Pregnancy: Dangerous Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

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During pregnancy your body will go through many changes, and as your pregnancy progresses, so too will the changes. The difficulty is knowing what changes are considered normal, and what changes are not. Questionable changes should always be addressed with your doctor.

It is always better to be cautious, but you don’t want to cause yourself unnecessary anxiety by constantly worrying. Being knowledgeable about the stages of pregnancy, asking a lot of questions, and visiting your doctor regularly will help you keep yourself sane and safe during your pregnancy.

If you experience any of the following symptoms during pregnancy, you need to call your doctor right away to avoid danger to yourself and your unborn child:

  • Lessened movement
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Bleeding or spotting
  • Increased discharge
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Burning during urination
  • Vomiting
  • Fever/chills
  • Vision problems
  • Severe headache
  • Swelling
  • Leg cramping/pain
  • Any abdominal trauma
  • Change in heartbeat
  • Dizziness/nausea
  • Fainting
  • Respiratory changes
  • Chest pain
  • Constipation
  • Excessive itching
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Worsening of preexisting health issues

A failure to recognize and seek treatment for any of these symptoms may be dangerous for you and your baby.

If you experience anything during your pregnancy that makes you uneasy, remember to trust your maternal instincts. You know your body better than anyone, and only you know if something is wrong.

Pregnancy isn’t easy, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Communicate symptoms with your doctor, ask questions when something doesn’t seem right, and be your own advocate!

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents: How to Avoid a Collision

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In 2012, over 300,000 semi-trucks were involved in traffic accidents in the United States. Of those accidents, over 100,000 people were injured, and almost 4,000 people were killed. In recent years, these numbers have steadily increased, and they continue to do so.

For big trucking companies, profit is directly measured by how many trucks they have on the road and how many miles those trucks are able to travel. Trucking companies often prioritize profit over safety. They break weight limits and drive-time restrictions, putting everyone on the road in danger.

Tractor-trailer accidents happen every day and are commonly caused by:

  • Driver Fatigue – Truck drivers are restricted by drive-time limits. They may only drive a specified number of hours until they are required to take a break. However, commercial motor vehicle drivers are paid per mile, not per hour, so financially, it is more beneficial for them to violate those restrictions and drive as much as possible.
  • Driver Distraction – It is easy to get distracted while driving. This is even more true for truck drivers, who spend the majority of their day behind the wheel. Many times, these distractions result in traffic accidents.
  • Load Weight – In some cases, drivers overload their trucks to increase productivity. Other times, problems arise when a truck driver fails to evenly distribute the weight of the load,  thereby causing the tractor-trailer to become unstable.
  • Road Conditions – Truck drivers are forced to drive through all conditions, including bad weather, poorly maintained roads, and reduced visibility. These conditions often result in truck accidents.
  • Size and Weight – The difference in weight of a semi-truck as compared to an ordinary vehicle is astounding. This weight difference becomes a problem for two reasons; One, trucks take longer to stop than other vehicles, and two, if an accident occurs, the crash impact can result in devastating injury to the driver and irreparable damage to the vehicle.
  • Flow of Traffic – Typically, smaller vehicles can maneuver easily on the road, while big trucks cannot. Truck drivers must, therefore, react to stop and go traffic, and to drivers who weave in and out of lanes. This can be problematic for some truck drivers, and thus, result in horrific accidents.

As a driver on the road, you should take the following steps to avoid becoming the victim of a tractor-trailer accident:

  • Give Trucks Room – Keep a safe distance from trucks. Due to the size and weight of big trucks, they can be unstable and unpredictable. Provide truck drivers room for error. Give them extra space to stop and turn. Account for their blind spots (also known as no-zones), and yield extra distance between you and the truck, especially  when following up an incline.
  • Drive Safely – When you are driving alongside tractor-trailers follow all driving regulations. Drive the speed limit, avoid erratic driving, don’t change lanes quickly, and make sure to properly use turning signals.
  • Pay Attention to Road Conditions – Remember that bad road conditions affect truck drivers, too, and always drive defensively.
  • Protect Yourself – If you notice a truck is moving unusually or feel unsafe for any reason, pull off the road. Don’t hesitate to slow down, let trucks pass, and/or avoid them all together. Only you can keep yourself safe. 

If you or your loved one was involved in a trucking accident, call me immediately at 1 (877) 944-4373. I will protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.

