Personal Injury Law Articles
Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide discussing legal aspects related to Personal Injury.
April 5, 2012 By Law Offices of Nuttall & Coleman
Birth injuries affect thousands of children every year and any number of health concerns can arise. Cerebral Palsy is one type of disorder than can affect the functional aspect of a growing child. When a child is born caution should be taken to prevent any injuries from occurring. The process of birth can be traumatic and many children face injuries that can affect them for years to come.
April 5, 2012 By Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC
Everyone gets older – that’s just a fact of life. And while we can’t avoid aging, we can take steps to ensure that our loved ones are properly cared for when they become elderly and can no longer take care of themselves. It’s a sad fact that abuse of the elderly in nursing homes and medical facilities is an ongoing concern. Not in every facility of course, but it does happen. And unfortunately, the victims frequently suffer in silence.
April 4, 2012 By The Becker Law Firm
After labor and delivery, if your child developed persistent pulmonary hypertension and you believe it was caused by medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a birth injury claim. To learn what legal options may be available, contact a Cuyahoga County birth injury lawyer. A lawyer will take the time to examine the details of your case and determine if you have a legitimate claim worth pursuing.
April 4, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
Recovering a reasonable settlement is not an easy process, requiring weeks (possibly months) of negotiation with the insurance companies. If you have been wrongfully injured in a La Quinta personal injury accident, you may decide to file a personal injury claim.
April 4, 2012 By Drake Law Firm
Many victims of nursing home abuse are being forced to arbitrate their claims pursuant to their initial agreement with the nursing home. This article provides insight into the situation and discusses the impact of arbitration on Alabama nursing home abuse and neglect litigation.
April 3, 2012 By Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover
More significant than the average injury, a catastrophic injury can be life changing or even life threatening. The negligence of another can leave victims dealing with the repercussions permanently.
April 3, 2012 By D'Alessandro & Wright
Burn injuries can vary in their severity but in any case they can be both painful and debilitating. For more serious cases legal action can be pursued for those that have been left impaired from a burn. A burn injury can be a painful experience to go through. Not all burn injuries are the same and they can vary greatly in the amount of damage they cause. Some of them can be simple and easy to treat at home, while others will require immediate medical care.
April 3, 2012 By Cohen, Placitella and Roth, PC
As the social networking market continues to grow and evolve, consumers are increasingly presented with new platforms through which they can document and share their lives. The expansion of this market, particularly over the past few years, has been nothing short of remarkable. Websites like Facebook and LinkedIn have become nearly mandatory for young adults, much like cell phones in the 1990s. Written by James P. Goslee, Esquire
April 3, 2012 By Cohen, Placitella and Roth, PC
When an individual is injured due to the negligence of any employee of the United States who is acting in their role as a government employee at the time the negligence occurs, then there can be a viable cause of action on behalf of the injured person. - Written by Joel S. Rosen, Esquire
April 2, 2012 By McEwen Law Firm Ltd
As a general rule of thumb, if you're concerned about the statute of limitations for your Zoloft related birth injury case, the sooner you contact an expert the better. It's as simple as filling out a free Zoloft case evaluation form to find out if you have a case. Whether you consider yourself a litigious person or not, in the case of Zoloft, the manufacturers may have known about the potential dangers to your child but negligently chose to not disclose this information.
April 2, 2012 By Demas Law Group, PC
At least three promising studies during the past decade indicate that heart patients may one day enjoy improved health after their hearts are treated with stem cells taken from some of their own fat cells. Several of these studies have been run by Dr. James Willerson of the Texas Heart Institute. During recent interviews, Dr. Willerson has said that he believes one of his most successful studies was the one he presented in 2011.
It is common for individuals to lament a slip and fall accident and yet not do anything about it. If you have been injured due to slipping and falling and the reason was the negligence of another party, don’t keep quiet about it. A slip and fall attorney can make you aware of your rights. Not only do you deserve to be compensated by the negligent party but you also owe it to others around you—you can help make sure that no further injuries occur the same way yours did.
