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How well can you trust the coroner's report about cause of death?

Your loved one just died rather suddenly at the hospital. The sudden change in his or her condition and the abrupt death rings wrong in your mind, but you aren't sure if someone made a serious mistake that led to your loved one's death or not.

So, you wait on the coroner's report to let you know what happened, trusting that medical expert to come to some conclusion about whether or not your loved one's ending was preventable.

What are the stages of pressure sores?

Pressure sores (also known as "bedsores") are a common problem among seniors and people who are suffering from conditions that leave them bedfast. The pressure of their own bodies against the mattress they're on literally causes the tissue in their skin and muscles to break down, causing painful sores that can turn necrotic very easily.

Don't be fooled, however, by a nursing home's insistence that pressure sores are inevitable and can happen overnight. Pressure sores happen in stages.

When you're injured in a car accident as a passenger

Car crashes are scary under any circumstances, but maybe doubly so when you're just a passenger in one of the vehicles involved. After all, you have no control over any part of the situation.

Nonetheless, you may end up with significant injuries -- with all the financial stresses that go along with hospital bills and not being able to work. The one thing you have in your favor is that you are not responsible for any part of the accident. Therefore, somebody else should be required to cover your losses and compensate you.

A lack of staff training can lead to nursing home neglect

Ohio residents may be interested in learning about the arrests of three women working in a nursing home. Two patients who had dementia were fighting. Instead of calming the patients down and making them feel safe, the three women working at the nursing home reportedly encouraged the physical altercation between the patients.

After looking more closely at the case, the local Department of Health and Human Services noted that none of the employees at that facility had received the proper training. The organization also showed that patients were not being cared for as they should have been, including not receiving the medications they needed.

New law halts solicitations after accidents in Ohio

A new Ohio law that limits phone solicitations of people who have been in a car accident has survived a challenge before a federal magistrate.

The provision, which is already in effect, requires chiropractors and other medical providers to wait 30 days before they contact someone who has been involved in a car accident by phone, text, email or other electronic means. Many chiropractors and referral companies comb the area's accident reports on a daily basis and use the information to solicit new business among the injured.

Avoid a dog bite incident this Halloween

Everybody seems to love Halloween -- but dogs may not appreciate all of the little ghosts and ghouls (or their parents) showing up at the door trick-or-treating. Here are some of the most important tips you can use to keep everyone safe this holiday season.

If you own a dog and expect visitors

Construction worker killed in highway crash

An Ohio motorist is in custody after being accused of killing a construction worker and injuring another after hitting them late on the evening of Oct. 9. The driver was later charged in Berea Municipal Court, and bond was set at $1 million. The 31-year-old woman ran into the two Trafftech workers shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 71 near Snow Road in Brook Park. By the time police arrived to the scene of the deadly crash, one of the workers was already dead, while the other was found unconscious and rushed to MetroHealth Hospital.

The motorist reportedly continued to drive down the road until the next exit, where she left the highway and parked at a nearby restaurant. A colleague of the workers followed her there and allegedly assaulted her after she parked the car. Police arrested both at the scene, but the worker was later released. The Ohio Department of Transportation issued a statement urging drivers to take care around road work sites, emphasizing the need to move aside and slow down. The ODOT press secretary noted that four highway workers were killed throughout the state in car accidents in the past year.

What types of dogs bite the most?

If the first thing you think when you think about "dogs that bite" is "pit bull," you probably aren't alone. Indeed, Ohio State University (OSU) researchers say that your instincts are likely correct -- although not everyone agrees with their conclusions.

OSU researchers decided to look into the relationship between facial injuries from dog bites and the breed of dog responsible. The purpose was to provide guidance in a pediatric journal that could help people assess the risk to their families by a particular breed. Children are often the victims of serious facial injuries from dog bites simply because they're on the dog's level.

Be careful at fall festivals in Ohio

It's almost time for Oktoberfest events in Ohio and many other U.S. regions. Perhaps, you're one of many residents throughout the state who eagerly anticipate the onset of fall, complete with sweater weather; beautiful foliage; crisp, cool temperatures; and, of course, fall festivals. Some say Oktoberfest is nothing more than a public drinking bash.

The fact is, however, you don't have to consume alcohol at all to enjoy an October festival. Then again, if you have a beer or two, there isn't necessarily a problem with that. It's the people who get carried away and make irresponsible choices to drink and drive that place themselves and others at risk for automobile collisions and personal injuries.

Don't let your loved one suffer emotional abuse in nursing care

When you entrust your beloved relative to a nursing home or assisted living facility, the last thing you'd expect to find is their picture splashed all over social media -- especially when they're being mocked and assaulted for someone's amusement.

Unfortunately, that sort of thing happens far too often. While the physical abuse is often limited in these cases, the emotional abuse a senior suffers can be severe -- and it can have a hugely detrimental effect on the senior's health.

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