As your Ohio truck accident lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Ohio Medical Malpractice: Unnecessary Surgeries

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In my years of representing the injured victim in medical malpractice cases, I have learned one thing: doctors are human and as such, they too make mistakes. Despite what we want to believe, and what medical professionals want us to believe, we aren’t always safe in the hospital.

Every time you walk into a hospital you are at risk. That risk increases exponentially when you go under the knife. When you have surgery, you subject your body not only to risks specific to the procedure, but also to human error and infection. Therefore, it is important to consider all options before you consent to surgery.

Some surgeries should be avoided, if possible, because the benefits may not outweigh the risks.

The following procedures may be unnecessary and should be avoided if possible:

1) Stents for Angina – Commonly used to treat heart attacks, stents are small mesh tubes meant to keep arteries open to prevent or fix blockages. Some doctors will suggest implanting stents on patients suffering from angina. However, this practice is unnecessary and can lead to future harm.

 2) Lower-Back Surgery – Often performed to treat back pain from spinal stenosis, lower-back surgeries consists of using bone grafts to fuse vertebrae together, preventing motion, in an attempt to stop pain. Along with serious complications, fusion surgeries are said to only provide temporary relief, commonly leaving patients worse than when they started.

3) Hysterectomy – Suggested to treat problems such as heavy bleeding and uterine fibroids, hysterectomies are performed on around 600,000 women annually in the United States. When a woman undergoes a hysterectomy, she is instantly thrown into menopause, putting her at a higher risk for heart disease and lung cancer. Furthermore, a hysterectomy is a major surgery that requires lengthy recovery time. The problems caused by unnecessary hysterectomies tend to far outweigh the problems prevented by the procedure.

4) Episiotomy – This procedure, which consists of cutting the vaginal opening to prevent tearing, is performed prior to natural labor. While tearing can be uncomfortable, the problems caused by severing the muscles around the lower vaginal wall are much more serious. 

5) Angioplasty – Doctors use tiny balloons and stents to unclog arteries. However, these procedures have not been found to prevent long-term risk of heart attack and death in the majority of patients.

6) Heartburn Surgery – This procedure, nissen fundoplication, is performed to prevent acid reflux by correcting the valve function of the esophagus. However, it has been documented that this procedure cannot fix the problem without important lifestyle and diet changes.

Often, doctors and patients fail to consider safer and less invasive alternatives to surgery.

Doctors and their patients view surgery as a quick fix. Despite the existence of many other, less invasive options, patients continue to choose surgery over and over again. In most cases, surgeries improve the overall well-being of the patient, but sometimes surgery is just a bandaid for the real problem.

In a number of instances, surgery could be prevented if patients would simply make lifestyle changes – better diet and exercise. Other times, creating and maintaining a regimen of appropriate medication can reduce the need for surgery.

Every day I see the dangers associated with surgery. If you are considering surgery, make sure you evaluate all of your options and make the best decision you can.

If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice. Call me right away 1 (877) 944-4373. I can help you get the compensation you deserve.

As your Ohio medical malpractice lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Cesarean Birth: Common Risks and Complications

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Thirty percent of all babies born in the United States are delivered by c-section (cesarean birth). While natural childbirth is still the preferred method of delivery, c-sections have become a safe and viable option for obstetricians when complications arise.

In some cases, a doctor may decide to schedule a c-section when preexisting factors determine natural childbirth may be difficult on the mother or the child. Other times, a doctor can’t determine until his or her patient is in labor that an emergency c-section is the only option.

While cesarean births are often necessary to ensure the safety of mother and child, they don’t come without risks.

Due to the increasing number of c-sections performed annually, they have become what some consider to be a routine surgery. However, it is important to remember cesarean birth is a still a surgery, and with every surgery, comes risks and potential complications.

Before consenting to a c-section, mothers-to-be should:

  • Weigh all their options
  • Consider potential risks associated with both natural childbirth and cesarean birth
  • Make a decision that is best for their safety and the safety of their unborn child

Common c-section risks and complications fall into two categories:

1) Risks to the Safety of the Mother

As I mentioned above, a cesarean section is a major abdominal surgery. As such, recovery from a c-section is much longer than the recovery time of natural childbirth. Following a c-section, maternal complications can be found in 20 to 40 percent of all cases. Infection of the uterus, wound, or urinary tract are some of the most common maternal, c-section complications. More serious complications include: hysterectomy and cardiac arrest.

In the worst cases, c-section complications can lead to death of the mother which is four times more likely for mothers who deliver by cesarean birth than mothers who delivery naturally. Causes of death in these instances include: serious infection, blood clots, and problems with anesthesia.