Personal injury cases can have a myriad of circumstances and situations associated with them. It takes the long-standing and varied experience of an established law firm to understand the subtle differences from one case to another. It is this discerning quality you need to look for when deciding which law firm in Las Vegas may be ideally suited to handling your personal injury case.
Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyers can help you determine which type of case you may have:
A bike accident lawyer with experience knows how to pursue cases where a bicyclist has been hit by a motorist. While bike rider death statistics are going down in the U.S., more riders are being injured. Take a look at some of these statistics:
An experienced traffic accident attorney has seen the hazards and dangers created by street racing. Victims of street racing often don’t realize what is happening until it is too late and they’ve been hit by an irresponsible driver. Alcohol or other illegal substances may also play a part in many drag or street races, typically involving two or more parties wagering bets. Some staggering statistics are below:
A brain injury accident can cause a wide range of symptoms, ranging from minor headaches to amnesia and can leave victims facing a difficult financial situation with mental disabilities. When a brain injury is sustained as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior, wrongfully injured victims are strongly urged to contact a local Victorville accident attorney to determine their eligibility to file a personal injury claim.
If you have been involved in a San Leandro truck accident, it is strongly encouraged to protect your legal interests by consulting a qualified San Leandro truck accident lawyer immediately after your accident.
Broken bone injuries are one of the most common types of injuries sustained in the United States. A bone breaks when it cannot withstand the force applied to it. Force, or energy, can be created in a number of events, such as car accidents, sports, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, and construction accidents.
March 29, 2012 By Hollander & Gould LLP
Introduction: Most people would probably think that car accidents are the largest class or cause of personal injuries. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that accidental falls account for more hospital visits each year than any other accidental cause. Falls are also the leading cause of unintentional death for individuals age 65 and older, with 11,000 deaths occurring annually.
March 28, 2012 By McEwen Law Firm Ltd
Historically doctors had no idea that any risks were being posed to the unborn child when the mother took Zoloft while pregnant. Conversely, the manufacturer of Zoloft may have known of the increased risks to fetuses but chose not to disclose them. There are several reasons why they may have done this but most likely it was to protect their bottom line, make a quarterly earning call, or hope that the number of affected infants would be nominal.
March 28, 2012 By Arnold & Itkin LLP
When injuries occur, people want compensation, or so it usually goes. Everyone is entitled to a claim in the event that they are injured by the negligence of a third party.
March 28, 2012 By Shulman DuBois LLC
If you have been in an accident, you need to seek medical attention. If you have a serious brain injury, the signs are not always obvious. Read about the signs of traumatic brain injury to understand if you might be suffering from head trauma that you cannot diagnose yourself.
Colorado Lawyers Explain How Long-Term Effects of Spinal Cord Injury May Give Grounds for Compensation Claims
March 28, 2012 By The Law Office of D.J. Banovitz
Colorado lawyers list long-term effects of a spinal cord injury that may give grounds for a claim. Seek personal injury compensation when negligence puts your health in danger. A spinal cord injury can alter your life drastically. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may lose sensation, your ability to walk or your ability to breathe without the assistance of a ventilator.
Semi accidents are no laughing matter; if you've been involved in an accident with a truck (and you only drive a lowly passenger car, SUV, minivan, etc.), you've probably come out with some pretty major injuries. If this is your situation, you need to focus on healing and on getting your life back in order after your injuries.
Car accidents can be big or small, but the recent case of a motorcycle rider who met a bad fate in a head-on crash with a pickup truck illustrates just how serious these accidents can be. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, you need help.
A New York Defective Products Attorney Can Help Unravel the Law's Complexities and Use Them in Your Favor
You undoubtedly use products in your home every day, and simply assume that they are safe. Maybe the product you bought isn't particularly effective, but at least you know it's safe. Occasionally, though, a product will slip by the United States' very tough product liability laws, and make it onto the market even though it's not safe.
