Snow Removal Ordinances in Ohio

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The State of Ohio does not have any official state law that requires homeowners to remove snow from in front of their property. However:

  • Keep in mind that cities, towns and villages often have ordinances regarding snow removal. They can differ depending on what area or street you reside in.
    • Visit your local government or city council website for information on snow removal. Better yet, sign up for your local government or city newsletter via email or social media to keep informed on ordinances in your area.
  • Examples of snow removal issues that you need to check on:
    • Snow Plowing: There may be ordinances that prohibit the pushing of driveway snow onto streets. These may create sight hazards for drivers or may obstruct the regular flow of traffic.
    • Snow Shoveling: Ordinances may have requirement for removal of snow front sidewalks if you reside near school or public bus stops. This can keep pedestrians from walking on the road when sidewalks are not clear.
    • Snow Parking: There may also be ordinances that prohibit parking on a street for a certain amount of time when there are so many inches of snowfall. This snow parking bans allow for city plows to safely and effectively clear the road for motorists.

These ordinances are in place for cities and towns in order to keep automobile drivers and pedestrians safe on the road. They may seem like a nuisance, but they are designed and implemented to be unique to a neighborhoods’ needs and for the general safety of the public.

Have you or a loved one been in an accident and need legal counsel? Call me today at 1-800-55-MISNY and we can discuss your situation. In cases of clear wrong doing, I am prepared to fight 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.

 

 

Parking Lot Accident Risks

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Let’s face it: navigating a parking lot is one of the more frustrating tasks for drivers and pedestrians. They’re often crowded, coveted spaces are rarely available, and visibility is low. Here’s an astounding fact: 20% of accidents happen in parking lots.

Part of the reason why so many accidents happen in parking lots is distracted driving. The number one cause of distracted driving is drivers on their cell phones. Experts say that the slow speed at which motorist drive in parking lots give a false sense of security. No matter what speed you are traveling at, distracted driving can be deadly!

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Park in a space so that the hood of your vehicle is facing out whenever possible. It makes it easier to leave driving forward rather that backing out.
  • The recommended speed limit for driving in parking lots is 5 mph.
  • Turn your headlights on while driving in parking lots, even if it’s daytime. It makes your vehicle more visible to fellow motorists and pedestrians.
  • Drive in the lanes. Avoid driving over empty parking space lines to cut through.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Keep alert and avoid texting while walking!
  • If walking to your car in the dark, use a flashlight, or the flashlight application on your smartphone.
  • If you feel it is necessary, and if it is possible, ask for a security escort to your vehicle. Many places, such as office buildings, hospitals and stores have security personnel that will gladly make sure you make it safe to your vehicle.

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

 

Should You Allow Your Child to Ride in the Front Seat?

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Riding in the front seat of the car is a sort of rite of passage for kids. It’s seen as cool, and it makes them feel like they are not a “little kid” anymore. Parents should reiterate that even though their children may beg to sit up front in the car with you, it really isn’t very cool if it is unsafe.

Much like height and weight restrictions for riding on rollercoasters at an amusement park, riding in the front seat has restrictions as well. There are laws to be taken into consideration, first and foremost. A parent should always trust their instinct as well, if you feel like it isn’t safe for your child to ride in the front seat, make them hop in the back!

  • Riding in the Back Seat is Safer for Children.
    • Until children reach the age of 13, or a height of 4’9” they should NOT be riding in the front seat.
    • There is an exception to this rule: If there are no safe vacant seats in the back for children, a child can ride in the front seat as long as some precautions are taken.
  1. Put the seat as far back from the dashboard as possible.
  2. Disable the airbag in the front passenger seat. A deployed airbag can be act like a weapon if the child is under the height or weight limit.
    • An often looked over fact is that having children sit in the front seat can increase the chances of a Distracted Driver! Parents are more likely to engage with their child if they are in the front seat. This can lead to taking their eyes of the road, or their hands off the wheel. Children in the back seats are less distracting to their parents then when they sit up front.

