Swimming Pool Dangers and Negligence

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The Dangers of Swimming Pools

Just this past weekend, a dear friend of mine told me a chilling story. As the family sat poolside for Father’s Day, their young nephew began to panic in the deep end of the pool – After comfortably swimming there for hours. It is often very difficult to recognize, react and respond – Even if it is your child or a loved one that is flailing in the water.

For younger children, pools can be an incredibly dangerous attraction.  While water wings and vests offer some safety, a toddler can easily get lost in a crowd and walk into a pool undetected – with tragic consequences. For residential and public pools vigilance is absolutely the key to safety.

The Cold Reality of Pool Safety

Swimming pools are fun for all ages, but must be enjoyed responsibly.

For children of ALL ages, this means constant supervision.

The dangers of pools is prevalent, even while we are present and active, aside from the clear dangers of a pool that is left unattended and unsecured.

The CDC reports from 2005-2014 there was an average of about 10 drownings per day across the US.  These unintentional drownings were in addition to another 330 drownings that were boating related.  Of all drowning statistics, about 1 in 5 drowning tragedies are children under the age of 14. Non-fatal drowning injuries can require lifelong care, as a result of brain injuries that can lead to severe deficits for life. Accidental drowning has surpassed many causes to be one of the leading causes of death in children under 10.

Proper Safety and Preparedness

Proper safety precautions are absolutely essential for any parent, pool owner or individual that commonly monitors children near a pool, pond or body of water. Many cities require safety precautions, such as gate and ladder specifications for residential pools.

  • Removable ladders
  • Locked gates
  • Gated areas if applicable
  • Proper safety gear – Life jackets – NOT floaties
  • Establishing neighborhood rules

Some of the less obvious and/or common ways to combat pool related drownings are more strategic in nature.

Pool alarms that detect motion or lack there of are a great solution, and for a few hundred dollars can literally save a life.

Swim lessons and the buddy system are also great ways to help prepare your kids to prevent water safety concerns.

Lastly, proper CPR and medical training are essential.  For any parent, pool owner or babysitter – knowing what to do in the seconds that matter most is critical.

Secondary Dry Drownings

While a hot topic in the medical community and a ‘Facebook parenting panic inducer’, is secondary, dry or delayed drowning.  If your child had a near drowning experience, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

The US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health report that in 94 cases of near drowning, about 5% of the cases showed symptoms of a secondary / dry drowning threat.

If your loved one experienced an unimaginable tragedy as a result of negligent pool conditions, you must contact my offices immediately.

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.

Dangers of Heat on the Football Field

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Tragedy on the Football Field

For one Ohio family, a Kent State football practice took a tragic turn.  Tyler Heintz, a freshman football player, was rushed to the hospital after reportedly collapsing following a routine football practice.  What could possibly have taken the life of a young, healthy athlete? The preliminary cause of death has been attributed to hyperthermia, highlighting the very real dangers of rising temperatures this time of year.

Hyperthermia, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, is irregularly high body temperature caused by our bodies failing to cool themselves, and regulate heat coming from our surrounding environment.

Hyperthermia is more commonly referred to as;

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Syncope (heat related fainting)
  • Heat fatigue
  • Heat cramps

Risk Factors of Heat Related Illnesses

  • Exertion
  • Age
  • Prescription medication side effects
  • Skin and circulation issues
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Under or over weight
  • Blood pressure abnormalities
  • Heart lung or kidney disease

Safety Measures to Prevent Heat Related Tragedies

While many cases of heat related illness can be difficult to predict, there are precautionary steps that can be taken, and warning signs to watch for. Particularly for athletes, laborers and other individuals that spend time outside during extreme temperatures, these critical steps can have a profound impact.

One study by the American Meteorological Society found that from 1980-2009, there were 58 documented cases of hyperthermia deaths related to football. Changing seasons and rising temperatures, particularly in the beginning of heatwaves and warm seasons, are particularly dangerous. Morning practices have long been thought to be a safer alternative to the afternoon sun and rising daily temperatures, but morning humidity can be equally as dangerous.

