Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Types of post-accident amputations

People in Ohio who are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident may find themselves with lifelong injuries as a result of the incidents. In some cases, damage to an arm or a leg may not be able to be repaired fully and a person might have to undergo an amputation. It can be helpful to have a basic understanding of what might be involved in amputation surgery and recovery and how a person can move forward in their life after such an experience.

WebMD explains that one thing many people might encounter after losing a limb is something referred to as phantom pain. This may involve some type of pain or sensation at the area where the amputated limb used to be. The loss of a leg or an arm may also be a difficult thing for people to process emotionally, making grief counseling or other therapy an important part of the recovery process.

Ohio doctor and hospital accused of 22 wrongful deaths

A doctor who worked from 2008 to 2013 as a resident in Ohio's Cleveland Clinic is under suspicion of causing wrongful patient deaths. The doctor, most recently employed by the Mount Carmel Health System located in Columbus, is under investigation by both hospital systems, as well as by the Ohio State medical authorities.

The Mount Carmel Health System recently fired the doctor and terminated dozens of medical staff who knowingly or unknowingly enabled the doctor to carry out what reporters call mass euthanasia by medication overdoses. The age range of patients whose families have come forward thus far with wrongful death lawsuits was 35 to 80 years old.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury cases?

The law places limits on how long after something happens it can go to court. This is for everyone's protection. It happens in criminal and civil law. This is known as the statute of limitations. Essentially, it means that after a certain amount of time, you nor the state of Ohio no longer has the right to bring a case to court. This is important for you to know and understand when it comes to personal injury cases because you want to be sure that your case makes it to court before the statute of limitations runs out. If you were to go to court after the allowed time period, the judge would have to throw out the case.

For most personal injury cases, the Ohio Revised Code explains you have two years from the date of the injury to file your case. For example, a typical personal injury case involving a car accident that occurred on January 13, 2018 would have a statute of limitations that lasts until January 13, 2020.

Stop falls before they happen

Ohio residents may sometimes feel most safe when they are at home. However, even in the safety of their homes, people may slip and fall and these incidents can result in serious injuries.

Some people may think it is not a big deal if they fall in their home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that although some people do not incur severe injuries when they fall, others do. Some people might incur a head wound if they hit their head as they fall. This can be serious because some blows to the head might result in a brain injury. Other people might fracture their ankle or wrist when they fall, and some senior citizens might break a hip. Additionally, a fall might be particularly hazardous for the elderly.

3 tips for reducing your auto insurance rate after a crash

Involvement in a car accident can create a lot of unexpected expenses, from medical bills to vehicle repairs. But one of the highest costs of a car crash is a spike in your auto insurance rates. According to a recent study, the average motorist who submits one collision claim ends up paying 41 percent more for car insurance.

It is worth noting that this is not true for every wreck. Whether your insurance rates increase depends on various factors, including fault, driving history and the severity of the accident. If you notice that your rates do increase, here are some things you can do to lower them. 

Life after a whiplash injury

The impact of a car accident can severely injure your neck. Your head may suddenly move backward and forward due to the brute force of a collision, resulting in injuries to the muscles, ligaments, discs and joints in your neck. Whiplash is the name of this type of injury. You may assume this is a minor injury that heals quickly, but that is not always the case.

In fact, a medical study shows the quality of life of many whiplash patients is poor even five years after the incident. Here is an overview of how life can be after a whiplash injury.

Life after a spinal cord injury

Poor road conditions, distracted driving and negligence are among the most common causes for crashes on Ohio roadways. While some accidents are minor fender benders handled through insurance companies quickly, some collisions result in catastrophic trauma to the body. If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, there might be grounds for a claim. The legal team at Mezibov Butler often represents clients with life-altering damage to their spinal cord.

Neurology Reviews states that sudden, severe blows to the spinal cord can impair motor and sensory functions. This type of devastating injury affects all aspects of your life. Here are some tips to help you move forward after a severe spinal cord injury.

  • Seek professional help to overcome negative emotions. Grief, anxiety and anger are understandable after experiencing a severe injury. A counselor, psychologist or other mental health provider can help you learn to deal with persistent negative feelings and help you move on with the rest of your life.
  • Follow the rehabilitation plan created by your therapist or physician. The personalized treatment plan may include physical therapy sessions and regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments. This can help improve various aspects of sensory and motor functions.
  • Maintain social connections. Talk with friends and family, participate in social gatherings if possible and keep in touch with loved ones. Isolating yourself can be detrimental to your ongoing recovery and result in depression.

How to avoid electrocution on a construction site

Construction sites are active throughout Ohio, year round. Mechanical equipment, scaffolding and other job site needs can cause severe injuries and fatalities if safety precautions are not in place or ignored. If you sustained injuries on the job, there might be grounds for a claim. The team at Mezibov Butler has experience representing clients in construction accident litigation.

ConstructConnect, Inc reports that electrocution is one of OSHA’s Fatal Four. These are safety hazards that cause the majority of construction worker deaths, annually. Electricity typically flows through conductors such as power lines and wires to complete a circuit. However, your body may act as a conductor if you come into contact with exposed wires, there is non-compliant usage of extension cords or there is faulty equipment in use.

Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

Today’s consumers use baby powder for a variety of different reasons, but women who use it regularly for hygienic purposes may want to reconsider doing so immediately. While rumors about a possible link between prolonged use of talc powder and the development of cancer have long plagued the product, a recent investigation revealed that the product manufacturer was well aware of its risks for decades.

USA Today reports that the manufacturer of baby powder not only knew that the powder contained trace amounts of asbestos, which is a known cancer-causing substance, but failed to inform the public. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that the product maker had knowledge that the product contained asbestos since as far as 1971 and possibly earlier. Despite this knowledge, the baby powder manufacturer failed to inform the public or regulators about the possible risks involved with regular talc powder usage, thereby stripping away the public’s right to make its own informed decisions about using it.

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