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Ohio car accidents are even more troubling when children die

The severity of car crashes in Ohio can vary from a minor fender bender to a severe head-on collision. Car accidents can happen to anyone, but no one is ever prepared for an accident that results in the death of a child. Tragically, an 8-year-old boy was killed on Feb. 6 in a crash involving two vehicles.

The child was a passenger in a car driven by a 29-year-old woman. At the time of the crash, police patrol say that the boy was sitting in the middle of the car's rear seat. The car was traveling east at around 5:50 p.m. Monday evening when, according to statements, it was struck by a pickup truck. Current reports indicate that the pickup was traveling south when it failed to yield at an intersection and hit the left side of the car.

New law helps Ohio firefighters who have asbestos-related cancers

As more and more firefighters are diagnosed with various forms of cancers, it has become obvious that there is a link between their work and their health. Until recently, Ohio firefighters had a difficult time obtaining compensation for cancer diagnoses caused by their work conditions. Fortunately, Ohio lawmakers changed all that with legislation that became effective early this year.

On January 4, 2017, Ohio governor John Kasich signed a new law that labels cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters in the state. This change makes it far easier for those diagnosed with cancer to obtain compensation for losses, such as medical bills, treatment and future earnings.

Scientific research proves that "firefighters are 100 percent more likely to develop mesothelioma than civilians." - Doug Stern, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (OAPFF)

Concerned parents file suit over playgrounds' hazardous materials

Over the past decade, the surfaces of many playgrounds in Ohio and across the nation have been outfitted with a material known as "tire crumbs" or "rubber mulch." Made from old tires that have been shredded, the crumbled rubber is springy and was supposed to provide a safer surface to cushion children's falls better than wood chips or gravel. However, a group of parents in another state is now suing a school district, claiming the hazardous materials contain carcinogens that endanger children.

The parent group Keep Turf Safe filed a lawsuit on Feb. 1, asking the court system to halt any further crumb turf installations until the school district complies with the state's Environmental Quality Act. The suit claims that the district failed to conduct an environmental review or to notify parents and the public before the installation of the artificial playground surface at local elementary schools. Several school districts across the nation have already decided against installing tire-crumb turf fields due to health concerns.

Former students sue for asbestos exposure

While asbestos remains to this day an ongoing problem across the nation, Ohio workers were often exposed decades ago due to fact that many industries used the substance and failed to warn employees of its dangers or provide adequate protection. Years later, those involved often suffer mesothelioma or other cancers related to asbestos exposure and may have grounds to seek compensation to help pay for costly medical treatments and other damages sustained. In another state, some former students are now facing the same fears and are taking school district to trial as a result.

Sixty-one former students are suing the district for asbestos exposure. Reportedly, a decade ago, they participated in a job-training program that exposed them to the material when they renovated buildings laden with asbestos at an old-military base. The students claim they were never provided with proper protection.

Ohio car accidents extra scary when young children are involved

Car crashes are always a frightening experience for all involved and are, at best, a major inconvenience even when no one is injured. Few car accidents are as scary, however, as those involving children. Officials report that on Feb. 3 a serious car accident in Ohio injured a total of five people, two of whom were young children.

The accident involving two vehicles occurred that Friday. Officials on the scene of the collision reported that a 19-year old man drove his car left of center, crashing into an oncoming vehicle head-on. The vehicle contained a total of four passengers.

Food and Drug Administration warns of toxic baby product

Parents in Ohio should be aware of a dangerous homeopathic baby product made by the Hyland company. After over 400 reports of sick and dead infants linked to a homeopathic teething remedy, the Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation into the product. The FDA confirmed recently that the product did, in fact, contain elevated levels of belladonna, a toxic substance.

Also known as deadly nightshade, belladonna is an active ingredient in Hyland's product, intended for teething infants. Poisoning from belladonna may cause vomiting, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, seizures, constipation, difficulty urinating, confusion, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, skin flushing and blurred vision. The homeopathic product was supposed to contain highly diluted amounts of the dangerous substance, but the FDA discovered inconsistencies in the amount of belladonna in the product, with some purportedly far exceeding the intended quantity.

Injured individuals may choose to file Ohio personal injury suit

A multi-vehicle accident left a little girl critically injured on Jan. 22. An Ohio man is facing drunken driving charges after allegedly causing the crash that left the 6-year-old in critical condition, injured three others and resulted in a diesel fuel spill. In addition to the criminal charges, the driver believed to have been at fault may be facing several personal injury claims as well if those injured in the crash decide to pursue legal action.

The accident occurred at approximately 1:30 that Sunday afternoon. Per reports, the 24-year-old was operating a Ford F-150 while intoxicated. He ran into a Ford Explorer and a flatbed tow truck from behind while they were stopped at a red light. The impact from the collision forced the Explorer into a Dodge Durango and a Chevrolet Malibu, and pushed the tow truck into a Nissan Rogue. The F-150 itself traveled through the intersection and crashed into a chain link fence on the other side.

Asbestos litigation settlement could encourage Ohio sufferers

A recent $25 million settlement for miners in another state could prove promising for asbestos victims in Ohio. More than 100 people were awarded the money from their state for its failure to warn residents and their families of the high levels of asbestos to which they were being exposed from a nearby mine, and its accompanying dangers. This case of asbestos litigation will hopefully encourage other victims to step forward and seek legal recompense for their suffering.

During the 1950s and 60s, the state's mine safety inspectors neglected to warn miners, miner's families and other residents of the surrounding area of the extreme risk they were under because of the exorbitant levels of asbestos dust being emitted from the mine. In addition, a physician who figured out the hazardous situation was essentially forced to leave town by mine operators. It was not until decades later that the high number of asbestos-related illnesses and deaths in the area finally drew the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency, which stepped in to address the issue.

Ohio crash involving buggy results in personal injury, death

Ohio State Troopers are still investigating a multiple vehicle crash that occurred on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 18. This motor vehicle accident was somewhat unique, different from typical car crashes in that it was between a pickup truck and an Amish buggy. The incident claimed the life of the buggy's passenger and resulted in the personal injury of its driver.

Both the buggy and the pickup truck were traveling northbound on State Route 58 at approximately 6:15 that Wednesday morning, according to reports. Investigators say that the pickup struck the rear driver's side of the buggy despite the fact that the vehicle had all the proper markings. While the buggy's destination is unclear, it was apparently traveling legally in the roadway when it was struck.

Samsung could potentially face product liability suits for washer

Despite a recall of almost three million washing machines in November 2016, Samsung may still run into legal troubles over the dangerous household appliances. With at least nine reports of injury, including a broken jaw, the company could potentially end up facing one or more product liability suits. There has already been talk of a proposed class action suit against them. Residents of Ohio should be aware of the possible threat these appliances hold.

The Samsung washing machines can be found in millions of homes across the nation. After a number of reports of injuries to consumers, Samsung's response was to offer in-home repair to anyone who had purchased the appliance. In a statement, the company urges owners of the machines to contact them, touting an average call wait time to the provided recall number of only approximately 20 seconds and an average repair time of seven business days.

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