Truck-car accidents aren't supposed to happen. Truck drivers are professionally trained drivers who should know how to handle their mammoth, 18-wheeled responsibilities, and most do this very well indeed. However, it just so happens that sometimes, a truck driver will lose control and cause a vehicle-truck accident; if you're the driver in the other vehicle, you're lucky to escape with your life, but you may be facing serious injuries.
If you've discovered that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, you're not alone. Although most nursing homes are indeed fine places, many are also guilty of abusing and neglecting residents. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, New York nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers can help.
We all want to protect those we love when they depend on us, whether they are our children or older loved ones who can no longer care for themselves. It's normal to have protective instincts when we take care of those we love, but those protective instincts may also cloud our best judgment when we're dealing with a particularly stressful situation.
March 27, 2012 By The Law Office of Robert B. Abtahi
You are probably eligible for some kind of compensation if you've been injured in an accident due to the recklessness of someone else. Certainly, it entirely depends on the circumstances surrounding the situation. To protect your rights in an effective manner, you will need a personal injury lawyer in Dallas that has experience in handling such cases. You need to find an injury lawyer in Dallas to represent your case and defend you.
March 26, 2012 By Drake Law Firm
Pursuant to Alabama law, drivers injured by stray livestock are essentially barred from recovering damages from the animal owner. This article examines the details of the Alabama statute regarding livestock car crash liability.
A recent survey by Britain’s Royal College of Nursing revealed that NHS (National Health Service) nurses are more unlikely than ever to report wrongdoing.
Episode of Sexual Abuse by Nursing Home Employee Shows a Need for Nationalized Database for Healthcare Workers
Like most perspective employees, people seeking a position in a nursing home likely fill out an application, perhaps submit a resume and answer a few questions from the facility administrator or other managerial employee. Pretty simple and matter of fact. In the majority of situations, this tried and true method of seeking employment likely serves its purpose for both employer and employee.
For many families, there's a real feeling of helplessness when it comes to selecting a nursing home for a loved one or perhaps learning more about an existing one. Certainly, with many families living vast distances from their loved ones, I can sympathize as to the feelings of despair.
March 23, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
Q. I suffered a serious broken bone injury in a bicycle accident caused by a reckless driver. What are my legal options?
March 23, 2012 By Demas Law Group, PC
Although technological innovations continue to march forward, there will always be certain glitches that require consumers to stay on their guard. Fortunately, most of us are rather pleased with the quality of the televisions and wall mounts we've purchased in recent years. The TV screens’ beautiful colors and lack of distortion are wonderful, along with the excellent audio quality.
March 22, 2012 By The Law Office of D.J. Banovitz
Premises liability cases include slip and fall accidents, assaults, and other injurious incidents that occur on someone else's property.
March 22, 2012 By L. Ty Wilson, PC
One of the most common questions I am asked by personal injury victims in Georgia is, “what is my case worth?” The short answer is, it depends. Many factors go into determining the value of a personal injury claim. However, there are a few main things that you can look at to get an idea of how an insurance company might view your claim.
Category RSS Feed Respite Care: A Welcome Break for Caregivers or Exposing a Loved One to Unnecessary Harm?
Respite Care means the intermittent and temporary care for frail or disabled adults on behalf of the primary caregiver in order to provide relief and support. It is an important aid for families who care for older family members so that they can run errands, work, take care of personal matter, or even give them some time off to relax. This allows you to care for family members without having to institutionalize them.
Lawsuit Claims That Husband & 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.
An Injury Occurring During Physical Therapy May Be the Result of the Malpractice of the Physical Therapist
The increasing use of physical therapy amongst the elderly-- and particularly nursing home patients-- has resulted in increases in the number of incidences of patient injury or death.
I highly suggest taking a look at the New York Time's recent "Well" column, Four Drugs Cause Most Hospitalizations in Older Adults, as a real wake up call for medical facilities--- such as nursing homes--- to do a better job monitoring the effectiveness in their patients.
Some people have no business working in a nursing home. After reading a news report about Nai Mai Chao, I think I would certainly add her to the list. In her role as a CNA at Regency Pacific Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Portland, OR, Ms. Chao was obviously privy to many personal situations involving patients at the facility where patients trust that she would not share.
