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Is a structured settlement a good idea after a truck accident?

As in any legal action, there are good and not so good aspects of accepting a structured settlement for your truck accident injuries. The very first thing you should do is to make sure you understand the details of any structured settlement offered to you. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney serving Ohio is a great way to protect your interests during this process.

Your attorney can give you detailed information about the upside and downside of the proposed settlement. In the interim, you can use the information in this blog post to learn the basic pros and cons about truck accidents and structured settlements.

Coping with an amputation caused by a car accident

As you might imagine, losing a limb due to a car accident requires a huge amount of medical care. There will be surgeries, a lengthy hospital stay and ongoing therapies and medical treatment after release. While the health care element of amputation alone is a huge financial burden, patients will also face mental and emotional burdens as well.

For many victims, the first order of business is focusing on the physical and medical aspects of amputation. For others, the mental and emotional consequences block out all other concerns. Regardless of which consequences take center stage, at some point, all amputation patients will have to learn how cope with their loss.

Summer, animal bites and premises liability in Ohio

Animals can attack any time of the year, but summer seems to be the primary season for accidents involving animals. Like humans, animals come out of hiding in the summer months, increasing the risk of bites to Ohio residents. Whether it is dogs, cats or other critters, it is wise to be cautious around animals you do not know.

In the interest of keeping you informed should you or a loved one suffer an animal bite, we want to give you a few informational points about animal bites and premises liability. We hope this will help you make better legal decisions when seeking compensation.

Autonomous vehicles in Ohio not a matter of if, but when

A handful of states have already passed laws creating a framework for the arrival of driverless cars and trucks. Ohio is not among them. But as an official in the state's Department of Transportation noted recently, it's not a matter of if these vehicles ply our roads, but when. The question that raises is how should we prepare?

Proponents of the self-driving movement say when it is in full flower, roads will be safer. Vehicles won't run into each other as often as they do now, which will reduce injuries and deaths due to accidents. Many experts agree with that analysis, but they suggest that getting to that stage is far off, and they pose the question, "What will happen in the meantime?"

Some basics on premises liability claims

Have you seen the news about the hillside collapse on Baum Street here in Cincinnati? It happened a few weeks ago. According to reports, a retaining wall gave way one early morning. Rubble and soil cascaded into two homes, forcing their residents to evacuate. No one was injured, but the company responsible for that wall is under court order to get things shored up and stable.

That no one was hurt is a stroke of good fortune. Such is not always the case. Negligence on the part of a property owner or someone contracted to do work on that property can create unsafe conditions that result in people suffering injury, even death. When that happens, victims need to know they have a right to seek compensation for the damage and injury suffered.

Tips to stay safe in motorcycle season

General Douglas MacArthur famously said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Sadly, the same cannot be said for motorcycle riders in Ohio. Their numbers fade away during the off-season, but when the weather warms up, they're back in spades. We are in that time of year again. Are you ready?

While motorcyclists and closed vehicle drivers share an equal duty of care on the road, the reality is that motorcyclists have to exercise extra caution. The data shows that car and truck drivers often don't see motorcyclists, so riders have to watch out for themselves. If struck while riding, they face a greater risk of serious injury or death.

Whom do I sue if I've been injured in a truck accident?

Vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks are not the same as crashes between passenger vehicles. Trucks are always bigger and heavier than cars. It doesn't matter if the commercial vehicle is a pickup, a panel truck, a straight truck or semitrailer truck. The bigger they are, the more likely they are to cause significant injury to victims in collisions.

Because of the size and weight differences, Ohio and federal regulations of operation - including the licensing of drivers - are much more stringent than for the average driver. And with the extra layers of oversight comes a greater duty of care. These are things victims need to be aware of to protect their rights under the law. Consulting experienced counsel provides confidence that you will obtain all the compensation you are due. 

Regulatory flaws create unexpected crash injury risks

There was a time when car sales was considered the least trustworthy profession in the country. Today, according to the Gallup polling company, members of Congress sit at the bottom of the barrel. We aren't sure whether a survey of Cincinnati residents would match those national rankings, but it's probably fair to say the results wouldn't vary much.

Ohio law doesn't do a great deal to protect consumers in regards to used car purchases. The state's lemon law does bar dealers from misrepresenting facts about a car. They also have to disclose the mileage of vehicles they're selling. If a car has a salvage title, that has to be revealed, as well. But that doesn't reveal if there might be a defective auto part that could cause a crash and lead to debilitating injury.

What rights do parents have to counter school bullying?

All of Cincinnati is surely stunned at the developing story about an 8-year-old boy who hanged himself back in January. This week, the Hamilton County coroner announced that she's reopening the investigation into his death.

There is no indication at this point that the cause of death will change. However, revelations that the young boy took his own life two days after he was apparently beaten into unconsciousness in a school bullying incident could lead to conclusions that other factors contributed. Legal observers would agree that the probe could reveal that inadequate or negligent security at the school was an element. That could support a wrongful death claim. 

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