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Fetal monitor errors lead to unnecessary surgery

Are too many American women delivering their children via C-section when natural delivery is a viable option? A lot of researchers say that they are.

There's been considerable debate among the scientific and medical communities about why C-section rates jumped for American women about 455 percent in the years between 1965 and 1987 alone. Some speculated that it was the fear of malpractice lawsuits driving doctors to take the supposedly "safer" route of surgery over the less-certain route of a natural delivery. Others blamed advancing maternal ages and a cultural desire for a "convenient," scheduled delivery.

Car accidents and 'dashboard knees'

"Dashboard knee" is a term used to describe what happens when someone's leg crashes into the dashboard of a car during an accident.

In medical terms, it's an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Victims may also suffer from a broken patella (kneecap). This type of injury can have devastating effects on a victim's mobility and lifestyle.

What causes a missed diagnosis in emergency rooms?

Emergency rooms are on the front lines of patient care. They're where many people turn when they're experiencing strange or frightening symptoms.

Unfortunately, emergency room doctors often make mistakes in their diagnosis. In fact, one study reported that around 65 percent of the medical malpractice claims associated with emergency care were related to that issue. Even worse, 39 percent of the missed diagnoses eventually led to the patient's death.

1 holiday weekend, 3 helmetless deaths

As the middle of the summer approaches, many Ohio residents continue to take advantage of the warm weather by taking their motorcycles or ATVs out for a spin. According to Ohio law, motorcycle riders over the age of 17 do not have to wear a helmet. Some prefer not to as they find it comfortable to let the wind flow through their hair or make an additional purchase.

However, the consequences of not wearing a helmet frequently show up in our state. The weekend of July 6 to 8 saw multiple motor vehicle accidents following our local July 4th celebrations. What makes this weekend stand out in particular is that each day had at least one fatality from a rider not wearing a helmet.

Remove players who receive blows to the head from the game

Usually, when people think about a football player with a head injury, they picture someone who looks dazed and seems a little confused. Maybe his words are slurred or he even seems groggy. In reality, an injured player may appear perfectly fine at first.

According to new research on brain injuries in football players, biochemical markers associated with brain injuries can show up after just one hard knock on the head, although the football player still seems totally normal. The study was developed by focusing on chemical changes that were recently discovered to occur within the brain after an injury.

Avoiding 'caught-in' or 'caught-between' construction accidents

It seems hard to believe, but it's actually really easy for a construction worker to get caught on or caught between a piece of heavy machinery. While bystanders might think those large pieces of noisy equipment are hard to ignore, the reality is that human beings can, with enough exposure and practice, start to ignore just about anything.

That's why even experienced construction workers sometimes suffer terrible injuries when a vehicle moves out of its expected place or a crane swings too wide. The worker simply expects the vehicle to move one direction or the crane to swing the way it normally does and can't react in time because he or she was concentrating on his or her own job.

Ohio father sues helmet maker over son's wrongful death

A grieving Ohio man has filed a lawsuit against a helmet maker and the sports store that sold it over the death of his 22-year old son. The young man died in 2016 due to brain injuries he suffered playing football as a youth. This lawsuit may eventually open a sort of floodgate.

After the young man collapsed and died, it was determined that he had a brain disorder known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It's a degenerative disorder that has been in the news quite a bit in recent years because of the revelation that it is closely tied to sports injuries — including those from football. Many former National Football League (NFL) players have suffered from the disease.

How do you get started with a medical malpractice claim?

When your medical care has left you worse off then you were before you started, it's difficult to know what to do. If you believe that you're a victim of medical malpractice, how do you start to ask for the compensation you're due?

First, you need to understand the essence of a medical malpractice claim. Because medical care never has a guaranteed positive outcome, the big question is whether or not your medical care was somehow negligent. In other words, would you have been given the same level of care by another source in the same sort of situation?

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

The cold weather has broken and another Ohio winter is finally behind us. With the warmer weather, many bikers have taken their motorcycles out of the garage and put them back on the road.

There can be an adjustment period for both the bikers and cars in the spring and early summer. Unfortunately, this period can include severe motorcycle accidents.

Advice all graduating drivers should follow

For most high school graduates, the month of May is arguably the most important time of their lives. It means that one chapter of their lives is about to close, and college beckons. The same could be same for college graduates as they prepare for the first step in their professional lives. As personal injury attorneys, we can appreciate the feeling accomplishing something truly special. With that, we support the idea of celebrating, but we are also mindful of the dangers that confront young drivers at this time of year.  

After all, auto accidents are the leading killer of young drivers, and fatal accidents tend to increase in the months between April and August. Because of this, parents must have honest and frank conversations about the dangers that can befall a young driver when they use alcohol or other mood altering drugs before getting behind the wheel.

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