and shared by the National Institutes of Health shows the estimated cost per case of a mile TBI to range between $33,284 to $35,954, and that of a moderate TBI to fall between $25,174 and $81,153. The publication Research America also reports that severe TBI's can have a lifetime cost in excess of $3 million.

City deemed liable for uneven sidewalk

The common perception of slip-and-fall lawsuits amongst people in Hamilton may be that by one simply suing a property owner after having fallen, he or she may be immediately entitled to compensation. That is not the case. Not only does one have to be able to directly link his or her injuries to the accident, but he or she must also establish that the property owner knew of the hazard that caused his or her fall yet did nothing to either remedy it or protect him or her from it. On top of all that, one may also have to prove that his or her own actions did not contribute to the accident.

A slip-and-fall lawsuit that was recently settled in California seems, by all accounts, to illustrate this process perfectly. A woman tripped over an uneven section of concrete after leaving an optometry office. She suffered a dislocated shoulder that later required surgery. With the help of her attorney, it was discovered that the exact section of sidewalk that she tripped over had been listed as needing repair by the city. City officials attempted the shift blame to the woman, yet her lawyer detailed how her optometrist had noted her only having had a vision test immediately prior to the accident, saying she should have been able to see just fine.

5 things you should do after a motorcycle accident

With the summer months and warmer temperatures, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts in and around Cincinnati are dusting off their bikes and hitting the road. Now imagine that you are out on the open road enjoying a motorcycle ride when another vehicle sideswipes you. Dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident and things like debilitating injuries and property damage can be complicated and stressful.

To improve the likelihood of receiving full compensation for your injuries and damages, it is crucial to follow certain steps. Here are some guidelines to follow after a motorcycle accident.

Should people trust autonomous cars?

Have you considered that you would ever drive a fully autonomous car? Over the past several years, people in Ohio and around the country have been hearing more and more about the seemingly increasing pace of development and testing of the vehicles. While often new technology becomes embraced more wholeheartedly by consumers as it advances and becomes closer to being generally available to the public, that may not necessarily be true of autonomous vehicles.

For the past two years in 2016 and 2017, J.D. Power and Associates has conducted a United States Technology Choice Study that takes a look at consumer views on self-driving cars. In particular, it attempts to measure the level of trust for this technology and these vehicles among various demographic groups. In all but one group, the 2017 study found that Americans are less trustful of autonomous cars than they were the year before.

Car hits gas truck, causing fire

Ohio residents who hop in their cars and hit the road every day should be able to do so without fear that an accident will happen. Sadly, that is not the reality of the world in which we live today. At any given point, an automobile accident can happen and much of the time these incidents are caused by poor actions or decisions on the part of drivers.

One recent crash in Dayton happened when a motorist was travelling on Interstate 75 but driving on the wrong side of the road against traffic. The driver heading the wrong way hit a truck carrying gasoline. Interestingly, the entire event was captured on video equipment installed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The car first caught on fire and then some fire actually jumped to the other side of the freeway.

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