Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Ohio excavator in OSHA's Severe Violation Enforcement Program

There seem to be no end to the types of risks workers in the construction industry in Ohio face on the job. Working around heavy materials and machinery, at great heights and near electricity are just some of these risks. Construction employes who work in trenches also must deal with dangers but should be able to trust that their employers have proper safety plans and procedures in place to protect them. 

Tragically, one man who was working for an excavation company based in Ohio was not so fortunate. He died at the end of last year after a 16-foot trench collapsed on him while he was in it. Construction Dive reports that an investigation by the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified multiple violations on behalf of the employer.

Head injuries can have a delayed onset

Something that a lot of people do not know about traumatic head injuries is that symptoms may not be initially present and can actually develop days or weeks after an accident. This is particularly important in motor vehicle crashes, because the victim of a head trauma may not think he or she is injured at first, but then discover the injury later.

It is important to take certain steps following an accident so that you can protect your rights if you discover later on that you have a head injury. By following these basic steps, you can ensure you will have the tools you need to pursue a personal injury case if the situation merits legal action.

Criminal sentence set for drunk and high driver

Residents in Ohio who are worried about the reckless behavior of others and how it may put them and their families in jeopardy have good reason for their concerns. Despite widespread public awareness and increasingly tough laws, too many people continue to make negligent choices such as driving when they are drunk or under the influence of drugs. This leaves families mourning losses they should never have to endure.

One woman in Ohio lost not just her adult granddaughter but the granddaughter's husband and their three young children in a senseless crash caused by a driver who was not only drunk but high on marijuana at the same time. In one fell swoop, a family of five was completely taken from this life.

Can I sue if my child is being bullied?

There can be almost no greater heartbreak as a parent than to find out students are tormenting your child at school. Schoolyard bullying is not a new occurrence, but it seems to have escalated to disturbing heights with the prevalence of social media. Like other parents in Ohio, you may feel upset and shocked to hear about the cruelty that kids can inflict on each other online and in person.

How serious is bullying? In addition to inflicting physical harm upon your child, a bully can cause emotional pain and psychological problems that may endure years after the bullying situation ends. Unfortunately, many parents and school administrators fail to adequately address the issue when it comes up at their school, choosing to adopt a “kids will be kids” attitude or to falsely claim that they took care of the problem. This occurs at the same time that many school districts have enacted anti-bullying policies.

What types of head injuries are there?

If you are like most people in Ohio, when you hear that somebody has experienced a head injury you may automatically worry about the possibility of long-term consequences or even death. Certainly this can happen with a head injury and for those people who have long-term effects from an injury, the level of severity may vary greatly from somewhat mild to very extreme.

Healthline.com, explains that an injury to the head may be classified as closed such in the case of an external scalp wound or a concussion or open such as when an object hits and manages to puncture the skull and enter the brain cavity. Either type of injury may be serious and even life-threatening. Motor vehicle accidents and falls are two things associated with many head injuries that involve a blow to the head.

Hamilton County traffic fatalities on the rise

If you are like most people in Ohio, you have passed your fair share of post-accident scenes on a local road or highway. Sights of crumpled vehicles or vehicle parts may be all that is left by the time you go by but the tragedy that was involved could be far worse than what those automotive pieces might make you think at first glance. The sad reality is that many people die in vehicle accidents that should not ever happen due to the negligent actions of others. 

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that across the state of Ohio and in Hamilton County specifically, three consecutive years of an increase in vehicular fatalities was seen. In 2013, both the state and the county saw a drop in deaths over 2012 but then increases were recorded in 2014, 2015 and 2016. During that time, statewide deaths jumped from 989 to 1,132 and countywide deaths rose from 38 to 61.

3 steps to take after a hit-and-run accident

Getting into an auto accident is traumatic, and it can be even more traumatic if the suspect proceeds to flee the scene and leave you to deal with the damage. In the event of a hit and run, you might feel overwhelmed by the situation and struggle to find a response, but it is important to understand what steps you should take in the immediate aftermath. The following three are imperative.

Read on to learn what you need to do after you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Though the situation is unfair, you can take steps to recover and respond to the accident in a productive way. Follow these tips to prevent a hit-and-run accident from derailing your life.

What are OSHA's ladder guidelines?

A ladder is one tool that may be used by people at work in Ohio in a variety of industries and job environments as well as by people in varying roles. While there are many different types of ladders, there are some regulations for proper and safe use that apply to all ladders in all situations. Understanding these is important for all employees and certainly for all employers as they should make sure their teams are informed and trained on following these guidelines.

As explained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one of the cardinal rules of using a ladder safely is that a person should only climb the ladder when facing the ladder itself and while keeping at least one hand on the ladder at all times. Every ladder comes with a designated capacity maximum generally articulated in weight. This capacity should never be exceeded. In addition, many ladders are designed for specific uses and they should not be used for any other reason at any time ever.

Summertime is the most deadly season for car accidents

You may think summer driving is safer than winter driving. After all, summer heat waves seem calm in comparison to winter storms. Interestingly enough, summer is the most dangerous time of year for driving. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, July and August are the deadliest months for car accidents.

So, why do summer road trips come with more traffic fatalities? Here are some summertime traffic hazards that result in deadly crashes: 

Burn injury severity

A motor vehicle accident, a job-related incident and other situations may all find a person in Ohio facing a burn injury. Regardless of the original cause of a burn, appropriate medical care is important and so too is understanding the varying levels of severity that burn injuries may present themselves in.

According to WebMD, most burn injuries can be classified in one of three degrees with first-degree burns being the least severe and third-degree burns being the most severe. Only the outer layer of skin is affected in a first-degree burn whereas with a second degree burn the outer layer called the epidermis and the next layer called the dermis are affected. A third-degre burn extends to the soft tissue below the dermis.

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