Motorists and road workers: Working together to avoid accidents

Ohio residents know that summertime is synonymous with road construction. In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, nearly 8,000 projects are slated for this season.

And whether you are a motorist navigating roads under construction or the workers tackling projects to improve roadways, safety should be a top priority this summer.

Last year, there were more than 4,800 work zone crashes resulting in 19 fatalities and 119 serious injuries. While that was a statistically low number of crashes, it is still far too many, and there is more that everyone can do to drive that number down even further. Continue reading “Motorists and road workers: Working together to avoid accidents”

How to recognize signs of elder abuse

It’s a top priority for most adults to ensure that a parent or elderly loved one is well looked after by an accountable caregiver. Yet, multiple studies estimate that more than 1 in 10 seniors in the United States have experienced elder abuse.

Elder abuse can occur in nursing homes, retirement homes, in private homes, and elsewhere. No matter where it occurs, it should be taken seriously.

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Avoid these common summertime accidents

For a lot of people, summertime means more time spent outside, enjoying various warm-weather activities and adventures.

Unfortunately, summertime can also be a time of increased likelihood of accidents and injuries. More time spent in pools, outdoors, and doing recreational activities means more opportunities for these incidents to happen.

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Dancing doctor faces multiple lawsuits, has her license suspended

Two of the most important tenets of medical care are trust and privacy. When medical workers violate the trust or privacy of a patient, his or her health and rights could be put in jeopardy.

Unfortunately, this happens far too often when reckless or negligent care providers, medical staff and hospitals fail to take their role in protecting patients seriously. Recently, for instance, a doctor was sued by seven patients who claim she violated their privacy and/or committed malpractice during surgical operations.

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Read our white paper: Ohio’s rising infant mortality and premature delivery rates

These are troubling statistics: Both infant mortality rate and premature delivery rate in Ohio are trending high over the past few years. In fact, Ohio ranks among the highest in the United States.

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Don’t discount boat safety

Now that warm weather has finally arrived, time on the lake is a tempting way to spend another Ohio summer.

Before setting out, it’s important to remember boating season offers its own unique challenges and risks. A few precautions before you hit the water can help make your summer one to remember, instead of one to forget.

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OxyContin is widely abused: Was its manufacturer aware?

When it comes to the opioid epidemic plaguing Ohio and the rest of the U.S., many questions arise as to how and when we arrived at this crisis point – and what part pharmaceutical companies have played.

One of the most addictive and problematic drugs involved is OxyContin. It is a popular drug that contains the narcotic oxycodone. The FDA approved OxyContin in 1995, and it wasn’t long until word spread about the powerful drug. Widespread abuse and addiction soon followed.

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Is distracted driving an addiction?

In Ohio, it’s against the law to text and drive; in many other states, it’s against the law to even use a handheld phone while driving. The laws prohibit these distracting behaviors because they put people in danger.

Unfortunately, millions of people still get distracted by their phones behind the wheel. They watch movies on their phones, check email, browse Facebook and post pictures on Instagram. People do this despite the well-known risks of such behaviors. Why?

Some parties believe it’s because we are addicted to our phones.

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Elk & Elk offers its paralegals OSBA membership and certification

Skilled paralegals play a critical role in the success of any law firm, and those employed by Elk & Elk are no exception.

elk and elk boardroomWhile there is no standard educational background or licensing required to work as a paralegal in Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association offers a voluntary credentialing program guided by objective standards which measure the training, knowledge, experience, and skill of paralegals. Continue reading “Elk & Elk offers its paralegals OSBA membership and certification”

Studies suggest overuse of antibiotics among premature babies

When babies are born very early, it is crucial that they receive competent, continuous medical attention. Often, these babies have highly underdeveloped body organs and systems, including their immune system. As a result, they can get very sick very quickly.

One step that clinicians often take to protect babies in this situation is administering antibiotics. However, this practice is under scrutiny after studies revealed a potentially high rate of unnecessary exposure to antibiotics among premature babies.

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