The Best Ways to Prevent or Detect Heat Related Illness;

  1. Hydrate
  2. Be aware of your body
  3. Keep a watchful eye for each other, especially elderly individuals
  4. Dress appropriately
  5. Act fast – call 911

Drew Brees’ Latest Campaign

Football great Drew Brees is pioneering a campaign this year to raise awareness for EHS or Exertional Heat Stroke. His easy acronym is a great way to remember what to do:

HEAT

(H) High Temperatures

(E) Exercise or Activity

(A) Acting Confused

(T) Time to Call 911

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.

I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Electrocution Drowning Accidents

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Drowning Danger – Electricity and Water Never Mix

Two recent headlines highlight the hidden danger in natural bodies of water. A day at the beach can quite literally turn into a living nightmare. The sad reality is electrical currents are much more prevalent here, along the Great Lakes, given that natural bodies of water are the most susceptible and conducive to electrical currents.

In this recent case, 19 year old Evan Currie is being hailed a hero after he dove into the lake at a Put In Bay Marina to aid his father after the family pet fell into the water. Evan’s father went into the water to retrieve their dog and quickly came under duress. Unbeknownst to Evan, he jumped in to save his father and pet but was tragically electrocuted by an electrical current emanating from an electrical short.

Electrical related drownings are particularly unique in nature. Even if the electrical current is not sufficient to cause death or serious injury, the paralysis that sets in during the electrocution can be sufficient to cause a drowning.

Preventing Electrocution in Water

Pools are built in accordance to code that mandates safety factors to prevent electrocution from occurring.  Marinas, docks and other water establishments aren’t quite as easy to police.  Given the fluid nature of a marina, even if the marina electrical is up to par – Each and every boater than comes through may have his or her own electrical issues.

In the tragic case of Evan Currie, even though his fast thinking mother pulled the plug from shore power – It was just too late.

If the marina is found at fault, or if the boat maintenance was to be handled by a third party – negligence may very well be responsible for this tragedies.

A Simple Solution

Electrocution prevention is so simple, it is almost sad.  Installing a circuit breaker near the water could help to prevent tragedies of this nature. When there is an overload of power or a short circuit, the breaker would pop and shut down the electrical current.

Routine inspections are also recommended for boats, boating equipment, docks, marinas and other objects that could potentially lead to electricity in the water.  Alarm systems that sense electricity can also be used.

Electric Dangers Can Be Incredibly Difficult to Detect

Water emits no visible signs when an electric current is present. Furthermore, electrical currents can be intermittent – Meaning you may be able to enter the water and spend time there, without issue or warning of electrocution.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed as a result of electrocution at a boating dock, marina, yacht club or similar venue – You must contact my offices immediately. The only way to enact change is to hold negligent parties accountable, and change the standards of safety.

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.

How Proper Car Seat Restraint Can Reduce Car Accident Injuries for Children

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If you are a parent, you understand that your child’s safety is the most important thing in the world. I was surprised to read about a study that found 95% of new parents use their child’s car seat incorrectly. The study indicated that many parents make mistakes in properly installing the car seat and positioning the child, both critical components in securing a child’s safety.

Although some may say that car seats are overly complex and confusing, Safe Kids Worldwide- a group focused on protecting children- says that a properly used car seat can effectively reduce an infant’s chance of dying in a car accident by 71%.

In 2013, over 8,000 children younger than one year old were hospitalized and 135 children died due to car crashes.

Make full use of your car seat – protect your new child by doing things right!

Facing the car seat the right way is an essential step towards safety. A child of 2 years or younger should be faced backwards in the car seat. Because of children’s heavy heads and weak necks, facing the car seat backwards provides support and comfort to their spinal column in the event of a front-end crash, which is among the most common accidents.