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

 

 

 

What to do After a Car Accident

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Motor vehicle accidents, from minor collisions, to serious catastrophic situations, can be a traumatizing event to go through. After an accident, your adrenaline is pumping, you might feel scared, even angry. Also, you or your loved ones could be physically injured. It is important to have a checklist of what to do after a motor vehicle accident for everyone’s safety.

  • Assess Safety
    • Move your vehicle out of the way if the accident is minor and your vehicle is a hazard or obstructing traffic. Place your car in park and turn on your hazards.
    • NEVER leave the scene of an accident.
    • Check for injuries of those in your vehicle. DO NOT move someone who appears to be seriously injured. You can cause them further damage. Also, do not attempt to move if you are injured or it is difficult to do so.
    • Once you’ve assessed the safety of those in your vehicle, assess the safety of others involved in the accident if you are able to do so.
    • Never apologize to other parties involved, it can imply fault. Instead ask “Are you okay?”

 

  • Call for Help
    • If someone appears to need medical attention, call 9-1-1. If you cannot call, ask someone to call. In the case of an emergency, and you need to ask someone to call for help, experts agree that people are more likely to help if you ask them directly to dial 9-1-1, rather than just yelling “Somebody call 9-1-1.”
    • Always call the police to report the accident, even if the accident is minor.

 

  • Gather Information
    • Get the names of drivers and passengers, license plate numbers, insurance company name and policy number.
    • Write down the location of the accident, use street names if possible.
    • Document the name and badge number of responding officers and what department they belong to.
    • DO NOT admit fault, even if you think you may be at fault.

 

  • Seek Medical Attention
    • A lot of people involved in car accidents do not initially feel the need to seek medical treatment after an accident. It is quite common to not feel systems of a car accident injury until hours or even days after the accident.
    • Always err on the side of caution. It is better to get evaluated by a medical professional for minor injuries, than to wait to seek treatment. This can cause you more physical harm in the long run if proper medical care isn’t sought immediately.

 

  • Prepare for an Emergency
    • Pack a safety kit in your car that include a first aid kit, warning triangles or flares.
    • Keep important documents in your glove box: automobile insurance company policy information, registration, health insurance information or health history.
    • Always carry your ID and a fully charged cell phone with you while hitting the road.

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

 

 

Vehicle Safety for Ice, Snow and Cold Temperatures

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As the temperature drops and snow falls in record numbers, it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready to hit the road safely.

Did you know that failing to remove snow and ice from your vehicle can result in a hazardous driving ticket?

  • Keep a dual snow remover with a brush for snow and a scraper for ice in your car at all times.
  • Make sure your front and back windshield is free from snow and ice. Don’t forget the sideview mirrors!
  • Knock ice off of windshield wipers with a gentle tap. Some people prefer to leave the windshield wipers propped up, but if you park in an area with strong winds, the windspeed may cause further damage to the wipers, so be cautious.
  • Clear the nozzles from the hood that dispense windshield wiper fluid. These nozzles tend to freeze fast. If your windshield wiper fluid doesn’t dispense, don’t hesitate to pull safely to a station or parking lot to clean the windshield. Better yet, keep a spray bottle of windshield fluid in the trunk of your car so that you can clean the windows more effectively.
  • Remove snow, slush, and ice buildup from the tire wells. Failing to do so can affect the vehicles ability to turn, brake, and stop.
  • Don’t forget the hood roof and trunk of your vehicle! We have all seen it on the roads: clean windows and windshield on cars that have a huge amount of snow blowing from the roof of a vehicle! This can create hazardous driving conditions. Snow left on the hood of your vehicle can dust up and block your sight, and snow on the roof can fly off and create a hazard for following vehicles. Do yourself and fellow motorists a favor: remove the snow from all parts of your vehicle.

Should I warm up my vehicle before driving?