Psychological differences between mothers who deliver by c-section and mothers who deliver naturally have also been documented. Cesarean birth mothers are more fatigued, sometimes even for extended periods of time. They breastfeed less, and they tend to be less confident with their babies. Furthermore, they are much more likely to be re-hospitalized, have greater levels of fear about giving birth in the future, and are overall, less satisfied with the birthing experience.

2. Risks to the Safety of the Child

Babies who are delivered by c-section may have a host of health issues. They are born with an increased risk of respiratory problems, low blood sugar, and an inability to properly regulate temperature. It has also been documented babies take longer to adapt neurologically after birth. C-section babies may have depressed immune function, abnormal hormone levels, and increased oxidative stress.

One of the most problematic complications arising out of cesarean birth is a change in the child’s gut flora. Some c-section babies are known to have altered fecal microbiota, which can last anywhere from six months to the baby’s entire life. The gut flora is associated with gastrointestinal function, protecting children from infection, as well as regulating the metabolism and immune system. Alternation of this important function can lead to diseases such as; autism, depression, autoimmune problems, bowel disease, asthma, allergies, and diabetes.

One in three woman will deliver their baby by c-section. If you are one of those woman, and you or your baby suffered a complication as a result of cesarean birth, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.

As your birth injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

High-Risk Pregnancy: What is it?

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Finding out you’re pregnant is an incredible moment for you and your entire family. It can result in feelings of excitement, anxiety, hopefulness, and fear. Pregnancy can also be an intimidating time in one’s life.

As a pregnant woman, you are more vulnerable. From the moment you find out you’re expecting, you are no longer only thinking about yourself. You must think about your child, and with every decision, you must keep in mind his or her best interests.

Every pregnant woman hopes her pregnancy will go smoothly, but sometimes it isn’t that easy. Depending on the circumstances, some pregnancies are considered high-risk.

Having a high-risk pregnancy means you may have a greater chance of developing complications as a result of your pregnancy.

While this diagnosis does mean extra precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of the mother and child during pregnancy, in the majority of cases, high-risk pregnancies progress without any issues whatsoever.

However, hearing the term high-risk pregnancy should put every mother-to-be on alert. If your pregnancy is high-risk, you must pay close attention to all unusual symptoms as they may lead to serious complications. You must also follow any and all instructions from your obstetrician.

A high-risk pregnancy can be due to a preexisting health condition, or it can be caused by a condition developed during pregnancy.

Preexisting factors for high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
  • STDs (HIV)
  • Blood disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Abnormal weight
  • Fertility problems
  • Being under 18
  • Being over 35
  • Past problems during pregnancy

High-risk conditions that develop during pregnancy include:

If your pregnancy was considered high-risk, and as a result you suffered complications, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373. As your birth injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Cesarean Births: Signs You Need a C-Section

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When a woman thinks about having her first child, she often imagines the type of birth seen in the movies. The experience of natural childbirth, though painful, is memorable and beautiful. However, what most women don’t realize is roughly 30% of all babies in the United States are delivered by cesarean birth (c-section).

With almost four million babies being born annually in our country, it can be easy to take for granted the seriousness of childbirth. The process, either natural or by c-section, can be very traumatic for the mother and the child depending on the circumstances.

During pregnancy, your doctor may determine it is important for the safety of you and your unborn child to schedule a c-section.

The following are potential medical reasons your obstetrician may schedule a cesarean birth:

  • Baby is in breech and breech cannot be prevented
  • Mother is giving birth to multiples
  • Baby is so large he or she cannot safely travel through birth canal
  • Baby has an illness or condition that will be exasperated by the birth process
  • Mother has preeclampsia or eclampsia
  • The placenta is blocking the cervical opening or has separated from the uterine wall
  • Mother has had a c-section previously

However, not all c-sections are planned. Because of the risks associated with a c-section, doctors often avoid the procedure unless it is absolutely necessary for the safety of the mother and child. Sometimes doctors can’t determine the need for a c-section until after labor has started, and that is when they must perform an emergency c-section.

Obstetricians are trained to know when an emergency c-section is necessary to prevent danger to the mother and child.

