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Will New Fuel Economy Standards Jeopardize Safety of American Drivers?

In the past, new fuel economy standards have resulted in the production of smaller vehicles that fail to adequately protect occupants from suffering serious or fatal personal injuries in collisions. The federal government’s proposed CAFE standards have elicited concerns among safety advocates and lawyers in California and elsewhere for the safety of American drivers.

Types of Car Accidents that Can Occur

When it comes to car accidents, there are various types that can occur depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Every year car accidents claim the lives of thousands. In 2009 alone, almost more than ten million motor accidents occurred and over 35,000 lives were lost as a direct effect. Throughout all of these incidents there are various types of car accidents that can happen as a result of unsafe roadway conditions, negligent drivers and other factors.

Alabama Dog Bite Law

This article provides a brief overview of Alabama dog bite law. Many apartment complexes and homeowner associations are beginning to place limits on the breed of dogs that owners and tenants may own. These breed restrictions come in response to a recent increase in serious dog-bite injuries.

General Guidelines for California Product Liability Claimants

Product liability lawsuits are among those personal injury claims that are very difficult to assert for, much more, to win. Thus, any product liability claimant must learn the basics involved in this type of personal injury claim. Legal - Definition of Product Liability - Generally, product liability is attributed to a manufacturer, seller, or retailer being held liable for producing or selling a defective product to the public.

What to do After a California Wrongful Death Construction Accident

The construction industry has one of the highest rates of fatal and injury workplace accidents in the United States. A construction site offers workers a unique set of hazards that was the cause of more than 800 construction fatalities in 2010, accounting for approximately one-fifth of all fatal workplace accidents of that year.

The Importance of Retaining a Local Victorville Motorcycle Lawyer

Intersections are the most likely location for motorcycle accidents. Every year, numerous motorcycle accidents occur because of driver negligence and failure to respect the motorcyclist’s right of way. In 2009, the California Highway Patrol recorded four fatalities and fourteen injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents.

Asbestos Exposure and Naval Veterans

Naval Veterans may have been exposed to asbestos during their service. This can lead to a number of harmful disease including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Lawsuits are now underway to help victims of asbestos exposure. Breathing asbestos has been associated with a multitude of medical ailments, including lung cancer and mesothelioma (a cancer of the lung lining).

Hip Replacement Problems

A number of patients who have implanted with hip replacements have experienced unnecessary pain and elevated metal levels in their blood. This leads to revisionary surgeries. Lawsuits are currently underway to recover medical expenses and for the pain and suffering caused by these defective medical devices.

Breastfeeding on Zoloft

Currently there is a general consensus among medical professionals that Zoloft does pass through breast milk and it should only be taken by women who breastfeed if the benefits outweigh the risks. Quantifying both of these of course can be awfully difficult. According to WebMD, Sertraline (Zoloft) does pass through breast milk.

Property Damage Total Loss Claims and Insurance Company Use of CCC

If your car was totaled in a collision, there's a good chance that the Insurance Company will use CCC Information Services to generate a valuation. What you need to know. When your car is declared a total loss after a motor vehicle accident, many auto insurance policies, including many in Pennsylvania, provide that you will be reimbursed for the actual cash value (read: market value) of your vehicle.

Never Event #7: Surgical Site Infection

According to the the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2.6% of the the 30 million operations performed each year are accompanied by a postoperative infection. Certain procedures account for a higher number of infections---some procedures have infection rates of up to 11%.

Poorly Monitored Medications May Put Children at Risk for Developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome

One of the most profound cases I worked on involved a girl who was prescribed Bactrim by doctors at a medical clinic for complaints of a sore throat following an outdoor soccer match in cool weather. Soon after taking the medication, the girl began to develop bumps on her throat, followed by a skin rash. After several more visits to the clinic, the doctors advised the girls parents to continue with the Bactrim.

C-Diff Infection Alleged to Blame for Death of Nursing Home Patient

A recently filed wrongful death lawsuit claims that clostridium difficile, or commonly known as C. Diff, is to blame for the death of a patient in an Illinois Nursing Home. The lawsuit alleges two short-term stays at Helia Healthcare facilities (Helia Healthcare of Energy and Helia Healthcare of Benton) are to responsible for the man's C. Diff infection and development of decubitus ulcers. It is further alleged that these medical complications contributed to the man's death.