  • With few exceptions, the answer is NO, it is not necessary, or in some cases, safe.
  • Experts mechanics agree, “warming up” your vehicles is an antiquated necessity and is simply not necessary with modern cars. You can start your car immediately before removing snow, which only should take a couple of minutes.
  • Warming up modern cars can actually do damage to your engine! It only takes about five minutes to warm up the engine, and the car is drivable at that interval.
  • Leaving a car idling is not only dangerous, in some states, illegal! You should never leave a car running isle, especially in a garage, due to possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Starting your car remotely in a public area, is like a gift to car thieves!

Yes, I know, we all want to get into a nice toasty car as soon as possible, and it might be tempting to forgo clearing your vehicle completely of snow to get out of the frigid temperatures. But these tips are necessary to follow to ensure safe driving during winter weather for ALL motorists on the road.

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

 

 

Holiday Driving and Family Safety

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Whether it’s a few hours drive through county lines to see family or a cross country trip to see the winter wonderland, drivers should prepare for extended trips during the holidays. A little bit of common sense mixed in with some not so obvious tips can ensure a safe and happy holiday road trip!

  • Maintenance: 
    • Get a “tune up” before a holiday road trip. Get your tires checked, battery tested, and consider some winterized windshield wipers.
  • Roadside Assistance:
    • Make sure you have contact information for a roadside assistance program. Keep an emergency roadside kit, spare tire and empty gas can in the trunk in case of a roadside emergency.
  • Map Your Trip:
    • Make sure your phone and/or GPS devices are charged and fully functionally.
    • Bring along a Road Atlas! These days, everyone relies on technology for their traveling needs, but there is always the chance of incomplete GPS information, or so-called “dead zones” where there is no satellite or cell phone service. A back up plan is always a good idea!
    • Plan ahead for gas station fill ups and rest area bathroom breaks.
    • For longer trips, rotate who is driving, to give each other a break. Avoid drowsy driving. For trips that might last days, plans motel stays in advance.
  • Packing:
    • Keep small valuables in a purse or satchel that will remain with you, and larger valuables in the trunk.
    • Pack light snacks and drinks to minimize stops.
    • Make sure that your bags, luggage, or gifts for others are not blocking any windows or mirrors for the driver.
  • Vehicle Rental:
    • Depending on the type of trip, it might make sense to look into renting a fuel efficient or larger vehicle for your road trip.
    • If your car is small or not fuel efficient it may make fiscal sense to rent a larger minivan or SVU.
    • This can allow you to carpool with larger groups rather than taking several vehicles. If you need to transport a lot of items, it may be a more efficient option than attaching a trailer with packed items.
  • Have Fun!
    •  Pack some games for the kids to enjoy! Make a fun playlist to listen to in the car!

 

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

Maternal Death During Childbirth in the US

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When a mother gives birth a new child, we all want the baby to be delivered without any birth injury or complications. We also want the mother to be healthy. Unfortunately, the United States ranks among the worst for maternal morbidity among developed countries. That is a scary fact, and new mothers and medical professionals should do everything they can to assure the health and safety of not only babies, but mom’s well being too.

It has been statistically shown that proper prenatal care decreases the chance of birth injury to the infant and decreases the chance of maternal death. While there is less research and statistics on the effects of post-partum care, it is obvious that proper care for newly delivered mothers will increase their chances of a speedy recovery and safer future pregnancies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 50,000 of those women experience life threatening or physically damaging complications immediately before, during, and after childbirth.

  • These complications can not only be physical injuries, but also can affect the mother’s financial stability. These complications are not as rare as is commonly perceived. Dangerous complications to mother and baby occur in over 1% of live births.

Some of these complications can not only affect the health of the mother, but future generations. Moms should be happy and healthy to raise happy and healthy infants. Sometimes complications can arise that result in the mom not being able to birth more children.

