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Filing a lawsuit after a slip-and-fall accident

It's something that can happen to anyone. One minute, you are strolling through the grocery store thinking about what to make for dinner and the next, you are on the ground in pain after slipping and falling.

If this has happened to you, you could have grounds to file a premises liability claim. But before you make any assumptions about your legal options, there are a few basic elements of these claims that you should understand.

Woman killed after jet's engine blows, sprays shrapnel

While accidents are prone to happen in just about any area in life, it does not lessen the shock, sadness and sometimes anger, that results when someone suffers fatal injuries because of another person's mistake or a product's malfunction. Whenever unfortunate circumstances occur like this in Ohio, the surviving family members may be left with confusion, mounting bills to pay and lots of unanswered legal questions about who was at fault and should assume responsibility for the deceased person's injuries. 

A recent accident highlights just how sudden and unexpected an injury can occur that results in the untimely and shocking death of an innocent person. The accident happened on a crowded flight from New York to Dallas when a jet engine failed. The resulting explosion sprayed shrapnel at the plane and a piece hit and shattered one of the windows. A woman who was sitting by the window was partially sucked out of the plane and was pulled back inside by other passengers. While lifesaving efforts were immediately underway, the woman suffered fatal injuries. The jet made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once the plane landed, seven other passengers were treated for minor injuries. An investigation is underway to determine what caused the engine to fail and explode. 

What should you know about wrongful death claims?

When loved ones die, questions often surface. You may wonder if you could have done anything more for them, or you may ask yourself whether the treatment they received was the best. These questions are natural, whether your Ohio relative spent time in a hospital before passing away or succumbed to injuries from an accident. 

Sometimes a loved one's death makes families feel wronged in a deep way, beyond the sense of betrayal bereavement counselors say is normal. If something suspicious surrounds your family member's passing, it may be worth looking into. 

Why older people are more likely to fall

As an older person living in Ohio, you may notice that you have become more susceptible to falling down, and you may, too, become more likely to suffer a serious injury after a fall as you grow older. Why? Many older people have certain risk factors that make them more likely to fall, and in many cases, environmental factors also play a role. At Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A., we understand that seniors often suffer extremely debilitating injuries following falls, and we have helped many clients who suffered injuries because of others’ negligence seek recourse.

Per AgingCare.com, one in every four Americans over the age of 65 suffers a fall at least once a year. The problem is so prevalent, in fact, that falls are the most common reason older people hurt themselves, die or go to the hospital. Just what is it about aging that makes you more likely to take a tumble?

What to do after a truck accident

It's March and the lion is on the prowl. Based on the current forecast, it appears likely that any March lamb is going to be sharing time with April showers. All of northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, is under a winter weather advisory with anywhere up to eight inches of snow predicted. Conditions on many roads are already hazardous and accident reports are rolling in.

One of note happened early Thursday. Officials say a tractor-trailer headed west on Interstate 90 jackknifed around 2 a.m. No other vehicles were involved, but the truck's driver had to be hospitalized. The crash also forced the closure of all westbound lanes in the area for several hours.

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