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Patients' Rights in Medical Malpractice Cases

For the third time in recent years, the Illinois Supreme Court has rejected the State legislatures attempt to limit the rights of those who have been harmed by negligent doctors and hospitals. This most recent decision held section 2-1706.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure was unconstitutional because it violated the separation of powers between the judiciary and legislative branches of government.

What are the Early Signs that a Child May have Cerebral Palsy?

The signs of cerebral palsy usually appear in the early months of life, although specific diagnosis is usually delayed until later. Parents are often the first to suspect that their baby’s motor skills aren’t developing normally. Infants with cerebral palsy frequently have developmental delay, in which they are slow to reach developmental milestones such as learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk.

Underlying/Associated Diseases Not Diagnosed

A misdiagnosis malpractice claim may lead to compensation if you were injured as a result of an undiagnosed underlying or associated disease. Contact a medical neglect lawyer.

When an Undiagnosed Aneurysm Leads to a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one was the victim of an undiagnosed aneurysm, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. To learn what your rights are, you should seek counsel from a malpractice attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. When there is a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition, and it results in devastating consequences, liability may be found with the doctor. This may be a case of medical negligence.

What Impact does Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy or Oxygen Deprivation, Have on a Newborn Baby?

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a condition in which the brain does not receive enough oxygen, which can occur during a difficult labor and delivery. The consequences can be severe and can include life-long complications. When a baby is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery for over a five-minute period of time they can suffer from many types of long-term damage including learning disabilities, delayed development, seizures, and cerebral palsy.

Are Cesarean Sections Helping or Hindering the Health of Mother and Infant?

As a lawyer, who litigates birth injury cases, I've noticed that there is still quite a bit of confusion about c-section deliveries. I've noticed that many doctors fail to adequately explain the procedure to their patients and many times is is done so during a particularly stressful time--- like when the woman is in labor!!

Medical Malpractice and Nursing Homes

Medical malpractice claims arise when people are injured by negligent or intentional acts of a licensed medical professional. Medical malpractice claims may involve a: doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, hospital, or other healthcare provider.

Proving Permanent Impairment in Your Personal Injury Case

If you are not completely healed at the time you are considered to be at maximum medical improvement, your personal injury is considered a permanent impairment and you are entitled to compensation for this loss of function. This article reviews your legal options if you have a permanent medical impairment suffered from a personal or work-related accident.

Alabama Child Personal Injury and Contributory Negligence

Alabama law recognizes that a child's mental capacities are different from those of an adult. Thus, Alabama follows special rules for determining whether a minor has the requisite capacity to contribute to his or her own injuries and be barred from recovery pursuant to the defense of contributory negligence. This article provides an overview of Alabama child injury law and contributory negligence.

Limits on Nursing Overtime Can Reduce Medical Errors

Hawaii medical malpractice lawyers find a much higher risk of fatigue when nurses work for too many hours a shift or work overtime. Tired and sleepy nurses may be in danger of making possibly serious medical errors that could even lead to patient injury and death. A new study finds that states that have managed to set restrictions on nurse overtime create conditions that enhance patient safety.

Determining Your Rights in a Victorville Brain Injury Accident

Traumatic brain injuries can be one of the most damaging injuries an individual can sustain in an accident. Brain injuries are one of the top injuries in motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports accidents.

What is Wrongful Death under Michigan Law?

If you or a family member has lost a loved one due to an accident you may have means for a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. Many people may ask, “What is wrongful death?” A wrongful death is defined as a death that resulted due to the negligence or misconduct of another person.

Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorneys Handling Medical Error Lawsuits

According to the Millennium Research Group, medical errors are the fifth leading cause of deaths in the United States, with up to 98,000 deaths annually. Research has found that medical errors are the third highest cause of death in the U.S., following heart disease and cancer.

