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Late Singer’s Daughter Involved in Car Accident

Posted on November 30th, 2012 No Comments

On Wednesday afternoon, Bobbi Kristina Brown was involved in a car accident in Georgia. Whitney Houston’s 19-year-old daughter was attempting to drive out of her apartment complex in Alpharetta, Georgia when the accident took place. The teen apparently lost control of her vehicle, and struck a curb near the complex. After striking the curb, Brown’s vehicle hit several trees before coming to a rest at the bottom of a hill.

A driver passing the area noticed the car wreck, and informed authorities. The late singer’s daughter was standing outside of her vehicle when paramedics and police arrived, and she seemed to be uninjured in the accident. After an initial investigation, it was determined that alcohol and drugs probably did not play a role in the crash.

Brown was cited for failing to maintain the correct lane while operating a vehicle. The teenager expressed her gratitude for being unharmed in the incident on different social media outlets, including Twitter. Brown has been in the media a lot recently regarding the death of her famous mother, and also her relationship with her adopted brother.

Please contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC if you or someone you know was injured in a car accident due to a reckless driver.

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Radiologist Faulted in Misdiagnosis Lawsuit

Posted on November 29th, 2012 No Comments

A medical malpractice lawsuit has now been settled revolving a misdiagnosis case that occurred in 2007. A former radiologist at Advanced Diagnostic Imaging has been found at fault in the case and the jury has awarded a $5 million verdict to a married couple after the woman suffered a stroke as a result of this mistake.

The decision came after a two week trial and three hours of deliberation from the jury and was announced on Nov. 15. According to the lawsuit that was filed in 2010, the doctor was working at Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in 2007 and had a contract to work at Exeter Hospital in the radiology department.

The woman went into the emergency room at the hospital after suffering a severe headache for an extended period of time. After beginning to experience neurological effects such as the slurring of her speech, she was given a CT scan. Findings stated that “There is no evidence of acute hemorrhage, mass lesion, mass effect, acute ischemia, or extraaxial fluid collections.”

Her condition then worsened and she was flown to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where CT scan results showed that “bilateral intracranial hemorrhages with extension into subarachnoids from the superior sagittal sinus caused by thrombosis or stroke.”

She eventually underwent brain surgery and a second neurologist stated that things that were called “normal” after the first CT scan, were actually very “abnormal.” The jury found that if the radiologist was negligent when she did not accurately read the CT scan and failed to communicate with the woman’s physicians. It also states that if the doctor would have interpreted the results correctly and seen the stroke coming, that the woman not be suffering with symptoms she continues to suffer today.

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Ohio Car Accident Kills Mother, 2 Children

Posted on November 28th, 2012 No Comments

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal Seneca County car accident that claimed the lives of a mother and two of her children. The accident occurred Tuesday night in Seneca County, and involved a family of five.

The 27-year-old driver of a vehicle was driving westbound on Township Road 112 when he failed to stop at a stop sign located at County Road 7.  As a result of his failure to stop his motor vehicle, a southbound pickup truck collided with the man’s vehicle. The force of the car accident caused both vehicles to roll numerous times before coming to rest near the south side of the road. 

The front seat passenger of the vehicle that was hit, a 25-year-old mother of three, was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal accident. There were three young children sitting across the back seat of the car, ranging in age from 4-years-old to 7-years-old, at the time of the crash.

The 4-year-old child was not wearing a seat belt either, and was killed after being thrown from the car. The middle child, 5, was also thrown from the vehicle, but survived the accident and was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated. The eldest child passed away in the crash, but was said to be wearing a seat belt at the time. Both drivers involved in the crash were also injured.

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Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Informs Businesses of Wellness Grant Program

Posted on November 20th, 2012 No Comments

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has been traveling throughout the state in order to discuss workplace safety, injury prevention and good healthcare.

The administrator/CEO of the bureau stated, “We have a Wellness Grant Program, where we are giving grants to employers who want to invest in their employees health, because that makes a lot of difference.”

According to research collected by the bureau, a worker that misses more than 30 days of work due to injury is much less likely to never return to work. This is why preventing injury from occurring should be a main focus at all times.

The CEO went on to report that it takes initiative from not only the worker, but also his or her employer to focus on the recovery of the worker.

Nearly 40 people attended the most recent meeting which took place at the Welcome Center in Zanesville.

While at work, employees should feel confident in the fact that they are safe from dangerous hazards that may cause serious injury. If you have been injured in a workplace accident due to an employer’s negligence, you need representation on your side that may be able to help receive the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. Contact the Cincinnati workplace injury attorneys at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today.

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Veterans killed in car-train collision

Posted on November 16th, 2012 No Comments

A fatal train-car collision in Midland, Texas killed four military veterans and injured 17 others and their family members Thursday afternoon when a Union Pacific train hit the parade float they were riding on. Two trucks carrying more than two dozen veterans and their family members were taking them to an honorary banquet when the tragic accident occurred.

Two veterans were pronounced dead at the scene and two more died at a local hospital, the New York Times reports. Two of the deceased sacrificed their lives to push their wives to safety and did not have enough time to jump from the float. One of the injured is still in critical condition at Midland Memorial and one is listed in serious condition in Lubbock. Four are listed in stable condition, and 11 have been treated and released.

Many witnesses are looking for answers as to how this accident occurred. Some say they never saw the safety gates go down before the train collided with the truck; however, Union Pacific officials say the safety devices were working properly at the time of the crash. The noise, loud music, and horns from parade vehicles may have drowned out the sound of the approaching train.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who died in this tragic accident.

