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Cleveland, Ohio, Injury Law Blog

The do’s and don’ts of social media following personal injury

Last week, a distracted driver veered into you at full speed, sending your car spinning out of control. Now you’re laid up in a hospital bed, critically injured and deeply resentful.

If you’re like most of us in the social media era, you’re probably tempted to turn to Twitter or Facebook to vent your frustrations. What’s the harm in letting off a little steam online?

What happens to outstanding debt after a wrongful death?

In the middle of your grief, you may also be concerned about overwhelming debt from your loved one’s medical bills or their mortgage payments. Collectors may have harassed you, or you may have heard confusing rumors that family duty obligates you to pay these debts.

Why should my company keep a business attorney on retainer?

Starting up your own business can be an incredibly busy, all-consuming process. With so many moving parts to keep track of, it can be easy for less obvious—but equally critical—priorities to slip through the cracks.

Without legal counsel, you may be inadvertently opening your business up to liability or exploitation. In today’s post, we describe three key ways in which a business attorney can help set your company up for success.

When a Black Friday shopping spree leads to tragedy

Accidents can happen at any time. But over the Thanksgiving holiday, the risks are especially high. In particular, holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving often results in serious personal injury—or even death.

Black Friday first got its name to signify the day of the year on which retailers “go in the black”—i.e., run their businesses at a profit. However, nowadays, the name also makes reference to the high rate of accidents and violence on this day.

This holiday weekend, watch out for these safety risks

Thanksgiving is upon is—the start of a six-week long holiday season. You may be eagerly anticipating your aunt’s homemade stuffing. Or maybe you’re looking forward to hearing your uncle tell the same cheesy anecdotes for the hundredth time.

But amidst the joy of this holiday time, it’s also important to beware of certain safety hazards that are particular threats at this time of year. In today’s post, we outline three core hazards that deserve special attention:

Social media: the new platform for nursing home abuse

According to the Pew Research Center, over 2.5 billion people in the world use social media. Social media can be a useful way to keep connected with loved ones; however, many nursing home residents have fallen victim to social media abuse.

Since 2012, there have been at least 65 incidents of nursing home workers sharing inappropriate photos and videos of residents on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. According to reports, five of the incidents were in Ohio.

Three East Cleveland men released after 20 years in prison now suing detectives

In 2015, three East Cleveland men were released from prison after serving 20 years for a murder they did not commit. They are now asking an Ohio jury to find East Cleveland and three detectives in their case guilty of violating their civil rights.

The case involves the 1995 shooting death investigation of Clifton Hudson Jr. The three men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and Derrick Wheatt were teenagers when they were charged for the murder. It was not until 2013 that the Ohio Innocence Project brought the case to light. The men are now in their early 40s.

Ohio just made it easier to get written up for distracted driving

We’ve posted many articles in the past on the dangers associated with different distracted driving behaviors. However, up until recently, Ohio’s law only permitted police to write up a driver for distracted driving if the officer could prove that the driver’s distraction was the result of texting, calling or similar activities. The passing of House Bill 95 on October 29 changed all that.

The new Ohio law more broadly defines distracted driving. In addition to driving while using a handheld electronic communication device, distracted driving also encompasses driving while engaging in any “activity that is not necessary for the vehicle’s operation and that impairs, or reasonably would be expected to impair, the driver’s ability to drive safely.”

Data Protection Act may protect more consumers and businesses

The Data Protection Act (DPA) is trying to encourage more Ohio businesses to install industry-recognized cybersecurity programs to protect consumer’s confidential information. Under the new law, companies that implement these security frameworks receive some protection against data breach lawsuits.

Airborne Ohio vehicle injures three, including child

Years ago, Newsweek magazine described Springfield, Ohio, as “the American dream.” The city a little more than a 3-hour drive southwest of Cleveland was recently the site of a violent motor vehicle accident that was more like a nightmare for those involved.

A child and two other people were injured in the crash that began when a vehicle struck and knocked out a traffic signal control box and went airborne. The airborne vehicle then skidded across a second vehicle's roof, knocking its driver unconscious and injuring a child passenger.

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