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2017 trench collapse death provokes Ohio wrongful death lawsuit

Trench collapses are one of a construction worker's worst nightmares. When they happen, it's often because the trench wasn't properly dug or maintained. Injuries are often severe -- or fatal.

Such was the case for one Mason, Ohio, construction worker who was killed in a 2017 trench collapse. The worker, a 25-year-old man, was buried nearly 16-feet deep when the walls of the trench he was in collapsed. It took over 150 workers 11 hours just to find his body.

What's the top cause of malpractice involving kids? Misdiagnosis

When you have a sick child -- or a child that is showing unusual symptoms that are worrying you and keeping you up at night -- you rely on your child's doctor to give you an accurate diagnosis.

Well, you might want to get a second opinion if you have any doubts about that diagnosis or the treatment your child's doctor ordered doesn't seem to be working.

Which states have the worst drivers?

Which state do you suppose has the worst drivers?

Frankly, the answer to that question depends a lot on the metrics you use to evaluate people's driving habits. One way to draw comparisons between the drivers of different states, however, is to take a look at how many of those drivers get pulled over for repeat driving violations including things like accidents, suspended licenses, speeding and drunk driving.

Northern Ohio could see increase in drug-related car crashes

The northern states may not get as much total crashes as some of the southern ones, but they do have a high percentage of repeat offenders. Ohio is no exception, as the insurance comparison website Insurify recently ranked the Buckeye State as having the third highest rate of repeat driving offenders.

They noted that a large portion of the northern states had dangerously high levels of repeat DUI offenders, with Wisconsin and North Dakota having some of the highest amounts. Unfortunately, a recent controversial law passed in Michigan may mean that some of the numbers won’t be going down any time soon. Residents in Ohio should remain cautious for the potential increase in intoxicated drivers in the near future.

Depression and traumatic brain injuries: What victims should know

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) come with a host of problems -- many of them physical and cognitive in nature. However, the emotional impact of a TBI cannot be overlooked.

Researchers have discovered that patients who have traumatic brain injuries suffer from depression about three times as often as people without TBIs. The more severe the injury, the more likely that the victim will eventually develop depression -- although it can take up to a year or longer for symptoms to develop.

Don't give the insurance company a recorded statement

You've recently been in an auto accident that wasn't your fault. Shortly after you call to report the accident, a friendly insurance adjustor reaches you by phone and asks you for a statement -- on record. The other driver was cited, and it's clear that you're injured. So, what could possibly go wrong?

Plenty.

Ohio hospital ignored 28 suspicious deaths

A physician in Ohio ordered fatal doses of painkillers 28 times, to 28 different patients. Nobody stopped him. Now the physician has been fired and his license suspended, and a slew of other medical professionals have been removed from patient care while the hospital completes its investigation -- but many people are asking how this ever happened in the first place.

Why didn't someone notice?

Don't underestimate the long-term costs of a catastrophic injury

An accident can leave you with nothing worse than a few bumps and bruises -- or it can cause catastrophic injuries.

What exactly makes an injury "catastrophic" in nature? Catastrophic injuries are the kind from which you never fully recover. To a certain extent, you can heal, but your life won't be the same as it was before you were injured.

Why do people react to similar injuries differently?

Imagine this: You and your co-worker both take a tumble on a loose tile on the office floor near the copier. You both land on your backs pretty hard. Your co-worker takes the rest of the week off, but comes back to work the following Monday morning and goes on like nothing happened. You end up needing physical therapy and have to file for disability because you're now having trouble walking, sitting and standing. Chronic pain has disrupted your entire life.

Why can two people experience drastically different results from nearly identical injuries?

New Ohio bill bans selling and installing unsafe tires

Some major motor vehicle accidents are not the result of reckless driving, but rather negligent maintenance. Car owners need to check their vehicles every now and then to see if there is any deficiency that could lead to a loss of control. If your car fails to perform a specific function and results in someone getting hurt, the court could find you liable for the accident.

However, it could also be the fault of the person who checked or installed the vehicle part that lost function. One of the more frequent vehicle failures that leads to crashes are faulty tires that fall apart while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars with worn-out tires are three times more likely to get in an accident. Ohio lawmakers have recognized that these types of tires have led to many people getting hurt, so they recently decided to pass a law to decrease the chances of that happening again.

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