New Laws for Ohio Motorists in 2017

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The New Year is a time for us to reflect on what we’d like to improve for ourselves—the same goes for our state laws.

There are several new laws effective this year and, whether you’re a seasoned driver or a new driver, everyone should be aware of these before getting behind the wheel. Specifically, there are 2 motorist laws in effect.

House Bill 154

This House Bill has two major changes to it:

  1. Ohio drivers must give bicyclists going in the same direction 3 feet or more when passing them on the roadway. Those who violate this law will be charged with a mild misdemeanor.This law is meant to protect pedestrians and remind motorists they must share the roadway. Please remember to always proceed with caution when driving near pedestrians and bicyclists!
  2. In certain cases, it is now legal for Ohio drivers to go through red lights. This will only apply in a situation where the traffic safety light is malfunction. If a driver goes through a red late, they must proceed with caution and make sure the intersection is clear of oncoming traffic.It is extremely important that drivers understand they have the burden to prove the light was malfunctioning if a car collision occurs. If you find that a traffic light is malfunctioning, contact the local police to let them know.

 Police ask that all Ohio motorists understand the time and place to utilize this law.

Several concerns authorities have for the red light law is that drivers will not be patient and will not be cautious. If, for example, someone decides to run the red light and causes a motor vehicle accident but the light is proven to be working properly, that person will be put at-fault for the collision.

With this new law in place, always be careful when going through intersections. Whether you are the one running the red light, or proceeding through a green light, be aware of what vehicles are near you.

If you or a loved one was severely injured in a car accident, don’t wait—call me immediately for a free consultation.

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

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Ohio is the 5th Highest State for Work-Related Fatalities

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The 2015 statistics for workplace deaths has been released, and Ohio made the unfortunate top 5 list. While workplace incidents have been on a slow decline, fatalities have risen both statewide and nationwide in the last few years.

According to the 2015 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, there were 202 workplace fatalities in Ohio last year.

Nationwide there were 4,836 work injury fatalities in 2015. And,

The number 18 may not seem like a big number, but it is devastating when we comprehend this as 18 Ohioan lives lost. Out of the 168 hours in a week, we spend an average of 40 of those hours at work.

Workers should feel safe during their time spent at work, but even with safety precautions taken there are certain work industries with higher risks for injury.

Here are the report’s highest fatality-risk occupations in 2015 nationwide:

  • Transportation-related fatalities: 2,054 deaths (tractor trailer drivers accounted for 745 of these deaths)
  • Construction industry: 937 deaths
  • Slip & falls: 800 deaths

If you have experienced a workplace injury or have lost a loved one to a work accident, there are several steps you should take.

The most important is to make sure your employer is aware of the incident so it is documented, and you receive medical treatment immediately. If you feel your workplace safety is threatened, you may want to consider reporting any safety hazards to OSHA.

Contact me immediately if you or a loved one was hurt in a workplace accident. You and your family owe it to yourselves to find an attorney who will fight for your justice.

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

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373

Ohio Workers’ Compensation—Firefighters Diagnosed With Cancer Due to Job are Now Covered

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Several weeks ago the Ohio firefighter cancer bill was passed, but not until recently was the bill signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

On January 4, 2017 Ohio became the 35th state to sign in legislation protecting firefighters diagnosed with cancer due to their risky occupations.

Firefighters and their families have been fighting for this kind of protection for almost 20 years; Ohio workers’ compensation will now offer medical coverage for specific types of cancer related to the toxins and chemicals they face on duty.

What will this mean for our brave Ohio firemen and women?

Under the new law, renamed the Palumbo Act, firefighters will receive Workers’ Compensation benefits, additional money for medical costs relating to a cancer diagnosis,  and survivor benefits for dependents.

There are, however, several exemptions from this new law. Firefighters filing worker’s compensation are exempt from this if they are: 75+ years old, smoke cigarettes, and have served less than three years.

Below are the confirmed cancer diagnoses for firefighters covered under Ohio Workers’ Compensation:

  • Brain cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with any of these cancers and work in this field, you may want to consult with an experienced workers compensation lawyer. Call me today for your free consultation, and I will fight for the justice you and your family deserve.

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

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373

Birth Injury: Why Risks Can be Higher for Larger Babies

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Birth trauma in the United States happens to approximately 29 out of every 1,000 babies. Birth injuries are not common but can happen at any moment.

Statistics show a higher number of these traumas occur to larger babies, but the question is why?

Health issues such as high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or preterm birth may occur if a mother is not careful with her diet during the pregnancy.

Dietary choices can be significant in a baby’s health; if a mother is eating food high in fat, her chances for gestational diabetes can increase and may even affect the baby’s weight. An overweight infant may have increased risk of birth defects and birth injuries.

Bigger babies can present several types of risks during the birthing process. Oftentimes a large infant is much bigger than the mother’s birthing canal and for this reason, other measures must be taken.

These birthing methods may be necessary to safely deliver a larger baby:

  • Cesarean section: doctors have to surgically remove the baby from the womb.
  • Obstetric forceps: this birthing tool looks similar to tongs and a doctor may use it to grab or maneuver the infant during delivery.
  • Vacuum extraction: a vacuum delivery allows a doctor to guide the baby out of the birth canal

Birthing a larger infant may require some of these steps to be taken. However, if the tools are not used properly it can have serious effects on your child!

Oxygen deprivation, Brachial Plexus, Bell’s palsy, and bone fractures are just a few of the possible consequences of the mentioned birthing methods.

There are always risks associated with childbirth, but these types of birth injuries can occur due to the doctor’s own medical error or substandard care. In other words, your baby’s injury may have been preventable.

If your baby was delivered using any of the methods above and has suffered severe injury, you need to call me immediately. It will take an experienced attorney to identify the substandard care and the consequences on your child.

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

Author: Tim Misny | For more than 34 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.