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Here's why you should pursue a wrongful death claim

The unexpected loss of a loved one is a devastating emotional experience -- and nothing you do can bring that person back. That fact alone can make it difficult to even consider taking legal action.

However, a wrongful death claim has several important purposes that you need to consider:

Boeing 737 MAX crashes result in legal trouble

On April 8, the brother of a victim in the March 10 crash involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 filed a lawsuit against the Boeing Company. This is just one example of the legal troubles that the aviation company faces in the wake of its two 737 MAX crashes. Ohio residents may remember that the March 10 incident, where the plane took a nosedive shortly after departing Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killed 157 people.

Five months earlier, Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea after departing Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189. In early March 2019, a Seattle law firm filed a lawsuit against Boeing on behalf of several of the victims' families. A law firm in Indonesia then filed a similar lawsuit.

Pedestrian dangers: What every walker needs to know

Cities have been gradually trying to encourage more people to take up walking as a way to reduce traffic congestion. The only problem is that walking around somewhere can get you hurt or killed in an accident very easily.

The rising tide of pedestrian deaths

Be on the lookout for drunk drivers in Ohio

You have no way of knowing what a nearby motorist is going to do at any given moment. You have the right, however, to reasonably expect those with whom you're sharing the road will adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations. Every licensed driver in Ohio and beyond is legally obligated to do so. Sadly, not every licensed driver complies. In fact, some make highly irresponsible choices to drink and drive or otherwise act with negligence or recklessness behind the wheel.

You're at risk for serious injury because of another driver's disregard for safety. If this happens, there is no reason you should bear the full financial burden of expenses related to the incident, such as medical bills or lost wages from time off work during recovery. Drunk drivers often commit certain behaviors due to cognitive and physical impairment. If you notice suspicious driving behavior, it's best to try to safely distance yourself from the vehicle in question and to report the incident to 911 if you can.

Ohio fraternity tries to evade responsibility for pledge's death

On Nov. 12, 2018, an 18-year-old student at Ohio University died at a house associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity. He was allegedly a victim of hazing.

The young student, a hopeful pledge to Sigma Pi, was surrounded by drug paraphernalia when paramedics reached him, including small canisters of nitrous oxide called "whippets." The official cause of the student's death has been listed as asphyxiation caused by the nitrous oxide inhalation.

Weather Channel sued after fatal crash with storm chasers

Ohio residents may be familiar with the show "Storm Wranglers" and how its two stars died in a crash back in March of 2017. They were chasing a tornado in Texas when they apparently ran a stop sign and collided with a jeep driven by a 25-year-old storm spotter. The three individuals all were killed upon impact. The mother of the 25-year-old has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Weather Channel, the show's network, for $125 million.

The lawsuit states that the storm-chasing duo was long known for their reckless driving, and the network did nothing to curb this. On the contrary, it encouraged the behavior as a way of making every storm chase more exciting for viewers. Watching the live streams of these chases, one can see the duo speeding, driving on the wrong side of freeway ramps, driving on private property and traveling through hail storms.

Spring construction worker safety reminders

Ohio is already on the verge of spring -- but that can mean some rather rocky weather that ranges from warm and sunny one day and wet and windy the day after. Downpours are common.

In other words, spring weather can make construction work interesting -- if not outright treacherous. Since a lot of construction projects ramp up in the spring, we thought it's a good time to remind construction workers of some safety tips when the rain hits:

  1. Be extremely conscious of the risk of a slip-and-fall accident in wet weather. The increased awareness alone can make you more cautious, particularly in high areas.
  2. Wear your personal protective gear at all times, especially when working on elevated areas. Slip-resistant boots are a necessity at all times during the rainy part of the year.
  3. Don't forget about mud. The soft ground at a construction site and the rain can make for a whole new set of slipping hazards. Muddy boots can cause you to fall when climbing ladders or into the cabs of large equipment -- so take a moment and wipe the mud away before you start.
  4. If you operate any large equipment -- from a forklift to a crane -- you need to be extra conscious of wet ground and sloped areas. You can easily lose traction on the mud and slide down a hill. Even a small slope can cause top-heavy equipment to overturn.
  5. Trench collapses are a real possibility during the wet weather -- and they're often deadly to workers. Don't get into a trench if the weather is too wet to keep the sides intact or the appropriate supports aren't in place. Inspect every trench daily before you enter.

Ohio doctor, nurses being investigated for 35 deaths

Multiple families have come forward against an Ohio doctor who allegedly gave dozens of patients potentially lethal and excessive doses of pain medication. The doctor, who worked at Mount Carmel West or St. Ann's, is currently under investigation for potentially ordering excessive medication for 35 patients. Many of the families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the doctor.

As part of the investigation, the Ohio Board of Nursing has sent notices to 25 nurses who worked at the hospital. The nurses allegedly administered the medication ordered by the doctor. The nurses who were named in the "Notice of Opportunity for Hearing" could potentially be disciplined as part of the review process.

Akron woman barely survives dog attack

A 57-year-old Akron native is struggling to recover from her injuries after a vicious attack by three pit bulls -- but she considers herself fortunate to even be alive.

The attack happened on Monday, March 4, as the woman was walking home from her Arlington Street bus stop. When she reached the intersection of Roscoe and Milton, she was rushed by the three dogs in an unprovoked attack.

Can you recognize the signs of nursing home abuse?

When an Ohio family places a loved one in a nursing home, it is with the assumption he or she will receive quality care. If you have had to make the difficult decision of moving a loved one to a long-term care facility, you understand how difficult it is to make that choice on behalf of someone else. You probably put in hours of research before choosing a facility that best meets your family member's specific needs.

It can be devastating to learn that your loved one experienced mistreatment or abuse of any kind at his or her nursing home. You may feel angry and overwhelmed, but you have the right to take action on his or her behalf and hold liable parties accountable. Abuse, neglect or mistreatment in any form is unacceptable, but you can fight back.

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