Your doctor may choose to perform an emergency c-section when:

  • The cervix fails to dilate after a certain number of hours has passed (this number is higher for first-time mothers)
  • Process declines, and eventually stops, after the early stages of labor
  • Baby’s head is too large to fit through the pelvis
  • Mother becomes overly distressed
  • Fetal monitor shows that baby has become overly distressed
  • Umbilical cord slips into birth canal before baby (can compress and cut off oxygen to the baby)
  • Mother experiences uterine rupture

Whether your c-section is scheduled or unexpected, it can be necessary to save your life and the life of your baby. If you think your doctor should consider delivering your baby by cesarean birth, make sure you ask a lot of questions and discuss your options. It is important you feel safe and prepared for the birth of your child.

If your doctor failed to perform a necessary c-section, and you or your baby were injured as a result, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.

As your birth injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

High-Risk Pregnancy: Must Have Tests

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Pregnancy is a time for happiness and celebration, but medically, it can cause a woman to be very vulnerable to complications. As a pregnant woman, your body is going through many changes, and those changes can sometimes be quite traumatic.

If you have a preexisting condition, or a condition brought on by pregnancy, your doctor may determine your pregnancy to be high-risk. This means you and your baby may be more susceptible to complications while pregnant or during and after delivery.

If you have been told your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you should ask your obstetrician to perform the following procedures and/or tests as precautionary measures:

1. Targeted or Specialized Ultrasounds

These ultrasounds are different from ordinary ultrasounds because they focus on potential problems, and target those problems specifically.

2. Amniocentesis

Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds and protects a fetus during pregnancy. During this test, a sample of the fluid is taken and analyzed to identify certain conditions, including neural tube defects (abnormalities of the brain and/or spinal cord.)

3. Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

This procedure extracts cells from the placenta for analysis to identify genetic conditions.

4. Cordocentesis (AKA Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling)

To identify infections, blood disorders, and chromosomal conditions, this test takes a blood sample directly from the umbilical cord.

5. Biophysical Profile

Checking the baby’s overall health, this test determines the fetal heart rate and takes an ultrasound of the fetus.

6. Preterm Labor Tests

Tests, such as cervical length measurement and various lab tests, are taken to judge the probability of preterm labor.

The most important thing to remember when you have a high-risk pregnancy is that preparation is everything. It is very difficult to prevent complications if you have a preexisting condition. As such, it is imperative to be prepared and to have a doctor with the experience and knowledge necessary to keep you and your baby safe.

Because women with high-risk pregnancies are more susceptible to complications, they are also more susceptible to birth injury.

High-Risk pregnancies have been linked to the following birth injuries:

To protect your child from these birth injuries, make sure you ask your doctor a lot of questions. Request that these procedures and tests be performed, so you are fully prepared if complications arise.

If you experienced a high-risk pregnancy, and your child suffered birth injury as a result, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.

As your birth injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Gestational Diabetes: What is it?

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When you become pregnant, your body goes through many changes. Some are minor and manageable, while others are more drastic. At times, it can be difficult to recognize what changes are normal and what changes are a cause for concern.

It is important to be aware of and communicate all potential symptoms with your obstetrician. Some conditions, such as gestational diabetes, have symptoms that don’t seem serious, but can actually be very dangerous for the mother and child.

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes affects up to seven percent of all pregnancies. It is caused when the body fails to produce adequate amounts of insulin, the hormone that turns blood sugar into energy. During pregnancy the body produces increased levels of blood sugar, which means the body needs increased levels of insulin to adequately manage the higher blood sugar levels.

Gestational diabetes is often discovered by glucose screenings that are performed around the 28th week of pregnancy. Women who are older, obese, and/or currently have diabetes are at the greatest risk of acquiring gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes creates risks for both mother and baby during pregnancy and at birth.

One of the greatest risks associated with gestational diabetes has to do with the baby’s weight. Because the fetus has too much glucose in his or her blood, the baby’s pancreas has to produce more insulin, which causes weight gain in the fetus.

Sometimes the weight of the baby makes him or her too large to enter the birth canal (Macrosomia), which can lead to birth injuries, such as shoulder dystocia.

Other birth complications associated with gestational diabetes include fractured bones or nerve damage of the infant, as well as possible brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during the birthing process.

That is why it is so important that your doctor recognize the symptoms of gestational diabetes and treat you accordingly. Often, this means scheduling a cesarean birth to avoid complications.

If you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes and suffered a birth injury associated with this condition, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.

As your birth injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio: Three Common Types

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It’s no secret that motorcycles are much more dangerous than any other motor vehicle on the road. Despite this well-known fact, motorcycles remain a popular form of transportation and entertainment. Drivers are willing to take the risk to enjoy the thrill of riding a motorcycle.