Hospital Errors and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Michigan

Our medical negligence attorneys in Michigan represent plaintiffs in malpractice cases against Michigan hospitals and their staff members for hospital errors. Hospital errors are not uncommon, as they attribute to 225,000 deaths per year. However, the number may even be larger than that, as 80 percent of hospital errors go unreported by hospital employees, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Medication Errors and Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

1.3 million Americans are injured every year due to medication errors. These errors are preventable. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, defines a medication error as any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while medication is in the control of the health care professional.

Medical Negligence Attorney Discusses Michigan Lawsuits

Our Michigan medical negligence attorneys realize that many of times patients injured due to medical malpractice don’t always file a lawsuit, not understanding their rights or knowing they are a victim of malpractice. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences found that nearly 90,000 people lose their lives annually in the hospital, resulting from a medical error; however, only 2 percent of those who suffer injuries from medical negligence make claims.

Child Medication Errors and Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Our medical negligence attorneys in Michigan recognize the high risk of medication errors in hospitals and you should too. “Know all the drugs you r child is getting: know the dosages and the schedule of those drugs,” says Dr. Joseph Scherger of the University of California at Irvine. “The parent needs to be aware that hospitals are dangerous places.”

What is Medical Malpractice?

Most medical malpractice victims never recover a dime because they do not know they are victims of medical negligence. Our medical negligence attorneys in Michigan want to educate individuals on what is medical malpractice. In fact, it is estimated that 225,000 deaths result from medical malpractice, but nearly two percent of people who have suffered an injury from malpractice ever file a claim.

Motorcycle Crash Attorney Discusses Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Our motorcycle crash attorney represents victims of Michigan motorcycle accidents. The results of these accidents are catastrophic, many of times resulting in wrongful death. In fact, the probability of a getting into a motor vehicle accident and suffering injuries is much higher driving a motorcycle than driving in a car.

Motorcycle Crash Attorney Discusses Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Helmet Facts

Our motorcycle crash attorney represents motorcyclists injured in Michigan motorcycle accidents. The injuries suffered in these accidents many of times result in very catastrophic injuries. Although, there are different views on whether or not helmets do protect the safety of the biker, we would like to share with you some interesting statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC).

Michigan Car Accident Lawyer Gives Winter Safety Driving Tips

Top Michigan car accident lawyer advises drivers on how to prevent auto accidents during the winter season. Call now if you suffer injuries in a Michigan auto accident. Our Michigan car accident lawyers often represent auto accident victims in cases that result from hazardous winter driving conditions. Many times, these car accidents could have been avoided had a few driving tips been followed by the driver. A few basic safety rules can go a long way toward accident prevention.

Zoloft - Better than Placebos?

Antidepressants continue to be improved upon, designed to work more effectively, and have fewer side effects. That said, 60 minutes had a fascinating piece on Sunday (originally aired 02/19/2012) highlighting recent studies that ask: Do antidepressants work better than placebos? Zoloft has been prescribed since 1991. And by 2007 it was the most heavily prescribed antidepressant in the US with almost 30 million prescriptions.

Oregon Dog Bite Injury Claims

If you've been bitten by someone else's dog, and you are considering filing an injury claim against the dog's owner, you need to understand Oregon dog bite laws and how to prove negligence. Dog bites can be serious injuries, and cause both physical and emotional harm. But a dog bite victim will have trouble getting compensation unless he or she can prove the dog's owner had reason to believe the dog was dangerous.

Injury Attorney Dallas - The Right Option to Handle the Spinal Cord Injury

If you're suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you're likely to hire a Personal injury lawyer Dallas to file a claim against the at-fault entity. In many cases, the serious spinal cord injury results in paraplegia or quadriplegia and the victim needs to bear huge future care expenses and therefore, financial compensation is required to meet the expenses and protect your rights.

The Lasting Impact of a Brain Injury

The impact of a brain injury does can be relatively minor or end up affecting the lives of the entire family of the victim for years to come.

Appeals in North Carolina

This Article addresses various appeals in the North Carolina court system. It includes appeals of criminal and civil matters, discusses the jurisdiction of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and addresses preserving errors for appeal and compliance with the rules of appellate procedure.