Without a doubt, one of the most frustrating aspects of litigating cases involving nursing home injuries is that many of them derive from the failure of staff to implement the most common sense safeguards.
In many nursing home negligence cases it may be easy to point the finger at the person who was responsible for the direct care of the individual at the time they were injured. Assuming the situation involves an acute incident such as: a medication error or fall--- it is easy to look at the circumstance as an open and shut case of an isolated employee simply not performing their job properly.
Elder Abuse Charges against Nurses for Their Role in Death of Nursing Home Resident During Short-Term Stay
When complications arise during a nursing home admission due to the negligence of nursing home staff, the matter may be pursued civilly in the format of a nursing home lawsuit--- but rarely is the matter pursued criminally. Obviously, much of the hurdle to a criminal prosecution of a nursing home abuse or elder abuse matter derives from the fact that few of the victims are capable of testifying and hence the case relies primarily upon potentially flimsy circumstantial evidence.
Two Las Cruces, New Mexico women have been charged with criminal neglect after police found their elderly relative trapped in a trailer, with her toes gnawed off by animals.“[The animals] had completely eaten or removed all parts of the toes,” said Deputy District Attorney Steven Blankinship. “There was very little blood left. I imagine it was extremely horrific for her to go through that and not have anybody there who was going to help her.”
March 21, 2012 By Law Offices of Shane Smith
When someone makes the decision to get in their car and drive after having too many drinks or while under the influence of another substance, that person is deciding that their convenience is more important than the safety – and the lives – of others who might be on the road.
March 21, 2012 By The Young Firm
Are you a seaman under the Jones Act? New Orleans-based lawyers explain when a claim could be filed with examples of previous serious accidents and injuries. One of the most dangerous jobs in this country is drilling offshore for gas and oil. Workers can average 12-hour workdays hundreds of miles from the coast, surrounded by combustible material and heavy machinery flung around by cranes.
March 21, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
Although motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities are on the decline in California, thousands of bikers are still killed or seriously injured in accidents every year. In Fallbrook, located in northern San Diego County, serious injury and fatality motorcycle accidents have been reported on Interstate 15, Highway 76, Mission Road, Sterling View Drive, among other locations.
March 20, 2012 By The Zalkin Law Firm P.C.
There are many kinds of accidents involving trucks, there are many kinds of trucks involved in accidents, there are many causes for accidents, and there are many injuries sustained in these various accidents.
Study Shows Nursing Home Patients with Dementia More Likely to Suffer Falls When Taking Antidepressants
March 19, 2012 By Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
It's no secret that falls in the elderly nursing home population remain one of the largest threats to patients safety and overall well-being. Recognizing this threat, nursing homes must assess each patient for their potential fall-risk and create a plan of care to reduce the incidence of falls during their stay at the facility.
March 19, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
After sustaining serious injuries in a Live Oak personal injury accident, prompt medical treatment is a crucial component of an optimal recovery.
March 18, 2012 By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
A lot of people today own smart phones. These devices are like pocket-sized computers that people can carry around to stay connected to the world around them.
March 17, 2012 By Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez
A motor vehicle accident lawyer can assist you and your family should you experience the trauma of being the victim of a hit and run accident.
March 16, 2012 By Shoop A Professional Law Corporation
Manufacturers have a responsibility to the public to provide safe products. When they fail to do so through negligence, they could be held liable for their actions.
March 16, 2012 By Wolpert Schreiber P.C.
The basic principle of insurance is that a policyholder pays money called premiums to "insure" for the risk of a future loss event. Despite lots of specific definitions of what is covered in the policy contract, there sometimes a disagreement as to whether the incident is "covered".
March 16, 2012 By Fisher Stark Cash, P.A.
There is little debate that trucking accidents cause devastating injuries. The injuries suffered may be life altering and even deadly. One of the worst injuries suffered from a truck crash is a traumatic brain injury, also called a TBI.
