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Medical workers accused of giving woman lethal dose of painkiller

A doctor, pharmacist and nurse in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital stand accused of giving a fatal dose of fentanyl, a narcotic painkiller more potent than morphine, to an elderly woman in order to hasten her death. According to allegations made in a wrongful death lawsuit -- and admissions by the hospital -- that patient may have been one of 26 patients total that were given excessive doses of the drug as they lay dying.

The wrongful death claim filed by the survivors of a 79-year-old patient who died on Dec. 11, 2017. With her condition terminal, her family had requested no more life-saving measures and wanted nothing more than "comfort care." However, they allege that the doctor ordered a 1,000 microgram dose to be administered through the woman's IV line -- an amount that has been called "grossly inappropriate and excessive."

The duty of a nursing home to prevent patient falls

One common reason why families place their loved ones in nursing homes is for their own protection. Elderly parents may become forgetful or confused. They may be unable to cook for themselves, forget to take their medicine or neglect their own hygiene. Your parents may fit this description. Additionally, many older parents become unsteady and require the kind of attention and care you cannot provide because of your own obligations.

If you chose an Ohio nursing facility after your loved one suffered injuries in a fall at home, you may have been shocked to see injuries on your parent from a fall after you moved him or her to the nursing home. Falls that result in a bruise or bump at a younger age can be devastating to older individuals, and nursing homes have an important duty to protect your parent from such falls.

Understand your rights after a close relative's wrongful death

If you've lost a close relative due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to file a claim under Ohio's wrongful death laws. You may also be able to file what's known as a survival action on the behalf of the deceased.

Below is what you need to understand about these two distinctly different claims.

Zoo intern fatally injured by escaped lion

Anyone in Ohio or elsewhere in the country working around animals faces certain inherent dangers that could result in serious or fatal personal injuries. This is exactly what happened to a 22-year-old intern in North Carolina. The woman was cleaning an animal enclosure at a zoo when the incident occurred. According to a statement by the zoo, lions were somehow allowed to get out of a locked space and into the area where the routine cleaning was taking place. It was one of these lions that attacked and fatally injured the worker.

It's unclear if any wrongful death litigation will result from the incident. However, the lion involved with the attack was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies. Zoo officials plan to investigate the incident to determine how the lions were able to escape their enclosure and get into the area where they were in direct contact with humans. The zoo remains closed until further notice pending results from the investigation.

Addressing nursing home abuse and neglect

Many older people reach a point at which they can no longer take care of themselves or safely remain in their homes. As a result, they may need admitting to a nursing home or similar care facility. You may have recently admitted your elderly loved one into the care of such an establishment. The decision may have been difficult, but you knew you could not provide the care your loved one needed.

At first, you may have felt confident that your family member would receive the care he or she needed. However, after some time, you may have become more concerned that he or she faced unnecessary risks and suffered more illnesses or injuries than you considered reasonable for your loved one's condition. As a result, you may have had the gut-wrenching thought that the nursing home staff neglected or abused your family member.

Drunk driver causes double fatality in Akron

A drunk driver injured herself and left a young couple dead -- and six children without their mother and father in Akron, Ohio -- after a crash in a residential area of the city.

The drunk driver, a 26-year-old woman, was heading east on Lindsay Ave. at a high speed and failed to stop at a stop sign. She rammed an oncoming car with such force that it sent both cars off the road and over the curb. The car she hit traveled some distance from the point of impact, and both the passenger and driver of that vehicle were ejected.

Contract construction workers face higher risks of electrocutions

Many Ohioans are employed in the construction industry, which often involves working with or around electricity. It's important to understand that construction workers who work near or around electricity face heightened risks of suffering electrocutions.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a substantial number of construction worker electrocution deaths happened to contract workers who were either employed by other firms or were self-employed. Among contract workers who were killed on the job, 8 percent were electrocuted, and nearly 30 percent of the electrocution deaths happened at construction sites. Overall, construction trade workers accounted for 57 percent of electrocution deaths followed by electricians at 31 percent.

Ohio motorists urged to slow down, pay attention to construction

The Ohio Highway Patrol is urging the state's drivers to slow down and stay alert in construction zones.

Just recently, a 24-year-old construction worker was killed while working on US-33 while repairing a damaged guardrail. Charges have yet to be filed in that incident because investigators are still working out exactly what happened. A semitruck struck the woman and kept driving, but investigators haven't yet determined if a crime was committed. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in its own right, but it isn't entirely clear if the driver even realized he'd struck the young woman.

Tips for handling a sliding vehicle on icy roads

With winter upon the Ohio area, many people are making various preparations. From completing tasks relating to winterizing their houses to preparing for the holidays, most individuals find themselves busy this time of year. Numerous tasks they complete are related to preventing issues that could result from winter weather.

These preparations are important for many activities. In particular, as you are on the road, you will certainly want to make sure that you accommodate for icy conditions as you make your commutes. Before you know it, you could easily wind up sliding on a roadway and feeling a sudden sense of panic.

Family pursues complaint against Ohio nursing home

An Ohio family is seeking answers about the treatment an elderly relative received in a Colerain nursing home after she nearly died of complications associated with a pressure ulcer.

Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, develop from a breakdown in a patient's skin and muscle tissue -- and occur almost exclusively because a patient is left lying in one position for extended periods of time. Some patients, like diabetics, are more prone to them than others.

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