Call for a Nationwide Ban on Cell Phones and Texting while Driving

In December, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a nationwide ban on all cell phone use while driving. This goes beyond the hands-free laws enacted by ten states. Considering the dangers, why isn’t there such a ban in place? Cell phone use spread at almost an epidemic rate before the dangers were documented. Distracted driving causes more 6000 crashes and 3000 deaths each year.

Protect Yourself against Unscrupulous Debt Collectors

You may want to talk with the debt collector once to be sure the debt involved is yours or to discuss a way to resolve it, but you can refuse contact. If you inform the collector you are represented by a bankruptcy attorney or other counsel, the collector must contact your lawyer rather than you.

Child Booster Seats Save Lives, Defective Child Seats

Would you spend $15 to save your child’s life? Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14, child booster seats save lives, and a safety-rated booster seat costs less than a pair of cheap shoes or a video game. Yet many parents either do not purchase approved child seats or don’t enforce their use.

Negligent Supervision in Victorville Workplace Accidents

Employers are responsible for employing effective supervisory practices to ensure their employees and bystanders are not exposed to unreasonable dangers. Negligent supervision can foster careless production, recklessness, or even abusive behavior. When an employee causes a serious injury accident, under certain circumstances, the employer can be held liable for the damages resulting from their employee’s harmful actions.

How Zoloft (Sertraline) Works – in Layman's Terms

Zoloft (Sertraline) was primarily developed to regulate and balance chemicals in the brain and was commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Zoloft’s primary method of balancing these chemicals is through what is known as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI). By inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin, higher levels of serotonin remain in the brain.

The Critical Role of Nurses in Avoiding Medication Errors

Medication errors are far more common than most people imagine. Commonly cited statistics are that 1.3 million people are injured and approximately 7,000 people die from medication errors each year in the U.S. In May 2011, Dr. Pamela Brown, a Ph.D., RN nurse manager of a pediatric intensive care unit, gave a presentation on fatal medication errors at a conference for critical care nurses.

TSB Targets its “10 Most Wanted” Public Transportation Safety Improvements

In June 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its list of the top 10 issues the agency would like to address to improve transportation safety and save lives. This is the 21st such list the agency has produced. The list calls attention to critical issues that result in loss of life and injury in public transit accidents involving trucks, buses, boats and airplanes and general highway safety.

Establishing Fault in Car - Bicycle Accidents

In 2009 (the last year for which there are statistics), there were 51,000 injuries from bicycle-vehicle accidents in the U.S.; 1,643 of those injuries occurred in Arizona. There were 630 bike accident fatalities nationwide, 25 of which were in Arizona, which was a 31 percent increase in bike rider deaths over the prior year.

Study Says Older Hospital Patients Are at High Risk of Developing Sepsis

A recent joint study from Vanderbilt and Brown Universities found that hospital patients 65 and older have a fairly high risk of developing sepsis, or illness caused by severe blood infection. Sepsis (also called severe sepsis, sepsis infection, and septic shock) is a potentially deadly condition that’s often caused by late-stage bed sores.

Under-Staffing and Under-Funding Alleged in Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Where Patient Developed Bed Sores

'Under-staffing' and 'under-funding' are just several of the underlying reasons alleged to contribute to the development of a patient's bed sores (or decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers or pressure sores) during an admission to a Missouri nursing home.

Lawsuit Claims that Husband and Wife Suffered from Negligent Care at Residential Care Facility for the Elderly

Like many elderly couples, a decision to move into a long-term care facility may mean that such a decision is a 'joint effort' and where one spouse goes-- so goes the other. In theory, moving a couple into a long-term care facility provides continuity and support in a new environment.

Why is it Important to Differentiate the Type of Facility Where a Bed Sore Developed?

The first step in evaluating a bed sore case, is to determine when at what type of facility the bed sore developed. Aside from obviously knowing which facility to pursue a claim or lawsuit against, knowing how the facility is legally categorized is essential to a successful recovery.

What are Nursing Homes Required to do to Prevent Bed Sores?

Federal law requires that nursing homes have bed sore prevention program. The first part of a nursing home’s bed sore prevention program is a skin care assessment. A skin care assessment must be completed for new nursing home residents within 14 days of admission to the facility which is done to help determine what factors may put the resident at risk for developing bed sores.

