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Cleveland Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

Taking action after your child was misdiagnosed

When your child is suffering from an illness, you have no choice but to have faith in the medical practitioners that treat him or her. In the vast majority of cases, children are diagnosed accurately and treated appropriately when they become ill.

However, when there is a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis, serious or even tragic consequences can occur. This is especially true in cases of young children, since they can be more vulnerable to disease.

Despite Ohio laws, people still text while driving all the time

Public awareness of the dangers posed by distracted drivers is at an all-time high. More people than ever understand how risky it is to send text messages or emails while in control of a motor vehicle. Both citizens and lawmakers have begun to push back against this dangerous trend by advocating for better traffic laws that reflect the temptation and risk created by mobile devices.

Thankfully, Ohio has laws in place that specifically prohibit any form of text-based communication while driving a vehicle, including SMS messaging and sending emails. Unfortunately, this law has done very little to detract from the number of people willing to engage in dangerous distraction while driving. That leaves everyone on the road at serious risk of injury.

Do you know about commercial trucks’ black boxes?

Large commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous hazards on the roads these days, and when consumer drivers experience collisions with these large trucks, the results are often catastrophic. Needless to say, building a strong personal injury claim after a commercial truck accident is essential to a full recovery.

Of course, even if the accident was entirely the fault of the truck driver or some other party associated with the truck, pursuing truck accident claims is no picnic. If you experience a truck accident and don't gather several forms of crucial evidence as soon as possible, building a strong claim is much more difficult and receiving full compensation is much less likely.

Defective vehicle parts can contribute to serious crashes

When you get behind the wheel of your car, whether it's brand new or been in the family for years, you expect the vehicle to be safe to drive. After all, vehicles do pose a substantial public safety risk, and thousands of people die every year in crashes.

Given the critical importance of their products, you probably assume that every piece in your vehicle has been adequately tested both in design and during production. You believe that your vehicle is reliable and safe to use. However, that isn't always the case. Sometimes, vehicles make it to the market with defective parts. Other times, a defect only becomes obvious once there is significant wear on a component.

Drunk drivers a risk on the roads and waterways in the summer

Summer is the season that calls people outside. Lakes and rivers around Ohio attract residents hoping to fish, swim or go boating. Small towns all over the Midwest benefit from summer vacations, with people renting cabins or visiting attractions to relax and enjoy the season with their loved ones. Unfortunately, the same seasonal celebrations that lead to an influx in tourism money can also increase the risk to people on the roads or out on boats.

While the law in Ohio is perfectly clear about both driving and boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many people still break these laws. Their choices can put you and your family at risk of injury or death. Even boating crashes can result in serious injuries.

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