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Injured workers sue for Cincinnati casino collapse

Posted on November 9th, 2012 No Comments

Four men who were permanently injured while working at the construction site of a Cincinnati casino have filed a lawsuit against the construction company, claiming that officials sacrificed their safety and the building’s structural integrity in order to finish the project in time.

The four workers, along with eight other co-workers, were pouring concrete on the second floor when structural beams collapsed, causing them all to fall more than 25 feet while concrete fell on top on them. According to Business Week, the lawsuit claims the general contractor often ordered employees to pour concrete in cold, rainy conditions despite its negative effect on the way concrete sets. Federal inspectors fined four companies involved in the project for safety violations totaling $37,000.

Then men suffered various injuries such as broken and fractured spinal vertebrae, fractured ribs, fractured elbows, internal injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. They claim their PTSD and pain prevent them from working or working for long periods of time, which has hurt them economically.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a workplace accident that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of others, you have the right to file a lawsuit to obtain the compensation you deserve. Experienced legal counsel in personal injury can help you through this difficult time.

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Judge rules on OSHA fall hazard citation

Posted on November 8th, 2012 No Comments

A judge has recently ruled on a fall hazard case regarding a safety violation that lead to the death of a worker. The Occupational Safety Health Administration made a ruling on the matter and an Ohio judge has upheld this decision.

The Ohio-based company, M & J Painting was cited for six violations regarding the painting and cleanup of a bridge in Fall River. After officials inspected the site, they cited the company with the violations and the company has  contested one of them.

The violation in question was related to horizontal lines that the company did not have at the site. OSHA ruled that the lack of these lines could lead to a serious fall that could cause injury or worse to a worker.

The company was also cited for failure-to-abate after it was found that the did not originally correct the issues they were cited for. The company fought against this violation, but an administrative law judge recently made a ruling that the company is responsible for the fines associated with the hazards. The fine that was contested totaled to the amount of $19,250.

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Charges Filed in Fatal Bicycle Accident

Posted on October 31st, 2012 No Comments

Bicycles are a popular form of transportation across the United States. When bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles, accidents can easily unfold. Drivers may act recklessly and attempt to cut off bicyclists, thus creating an opportunity for a fatal accident. When a collision between a motor vehicle and a bicycle takes place, the bicyclist is at risk of suffering serious injuries. 

The importance of safely sharing the roadway with bicycles was recently exemplified in a fatal bicycle accident near Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. A 27-year-old bicyclist was riding his bike on Wilmer Avenue on August 26 when he was fatally struck by a motor vehicle. The driver of the motor vehicle, a 50-year-old man, was accused of failing to maintain the proper distance between his vehicle and the bicyclist while on the roadway.

The driver did not follow the rules of the road, and as a result he struck the bicycle with his vehicle. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the driver was arrested. The man was charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide. Both of the charges that were filed against him are classified as misdemeanors. He is expected to appear in court today.

If you have been critically injured in a bicycle accident caused by a reckless driver, you need experienced representation on your side to fight for the compensation that you may be entitled to. Please contact the bicycle accident lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC by calling 513-321-7733 today.


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Truck Drivers More Likely To Crash If They Are Obese, Study Says

Posted on October 30th, 2012 No Comments

A recent study shows that truck drivers who are considered to be obese are more likely to crash their truck in the first two years of being on the road than truck drivers who are not overweight.

The results of this study have experts looking into sleep apnea as the main cause for these large truck accidents. When individuals are categorized as severely obese, they run a higher risk of developing the condition known as sleep apnea. This condition causes someone to become tired more easily, and is associated with fatigue during daytime hours.

Commercial truck drivers that do not believe they should be classified as obese may not be getting the help they need for their sleep apnea condition. Severely obese truck drivers that do not have sleep apnea are still at the same risk of these accidents due to other factors including limited movement in their vehicle and tiredness from being overweight.

Truck drivers with a BMI of less than 35 ran the same risk of being involved in an accident as drivers in the general population. The only weight group where accidents were more prominent was the severely obese group. Truck drivers should consult with a doctor if they are experiencing symptoms that are associated with sleep apnea in order to get the help they need.

When a truck driver is reckless or careless behind the wheel, severe accidents can be a direct result. Individuals involved in an accident with a large semi-truck can sustain serious injuries. It is important for truck drivers to do everything in their power to stay safe on the roadways in order to avoid these types of accidents from taking place.

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Late Night Crash Injures 3 Ohio Teens

Posted on October 26th, 2012 No Comments

Reckless driving has led to numerous car accidents throughout the United States. When a driver is not paying attention to their surroundings, serious consequences can result if they fail to maintain control of the motor vehicle.

The importance of safety behind the wheel was demonstrated last night in Ohio when three teenagers were injured in a single-car accident. The teens, all 19-years-old, were heading north on Township Road 220 after 11:00 p.m. when the accident took place. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the driver was attempting to navigate a curve on the road when he lost control of his vehicle.

As a result, the car drifted out of the left-hand lane of the road, and from there it teetered between the right lane and the left lane before crashing directly into a tree. The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to spin. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and sustained serious injuries as a result. He was transported by helicopter to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital to be treated for these injuries.

The two passengers were both wearing their seat belts, but still suffered varying degrees of injuries in the crash. One of the passengers had to be taken by helicopter to the same hospital as the driver in order to receive the proper care for her injuries. The third passenger only received minor injuries in the collision and was treated at Fremont Memorial Hospital. Police are investigating the accident in order to determine if alcohol played a role in the crash.

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