Are the Development of Bed Sores during a Nursing Home Admission an Indication of Nursing Home Neglect?

Caring for nursing home patients is hard work! Caregivers must be dedicated to invest the necessary time and effort to assure the medical, personal and psychological needs of their patients are met. When caregivers fail to provide necessary care, patients begins to suffer. Compared with an affirmative act (such as nursing home abuse), nursing home neglect truly implies that someone is not doing their job.

Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Full Tort and Limited Tort

In Pennsylvania should you purchase full tort or limited tort coverage? Pennsylvania personal injury attorney David Ross offers his view on limited tort and full tort coverage. Limited Tort v. Full Tort - In Pennsylvania, you have the ability to choose either limited tort or full tort coverage for your automobile. This election of coverage type has far reaching consequences in the event that you are involved in an accident.

Managing Your Medical Malpractice Case

It can be difficult to know what to do in the wake of an accident and injury. This is true for injuries of any nature; when they are ones that were incurred at the hands of a negligent or reckless medical physician then the tasks ahead of you can seem that much more daunting. However, if you know the right protocol to take after a case involving medical malpractice then you will likely feel more secure in the actions you take moving forward from your accident and injury.

What Fees Will You Pay When Working with Workers Comp Lawyers?

If you’ve been injured at work but can’t come to an immediate agreement with your employer on financial coverage, contact a team of professional workers comp lawyers. From confronting mounting medical expenses to meeting the cost of everyday living, is your employer willing to help you financially while you recover from injury? And if yes, how can you be sure the support will continue?

Victim of an Injury? Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm in Vegas Can Help

Have you or a loved one suffered personal injury due to another individual’s mistake? Having an accomplished personal injury law firm in Vegas on your side can get you the compensation you deserve. Because personal injury cases are so highly specialized and require expertise in several disciplines, hiring a team of strong Las Vegas injury lawyers makes sense.

Injured at Work? Discuss Your Claim with Experienced Worker Compensation Lawyers

Whether you’ve suffered a slip and fall or an occupational mishap at work, consulting experienced worker compensation lawyers will help you determine when to pursue a case. Although some employees may experience only minimal time in the hospital or doctor’s office, others must endure days and even weeks or months under the care of hospital staff or a physician.

Bakersfield Car Accidents and Victims’ Rights

In 2009, more than 1,000 people were injured in Bakersfield car accidents, reports the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The CHP also reports that more than 20 people tragically died as a result of the injuries they sustained in Bakersfield car collisions in 2009. Some recent car crashes that occurred in Bakersfield are:

Zoloft Birth Injuries

Significant linkages have been made between Zoloft and birth defects. Many of these were brought to the attention of Pfizer by the FDA; however, Pfizer still did not adequately warn about the dangers Zoloft posed to unborn children. This is the primary reason why Zoloft Lawsuits are are being seen today.

What to Do if Your Auto Insurance Claim is Denied

Auto insurance companies make money by denying claims. Learn the common reasons for denial so that you can prevent them from denying your claim. You deserve compensation after an accident, so don't let the insurance company take advantage of you.

ASU Board of Regents Accused of Violating Title IX

Title IX was enacted to prevent discrimination on the basis of gender in educational institutions. The law requires that a school, once it learns of a sexual assault, should effectively investigate the incident, eliminate the risk, and remedy the harm to the student whenever possible.

Cyberbullying on the Rise

According to a report by the National Crime Prevention Council, 43 percent of teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying online. With the advent of social networking and social media sites, staying connected online has become a major part of people's lives. This is especially true for teenagers. Over 95 percent of teenagers have an email account and 97 percent of teens report using the Internet at home for personal or school purposes.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) defines physical abuse as any "use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment." According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were over 16,000 nursing homes in the United States in 2004. Over 1.5 million people called those facilities home that year and that population is expected to keep growing.

