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Ohio clinic wants case against it dropped

Posted on April 30th, 2013 No Comments

Physicians of the Akron Women’s Medical Group are challenging the medical malpractice suit filed by 22 year-old Ariel Knights of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, which accused the clinic’s doctors of negligence and ineffectively recommending that she get an abortion so that she can recover from a serious medical condition.

Knight said a doctor of the clinic advised her to have an abortion in March 2012, saying it would be beneficial to her health.

The doctors of the clinic, however, denied that they had committed any form of negligence, and said that some of Knight’s claims had already lapsed under the three-year statute of limitations, or allowable time period of prosecution, for medical malpractice.

Unfortunately, the negligent actions of medical professionals do often lead to the serious harm of innocent patients. If this has happened to you, call the lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, at 513-321-7733 and learn about how we may be able to help you.

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Six teenagers perish in Ohio car accident

Posted on April 19th, 2013 No Comments

Six teenagers lost their lives in a terrible car accident in Trumbull County in Warren Sunday, March 10.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said eight students riding in a 1998 Honda Passport were traveling south on Pine Street around 7 a.m. when their vehicle careened to the left side of the road, hit a guardrail, and flipped over into a nearby pond.

The passengers in the car were Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirkland M. Behner, 15; Daylan Ray, 15; Brandon A. Murray, 17; Ramone M. White, 15; Brian K. Henry, 18; and Asher C. Lewis, 15.

All but Henry and Lewis were killed in the accident. The two survivors were treated at St. Joseph Health Center and Trumbull Memorial, respectively.

Warren City Council President Bob Dean, a victim’s relative, divulged his plans to set up a fund to pay for the funeral services of the deceased.

The loss of so many young lives is a tragedy for all those affected and the community. The thoughts and condolences of our team at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, go out to everyone who has been touched by this accident.

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Mansfield couple files product liability claim against DuPont’s herbicides

Posted on April 1st, 2013 No Comments

In a newly filed product liability lawsuit facing DuPont for its product Imprelis, married couple John and Deborah Hire have been named plaintiffs, as they allege the company, which marketed the herbicide as environmentally-safe, is responsible for the substantial damage to the couple’s lawn.

The Hires filed the claim (Case No. N13C-02-168) Wednesday, March 13 in the Superior Court of Delaware in New Castle County claiming that the use of Imprelis, whose chemical name is aminocyclopyrachlor and is a low-toxicity herbicide, caused the death of eight of their Norway spruces.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took Imprelis off the market in August 2011 based on the fact that it had directly or indirectly caused the death of thousands of trees of the shallow-rooted conifer type in Midwestern and Northeastern states.

A separate class action suit consolidating other claims against DuPont was settled last February by U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter in Philadelphia. However, the legal representation for the Hires has stated that the terms of this deal were not adequate enough.

Unfortunately, unsafe products such as this herbicide cause people serious harm and losses far too often. If this has also happened to you, call 513-321-7733 to learn more about taking legal action against the negligent manufacturer. Our lawyers at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, may be able to help you obtain financial compensation.

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Case against Ohio children services agency dismissed due to statute of limitations

Posted on February 21st, 2013 No Comments

A lawsuit filed in September 2012 against an Ohio children services agency and a former employee was dismissed by a federal judge who stated that the statute of limitations had passed for this claim.

Akron Judge John R. Adams determined in early February that the sexual assault case filed against Trumbull County Children’s Services former employee Rita Watson by Shamia Fudge, Kenya Kennedy, and a third plaintiff identified only as T.W. had reached its statute of limitations as the women turned 18 more than two years before the case was filed.

Furthermore, Adams made a note that the case should be a personal injury case, not a sexual assault case; thereby the Ohio statute of limitations of two years, rather than 12 for a sexual assault case, will apply.

The plaintiffs accused the defendant of bringing “at least two of them” to her apartment and engaging them in sexual acts.

Whether you’ve been sexually assaulted or suffered a personal injury, you do not deserve to shoulder this burden alone. Talk to a lawyer from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, about taking legal action to hold the party accountable for your suffering liable. Call 513-321-7733 to discuss your situation.

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Baby Delivered after Fatal Car Accident

Posted on January 9th, 2013 No Comments

A 9-month pregnant woman was killed last week in an auto accident, but fortunately, her baby was able to be delivered and was taken to a hospital.

The baby’s mother, 26-year-old Rachel Kominek was killed when her husband, Dustin Kominek, lost control of their vehicle because of weather-related dangerous roadway conditions. He was able to bring the car to a stop after losing control, but the car came to a stop in an intersection, and they were struck by another vehicle.

Kominek as well as the motorists in the other car, Melissa Domanowski, 33, and Jillian Sheetz, 34, suffered relatively minor injuries.

Our thoughts go out to all the victims of this accident and their loved ones.

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VA Medical Center Settles Lawsuit for $500,000

Posted on January 5th, 2013 No Comments

A VA Medical Center in Cleveland recently settled a lawsuit with a veteran’s widow for $500,000 after he died from complications resulting from an error made in surgery. The victim, Dewey Wise, worked as a truck driver, and sought medical attention to have a hernia repaired so that he could return to work.

Unfortunately, during his hernia surgery, the surgeon perforated his bowel, allowing the contents of Wise’s bowels to spill into his abdomen. Unfortunately, this medical mistake was not caught quickly enough, resulting in a serious infection and Wise’s death after a few months. His 59-year-old widow brought the suit against the VA Medical Center.

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