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children face backwards until the age of 2, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that nearly 75% of American parents don’t follow this recommendation. Conversely, Sweden, where parents commonly face their children backwards until the age of 4, has one of the lowest child traffic fatality rate in the world.

Do not buy a car seat from someone you don’t know or without knowing its full crash history.

Once a car seat has been in a crash, it may have lost parts and become less sturdy, even if it looks fine on the outside. Instead, buy a new car seat, as not only will it be in guaranteed stable condition, but it may come with new or improved safety features as well. It is not worth risking the safety of a child just to save a couple of dollars buying a used car seat.

Tips to maximizing safety in a car seat:

  • If possible, position the car seat in the middle of the backseat to protect against side collisions
  • If possible, do not place the car seat by an airbag – the force of an airbag may cause severe injury or death to the child
  • Make sure the car seat cannot move more than 1 inch in any direction once set up
  • Any harness or belt that goes over the child should not have any slack

Moving to a booster seat

Once a child has grown enough, he or she is ready to move from a car seat to a booster seat. The Ohio Department of Health estimates that using a booster seat creates a 59% risk reduction of serious injury in a car accident as compared to just a seat belt. It is important to remember, however, that the child should remain in the car seat for as long as possible due to the unparalleled safety that a car seat provides.

Tips to moving to a booster seat:

  • Only use a booster seat once the child is at least 4 years old AND weighs a minimum of 40 pounds
  • Choose a booster seat that utilizes a car’s lap and shoulder seat belts
  • If the shoulder seat belt goes across the child’s neck, the child is too small to be in a booster seat

From booster seat to only seat belt

After the child grows too big for a booster seat, he or she can ride with just a seat belt. However, an online survey by Safe Kids Worldwide finds that most parents don’t know when a child can ride without a booster seat, and concludes that 90% of parents remove their child from a booster seat too soon. Ohio law requires a child to be 4 foot 9 before he or she can ride with just a seat belt.

Safety with just a seat belt:

  • A child must be at least 57″ tall and weigh at least 80 pounds to ride with just a seatbelt
  • Children ages 8-15 must wear a seatbelt at all times
  • The driver and front seat passengers must wear seatbelts at all times
  • Although people 16 and older who sit in the back don’t have to wear a seatbelt, it is highly recommended that they do
  • Ohio laws requires children under the age of 13 to sit in the backseat
  • Seat belts should fit with the shoulder belt laying across the chest, and the lap belt across the thighs

Children are precious but fragile. Parents need to make sure that every protective measure is taken to keep their children safe in automobiles. The requirements and procedures may seem superfluous to some parents, but securing a child’s safety is far more important than saving time by not properly installing a car seat!

As a father of three young children, I understand the importance of properly protecting kids with car seats and booster seats.  Max, Gus, and Ruby mean everything to me, and I would never want to risk their health in a car accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, call my offices immediately. As your Ohio car 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

Preventing Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

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As the temperature rises and the sun comes out, Ohio’s summer weather calls for the long-awaited use of motorcycles. However, preventable motorcycle accidents occur for too often during these summer months.

In 2015 alone, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in crashes according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. Furthermore, although motorcycles made up only 3% of all registered vehicles in 2014, they accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities.

It is estimated that in 2014, there were 27 times as many deaths on a motorcycle than in a car per mile driven.

Although it is impossible to prevent all motorcycle accidents, action can be taken to limit the severity of an injury.

While head injury is a critical factor in motorcycle deaths, it is not a law in Ohio to require motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding. However, a helmet has the capability to reduce motorcycle fatalities by 37%, and brain damage by 67%. Not only does a helmet protect against impact on the ground, but it also helps keep debris and rocks that are kicked up by other vehicles from causing severe injury upon hitting a motorcyclist’s head.

In 2015, 40% of motorcyclists killed in a collision were not wearing a helmet.