Guardianships and Vulnerable Adults in Arizona

In Arizona, anyone interested in the affairs or welfare of an allegedly incompetent person may petition the court for appointment as a guardian. ABC15 reports that Sun Valley Group of Tempe requested appointment as guardian to Gloria Horrigan and Rosemary Brown. Upon appointment, Horrigan was taken to a nursing home against her will and not allowed visitors, not even her family. Brown followed a similar pattern, also taken and not allowed to see her family or visitors.

Arizona Road Safety: A Bumpy Ride

A combination of less than ideal road conditions and design, traffic density, irresponsible driving and pedestrian habits resulted in 23,698 Arizona car accidents last year. Arizona offers beautiful weather, landscapes and sunsets, but distracting some Arizonans from those gifts are the dangerous roads and driving environments.

Who Can File a Sunset District Wrongful Death

After losing a loved one in a tragic fatal accident, it is important to be aware of your rights. When another person is responsible for causing the fatal accident, typically the immediate family members of the decedent can seek justice in the form of a full and fair financial compensation for all of the damages related to their loss.

Common Defenses in Personal Injury Cases

A Report From Your Broward Personal Injury Lawyer - The District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently decided a court case addressing two common issues in personal injury cases: the collateral source doctrine and comparative negligence. The case, Hester v. U.S., involved Michael Hester, a paraplegic who is confined to a wheelchair, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the U.S. government.

Litigation in North Carolina State Courts

This article discusses the litigation process in the State of North Carolina. It briefly addresses the pleadings, the discovery process, mediation, trial, and appeals. It also addresses the rules of evidence and the rules of civil procedure applicable to cases in North Carolina.

Understanding the Nature of Elder Abuse

Every year, elder abuse affects hundreds of thousands of older people. Many of these victims are frail, vulnerable and helpless against their abuser. Our nation’s elderly are men and women just like us who have lived their life to the fullest. They are not just elder adults, they are people with feelings, emotions and self respect. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of thousands of elderly adults fall victim to the abusive behaviors of their caregivers, nursing homes and even family members.

New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Alleges Church Failed to Act after Learning of Priest's Deviant Past

Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed in Chicago on behalf of a teenage boy who was sexually abused by a priest over the course of several years at St. Agatha Catholic Church on the city’s West Side. In addition to alleging that the boy was abused by admitted sex offender Daniel McCormack, the lawsuit places blame on the Archdiocese of Chicago for allowing McCormack to remain at the church--- and in direct contact with children--- after similar allegations of sex abuse had surfaced.

What Can Nursing Homes Learn from Jails?

Why in the world would I suggest the the people who are responsible for the care of our most vulnerable take a lesson from those responsible for most violent? The answer has to do with how nursing homes keep track of their residents. Call it wandering, eloping or just escaping, there have been several recent reports of nursing home residents who have wandered from their facilities to their death without the facilities knowledge.

Medical Facilities Must Use Wheel-Locks and Supervision to Protect Patients in Wheelchairs

Perhaps the most basic safeguard nursing homes and hospitals can implement with wheelchair patients is the utilization of wheel-locks. Too often, physically disabled patients are simply propped up in their wheelchairs with the assumption that they face little chance of getting injured.

Heat Likely to Blame for the Death of Nursing Home Patient in Wisconsin

A Midwestern heat-wave is likely to blame for the death of a 69-year-old man at a Wisconsin nursing home. Though no official cause of death has been established, prolonged heat exposure appears to be primary cause of the man's death. WISN website is reporting that emergency personnel were called to Sunrise Care Center, after the man was discovered by staff sitting unresponsive in his wheelchair.

Poorly Monitored Medications May Put Children at Risk for Developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome

One of the most profound cases I worked on involved a girl who was prescribed Bactrim by doctors at a medical clinic for complaints of a sore throat following an outdoor soccer match in cool weather. Soon after taking the medication, the girl began to develop bumps on her throat, followed by a skin rash. After several more visits to the clinic, the doctors advised the girl’s parents to continue with the Bactrim.

Child Suffers Fatal Allergic Reaction after Eating Contaminated Take-Out Food

The family of a seventh grade girl at a Chicago Public School has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Chinese restaurant that catered an end of year school party. The lawsuit alleges that the restaurant failed to adhere to strict warnings provided by the girl's teachers regarding here severe food allergies to peanut products.

