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Cleveland Personal Injury Law Blog

Bicycle safety must be taught to children

Bicycle safety is important throughout the year, especially for children. Parents should make sure that their children are doing what they should to remain safe. It is imperative that only children who are able to make sound safety decisions be allowed to ride by themselves even if they are only on the way to school.

Children who aren't practicing proper bike safety can suffer serious injuries. They can fall off the bicycle and may be hit by a vehicle. In all cases, these are situations that could have been prevented if proper safety procedures were followed by the children and anyone who is around bicyclists.

Protecting yourself from distracted drivers on Ohio roads

Distraction while driving is a major source of risk. Since driving is usually part of daily life for most American adults, they tend to take for granted the fact that they will arrive safely at their intended destination. Unfortunately, that is simply not always the case.

Failing to pay adequate attention to the task of maneuvering the vehicle and monitoring traffic can drastically increase the risk to everyone on the road. Many people struggle with addictions to their mobile devices and can have a hard time ignoring the sounds of their phone even while driving a car.

Taking action after your child is injured at daycare

When you take your child to daycare each morning, you will want to feel safe in the knowledge that they are getting the best possible care and attention. Your child's safety and well-being are of paramount importance, and the daycare center has the responsibility to keep them safe at all times.

If your child was injured at daycare, it is likely that you felt distraught at the fact that you were not there to protect your child from harm. In the aftermath of the incident, you may also feel anger and rage toward the daycare center. You may question how such an accident was allowed to happen, and whether it is safe to allow your child to return.

Is it illegal to drink on a boat?

For many people, drinking and boating just seem to go together. As you pull away from the dock, you see countless boaters with one hand on the wheel and a beer in the other hand. Even if they don't actively drink and drive, you know that plenty of people anchor their boats and spend the afternoon drinking and swimming, only to drive back as night falls, still intoxicated.

Many of these same people would never drink and drive on the highway. They know it's illegal in a car, and they know it's dangerous. But they take a more relaxed view of drinking on the water because that afternoon in the sun feels like a vacation.

Spouse injured? Make a claim for loss of consortium

After your spouse got injured in an auto accident, your life changed as well. Sometimes it almost seems as if you were riding shotgun with your spouse that day. Because just as if you were beside them in the car, life as you knew it changed immediately.

Not only did your spouse help you "bring home the bacon," they helped around the house and with child-rearing duties. They were a full and equal partner with you in all ways, including intimacy. But since the accident that injured them, nothing is the same as before.

Did you suffer delayed whiplash in a car accident?

Car accidents may cause injuries that are not obvious and do not cause any pain for several hours or even days afterward, and some of these can completely immobilize a victim once they set in. Soft tissue injuries, commonly called whiplash, sometimes cause intense pain throughout the neck, back and torso of a victim, but only after they leave the scene of the accident and take a rest.

When whiplash sets in, a victim may feel shooting pain throughout several areas of their body, and may not even be able to move. For most people, being able to move without agonizing pain is an important part of doing their jobs, and whiplash can make it virtually impossible to work and bring in income.

A mild brain injury can ruin anyone’s career

No matter what field of work a person is in, a brain injury can quickly destroy their working relationships, as well as their personal relationships. Often, these injuries do not present any symptoms for up to two weeks, and by that time the victim may not even remember that they suffered a blow to the head at all.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of a minor brain injury often disrupt a victim's ability to complete familiar tasks and may cause frustrating miscommunications with coworkers, family, and friends.

How are bicycle accidents different when children are involved?

When a vehicle strikes a bicyclist, there's a high chance of a catastrophic injury -- particularly if the car is traveling quickly. Furthermore, if the cyclist was obeying the rules of the road, there's also a chance that the cyclist can hold the vehicle driver financially responsible for his or her injuries.

But what if the cyclist was not obeying the rules of the road? What if the cyclist darts into traffic unexpectedly? In most cases, this fact could serve to diminish the liability of the vehicle driver or remove all liability from the vehicle driver. But that's not necessarily the case when the bike accident involves a child cyclist.

Truck accident claims can involve several defendants

Building an injury claim after a commercial truck accident is often much more complicated than an injury claim from an accident between consumer drivers, even when the causes of the accident are not disputed. Victims who experience commercial truck accidents must focus on building their claims as soon as they can, because the longer they wait, the more difficult it is to gather important evidence to make a strong case.

Commercial trucks haul cargo for businesses, meaning that there are usually more parties involved in the claim than the driver alone. The more complicated the accident, the more difficult it is to understand how to fight for fair compensation, so a well-crafted legal strategy and professional guidance are useful ways keep victims' rights protected during recovery.

Soccer head injuries devastating to young athletes

Ohio parents of children who play contact sports should be aware of the risks their kids face from concussions. The medical field is evolving regarding the diagnosis and treatment of concussions in children as well as adults. What industry professionals have learned is that early intervention may be key to mitigating damage — both now and in the future.

One adolescent girl in another state experienced first-hand the trauma that repetitive blows to the head can induce. The girl was a seventh grade soccer player who was forced to give up contact sports after a devastating head injury she experienced during an after-school practice.

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