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Personal injury, wrongful death claims filed against Ohio woman

An Ohio woman was recently indicted by a grand jury on four counts in relation to her involvement in a fatal 2016 car accident. Apart from the criminal charges, she is also facing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. The fatal accident claimed the life of a 68-year-old man. It also caused serious injuries to a passenger.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that a 63-year-old woman was driving last Aug. 27 in Greene County when her vehicle crashed into a pickup truck. The authorities have accused her of being drunk at the time of the accident. The driver of the pickup was declared dead at the scene. Both his female passenger and the allegedly drunk driver were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, but have since recovered.

Couple sues, alleging toxic materials in flooring they purchased

In Ohio and across the United States, companies are required to comply with certain federal safety standards in regard to the products they sell. This includes not only food and medication, but any item with materials or parts that could potentially prove dangerous. To this end, a couple in another state recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that the flooring they purchased contains toxic materials.

The plaintiffs are suing Lumber Liquidators Inc., accusing the retailer of illegal and deceptive conduct. The complaint, filed Feb. 21, alleges that the company failed to comply with the federal standards under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The plaintiffs purchased Chinese flooring that they later discovered contained such high levels of formaldehyde that it posed a health risk.

NutriBullet involved in product liability suits after explosions

Even if they don't own one, residents of Ohio have most likely at least heard of the kitchen appliance known as the NutriBullet. Touted as being a small but powerful blender useful for making nutritious dishes, the device has become a staple in many health-conscious homes. However, the company that manufactures the device, NutriBullet LLC and several other companies involved with the NutriBullet's sale, manufacture and design are currently involved in a number of product liability suits after several users suffered injuries.

A number of purchasers have claim that the device exploded in their faces and burned them. One lawsuit names NutriBullet LLC, Call To Action LLC, Captial Brands LLC and Homeland Housewares LLC as defendants. The plaintiff alleges that, when he was using the blender to make mango sauce, he poured hot liquid into it and the top of the unit violently shot off its base while it was running. The man claims he was almost blinded in the incident, and suffered first and second-degree burns to his face, torso and hands.

Asbestos exposure not a relic of the past

In Ohio, widespread use of asbestos was common throughout the state due to its high number of factories and industrial manufacturing facilities. While mesothelioma and other illnesses and cancers related to asbestos exposure still surface all the time, the exposure itself often feels like an outdated concern, a worry from before safety regulations were instituted. However, a case in another state shows that, sadly, the risk of asbestos exposure is not necessarily a thing of the past.

In January 2012, an incident of asbestos exposure allegedly occurred involving foundry works at a now-closed branch of Grede Foundy. Supposedly, the workers were not told that they would be dealing with asbestos when working on the equipment there. Furthermore, the workers apparently were not given adequate safety equipment to help protect them against the substance.

Fatal buggy crash could present grounds for personal injury suit

A fatal accident claimed a life on March 3 in Ohio. One woman was killed and three other individuals were injured after a crash involving a car and an Amish buggy. While alcohol is not currently considered to be a factor in the crash, the injured victims and family of the deceased victim may still have grounds for a personal injury and/or wrongful death suit, respectively, depending upon what facts may be uncovered during the ongoing investigation into the accident.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers reported that the buggy and the vehicle were both traveling north at around 3:30 p.m. that Friday afternoon. While full details are as yet unknown, it appears that the driver of the vehicle failed to maintain a safe distance from the buggy. The driver struck the buggy from behind, and the two people within were ejected.

Couple claims asbestos in 3M, Viacom products caused lung cancer

Often, in Ohio, asbestos litigation involves cases of worker exposure due to the material's heavy use in industrial work and factories decades ago. In another state, a couple is making similar claims against a number of companies. A husband and wife are both suing several companies with claims that the companies' negligence in regards to asbestos-containing products led to the man's development of lung cancer.

The suit names almost a dozen companies, among them Viacom Inc. and 3M Company. The complaint, filed in February 2015, alleges that the man's lung cancer was caused by his exposure to products containing asbestos. The man and his wife claim that the companies failed to provide accurate information or sufficient warning to employees regarding the hazards of exposure to asbestos and working with products containing the material.

Pharmaceutical litigation case claims medication mix-up

If Ohio is like the rest of the nation, many of its residents are on at least one prescription medication. Millions of people across the United States rely on their pharmacists to get them the medication they need. However, in a recent case of pharmaceutical litigation, a woman in another state is claiming that just the opposite occurred.

The woman is suing CVS pharmacy in federal court after, she claims, she was sent home with the wrong medication in her prescription bottle. She had her prescription for Ropinirole filled for her restless leg syndrome. When she arrived home, she took three pills. It was then, the woman claims, that she began hallucinating and having terrible nightmares.

Are you at risk for a deadly disease caused by asbestos?

In the U.S., Ohio leads in the production of rubber, plastics and metal products. While this industry has many benefits, there are also risks. Because these products are manufactured using insulation and fireproofing, many people have been exposed to asbestos across the state.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can result from asbestos exposure. Although asbestos exposure has dropped in recent years, there is still a steady stream of people who are diagnosed with this deadly cancer each year because of exposure that took place years ago.

Why is this happening? Because the cancer can appear anywhere from 20 to 50 years after exposure. Between the years of 1999 and 2013, almost 2,000 people in the state of Ohio died from asbestos and mesothelioma. Many of those were in the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

Major auto companies accused in air bag product liability lawsuit

In a massive breach of consumer trust that affected not just residents of Ohio but individuals across the nation, an overseas manufacturer has been selling faulty automobile airbags despite knowing that doing so could -- and did -- result in injury and death. The company, Takata, reached a deal in early 2017 with the U.S. Department of Justice, in which it agreed to pay $1 billion in fines and restitution to accident victims and automakers; Takata entered a guilty plea in the criminal case, hoping to bring the ongoing investigation to a close. However, court documents filed only recently in the civil product liability lawsuit begun in 2015 against Takata now allege that five auto companies may have been more involved and aware than was initially believed.

These new allegations accuse automotive companies Toyota, Ford, BMW, Nissan and Honda of knowing about the dangerous air bag defects but continuing to use them anyway. Despite the auto companies' protests to the contrary, these documents claim that the companies have been aware of the dangerous issues for over a decade. Because Takata airbags were cheaper than those of the company's competitors and because the company was able to produce the items in bulk, the auto manufacturers ignored the safety risks, according to court documents.

Product hazards don't threaten just people, but pets, too

People in Cleveland and across Ohio love their pets. There are special bonds that form between owner and companion dog or cat. To the extent it's possible, especially where dogs are concerned, we try to incorporate them into our everyday activities. When it comes to feeding time, however, experts agree that it's wise to draw the line.

Cats and dogs have many of the same nutritional needs as people, but pet food manufacturers aren't subject to the same regulatory oversight as companies producing food for human consumption. Considering that, and how often humans suffer illness or death from tainted food, it should come as no surprise that hazardous products find their way into our dog and cat menus. When illness or death results, the anguish you suffer is bound to be on a par with that of any loved one. 

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