Assisted Living Facilities Need to Re-Evaluate if They are Capable of Caring for Dementia Patients

Many assisted living facilities and other nursing home alternative facilities have done very well financially-- playing into the stigma associated with nursing homes that many people hold. While nursing homes may receive a fair amount of bad press, they provide essential medical services for millions of patients. The level of care offered at assisted living facilities simply is not intended to take the place of the skilled nursing care offered in nursing homes.

Pressure Sores in Hospitals on the Rise

An increasing number of number of pressure sore cases my office is working on involve pressure sores that have developed during a hospitalization. What was once considered a sad symbol of poor nursing home care, is now increasingly associated with poor hospital care. Many of our clients who enter a hospital for acute care, wind up extending their hospitalization due to the development of a pressure sore during their stay.

Recent Problems Highlighted in Article about Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in California

One of the the emerging trends in nursing home care is the proliferation of care facilities that commonly hold themselves out to be nursing home alternatives. Many of these facilities have arisen in response to consumer demand for facilities that offer a less institutional feel and a cost far-less than traditional skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes).

Personal Injury Cases: Fall or Trip Injuries Due to an Unsafe Condition

It is the responsibility of property owners and keepers to maintain their property in a safe condition. If they carelessly permit or cause a dangerous condition, they may be responsible for the harms and losses resulting to the injured person. In most states, including Pennsylvania, there may be a legal case if you are injured due to an unsafe condition to property.

Personal Injury: Sexual Harassment at Work

Sexual harassment is defined as any form of unwelcome sexual acts or comments. Not only can it cause victims emotional stress, but it is also against the law. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is unlawful to harass an employee or employer regarding their sex. It is also illegal to request sexual favors or make comments of a sexual nature.

6 Tips to Lessen the Chance of Your Child Sustaining an Injury on a Trampoline

The other day I took my three-year-old son, Max, to a friend’s birthday party at the family’s home. Within minutes of our arrival, I watched Max and other children rush to a home trampoline in the basement. Unfortunately, as quickly as the kids convened at the trampoline-- crying soon began as several children collided while jumping around.

Despite the Recent Publicity, Children Continue to Remain Susceptible to Abuse from Clergy

Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is a devastating event and can be difficult to discuss. This is especially true for clergy abuse because it involves the church and trusted priests. However, clergy abuse is a topic that needs to be discussed. The more light shed on the topic, the better people can understand the problem, take preventative measures, provide therapy to victims, and attempt to right wrongs.

Lead Paint in Homes and Toys Threatens the Long-Term Health of Children

A child explores the world by touching, tasting, and putting things into its mouth. However, sometimes these objects and materials contain dangerous and unseen contaminants such as lead. Lead is a naturally occurring, a very toxic heavy metal, that can cause dangerous health problems when there is too much of it in our bodies.

Nursing Home Abuse: The Deaths of 13 Children Linked to Poor Care at Chicago Nursing Home

The Chicago Tribune ran one of the more disturbing investigative stories I've seen in a long-time when it chronicled the poor care given to disabled children living at Alden Village North located on Chicago's north-side. The Tribune used public records and government documents to uncover the names and details of care provided to children living with physical and mental handicaps, including: cerebral palsy and Downs syndrome.

4.5 Million Children Bitten by Dogs Every Year. How Can We Reduce These Numbers?

In the United States, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, most of whom are children. In Chicago alone, almost 2,000 people are bitten by dogs every year. Young children are the most common victim of dog bites, followed by the elderly. About half of all children will be bitten by a dog before they graduate high school. Children ages 5-9 are most at risk for dog bites.

Toddler Receives Burns in Daycare Due to Caregiver's Poor Judgment

A two-year old toddler is spending time in the burn unit of an Indiana hospital after the caregiver at his daycare center tried to apparently teach him a cruel lesson for poorly aiming while urinating. After an initial claim that the boy simply 'fell' into a tub of lukewarm water, the caregiver acknowledged that the boy received scald burns when she deliberately placed him in boiling hot water at her home-based daycare center.

Are Some Child-Amusements Taking 'Scary' Too Far?