In 2013, states without a helmet law saw an average of 59% of the motorcyclists killed without a helmet, while states with a helmet requirement had an average of only 8% of the motorcyclists killed without a helmet. As we can see, those who wear a helmet ultimately have a higher likelihood of surviving impacts.

However, do not use a helmet that has already been involved in a collision, as the helmet is much more fragile and can easily be broken. Even if not in a collision, most motorcycle helmet manufactures recommend replacing your helmet every 5 years due to regular wear and tear that the helmet undergoes.

Other Protective Equipment

Although a helmet is the most important piece of equipment in reducing the severity of motorcycle injuries, other safety equipment includes:

  • Gloves (non-slip)
  • Durable shoes
  • Goggles
  • Long sleeve jackets
  • Pants (not shorts)
  • Color and/or reflective material
  • Antilock brakes

As the most common body parts injured in motorcycle accidents are arms, legs, and the head, following the list above will reduce potential injury to those places in the unfortunate event of a collision. Many don’t realize how important safety truly is until their lives are changed forever because of it.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately.

As your Ohio motorcycle 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

Teen Driving – 100 Deadliest Days

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As a parent, I cannot fathom the recent losses we have seen in our local Northeast Ohio communities.  As each tragedy passes, it seems as a society we become even more disconnected with the very real potential outcomes of our teens getting behind the wheel.

With laws, safety precautions and pep talks – Are we doing enough to protect our children, and ourselves, on the roads?

Summer Teen Driving Dangers

Beginning with prom season and Memorial Day weekend, and going to about the Labor Day holiday weekend, we enter what is known as “the 100 deadliest days.”.For teens, this is a host of exciting events, distractions and overall lack of awareness  that can have deadly consequences.

AAA estimates that in the last 5 years, about 1,600 fatalities have occurred in the early summer months as a result of inexperienced drivers on the road.  Given that new drivers are almost 20x more likely to be involved in an accident than experienced drivers, this is certainly cause for concern.

Teen drivers drive fast, distracted and lack the overall wherewithal that experienced drivers have. They simply believe they are invincible.

Changing Laws to Keep Kids Safe

Evolving laws aim to keep younger drivers safer, and to generally provide safer roads for all of us.  While our teens put their own lives, and the lives of their friends’ at risk , it can also cause treacherous driving conditions for all of us.!

Recent Laws in Ohio Include;

  • New curfew – 12 am – 6 am ban for teens under 18 years of age
  • Seat belt requirements for all passengers
  • Restricted to 1 non-family member passenger only
  • Under 18 – NO mobile devices while driving
    • No texting while driving, sitting in traffic, etc.
    • No tablets, iPads, GPS, etc.
    • Primary offense – Teens can be stopped only for texting, an officer doesn’t need another offense to initiate a traffic stop.
    • 60 day suspension on first offense
    • One year suspension on second offense

Tips for Talking with your Teen Driver

The most important thing is to communicate with your teen driver. He or she can hurt or kill themselves, or someone else, and driving safely is one of the biggest responsibilities we bestow in life. Set clear expectations for car behavior, including making your teen check in before he or she gets on the road, and when they arrive at their destination. Use technology such as Verizons’ HUM or ‘Find my Phone’ apps to keep track of your young driver!  Remind your teen to take it slow, not to rush and to always be aware of their surroundings.

If you or your teen driver was involved in a serious accident, you must call my offices immediately.

As your Ohio car 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.

 

OVI and Drugged Driving Dangers

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Record Breaking OVI and Drugged Driving Across Ohio

The Ohio State Patrol released 2017 Memorial Day weekend statistics and the proverbial alarm bells are sounding. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, over 800 OVI arrests occurred across Ohio in a 72 hour period – that is an average of 11 arrests per hour! This terrifying number is an 8% increase from 2016, and certainly cause for concern. Drugged driving offenses also reached reported highs, up over 26% from 2016.

With the Ohio State Highway Patrol alone making over 50,000 enforcement or non-enforcement related contacts over the long holiday weekend, it is time for a change.

