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Jury to resume deliberations on Michael Jackson’s wrongful death trial

Posted on October 1st, 2013 No Comments

The Los Angeles jury will continue its deliberations on the trial for Michael Jackson’s wrongful death case today, October 01. The panel started the deliberations September 26 and 27 and have not yet reached a verdict.

AEG Live was sued by Michael Jackson’s surviving family members for $290 million in personal and unspecified damages for the former’s alleged failure to properly supervise Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray.

Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50 after Murray administered lethal doses of sedatives and anesthesia to help him sleep. Murray is currently serving a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

According to AEG Live, Jackson was the one who demanded to have Murray as his physician and that his medical treatments were kept a secret from his financial backers.

Talk with an attorney from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, if a loved one in Cincinnati passed away due to someone else’s negligence. Call us at 513-321-7733 today.

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Cop threatens family with gun; one injured

Posted on September 24th, 2013 No Comments

A police officer who forced a woman and her family to lie in the street, threatening them with his gun and using force on her father-in-law, in Toledo on Sunday, September 15 is receiving criticism from the community.

Cassandra Meyers was pulled over by Officer Hart – a first name was not given – near her home on Sunday for a routine license plate violation. Aaron Tatkowski, Meyers’ father-in-law, did not like how the cop was talking to her, causing him to confront the officer.

Hart ordered Meyers, her 14-year old son, Tatkowski, and his girlfriend to lay face down in the street. They began yelling at each other, resulting in Hart drawing his gun, aiming it at Tatkowski’s head, and arresting him eventually. The latter suffered cuts and bruises, causing him to later be taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to a neighbor who caught the incident on video, the officer’s behavior was uncalled for.

The police department spokesperson said, however, that Hart’s behavior was appropriate and that the family members did not obey instructions.

Should you too suffer undue harm due to the reckless or careless actions of other people, you might be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Talk to our legal team at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, if you’ve been harmed in Cincinnati about your legal options by calling 513-321-7733.

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Driver uses YouTube to confess killing a man while drunk driving

Posted on September 12th, 2013 No Comments

Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Cordle confessed in a video posted on video-sharing website YouTube that he was responsible for a wrong-way car crash, due to driving drunk, that led to the death of a man. He stated that he is willing to go to jail for his actions.

The three and a half-minute video, which also appeared on blogger Alex Sheen’s site becauseisaidiwould.com, detailed the events surrounding the accident that happened on June 22 on Interstate 670 in Columbus, Franklin County in Ohio. Cordle said he had been fighting depression and had been barhopping the night of the accident. Being totally drunk, he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on the highway and slamming into 61-year-old Columbus resident Vincent Canzani’s vehicle, instantly killing him.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Thursday, September 5 that he will ask the grand jury to indict Cordle with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Losing a loved one to a drunk driving accident in Cincinnati is extremely difficult. Our lawyers at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, can explain your options for pursuing justice and compensation in this situation when you call 513-321-7733.

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Ohio court finds university not liable for hockey-puck injury

Posted on August 24th, 2013 No Comments

Ohio’s Court of Claims, in a ruling on Thursday, August 15, declared that a Southwest Ohio university cannot be held liable for the injuries a Connecticut woman sustained after being hit on the head by a stray hockey puck during pre-game warm-ups.

The judge ruled that Fairfield, Connecticut resident Emily Austin, who was wounded on Nov. 9, 2012 and who was asking for $200 from Miami University in Oxford to cover her medical insurance deductible, cannot do so as Austin should have been prepared to accept the risks of accidents occurring within the stadium, such as getting hit by a hockey puck, when she entered the arena.

While getting compensation is difficult after being injured by the negligence of others, our lawyers at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, can help victims in Cincinnati. Call 513-321-7733 to find out more about your legal options and how we might be able to help you.

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Spine surgeon charged on 10 federal counts, faces jail time of 125 years

Posted on August 16th, 2013 No Comments

The Ohio Attorney General announced on Wednesday, August 7 that 44-year-old Mason doctor Abubakar Durrani was charged with 10 counts of unnecessarily performing spinal surgeries on patients and billing private and public health insurance companies for millions of dollars of fraudulent services.

According to the indictment served by a federal grand jury, Durrani’s fraudulent surgeries resulted in 300 patients suffering serious complications and incurring life-threatening injuries.

Patient Stephanie Herrin-Threm gave witness testimony to Durrani’s fake medical procedures. She said Durrani told her she would die if she didn’t allow her spine to be fused together – the first cervical vertebrae linked to the second via titanium rods and screws – an operation which another doctor called “less than ideal.”

