Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Do you need to worry about winter accidents in construction?

For many communities, construction is primarily a spring and summer thing. People do not always expect to see others busy working on buildings or roads when the weather turns cold. However, the need for construction work does not go away in the winter, especially when it comes to routine building maintenance and repairing damaged roads. It can help you and other Ohio construction workers to understand the unique dangers you can face on a worksite in the winter.

As you are probably aware, falling is a top hazard in construction any time of the year. You might expect most fatal falls to come from dangerous heights. However, in 2015, 800 fatal workplace accidents across the country were due to slips, trips and falls, reports EHS Today. The danger is especially prevalent in winter. Snow and ice buildup is common on construction sites, especially near parking lots and sidewalks after plows have cleared traffic areas. It is wise to always be watchful for ice and snow where you walk, and to wear sturdy non-slip shoes.

16 people die in Ohio accidents over Thanksgiving

Ohio residents should be able to look forward to the holidays and the ability to spend time with friends and family without worry that someone will not arrive to their intended destination safely. Sadly, this is simply not possible. From cell phones to alcohol, there are simply too many things that can distract a driver or ways a driver can make a senseless choice that puts others at risk.

This past Thanksgiving holiday weekend saw the state of Ohio record more deaths on the roads than in the prior year. In total there were 11 motor vehicle accidents in which a total of 16 people were killed. One accident alone on the Sunday night of that weekend claimed four lives. Fifteen of the people killed were in vehicles and one was on foot. It is not known how many of these deaths may have been associated with a drunk driver, one of the factors known to be a concern at this time of year.

Does your injury qualify for a lawsuit in Cincinnati?

If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of someone else, you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit to try to recoup damages. Although you may not have considered this possibility, it could be in your best interest to consult with an attorney for more information on the specifics of your potential case.

Whether your injury is relatively minor or quite complex, there is no reason you should automatically dismiss the idea of pursuing legal action. Although many people fear long and arduous court battles, this is not always the case, and with the right attorney, you may be able to craft an effective strategy to pursue compensation for your losses.

The responsibilities of property owners to avoid slips-and-falls

Winter weather is here again, which means snow, ice and dangerous road conditions. You not only face accidents driving this winter, but you can encounter slip-and-fall hazards wherever the pavement is wet or icy. There is much you and other Ohio residents can do to reduce your chances of an injurious fall this season. However, at the law office of Mezibov Butler, we understand that a great deal of the responsibility falls to property owners to reduce slip-and-fall hazards on their premises.

EHS Today warns that a significant number of accidents on the job involve slips-and-falls. This can be any type of industry you are in – whether you slipped on a patch of oil in an auto shop, fell after walking through a wet entryway bringing in grocery carts or hurt yourself slipping on ice outside your office building. A slip-and-fall incident is not limited to the workplace, however. You may be just as likely to fall on an icy walkway outside your apartment complex or slip on a puddle in the entryway doing your grocery shopping.

Is a diagnosis for CTE in living patients in the near future?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a devastating brain disease that affects people who have suffered numerous blows to the head over the course of their lives. The symptoms of this illness resemble Alzheimer’s disease, but sufferers often develop it earlier in life and it cannot be positively diagnosed until the sufferer has died and undergoes an autopsy. For many residents of Ohio and elsewhere, a diagnosis of this brain disease while patients are still alive may make a significant difference in the quality of their lives.

In a recent study published in the medical science journal Neurosurgery, doctors have expressed hope that a brain scan may help make a realistic CTE test available within the next few years. Before his death in 2015, a former NFL football player underwent the experimental scan, and doctors claimed to be able to identify a pattern of proteins called tau, which are present in the brains of those suffering from CTE. The patient was positively diagnosed with CTE after his death.

Hitting the roads for Thanksgiving? Stay safe

More than 40 million Americans hit the road every year for the Thanksgiving holiday, with many driving at least 50 miles from home. If you are planning to be among these travelers, it is important to prepare. 

You likely know that traveling during any major holiday will likely be stressful and frustrating, perhaps even dangerous. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe. 

Lower your chances of getting into an accident

Drivers in Ohio have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders when they get behind the wheel. Not only do they have to watch out for themselves on the road, but they also have to keep an eye out for other vehicles and drivers. Here are ways that a person can lower their chances of getting into a crash.

Consumer Reports has a list of six different ways that a driver can avoid getting into an accident. Topping the list is for drivers to cut down on the distractions that they can. This includes limiting talking, loud noises, or interference from children, friends, or pets within the vehicle. Drivers should also be prepared before they leave by having their GPS oriented properly and having their music or temperature situated before leaving. Of course, avoiding illegal behaviors is also suggested. Drivers should not drink, do drugs, take substances that alter their perception, or drive aggressively. Many accidents result from these actions.

Four vehicles involved in fatal crash on I-77

Residents in Ohio understand that despite their best efforts to drive safely, others around them may not always be so careful. This is part of what makes motor vehicle accidents a sad reality on area roads despite strong laws and continual improvements made to vehicle safety features. When an at-fault driver is killed in a crash, however, people should not necessarily assume that they have no rights when it comes to seeking compensation after a crash.

Such is the situation that several people may find themselves in today after a 43-year-old man died in an accident that appears to have been caused by his choice to drive on the wrong side of the freeway. The incident ended up involving four vehicles including the sport utlity vehicle that was driving into traffic on the northbound side of Interstate 77 in the early morning hours on a Sunday. A tractor trailer hauling fuel drove off the road in an attempt to avoid the head-on collision but was still hit and also ended up spilling fuel on the road, contributing to it being closed until late Sunday night.

Drowsy driving can lead to accidents

For most people, drowsiness sounds like a minor annoyance at worst, not like a serious danger. However, when drowsiness strikes while you are on the road, the consequences can be severe.

Many people like to think they can tell if they are getting dangerously sleepy. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as many tend to overestimate their alertness level and ability to react quickly. Watching out for signs of sleepiness and taking precautions against it can help you stay safe on your travels.

Common causes of electrical fires

Employees in Ohio may not be aware of just how many fire hazards there may be within their place of work. Electrical fire hazards in particular can be much more widespread than people think, encompassing a number of different possible causes.

Fire Rescue 1 states that electrical fires can occur anywhere at any time, in any place that electrical appliances are. Needless to say, that covers a lot of workplaces in the state. There are five common causes that most electrical fires come from, and many are as simple as a lamp or an outlet. In fact, both light fixtures and faulty outlets or appliances are the top two causes of these fires. Putting cloth or paper over light fixtures can easily cause it to incinerate. The same goes for using lightbulbs with wattage that's too high for the light fixture it's put in. 

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