Preventing OVI and Drugged Drivers

When you take into consideration this is only a fraction of impaired drivers, the stark reality sets in. In just a single weekend, 11 people per hour got behind the wheel, unable to safely drive – Putting countless lives at risk.  How can we as a society, keep ourselves and our loved ones safe? For every drunk or drugged driver that is caught, you better believe dozens go undetected.

In the extreme case of the recent Times Square driver plowing into innocent pedestrians while high on drugs – He had a history of OVI arrests and mental health issues. His actions resulted in over 20 individuals getting injured, and one young tourist losing her life.

It is up to law enforcement and also up to us, to change how things are done.  A large part of my job, and what drives my passion every single day, is enacting change that makes our world a better, safer place.  For my family and for yours, holding guilty individuals accountable is the only way we are going to see a decline.

  • Establishing patterns of behavior
  • Preventing repeat offenders – rallying for tougher laws
  • Changing the system for reporting and finding offenders
  • Incentivize individuals and even bar or restaurant employees to report illegal behavior
  • Holding the insurance companies accountable

Drunk or drugged driving is one of the most dangerous situations any of us can encounter while we are behind the wheel.  Every single time an impaired driver hits the road, it puts our lives at risk. Unfortunately, the laws and the nature of drunk or drugged driving can mean drivers get away with their crimes for years – Until the unthinkable happens.

If you or your loved ones have been injured as a result of a drugged or drunk driver getting behind the wheel, contact my offices immediately.

As your Ohio car 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.

Extreme Cases of Nursing Home Abuse

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Nursing Home Abuse to the Extremes

We have recently highlighted some of the deplorable standards across Ohio for nursing home care and quality.  While these every day occurrences and pathetic benchmarks are concerning in and of themselves, we also have extreme cases of abuse across the US.

A nursing home patient is often completely reliant on their providers for care including; medicine, basic hygiene, food and more. When a caregiver violates this trust or worse, where they intend to cause harm or death, we cross into a completely different territory. Intentional abuse, physical or sexual in nature, is not only grounds for a criminal case but can also warrant a civil suit. You have trusted the care of your loved one to a service provider, and it is their duty to ensure the safety and well being of their patients!

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure caregivers follow facility guidelines and above all else do not cause harm. Lack of supervision or poor screening and hiring practices can yield tragic results. Unfortunately, there is no national hiring standard for caregivers in facilities and nursing homes. Individuals with criminal histories are reported to be employed at 92% of all nursing care facilities across the US. All too often a criminal will prey upon the weak, moving from facility to facility undetected and dangerous.

Protecting Our Loved Ones

A recent case in Ontario highlighted the extreme nature this type of behavior can take. A nurse was charged with 14 counts including murder charges, for murdering 8 patients in a nursing home and injuring at least 6 others.

Being vigilant and involved is absolutely the best means of protecting your loved one from nursing home abuse. or neglect. Recognizing the signs of abuse is critical.

  • Your loved one becomes withdrawn
  • Physical signs of abuse
  • Changes in behavior
  • Signs of damage to clothing or bedding
  • Signs of blood or clean up
  • Sudden lack of coherence
  • New or worsening fears or paranoia
  • Unclear facility policies for hiring / screening / training
  • History of issues or abuse

Only about 20% of abuse is reported, which means the guilty individuals can go undetected for decades.

If you or your loved one is suffering from abuse at the hands of their care giver or nursing care facility, you must contact me immediately. As your Ohio nursing home negligence 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

Live On Lakeside – Where I’ll Make Them Pay All Began

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Where “I’ll Make Them Pay”® Comes From

After 20 appearances on “Live on Lakeside” Michael and I finally talk about my slogan “I’ll Make Them Pay”® and where it all began.