Because of their size and design, motorcycles are vulnerable to the road in ways that other motor vehicles are not. However, it is precisely the size and design of motorcycles that make them so popular. If you are willing to accept the risks associated with riding a motorcycle, it is important that you understand how motorcycle accidents happen.

The following are three common types of motorcycle accidents in Ohio: 

1. Single-Vehicle Accidents Involving Only the Motorcycle

Accidents involving only the motorcycle may occur for a number of reasons; some are the fault of the rider, and some are due to things out of the rider’s control. Alcohol and speeding account for a great number of these single-vehicle accidents.

Lane splitting, another common cause, occurs when riders drive between two lanes of slow or stopped traffic. Being so close to the other cars, and the lack of space makes this action very dangerous for motorcyclists.

Other common single motorcycle accidents include: road hazards (i.e. potholes, road kill, uneven pavement, gravel), bad weather conditions, and any other unexpected road variables. While a car has the stability and control to overcome road hazards and bad weather conditions, motorcycles are much more susceptible to these dangers.

2. Single-Vehicle Accidents Involving the Motorcycle and a Fixed Object

Motorcycle collisions with fixed objects can be extremely dangerous. When a fixed object accident occurs in a car, the result may be a simple fender bender; however, if a motorcycle collides with a fixed object, the result can be deadly.

Since a motorcyclist isn’t protected by an enclosure, a fixed object motorcycle accident usually results in two collisions – first the collision is with the object, and the second collision is with the road when the rider is thrown from the motorcycle. Common fixed objects involved in motorcycle accidents include: trees, signs, and car doors.

3. Accidents Involving the Motorcycle and Another Motor Vehicle

The size and common road actions of motorcycles make them vulnerable to other motor vehicles on the road. Car drivers often have trouble seeing motorcycles due to sun glare obstructed views, or simply because they aren’t expecting to see them.

The most deadly cause of an accident between motorcycles and other motor vehicles is a head-on collision, and unfortunately, this is very common. Another very dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when a car is making a left-hand turn. Cars making left-hand turns often strike motorcyclists as they are going through intersections, passing cars, and/or trying to overtake cars.

Despite these dangers, there are precautions you can take to avoid becoming the victim of a motorcycle accident.

First and foremost, it is important to learn how to properly operate a motorcycle. Take a safety course and make sure before you get on the road, you know exactly what you’re doing. Secondly, wear a helmet. Make sure you have the right equipment to protect yourself. Take steps to make yourself more visible to other drivers, whether it is with your clothing or adding reflective accents to your motorcycle. Finally, keep a clear head and stay sober.

Once you’re on the road, know and obey all traffic rules. Know the condition of the roads you’re driving on. Pay close attention to the cars around you, know the traffic patterns, and be a defensive driver. Force yourself to check and double-check intersections. Don’t trust the drivers around you, and lastly, watch the weather.

If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in Ohio, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.

As your Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Car Accidents: Statute of Limitations in Ohio

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Statutes of limitations are laws that determine how long someone has to bring a claim. These “time limits” are decided by lawmakers in each state, and they vary depending on what type of case you have.

While most laws are subject to interpretation, these statutes are very specific, and generally, cannot be overruled. At times, these laws seem harsh and can prevent someone with a legitimate case from receiving the compensation they deserve, but statutes of limitations are important to the legal process. 

The statute of limitations for motor vehicle accident cases (car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents) is two years from the date of the accident.

I can’t tell you how many times I have received calls about cases, and I’ve had to tell people, who were seriously injured in an accident, I couldn’t help them because they waited too long to call me. If you or someone you love was involved in a bad accident, you have to call me right away to protect your right to compensation.

Even if you think your accident happened outside of the two-year statute of limitations, make sure you call me because there might be something I can do. Like most rules, there are some exceptions to the statute.

In Ohio, if you were a minor at the time of your accident, or you exhibited delayed-symptom injuries, your case may fall within an exception to the two-year statute of limitations.

For most cases, there is a discovery rule exception for statutes of limitations. The discovery rule applies when the victim of the accident didn’t immediately realize the injury or the severity of the injury. The two-year time limit doesn’t begin until the victim discovers his or her injury.

The following are common accident injuries that may not manifest right away:

  • Concussions
  • Herniated Discs
  • Internal Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries (whiplash)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If the victim was a minor at the time of the accident, he or she has two years from their eighteen birthday to bring a claim.

If your loved one was a victim of a bad accident. Don’t wait. Call me immediately at 1 (877) 944-4373 to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.

As your Ohio accident lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.