March 15, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
A serious fall accident at great heights or on a hard surface can cause severe injury or even fatality to victims. Fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States, and the second leading cause of spinal cord injury. When a property owner’s negligence becomes the cause of a serious injury fall accident to a guest, the wrongfully injured individual can rightfully claim compensation for all of the losses and expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
March 15, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
Because Sutter County and much of Sacramento Valley is deeply rooted in agriculture and production, thousands of trucks are routed through the county, transporting goods to and from the area. And while trucking is an essential part of these communities, the large trailer trucks that travel throughout the county also pose a serious danger to other travelers.
For some senior living operators, it seems like the regulatory laws that apply to their facilities are simply too burdensome. After all, operators of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are subject to laws that are designed to protect their predominately elderly residents from harm. It goes without saying that complying with some of these laws can be difficult.
Illinois does not require a specific staff to patient ratio for Illinois nursing home facilities. The responsibility lies on each facility to determine the staffing needs to meet the needs of its residents. (Section 300.1230 – Staffing)
Category RSS $8 Million Verdict to Nursing Home after They Play Dumb about the Origin of Patient's Injuries
Following a two week trial and several hours of deliberations, a Kentucky jury has awarded the family of a deceased nursing home patient $8 million in damages for the errors made related to the care of the patient during an admission in 2008. Categorically, the damages were apportioned: $2 million for pain and suffering, $1 million for violation of the Kentucky Nursing Home Statute and $5 million in punitive damages against the nursing home according to news reports in the Carrier-Journal.
With a sizable percentage of nursing home patients diagnosed with diabetes, we have been contacted by a number of current and former clients regarding a product recall involving Medtronic's MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps. The medical device recall was initiated in July, 2009 after defects were discovered in a particular lot of the infusion sets.
Illinois Officials Begin Examination of Nursing Home Procedures Following Elopement of Alzheimer's Patient
The Chicago area has been struck by a snap of arctic weather lately. It’s the kind of weather that quickly brings a chill to every part of your body regardless of how quickly you can do what needs to be done and get back to a warm area.
March 15, 2012 By The Odierno Law Firm, P.C.
In a recent news story, two people were seriously hurt in a boating accident in Long Island when the boat crashed in Patchogue sometime after midnight. The driver was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated, and the other passenger was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Even though this accident was caused because the driver was acting recklessly, boating accidents occur more frequently than most people realize.
March 15, 2012 By Mulvey Professional Association
The results of an accident can be devastating. From property damage to emotional turmoil to serious injuries, it can take months if not years to recover.
March 15, 2012 By The Donahey Law Firm, LLC
Hygiene in hospitals is not as high of a priority as one would expect. When people don't feel well, they see a doctor. They probably assume that the doctor will not spread anything to them to make them sicker. Ohio residents may be disturbed to find out that hygiene in hospitals is not as high of a priority as one would expect.
March 15, 2012 By The Donahey Law Firm, LLC
An estimated 100,000 people per year die in hospitals around the country from preventable errors and over the years this situation has only worsened. About 10 years ago a study from the Institute of Medicine was released. It estimated that 100,000 people per year died in hospitals around the country from preventable errors. Ohio residents will be disappointed to know the situation has only worsened.
March 15, 2012 By Sumner Law Group, LLC
Unfortunately, there is not yet a way to securely avoid accidents from happening. There is also not yet a way to avoid personal injuries caused by these accidents. However, there is something that can be done about it, particularly when the incident occurs on site a person’s place of employment.
March 15, 2012 By James DeCrescenzo Reporting. LLC
A recent meeting of court reporting firm owners from across the country began with an ice breaker. In two minutes each table was challenged to list as many things lawyers do that frustrate us. As a representative from each table read off their lists, among growing laughter and groans, clear trends were revealed. It seems the top five ways to sour your relationship with your court reporter are:
March 15, 2012 By Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick
Preventable hospital mistakes range from U.S. surgeons operating on the wrong person or body part, happening as much as 40 times per week, to a hospital staff member’s failure to properly disinfect a room or wash his hands. The landscape of the modern medical system at first can seem quite picturesque. American hospitals are capable of great feats: saving lives, curing disease, and inventing new procedures.