The Inspiration Behind “I’ll Make Them Pay”®

Unfortunately, the tale behind “I’ll Make Them Pay”® is a sad one to tell. Many years ago, I received a call from a young father.  His son had just went in for a simple surgical procedure, and due to negligent medical error – Suffered a terribly severe brain injury. An easy procedure and something went terribly wrong.  He called me, and he just didn’t know where else to turn.

I met with him and their family immediately.  It was clear that they were heart broken and distraught – With only one goal in mind. The doctor that caused this tragedy has got to be held accountable.

On my way out of the hospital, the boys’ grandmother pokes me in the chest – All 98 pounds of fury, she tells me  ‘GO MAKE THEM PAY’.

I told her I will.

And I did.

I dedicated all of my experience, resources and energy to this case. The family was compensated, the doctor was held accountable, and they were able to resume as normal of a life as possible.

Why My Clients Call Me 

I cannot change the past, and I can’t bring your loved one back. In over 36 years of medical malpractice cases and tragedy, never once did a client come to me and talk about money. 

This process is about justice.  Holding the guilty party accountable for what they did, and making sure it doesn’t happen again, is always the number one priority. Compensation is often a necessity as a direct results of the tragedy, but the goal is always to hold the guilty party accountable.

 If you or a loved one suffered a tragedy, you must call my offices today.

  • Personal Injury
  • Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injury
  • Surgery Problems
  • Wrongful Death
  • Worker’s Compensation & more 

Your problems become my problems.  My clients receive my direct dial line –  Your concerns are not 9-5. I am not 9-5.  We get results.

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.

 

Live On Lakeside – Where “I’ll Make Them Pay” Began

 

Prom Night Car Accident Tragedies

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From Corsage to Catastrophe

From a night to remember, to a night they’ll never forget – Prom night accident tragedies are unfortunately all too common.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families effected by a recent tragedy in which a 17 year old lost her life and an 18 year old was severely injured. While the investigation is ongoing, and the cause has not been confirmed, it’s a difficult reminder that young lives can be cut short in an instant. Prom season is celebrated more than ever before, with viral ‘promposals’ and increasingly large budgets, as well as an increased risk of accidents and tragedy.

From drunk driving, drowsy or distracted driving and other careless behavior on the road ways – Our youth are at a higher risk than ever before.  Relatively new drivers can also create incredibly dangerous driving conditions for all of us on the roadways.

Statistics show about 30% of teen traffic fatalities occur during the months of April-June, and are alcohol related in nature.

The increased risk is directly associated with ‘prom season’ and a recent MADD Study estimates that about 75% of kids are propositioned to drink during prom. Another 50% report having been offered drugs. These terrifying estimates are a cold warning for all of us, including parents and their prom goers..

Preventative measures

From mock crash set ups to educational and informational resources, as well as preventing or closely monitoring prom goers before, during and after the festivities – Many area schools are trying to crack down on prom dangers. Unfortunately, just as with any other young age group – teens are just not going to abide 100%… It is simply impossible to watch every teen, every hour, of every day.

The recent tragedy in Ohio was likely attributed to “after prom”, causing the driver to be drowsy in the wee hours of the morning and ultimately crashing into a utility pole, killing his 17 year old passenger. Even preventative measures can backfire, truly proving that we have to push our teens to think twice.

Drinking and drugging aren’t the only dangers

Pressure to drive fast and dangerously is also common,  with over 50% of surveyed teens reporting to MADD that they felt pressure to drive recklessly. Failure to wear seat belts, distractions and other dangers are lurking around every turn. Texting, increased passengers, and tiredness are all risk factors for increased accidents.

Accidents are the NUMBER ONE cause of deaths for teenagers.  One drink for a teen increases their likelihood for a fatal accident by 17 TIMES.

Of course we want to protect kids on the road ways, but we also need to ensure our own safety and hold those accountable for their reckless behavior.  From promoting under age drinking to teens getting behind the wheel – If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a drunk driver, you must call my offices today.  Do not listen to your insurance companies, and do not risk another tragedy.

As your Ohio car 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.