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Toxic materials in school lunch allegedly sent girl to hospital

During a typical school day, most Ohio middle school students' thoughts are likely on their classwork or their social lives. One thing they are probably not thinking of is the chance that their school-provided lunch might contain toxic materials. In another state, however, this appears to be exactly what occurred.

A complaint was recently filed on behalf of a minor girl by her guardian ad litem, naming as defendant Producer's Dairy Foods Inc. and possibly others. Among a number of complaints, the suit alleges strict product liability and negligence. Apparently, the student was given her lunch at Sequoia Middle School where she attends and, as part of the meal, received orange juice produced by the defendants. After drinking the beverage, the girl's throat began to burn and she started vomiting uncontrollably.

In Ohio, texting likely to lead to automobile accidents

Most people know how dangerous texting while driving can be. In fact, distracted driving accounts for more automobile accidents than any other cause, including drunk driving. Sadly, that apparently didn't stop one young woman from doing so, and it came at a high cost.

The 24-year-old Ohio woman was arrested recently after a fatal car accident that claimed the lives of two teenagers. Two 14-year-old girls were walking along the side of the road on Memorial Day weekend with two seventh grade boys when they were struck by the car when it traveled over an edge line. While one of the boys was unhurt, the other was hospitalized for his serious injuries that reportedly included a broken ankle, a skull injury and a cracked neck vertebra.

Great Lakes shipyards linked to mesothelioma

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Over the last hundred years, the Great Lakes enjoyed a worldwide reputation for building and outfitting mighty ships. Our ships moved everything from iron ore to grain, spreading prosperity throughout the nation.

Shipbuilders constructed and maintained every kind of freshwater vessel, from the massive freighters of the industrial era to tugs, supply boats, ferries, fishing boats, barges and truckable barges, excursion vessels and dinner boats, research vessels, and the luxurious yachts of the rich.

Cancer from asbestos exposure nearly always fatal

Due to the historical prevalence of Ohio jobs in industries utilizing asbestos, residents of the state are, unfortunately, likely familiar with the illness known as mesothelioma. Some may be wondering, though, exactly what it is. The good news is that malignant mesothelioma is very rare; the bad news is that this type of cancer is very difficult to treat and still affects approximately 3,000 people every year.

Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer, generally caused by exposure to asbestos, that affects the linings of the lungs, the "pleura." Less frequently, the cancer may develop in the lining of the abdomen or around the heart or testicles. Chest symptoms are usually the first sign of the disease, with coughing, shortness of breath and pain in the pleural lining.

When physicians ignore FDA warnings, drug injuries may result

Medications save lives every day, but they can also have side effects that are dangerous or even deadly. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for attempting to regulate prescriptions to help educate consumers in Ohio and across the nation of possible drug injuries and hazards by placing safety warnings on the medications and their accompanying literature. When these warnings are ignored, the results could be fatal.

Three doctors are facing the consequences for allegedly disregarding these warnings, and for their apparent negligence, they have been named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition, the plaintiff is suing McKay Dee Hospital where his wife was treated, and its parent company, IHC Health Services. The lawsuit is on behalf of the man's wife, who died after the three physicians administered a medication called Hardol.

Man files product liability suit after e-cig causes severe burns

Many Ohio residents are likely at least familiar with e-cigarettes; in fact, some may be vapers themselves. While manufacturers say the devices are intended to provide a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, there is little federal regulation so far. Unfortunately, this also means that there isn't much oversight into safety protocols surrounding the devices and their component parts, and some are finding this translates into hazardous occurrences that leave users injured, as is the complaint in a recently filed product liability suit.

A man and his wife are suing two vape shops, Tobacco Zone and Rockin Vape, as well as the battery manufacturer LG. The married couple alleges that the batteries they purchased at those shops for the man's e-cigarette exploded and caught fire. Unfortunately, the device was in the man's pants pocket at the time.

When Ohio car accidents are caused by gross negligence

Sometimes, car crashes are unforeseeable. All too often, though, preventable car accidents are caused by another driver's errors or negligence. Even worse, sometimes these careless mistakes are to blame for the death of an innocent person.

This seems to be the case in a recent automobile accident that occurred on June 23, at least according to reports from the Ohio State Highway. A driver attempted to pass another vehicle that Friday afternoon and, while doing so, illegally crossed the double yellow line. In the process, he collided with an oncoming minivan head-on.

Study finds hair dyes contain potentially hazardous materials

Many Ohio consumers use a vast variety of beauty and hygiene products on a daily basis. Alarmingly, a recent study reveals that a number of these products may contain hazardous materials. In fact, the data reveals a possible link between hair dye and breast cancer.

Researchers from Rutgers University studied over 4,000 women between the ages of 20 and 75. After controlling for probable breast cancer risk factors such as health history, they looked specifically at hair products, including hair dyes, chemical straighteners and relaxers and various types of conditioners. Study results suggested that certain types of hair products and dyes were associated with an increased cancer risk.

A moment of carelessness in Ohio may lead to fatal car accidents

Often, automobile crashes are the results of factors like poor road conditions or a seemingly unavoidable series of events. Other times, though, car accidents are caused by nothing more than a few seconds of carelessness on the part of a driver. Sadly, as in a recent fatal accident in Ohio, these incidents of momentary negligence sometimes come with very high consequences.

A 57-year-old woman was killed in a collision that occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on June 14. The woman was driving a car northbound on Route 109 when the driver of an eastbound minivan failed to yield at a stop sign. According to official reports, the ensuing collision sent both vehicles off the side of the intersection. The car hit a fire hydrant, rolled over and came to a rest on its side.

Suit alleges pharmaceutical companies liable for drug injuries

In Ohio and across the nation, patients have the right to be fully informed about any medications they are prescribed so that they can make sound decisions about their own health. In another state, a man has recently filed a pharmaceutical litigation lawsuit in federal court regarding the drug injuries he suffered. The patient names a number of pharmaceutical companies as defendants, alleging product liability and negligence.

The complaint, recently filed in U.S. District Court, names as defendants Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and Takeda Global Research & Development Center. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants manufactured and sold to consumers a diabetes medication that was defective and harmful. The man claims that, due to the side effects of the drug he was taking for his diabetes, Actos, he suffered physical injuries.

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