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The medical fallout of motorcycle vs. car accidents

Like many other Ohio residents, you may enjoy riding a motorcycle. Not only is it often more economical, but it also provides you with a sense of freedom you cannot get from a passenger vehicle. The main problem is that it also puts you at risk for severe injuries that you may not suffer in a passenger vehicle if you are in a collision. Car accidents involving motorcycle riders rarely end well for the rider while vehicle occupants often walk away unscathed.

With only a helmet, and maybe road leathers, you still lack the same protections of a car, truck or SUV. Your body takes a certain degree of the impact no matter what you do. This could lead to serious injuries that may leave you with permanent injuries, scars and disfigurements.

Pharmaceutical litigation against opioid manufactures is rising

No matter where you go in the country, including here in Ohio, a certain percentage of the population has a problem with addiction to opioids. This nationwide epidemic is wreaking havoc on people's lives, and many are looking to manufacturers to take responsibility for the mess they created. This may be just one reason why pharmaceutical litigation against opioid manufacturers appears to be on the rise.

 Did you know that the leading cause of accidental death here in the United States is from drug overdose? So many of those deaths are attributed to opioids that data indicates approximately 91 to 155 people die each day from overdoses of these drugs. Between 1999 and 2015, around 183,000 people died from opioid use, and estimates indicate the situation is only getting worse.

Motor vehicle accidents a leading cause of death in childhood

There is little that affects a parent more grievously than the loss of a child. Tragically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of childhood deaths. Take, for instance, a recent fatal accident in Ohio that claimed the life of one little boy and left another in critical condition.

The multi-vehicle crash occurred on a recent afternoon when a 29-year-old driver failed to come to a stop in westbound traffic on I-270. She collided with the car in front of her, which was then propelled into an additional vehicle. The chain reaction went on to involve a total of four vehicles in a domino effect of collisions.

Fatal drug injuries lawsuit settled for $325,000

Often, pharmaceutical litigation involves medications that were rushed to market before they were completely safe, endangering the public in the interest of profits for big drug companies. Sometimes, however, lawsuits involve more personal cases, such as instances of drug injuries caused by doctor or pharmacy error. Worse still is when these incidents result, not just in injury, but in death.

A recently settled pharmaceutical lawsuit in another state may make Ohio residents think twice after picking up their prescriptions from a local pharmacy. According to records, a 67-year-old cancer survivor, on numerous medications for chronic pain, picked up the refill for her methadone prescription, a medication she had been prescribed for over a year at a 5 mg dosage. Four days later, the woman's daughter discovered her dead at home.

Another lawsuit alleges asbestos exposure caused by J&J talc

Ohio has a history rich in manufacturing and production, and often, this unfortunately translates into workers developing mesothelioma after they were exposed to asbestos over the course of their careers. Sadly, this is far from the only means of asbestos exposure, though, as companies also negligently included the hazardous carcinogenic substance in their products. In another state, a lawsuit has begun over allegations that talcum-based products like Johnson & Johnson baby powder negligently contained the dangerous material.

Mesothelioma is a fatal lung cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. This most recent lawsuit was filed by a 46-year-old man after claims that he developed the condition after decades of using J&J's products. The lawsuit alleges that both the company and its talc supplier knew of the hazards presented by including the carcinogenic ingredient in their products but failed to warn consumers.

Product liability suit blames chocolate equipment for house fire

The Ohio public has the right to presume that the substances and items they purchase -- or even are secondarily exposed to -- are safe. Companies are supposed to ensure that the products they manufacture, distribute and sell are free from hazards, or -- in cases involving more dangerous items or materials -- to warn consumers of potential risks and offer instruction in safe handling. When companies fail to do so, they open themselves up to the possibility of product liability lawsuits from parties injured by their products.

In another state, just such a product liability lawsuit has been filed after, a couple claims, defective chocolate-processing equipment led to the life-threatening fire that destroyed their entire home. The device, known as a melanger, grinds cocoa beans to refine into finished chocolate, and was purchased by the couple in 2015. According to the lawsuit, the machine malfunctioned and caught fire during use in Feb. 2016, causing a blaze that destroyed the couple's house.

Have you been affected by the opioid epidemic?

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For many years, drug companies have lied about the dangers of opioid medications. In their greedy efforts to earn riches from the multi-billion-dollar drug industry, hundreds of thousands of people have become addicted to these powerful painkillers.

Drug overdose is now the most common cause of accidental death. Opioid overdoses kill more than 100 people per day in the U.S.

Fatal Ohio car accidents involving children are especially tragic

All fatal accidents are devastating. Perhaps many would agree, however, that few car accidents are as tragic as those that claim the life of a child. Sadly, just such a fatal crash occurred recently in Ohio.

A multiple vehicle collision took the life of a 4-year-old boy in Canton early on a recent Tuesday evening. Reportedly, three vehicles collided. The automobile containing a mother and her two young children -- the little boy and his 2-year-old sister -- was struck not just once, but twice.

Drug injuries often serious when pharmacy errors occur

Most Ohio residents have no choice but to trust in the knowledge and professional competence of pharmacists when it comes to the prescription medications they need to keep them and their children healthy. Unfortunately, sometimes this trust is misplaced and pharmacy staff negligently fail to exercise the standard of care that every patient has the right to expect. When this occurs, drug injuries are often inevitable.

In another state, an individual has filed a lawsuit against a local pharmacy on behalf of a minor child. The civil claim accuses the pharmacy of malpractice after the business allegedly filled the child's prescription incorrectly. It is claimed that the child has been forced to miss a significant amount of school due to the mental anguish and physical pain suffered as a result of the improperly filled prescription.

Two companies settle for $215,000 in asbestos exposure lawsuit

Ohio and other states have a number of stringent laws and regulations governing working with asbestos. While the specifics may vary from place to place, the stipulations exist to protect both workers and the public from the hazards associated with asbestos exposure. In another state, two defendants who allegedly failed to follow such protocols have settled in a lawsuit against them.

The defendants – a contractor and an asbestos abatement company – settled for $215,000 in the lawsuit brought against them by the state Attorney General. They stood accused of illegal asbestos work at development projects, including failure to comply with their state's clean air law. They also failed to follow regulations for the handling of asbestos at construction projects.

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