March 15, 2012 By The Law Offices of Jaghab Jaghab & Jaghab, P.C.
Massive amounts of damage can be caused by car accidents. The force of speed and the large mass of a vehicle all contribute to the severity that is witnessed in the different types of car accidents that can occur. Car accidents occur every day, with millions occurring each year. Many are reported to police and insurance companies, while some may be handled by the parties involved themselves.
March 14, 2012 By McEwen Law Firm Ltd
In the case of Zoloft, this was prescribed to pregnant women by doctors who truly believed they were not risking the health of the unborn child. And the mother trusted the judgment of the doctor. What nobody counted on, was that manufacturer of Zoloft may have known of these unacceptable risks, yet did nothing to warn pregnant women of these dangers.
March 14, 2012 By Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, PC
A devastating occurrence to those it affects, nursing home abuse happens all over the country with thousands of cases being reported and many that are not. It can be more than just physical abuse and should be looked out for so it can be prevented. In the U.S. there are over 16,000 nursing homes caring for the elderly citizens of the country.
March 14, 2012 By Estey & Bomberger, LLP
After suffering a serious Sacramento auto accident injury, you may have a lot of questions concerning your legal rights. A Sacramento car accident lawyer can answer your legal questions, however, it is imperative a knowledgeable lawyer be consulted.
March 14, 2012 By The Florida Law Group
The state of Florida is known for its mandatory No Fault Insurance, also known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance, which covers Florida drivers up to the limits of their insurance policy regardless of fault. This insurance plan covers a driver’s children, members of their household and other certain passengers who lack PIP Insurance as long as they do not own a vehicle.
March 14, 2012 By Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez
Being injured while on the job can be both a physically and emotionally draining process. Dealing with the physical pain as a result from an accident can be debilitating and frustrating—especially if it interferes with how you perform at work.
March 14, 2012 By Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C.
Food poisoning affects thousands each year. Many cases go unreported, often resolving on their own. While others can cause serious damage to those they infect. When you decide to eat out, rather than making dinner at home you are doing so with the belief that a restaurant has taken care in the meals they prepare. This includes using the required sanitary techniques, properly storing and preparing food and ensuring nothing has passed its expiration date.
Not all lawsuits are filed individually by a single person who has decided to take legal action for the personal harms that were inflicted upon them. Instances which involve injury or illness to a large group of people can be acted upon in the form of a class action lawsuit.
If you ask government inspectors, the answer is a resounding--- YES. Today, psychiatric drugs-- and anti-psychotic drugs in particular-- are prescribed to an astounding 14% of all nursing home patients. The bulk of the psychiatric drugs are administered to patients with dementia or Alzheimer's in order to calm their potentially aggressive behaviors.
Next week attorney David Terry and I will be exchanging blog-posts on perhaps the most common-- yet under-appreciated medical condition effecting patients in nursing homes and hospital-- Bed Sores. Used interchangeably with the terms: pressure sore, pressure ulcer or decubitus ulcer, most people have little appreciation of the real devastation that bed sores cause until they see one first hand.
We look to environmental causes of falls....cluttered hallways...improperly footwear...yet in many fall-related situations the real 'cause' of the fall lies within the person herself... Hypotension (low blood pressure) is a problem for many nursing home residents, causing dizziness and fainting.
Commonly known as C. Diff, Clostridium Difficile is a bacterium commonly found in the colon of healthy people. C. Diff can become a problem when the body’s natural defenses are slashed in effectiveness with the introduction of antibiotics that are typically used to treat various illnesses. Especially in older patients or those on in a weakened condition, the introduction of antibiotics may allow the C. Diff can bacteria to rapidly multiple causing serious illness or even death.
I've come to accept that the physical responsibilities placed upon nursing home staff are completely unrealistic. The desire of management and administrators to maximize the individual productivity of nursing home workers may appear to be an admirable proposition on paper--- yet, fails when it comes to providing quality care for patients.