In my house, it seems like we start celebrating Halloween in July! Costumes, parties, candy-- and yes a trip to a haunted house or two seem to fill our schedules in the weeks leading up to the big day. In the past few years, I noticed a trend towards bigger and more exciting haunted houses where there is more of everything-- monsters and blood--- but a noticeable lack of safety.

Kids' Fractures Require Special Attention to Avoid Complications Down the Road

Children are energetic, active, and playful. They play as hard as they can and are oftentimes unaware of their own safety. As can be expected, bone breaks or fractures are very common (diagram of bone breaks) in children. Bone breaks are the fourth most common accidental injury for children under 6-years-old. Broken bones can be difficult to recognize if the bone is not displaced.

Elderly Drivers: When to Take Away the Keys to Prevent Accidents

If you have an elderly family member or friend that still drives, please be aware that many accidents are caused by elderly drivers who are no longer able to safely navigate the road - and for the safety of other people, it can be important to recognize the signs that they are being unsafe.

5 Myths about Hiring a Portland Personal Injury Lawyer

For accident victims, it is a big decision to hire an accident attorney - but it can be a good decision. Here are 5 of the most common fears about hiring an attorney, and the truth behind the myth.

Understanding the Regulations Pertaining to Day Care Facilities is Crucial to Protecting Your Child

Day Care Centers are facilities that provide child care for less than 24 hours/day for over eight children if it is a family home or over three children in a non-home facility. In Illinois, these Centers are regulated by the Part 407 (Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers) of the Illinois Administrative Code. DCFS inspects and licensees these facilities (license valid for three years).

The Dangerous Truth About ATV Accidents

While many people enjoy the exhilaration and thrill that riding an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, brings, others are suffering from severe injuries and graves consequences. Before starting up your ATV, learn more about the truth in riding these powerful machines.

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Birth Control Recalls and Unplanned Pregnancies

Q. I heard about a birth control recall in the news recently. How do I know if my birth control pill was affected?

Dog Attacks: What You Should Know

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If you were attacked by a dog, it can be confusing to determine where to turn for help. You could be facing as lengthy recovery time as well as costly rehabilitation costs, depending in the severity of injury. In 2011, there were 31 fatalities that resulted from dog attacks. As these animals were designed to be able to hunt and kill prey in order to feed themselves, sometimes this instinct can be directed towards humans.

Titanium Joint Debris May Cause Painful Inflammation

Tiny particles from artificial knee and hip joints made from titanium could flake away during normal wear and tear and cause painful inflammation for the recipient according to a new study. While previous studies have suggested that bits of bacteria that stick to the titanium particles are cause for the inflammation this new study suggests otherwise. Researchers from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey have found that titanium particles themselves trigger inflammation in mice.

How a Truck Company May Attempt to Undermine Your Claim

If you were injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you may consider filing a personal injury accident claim to recover compensation for your medical bills and other expenses that have resulted. To make sure that you go through this process accurately and efficiently, you may want to hire a truck accident attorney who specializes in these types of cases.

Your Rights as a Jones Act Shipping Employee under the Jones Act Safety Rules

With all the maritime safety information available to employers, there should be little cause for injury aboard an offshore vessel. However, accidents due to negligence still occur, resulting in the need for a Jones Act attorney to help you apply the Jones Act. Shipping employees in particular may ask "What is the Jones Act?" in accordance to their rights as an injured worker.

Understanding Full Tort and Limited Tort

To many, the terms “full tort” and “limited tort” have little to no meaning. Unfortunately, for personal injury victims, it can mean the difference between being fully and partially compensated by insurance companies after sustaining injuries. While some people will never have to understand what full tort and limited tort are during their lifetime, others will have to deal with this situation, which becomes disheartening when they fail to comprehend their options.

Have You Been Injured on Someone Else's Property? Arizona Premises Liability Lawyers Protect Your Rights

It happens every day; a slip and fall happens on someone's property, and suddenly, you're faced with injuries that will take months to recover from. With medical bills mounting, you wonder how you can keep up with them -- especially if you're off of work while you recover. And because your injuries aren't work related, you probably are not receiving any benefits while you recover.

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