Complications seemed to have risen in the United States for women giving birth. This has results in turn, with an increase of women being intubated before and after being delivered of children and an over 60% increase in emergency hysterectomies over the last 30 years.

Part of what is causing serious complication in recently delivered mothers is the care, or lack thereof, provided after a pregnancy with serious or life-threatening complications. Sometimes when emergency procedures are done, the lack of follow up care can further exasperate the medical issue, or delay the physical healing process.

  • Moms should take care of their health, go to follow up appointments, and be sure to listen to their bodies and instincts if something may be wrong.
  • Many new moms report that medical professionals don’t always take their self-reported symptoms seriously.

Infants and children thrive when they have a healthy parent to raise them. Women should take care of their own health needs after giving birth, and we need medical professionals to do everything they can for these women.

Have you suffered an injury or disability due to medical malpractice and decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing medical negligence or birth injury claims? Contact my offices immediately at 877.944.4373.

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

Summary: We discuss the importance for proper prenatal and post-partum medical care for women who have given birth. This is important to reduce birth injury to the infant and long term damage to maternal health.

Author: Tim Misny

Is the Surgeon the Best Choice for Your Surgical Procedure?

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Is the Surgeon the Best Choice for Your Surgical Procedure?

Having a surgical procedure can be a daunting and life changing experience. Of course, you want that surgery to change your life for the better.  A lot of people settle on the very first surgeon their primary care physician refers them to. More people should know that they actually have a choice and a say as to which surgeon completes the operation.

It is always important to have direct lines of communication with any health care professional, especially surgeons. Health care can always be improved by patient and surgeon having a conversation. Let’s discuss some questions to ask you surgeon before you decide to choose this medical professional as the one to perform the operation.

Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Surgeon

  1. Can you tell me about your credentials, education, and experience?
  2. Do you specialize in this type of surgery?
  3. How often have you performed it?
  4. What complications have you encountered while performing this type of surgery?
  5. Can you provide me with names and contact information of colleagues, and if possible, former patients, so I can hear about their experiences?
  6. If I have any additional questions, what is the best way to contact you?

Always get a second (or third, fourth…) opinion!

When you have chosen a surgeon, keep the conversation going! Don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon question before the surgery. Write them down as you think of them, and document the answers so you can fully understand and refer to the questions and answers later. Let’s discuss questions to ask your surgeon before the operation itself.

Questions to Ask Before the Surgery

  1. Why do I need this surgery?
  2. Is a minimally invasive surgery an option?
  3. What are my anesthesia options?
  4. How will the operation be performed?
  5. What are the risks involved?
  6. What can I expect during my recovery?

Most importantly there are some more questions to ask: to yourself, the patient.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What did your instincts tell you?
  2. Did you feel comfortable talking to the surgeon?
  3. Are they caring and trustworthy?
  4. Did they listen to your concerns?
  5. Were they open to having a conversation?
  6. Did they seem knowledgeable and confident, while still being empathetic?

Have you suffered an injury or disability due to surgery malpractice and decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing medical negligence claims? 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. 

How to Choose an Obstetrician to Fit Your Birth Plan

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It is important to be strategic when choosing an obstetrician before you become pregnant. Choosing the right obstetrician can help prevent birth injuries. It is okay to ask questions, do research, and interview doctors to pick the best doctor to work with. Here is a 5-point plan to discuss with potential obstetricians.

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Obstetrician 

  1. It is necessary to choose an obstetrician that is board certified; ask to see their credentials. Check their patient ratings on a reputable website.
  1. Ask if the obstetrician has hospital rights for the hospital you choose to deliver. You may also need to check that your insurance covers the your choice of obstetrician.
  1. Check the attendance rate for middle of the night and weekend deliveries. If it is important that your obstetrician be there for the delivery, check the rate of which the obstetrician relays emergency calls to on-call doctors.
  1. Ask if the obstetrician has a preferred method of delivery (vaginal or cesarean section) or other birthing options, (for example use of an epidural.) You want to make sure that you choose an obstetrician that is open to the method of delivery and birthing options that you, the patient and parent, prefer.
  1. Medical experience and opinion should be explored. Check to see what the obstetricians experience is in high risk pregnancies or emergencies. See that the obstetrician you choose is open to your post-delivery choices, such as breastfeeding and/or circumcision.

