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Winter road conditions and negligence: A deadly combination

If you've lived through one or more Ohio winters, you understand how cold and snowy it can be. You might be one of many who look forward to such things, perhaps eagerly awaiting cold-enough temperatures for sitting by a fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book or someone special to snuggle. However, your love of all things wintry might quickly disappear once you take to the roadway and wind up in highway traffic alongside a negligent driver.  

If you're used to navigating winter roads, you no doubt employ numerous safety precautions to help lower your risk for collision. The only problem is that you have no guarantee that every other driver will do the same. One moment of negligence is all it takes to cause collision, and a single collision can cause you injuries that have immediate and possibly, permanent consequences.  

Training can help prevent ladder falls

Falls involving ladders are one of the most common causes of injuries on construction sites. It has been reported that over 300 people die each year from falls on ladders in the United States and many more suffer from severe injuries. It is believed that many of these falls can be prevented through better training and safety standards.

If you work in the construction industry, it is a good idea to become more aware of how ladder falls can be prevented. It is also useful to understand your right to compensation if you are involved in such an incident.

Are your family’s vehicles are prepped for winter roads?

Winter weather can be hard on vehicles, and it can contribute to car accidents resulting in serious injuries. The first snow of the winter season may have caught some Ohio drivers unprepared. However, there is still time to make sure your family is as safe as possible on the winter roads.

According to a recent The New York Times article, there are several seasonal maintenance tasks you can complete to ensure your family’s vehicles are ready for the winter. One is to make sure the tires still have the correct pressure. Remember, the colder it is outside, the lower your pressure will be in your tires, so you will likely have to add air to compensate for the cold weather. When you complete this task, be sure to leave the tire pressure gauge in the car, so it is easily found when it is needed again.

Common questions about right-of-way in Ohio

If you have recently been involved in an accident in the state of Ohio, it is likely that you will be concerned with the process of deciding who is at fault. Fault can have implications on any lawsuits that arise from the accident, and it may affect your ability to gain additional damages.

If you think that the accident was caused by a driver who did not observe the correct right-of-way laws, it is important that you know the law in detail. Once you equip yourself with a good amount of information, you will feel more empowered to take the appropriate action.

Family of deceased might have wrongful death claims

Under Ohio law, if a person loses his or her life due to the negligence of another, the family of the deceased might be able to assert claims for wrongful death. In car accident or other wrongful death cases, the representative of the estate might bring a lawsuit in civil court against the at-fault party. The at-fault party might have to pay damages directly, or damages might be paid by one or more insurance companies.

In Ohio wrongful death cases, plaintiffs might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, future lost wages and the deceased person's companionship or services. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, a lawyer with experience handling wrongful death cases might help by gathering evidence or deposing witnesses in anticipation of trial. Your attorneys will review your situation and may draft and file claims on your behalf.

Family compensation after the death of a loved one at work

If you have lost a loved one due to a work-related accident, you will know that no amount of money can ever turn back time. It is likely that you will be filled with anger toward the workplace and be perplexed as to how such a thing could happen.

It is important to know that a full investigation will be carried out after any fatality in the Ohio workplace. It is also important to know that as a dependent of the worker, you should be entitled to compensation to help you to carry on financially in the future.

Addressing financial exploitation concerns in a nursing home

If you have a loved one who resides in a nursing home, you will know that they can be particularly vulnerable to many types of influence. Statistically, elderly people are more vulnerable to being manipulated financially. Sadly, people who are held in high trust can take advantage of their influence on the elderly person and engage in financial exploitation as a result.

Financial exploitation has been known to occur in nursing homes across the United States; therefore, it is a good idea that loved ones of nursing home residents are especially vigilant in this regard. If you are concerned about your loved one's financial situation, it is important that you take the time to understand the warning signs of financial exploitation.

Tips for finding a safe nursing home

Moving a loved one to a nursing home is never an easy decision. You want to find a safe place for your loved one, so where do you start?

Referrals. Ask people you trust. Perhaps a friend or neighbor has a family member living in a nursing home they like and trust. Does your loved one’s doctor provide care at a local facility? Does your loved one go to a senior or community center or belong to a church? Perhaps someone there has a recommendation. These are all starting points to finding options in your area.

Scarring due an animal bite can lead to additional damages

Being attacked by a dog can be a very traumatic experience and one that you might remember for the rest of your life. While the experience might get easier to deal with over time, some animal attack victims, unfortunately, have to deal with scars that do not fade.

Scarring due to an animal bite can alter a person's experience of life, depending on the circumstances. If the scarring is severe and visible, for example, if the scars are present on the face, hands or arms, the attack victim might become embarrassed about being in public. This embarrassment can, in turn, lead to mental issues such as anxiety or depression.

Safety practices better at union companies, survey says

Construction workers in Ohio may be concerned about safety risks on the job, especially since construction accidents may cause particularly serious injuries and life-changing disabilities. In many cases, people injured in accidents at a construction job may have difficulty returning to work for a long period of time. According to one study, those construction companies that employ at least some union workers are more likely to abide by best practices for safety and go through training on federal OSHA standards.

The survey, conducted by the Center for Construction Research and Training, found that firms that hire union workers were more likely to be larger and take on bigger projects. These projects include industrial buildings and high-rise projects. Of the 334 firms that participated in the survey, 90 employed union workers only and an additional 109 had both union and nonunion workers. Another 40.4 percent of the respondents hired only nonunion workers. When tabulating the results, the first two categories were classified as union firms and the others as nonunion firms. The survey found that while 78.9 percent of union firms analyze safety risks before a job, only 55.6 percent of nonunion firms do the same.

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