As people entrust doctors with their lives and expect to be healed, not harmed further, being the victim of medical malpractice can be particularly difficult. If you live in the Cincinnati area and have the victim of a negligent doctor or other medical party, contact our lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, by calling 513-321-7733 today.

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Court approves Toyota’s $1.6B settlement

Posted on July 29th, 2013 No Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. was able to settle with plaintiffs to the tune of $1.6 billion for its unintended acceleration vehicle defects after U.S. District Judge James Selna agreed to the settlement.

Selna had previously delayed making an official court decision in June, saying he still had to properly document how the money would be distributed. Last September, Toyota released a statement saying it would pay $1.1 billion to cover the costs of the vehicle acceleration settlement.

A settlement request, which was submitted for final approval, submitted by plaintiff lawyers on April 23 included  $757 million in cash, including $227 million in attorneys’ fees and costs and $875 million in non-monetary benefits. The request also included free brake override system installation for eligible cars.

Get in touch with a lawyer from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, by calling 513-321-7733 if you have been injured by a defective vehicle in Cincinnati and are considering taking legal action against the negligent auto manufacturer.

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Number of Ohioans involved in drunken driving nears 1 million

Posted on July 11th, 2013 No Comments

Almost 1 million Ohioans had their driver’s licenses suspended for drunken driving, with 107 of them having 20 total suspensions, an analysis of state data by the Dayton Daily News showed. At least three others had more than 18 convictions. Additionally, data showed that more than 266,000 Ohio residents have received three or more drunken driving suspensions.

2.3 million of the 12 million license suspensions gathered from the public safety department database are the result of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most of those suspensions—98 percent, to be exact—have occurred since 1983, with men being responsible for four in five of the drunken driving incidents.

The analysis also showed that courts have punished more than 21,000 people with “habitual alcoholic” suspensions, which are imposed on violators who have incurred three suspensions for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) in a three-year time frame.

Unfortunately, drunk drivers all too often cause serious car accidents in Cincinnati that injure innocent people. If this has happened to you, the lawyers at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, may be able to help you hold these reckless drivers responsible. Call 513-321-7733 to discuss your situation today.

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Ohioans urged to be careful with and/or avoid private fireworks shows

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 No Comments

State and safety organizations have been adamant about advocating citizens to practice fireworks safety for this year’s Independence Day celebration in Ohio after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s released data on fireworks-related injuries in 2012.

Organizations, such as Prevent Blindness Ohio, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of State Fire Marshal, Child Injury Prevention Alliance, and the Ohio Eye Care Coalition, are encouraging Ohioans to steer away from using fireworks to prevent the risk of incurring injuries, especially to children, and to lessen the chances of breaking the state’s law on fireworks.

The annual fireworks report showed 8,700 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries last year, with 5,200 of those happening during the one-month period surrounding last year’s Fourth of July celebration.

Fire Chief J.P. Schulz said sparklers sustain their warmth even after burning out and encouraged the use of a bucket to dispose of the explosives.

Contact the attorneys of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, at 513-321-7733 if you have been burned or otherwise injured by a firework and due to someone else’s negligence.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission releases July 4th fireworks injuries report

Posted on June 29th, 2013 No Comments

Of the 8,700 people treated for firework-related injuries in 2012, 5,200, or 60% of them, occurred during the one-month period surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Fireworks Annual Report released June 27 showed.

Children and young adults under 20 years old comprised 46% of the total injuries, while 30% were under the age of 15. Receiving the most injury in the body were the hands and fingers (41%), while the head, face, and ears received 19% of the injuries, legs 13%, and eyes 12%.

Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance said one-quarter of firework-related injuries affecting children happen to bystander children, meaning those children who were not using the fireworks themselves.

At Stepleton Dugan, LLC, our lawyers work to help those who have been the victim of burns caused by the irresponsibility of others in Cincinnati. Get in touch today at 513-321-7733 to learn more about your legal options.

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Bike riders push for tougher laws when sharing the road with bicycles

Posted on May 30th, 2013 No Comments

Bicyclists rode to the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, May 21, in a demonstration to show their support for a bill that seeks to require motorists to have at least 3 feet between the vehicle and bicycle.

According to Rob Hendricks, one of the 15 cyclists who was clamoring for the passage of the bill, the new bill facing legislators encourages bicycling while also sending a message that bicycle riders are protected and that the state acknowledges that they also belong on the road.

However, legislators are also asking whether the bicyclists could also be held responsible for maintaining a fair distance, sharing the responsibility with the motorists.

Our lawyers at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, understand that you hold you and your loved ones’ safety as a top priority and, as such, fight to help those who have been unduly harmed in a bicycle accident. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices at 513-321-7733 to set up an appointment and discuss your legal options.

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