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The Barriers To Helping Child Sexual Abuse Victims

When the Boston Globe's Spotlight team released its incredible series of articles on child sex abuse and the Catholic Church, there was hope that victims of this abuse would finally get justice. The articles inspired an Academy Award-winning movie released in 2015. It has sadly not proven inspirational for some lawmakers, who continue to frustrate efforts to help people sexually abused as children hold their attackers liable.

An Alarming View Of Opioid Prescriptions

Lawmakers in Ohio have passed several measures designed to get a handle on the prescription of pain medications that can be addicting. The laws are one response to a frightening epidemic of opioid abuse and the resulting deaths. According to one recent estimate, nearly 60,000 people overdosed in 2016, many of them lost to prescription and non-prescription painkillers. Drug overdoses are now the most common cause of death among Americans under 50 years old.

One Million Dollar Settlement For Opiate Overdose Case Against Ohio Doctor

Rittgers & Rittgers, working with Craig Schlapprizzi who is an attorney in St. Louis, recently settled a case for the family of a man who died of an overdose from hydrocodone and Xanax. He was forty years old and survived by his wife and three children.

Pediatric Study Finds "Epidemic" of Child Brain Injuries in ATV Accidents

Research recently presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition took a close look at the steep rise in ATV accidents among riders 16 and younger. Child injury victims represent one of every three emergency room visits that resulted from the use of these increasingly popular recreational vehicles.

Common Dangers And Threats In Ohio Nursing Homes

Ohio is a place where family is of utmost importance, so the care of a disabled or elderly loved one is a great concern. That's why it may be surprising to learn that many southern Ohio nursing homes fall well below acceptable standards in areas such as health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Sadly, this problem involves more than just sanitary shortcomings and understaffing.

Researchers develop new treatment for spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are prevalent across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports that most of them are caused by motor vehicle accidents. However, injuries sustained while playing sports, slip and falls and as a result of violence cause a significant number as well. Any time that there is any damage, it is serious, as the spinal cord provides the vital function of protecting the brain's connection with the respiratory, musculoskeletal, urinary and gastrointestinal systems.

Safe Or Unsafe? Decoding Fresenius' Dialysis Machine Recalls

Fresenius Medical Care's dialysis machines have a disconcerting history of recalls spanning more than three years. Despite the consistent recalls, Fresenius insisted that its Liberty Cycler and 2008 Series dialysis machines were safe - until the latest recall was issued, affecting more than 111,000 machines.

Ohio Supreme Court Settles Insurance Issue for Bluffton Baseball Deaths

Bus accidents can be deadly. The tragic 2007 bus crash involving the Bluffton University baseball team is one example. During the team's spring trip to Florida, their charter bus driver mistakenly entered an Atlanta off ramp at an excessive rate of speed before the bus flipped over a barrier and landed upside down on a highway 20 feet below. The driver, his wife and five members of the Bluffton team were killed, and many others suffered serious injuries in the sudden and violent motor vehicle accident.

Toyota Auto Defect Update: Company Kept Quiet About Acceleration Problem

A series of vehicle problems that took a toll on Toyota's reputation over the last year were a media staple for weeks. Certainly the most harrowing of the auto defects that were reported by Toyota owners was the unintended acceleration experienced in Corollas and other models.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Could Provide Greater Rights for Ohio Victims of Crime

A push is underway to amend the Ohio Constitution to expand the rights of Ohio victims of crime. This amendment, titled Marsy's Law, would, among other things, guarantee certain rights for victims, including:

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