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Wrongful death lawsuit pursued over courthouse shooting

What can you do when your loved one was killed but the police and prosecutors refuse to call it a crime?

You may be able to get justice through a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death claim won't impose criminal penalties on the person who caused your loved one's death, but it may hold them financially accountable.

Anesthesia mistakes are a major risk for surgeries

Anesthesia has been one of the most important developments produced by modern medicine. Not that long ago, people who required intense medical intervention, such as the setting of a broken bone or a life-saving surgery, would have very limited options for pain relief. The result of inadequate pain management could be shock, a condition that can prove fatal without treatment.

Modern anesthesia allows for doctors to perform incredibly delicate and potentially painful procedures without the patient being aware of what happens. It has improved the prognosis for those who must experience surgery or other painful treatments.

2 studies offer new hope for spinal cord injury victims

Two new studies have recently been published that could offer new hope for patients with spinal cord injuries. The information they offer could help patients recover better from their injuries and stay healthier in the long run.

One study focused on people who had recently been diagnosed with a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and the effects of animal-assisted therapy. Specifically, researchers in Alabama teamed up with an animal-assisted therapy dog provider to see what effect the dogs would have on the psychological state of patients facing life-altering injuries and a long recovery.

Where should teens drive through before they can drive to school?

Many teenagers in Ohio are driving to their classes for the first time alone this year. It’s a momentous occasion as a parent, but you can’t help but worry now that you or a bus driver are no longer taking your child to school.

However, school won’t be the only place your kid will be driving to this year. They may go to a friend’s place after class, or they might have to drive to a different part of the state for a sport or extracurricular activity, or they could end up with a job in the cities they’ll have to start working after classes.

Avoiding workplace injuries when you're a trucker

Long-distance truckers are in more demand than ever, thanks to the "aging out" of older drivers and consumers who increasingly use online shopping platforms. Trucking can, however, be a dangerous profession -- and not just because of the risk of an accident.

In fact, 50% of the work-related injuries suffered by truckers can be attributed to strains and sprains. A strained back from overexertion or lifting heavy boxes can take months to heal properly. A sprain can occur from a slip and fall or just having a bad grip on an object. Repetitive motion injuries are also a type of strain injury that is common among truckers.

What factors contribute to forklift dangers?

Forklifts are dangerous. Most people don't realize how dangerous they really are until they work with them or witness a serious accident involving one.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are about 85 fatalities and around 34,900 people who end up seriously injured due to forklift injuries. Approximately 42% of those who are killed are crushed under the weight of the forklift after it tips over during operation.

Seek legal guidance if you're injured in a diving accident

Swimming pools can be dangerous places. Most people associate the primary dangers of pools with slips and falls or accidental near-drownings. In reality, diving accidents can cause the most traumatic injuries someone can suffer in a pool.

The worst part is that you don't even have to take a dive off a diving board to end up injured in this kind of accident. All you have to do is be in the wrong spot in the water when someone else dives in without looking. The next thing you know, you -- and maybe the diver, as well -- are suffering from a catastrophic spinal cord injury.

Ohio's fight against pedestrian deaths

Pedestrians in the United States are increasingly at risk for serious injury and death as the result of accidents with vehicles -- and Ohio is taking note.

Dayton, in particular, is studying the issue after a series of accidents in which pedestrians were killed. All in all, there have been 717 Ohio pedestrians killed between 2013 and 2018, with the number climbing steadily over time. In 2013, only 88 walkers in the state were killed and 2,262 were injured. In 2018, 133 walkers were killed and almost 15,000 were injured.

Types of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are among the most catastrophic events the human body can endure. Victims and their families need to learn as much as they can about the spinal cord to understand their treatment options, ask the appropriate questions of their doctors and know what to expect for the future.

Here are some of the basics:

Domestic violence leads to high rate of traumatic brain injury

“Invisible signs,” such as forgetfulness, lack of emotional control, struggling to concentrate or fainting are often unrecognized when linked to brain injuries. Due to many domestic survivors suffering repeated hits to the head and strangulation, these side effects are long lasting brain trauma caused at the hands of the abuser.

On behalf of a study performed by The Ohio State University, 81% of women who suffered domestic abuse have endured a strike to the head and 83% endured strangulation. Women between the ages of 18 to 34 experience the highest rate of abuse at the hands of a partner.

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