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February 2017 Archives

Ohio car accidents still "accidents" when drivers are OVI?

Accidents happen. It's a fact of life. By definition, the word "accident" implies an unfortunate but unintentional incident. But when car accidents occur because someone decided to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it calls into question whether the term "accident" even necessarily applies anymore; someone made a conscious -- albeit poor -- decision and because of the mistake, a tragedy occurred that could have been avoided. Just such an incident happened recently in Ohio.

Asbestos litigation asks how far employer's liability extends

Asbestos has been an ongoing problem in Ohio and across the United States, with symptoms showing up years or even decades after the original time of exposure. A recent piece of asbestos litigation in another state, however, may help expound upon another ongoing legal question: does a company's responsibility to protect against hazardous material exposure stop with the employee or extend to cover other members of the employee's household? This question has applied specifically in the past to work environments rife with asbestos.

Merck facing pharmaceutical litigation over their drug Propecia

Male-pattern hair loss is, admittedly, a cosmetic issue, but for the men who suffer from it in Ohio and across the nation, it may bother them enough that they contact their doctor about possible ways to combat it. Few, however, would likely be willing to sacrifice their health for the sake of their hair. Now, though, the manufacturer of a drug commonly used to combat male-pattern baldness is facing pharmaceutical litigation due to the medication's potential side effects.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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