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Skin-melting drug injuries shine light on dangers of lamotrigine

For the multitudes of Ohio residents who take prescription medications every day, a medication error may feel so unlikely that such a thought never even crosses their minds. A woman in another state, however, no longer has that luxury, as the drug injuries that resulted from a pharmaceutical error have left her with an incurable syndrome. The woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that she received the wrong dosage of a medication, with devastating and permanent consequences.

In 2014, the plaintiff began experiencing depression and went to see a doctor, who wrote her a prescription for lamotrigine. This anti-seizure medication is often marketed under the brand name Lamictal along with other drugs to treat symptoms of bipolar syndrome. After two weeks of using the medication, however, the woman's skin broke out in blisters all over her body and she found herself in excruciating pain.

Gas station facing product liability suit over botulism in cheese

Consumers who stop at an Ohio gas station to grab nachos could be thinking about any number of things, like the hurry they're in or how hungry they are. One thing they are not likely considering, however, is their chance of contracting food poisoning from the snacks they purchase. In another state, a woman recently filed a product liability lawsuit after just such an occurrence.

The 33-year-old is only one of 10 cases involving people who have contracted botulism after, officials believe, they ate the nacho cheese sauce served at a local market. Botulism is a rare but serious form of food poisoning. Hours after stopping for chips and nacho cheese sauce, the woman became fatigued. The next day, after experiencing double vision, vomiting and difficulty breathing, she went to the emergency room.

Court declares 3 months of asbestos exposure grounds for trial

While Ohio has a significant amount of legal cases involving asbestos due in part to a heavy history of manufacturing within the state, they are by no means alone in this issue. A family in another state is fighting an ongoing court battle after a man died of mesothelioma, a type of cancer that the family complains he contracted after asbestos exposure. This particular case is even more complex than some, however, because the area where the man worked during the alleged exposure is different from the state in which he resided at the time.

Originally, the case named as defendants a host of industrial companies. The complaint asserted that the illness the man had contracted was caused by the asbestos fibers in the drywall joint compound with which he worked, one of which was a brand known as Wel-Cote, manufactured and sold by a company called Welco Manufacturing. As the case proceeded, many of the defendants settled or were dismissed, until the remaining defendant was the drywall joint compound manufacturer Welco.

Grounds for personal injury cases may exist after Ohio crash

Criminal law and civil law often involve very different types of cases. Criminal cases are often punishable by jail time and generally require a higher standard of proof, whereas civil cases frequently involve a judge deciding whether it's more likely than not that something occurred in a certain way. When cases involving automobile accidents are first tried in criminal court, however, this often indicates that there is enough evidence that grounds for a civil personal injury suit would exist as well.

In a recent multi-vehicle accident in Ohio, criminal charges are expected to be forthcoming. Multiple people were taken to a hospital on a recent Sunday afternoon following an accident involving a total of five vehicles. According to Ohio State Patrol, the incident started when a 30-year-old male driver failed to stop his vehicle at a red light.

Keurig facing product liability suit after $100,000 house fire

Many, if not most households across Ohio likely own a coffeemaker, as a common start to most mornings is waking up to make a nice, hot mug of coffee. This soothing ritual might be made far less enjoyable for many individuals with the knowledge that, in doing so, they could potentially be running the risk of injury from burns if their brewer was to catch on fire. In another state, this situation is exactly what a recent product liability lawsuit is alleging happened.

A recently filed complaint claims that about two years prior to filing a consumer started her Keurig expecting to enjoy a nice cup of coffee; instead, she found herself and her family homeless after the brewer caught their house on fire. The $100,000 worth of damage to the home forced the family to move out initially and then live out of their basement for several more months while repairs were made. Luckily for them, the damages were covered by Liberty Mutual Insurance company or their situation could have been much more dire.

Monsanto facing lawsuit over toxic materials in Roundup

Roundup is a common herbicide used by consumers in Ohio and across the country. The active ingredient in this weed-killer is glyphosate, a chemical that Monsanto, the company who manufactures Roundup, has long touted as a technological breakthrough, alleging it kills essentially all weeds without harming the user or the environment. Unfortunately, a lawsuit filed last year claims that the opposite is true -- that the toxic materials contained within roundup led to the death of a 48-year-old man.

The suit, filed by the man's widow, alleges that the weed control product Roundup directly caused the death of the man. The complaint claims that the man was repeatedly exposed to the hazardous chemicals contained within the product for a period of nine years, ending with his diagnosis of lymphoma in 2012. For all those years preceding, the man had used Roundup on his bean and cornfields, never expecting that his exposure to the chemicals were hazardous to his own health.

Automobile accidents involving trucks more likely to be fatal

A car crash, at best, is bound to ruin anyone's day. Even minor collisions often mean expensive repairs and sometimes result in pain and injury for those involved. Automobile accidents involving large trucks such as semis, however, generally tend to be more disastrous and have a higher likelihood of fatality, due in part to the size and weight of the trucks, though other factors come into play as well.

Tragically, just such an accident recently occurred in Ohio and claimed the life of a young boy. The 5-year-old was a passenger in a car driven by a 51-year-old woman. Reports indicate that the woman was traveling westbound when she slowed her car and stopped for a traffic light. At this point, a semi truck smashed into the car from behind, per official statements.

NAPA Auto Parts ordered to pay $81.5M after cancer death

Ohio has traditionally been one of the largest manufacturers of plastics, metal products, appliances and rubber in the country. Historically, the manufacturing processes for these materials tended to involve the use of asbestos for insulation, which in turn resulted in a disproportionately high incidence of mesothelioma and cancer deaths linked to asbestos exposure. Ohio is by no means alone regarding incidents of asbestos-related illness, however.

A jury in another state recently found in favor of the family of a man who died due to complications from an asbestos-related disease. The defendants, NAPA Auto Parts and Genuine Parts Corp., were ordered to pay $81.5 million in damages, though they apparently intend to challenge the verdict. The deceased was a 67-year-old heavy-equipment operator who died of mesothelioma complications in 2015.

Victims of Ohio car accidents may be entitled to compensation

At times, the cause of a motor vehicle crash is clear, such as instances of excessive speeding or driving under the influence. Other times, car accidents have no immediately clear causes. Investigators work hard to try to recreate the accident to establish what factors led to the incident, not just to determine fault, but in the hopes that future accidents might be averted.

In Ohio, a man was recently killed in a fatal triple-car crash, and while investigators say it's clear which driver was at fault, they still have not been able to determine the details surrounding why or how the accident happened in the first place. Reports indicate that a 31-year-old woman was driving a car when, for unknown reasons, she swerved left of center and smashed head-on into a sports utility vehicle. A pickup truck then rear-ended the SUV, pushing it off the road and causing it to flip.

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