A woman and mother-to-be has the right to decide what kind of birth she wants. A well-researched and spelled-out birth plan can help provide a safe and desired outcome of delivery and ensure the health and happiness of mom and baby. Birth plans are meant to be a guide for hospital staff and patient, they are not necessarily legally binding. It is an opportunity to let your wants be known, and what to do if something unexpected happens. Here’s a 4-step plan to include in your birth plan, in chronological order.

4 Steps to a Personalized Birth Plan

  1.  Support Team:  This is where you can state who you would like to be in the delivery room (partner, family member, doula) or set limits on who can be in the delivery room and for how long.
  1. Labor Preferences: There are many different medical interventions possible for a delivery, you can state your favored methods and times and circumstances to use other options to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.
  1. Labor Practices:  These are stated to make the delivery a pleasurable as possible for the mom. This can include clothing worn, preferred position of delivery, music played, or use of recording devices.
  1. Post Delivery Options: This can include breastfeeding, circumcision, and bathing preferences, minimum amount of time for skin on skin contact, and when and who should cut the umbilical cord.

If you think your baby may have been injured during delivery, you must call me 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.

What to Know about Auto Insurance Coverage

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In order to have the best car insurance policy for you and your family’s needs, it is important to understand the various types of coverage. Coverage varies and address the many different circumstances that can occur as an automobile owner.

  • What if I cause an accident, and I’m found at fault?
    • This is liability coverage.
    • Almost every state requires a minimum amount to be covered. The minimum amount for a driver to have covered ends up being the maximum amount the insurance company will be able to pay out.
    • There are two types of liability coverage.
      • Bodily Injury Liability: if you caused an accident and other people, either passenger in your car, or other people involved in the accident are injured. The minimum coverage for the State of Ohio is $50,000.
      • Property Damage Liability: if you cause an accident and someone else’s car or property is damaged. The minimum coverage for the State of Ohio is $25,000.

 

  • What if I’m in an accident, and the person at fault doesn’t have enough coverage?
    • This is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists liability coverage.
    • The State of Ohio does not require uninsured motorists’ coverage. Just because it is not required, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Experts agree that you should have at least the amount of your vehicles worth in this type of coverage; that way you can replace your vehicle if it is totaled in an accident and another party at fault is underinsured or uninsured.

 

  • What if I am injured in an accident?
    • This is Medical Pay Protection or Personal Injury Protection coverage
    • It is no secret the cost of medical care is extremely high. Having medical pay protection in your auto insurance plan can protect you and your family from financial troubles due to mounting medical bills that are the result of an auto accident injury. If you do not have health insurance, it is wise to at least get medical pay protection for auto insurance covered.

 

  • What if my car is damaged in an accident?
    • This is Collision
    • It insures your car in case your vehicle collides with another car, another object such as a telephone pole or fence, or if your car flips on an icy road.

 

  • What if my car is damaged by something other than a collision?
    • This is Comprehensive
    • Comprehensive coverage is a sort of financial security blanket. It covers damage to your vehicle that is not due to a collision, such as flooding, fires, vandalism, or theft.

 

  • What else can I do to make sure I am protected?
    • Ask your insurance agent about Umbrella Coverage.
      • It insures your vehicle and property are protected in case of catastrophic injury or death for a minimum of $1,000,000.
      • Motorists often don’t know about umbrella coverage because insurance companies don’t want you to know about it. They know that with umbrella coverage plans, the insurance companies really have to pay up!

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an automobile accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office 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 877.944.4373.