Yesterday we discussed potential signs of mistreatment or abuse in a day care setting. Today we continue our discussion regarding child abuse as we consider the signs of various types of abuse. While many of these topics are exceptionally troubling, as parents it is important to pay attention to changes in the behavior of our children and recognize the importance of addressing these issues head on.
My heart goes out to the families across the globe who have lost loved ones due to a fire at an Australian nursing home. The death toll now stands at nine, while many other patients at the nursing home remain hospitalized in intensive care from injuries related to smoke inhalation and burns.
Study Shows Nursing Home Patients with Dementia Likely to Suffer an Injurious Fall When Taking Antidepressants
It's no secret that falls in the elderly nursing home population remain one of the largest threats to patient’s safety and overall well-being. Recognizing this threat, nursing homes must assess each patient for their potential fall-risk and create a plan of care to reduce the incidence of falls during their stay at the facility.
The family of a deceased woman has filed a lawsuit against a large health care company that was responsible for maintaining her health. The lawsuit names Addus Healthcare as a defendant in two count complaint alleging that the company’s negligence during a short-term stay, resulted in numerous medical complications that contributed to the patient’s death.
The family of a deceased Illinois man is suing the VIP Manor nursing home in Wood River, saying the facility was responsible for their family member’s death. The Madison-St Clair Record reports that Thomas Woodward, 52, was taken from VIP Manor to a hospital in Effingham, IL in March, 2010. [Caption: The VIP Manor nursing home is one of 35 care centers managed by Cypress Health Care.]
Recognizing that the development of a bed sore during an admission to a hospital as something that simply should not occur, many facilities have begun to categorize their development for what they truly are a serious medical error. Bed sores now join a list of dreadful occurrences such as: operations on the wrong body part, patient suicides, foreign objects left in during surgery and deadly falls in the hospital as situations that simply shouldn't occur in the presence of proper medical care.
Contrary to what some medical facilities suggest, the development of pressure sores during an admission to a facility is not an inevitable part of getting older or something that simply coincides with some medical conditions. Rather, pressure sores are overwhelmingly the result of inattentive care on the part of the facility.
One of the more difficult social responsibilities that we have is serving on a jury. In addition to the obvious inconvenience and time away from family and work responsibilities, jurors have the difficult task of determining who to believe in a situation where completely contradictory explanations of an incident are being offered.
The origins of pressure sores have been well documented for centuries--- the combination of unrelieved pressure and force put upon the body. However, from a technological perspective, relatively little progress has been made towards reducing the rates pressure sores in patients with heightened risk factors.
Use of Restraints with Nursing Home Patients has been Reduced More Than 50% Over the Last Decade is it Enough?
When you consider forms of cruel treatment, maybe you consider beds of nails or solitary confinement? However, another form of cruel treatment-- the use of restraints, is commonly used with innocent nursing home patients. At some facilities, patient restraints are a commonly used tool used by facilities in lieu of providing actual hands-on patient care by facility staff.
Even after tending to bleeding on the jaw of a resident at their facility following an altercation with another resident, staff at Sky West Assisted Living Center failed to seek out any outside medical attention for the resident. It wasn’t until the resident’s family insisted that the resident be taken to a hospital was it discovered that the man’s jaw was fractured in five places, his eye socket was broken and he had fractures in his cheek bone.
March 12, 2012 By Law Offices of Martin D. Finkel, PC
Precaution should be used when operating any type of vehicle; motorcycles are not exception to this rule. Failure to take precaution or the negligence of another can leave drivers with serious personal injuries. For many people operating a motorcycle can be an enjoyable and convenient way to get around. It is both fuel efficient, easier to maintain as well as being a fun experience.
March 12, 2012 By Drake Law Firm
Many Alabama work place accidents are resolved through the workers' compensation claim process. However, certain industrial accidents are governed by federal legislation. This article provides a general overview of the application of the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) and the Jones Act to Alabama work place accidents.
March 9, 2012 By Cain Firm, Attorneys
Every summer, many people enjoy the sun by splashing into their backyard or community pool. Are these premises safe, though? Learn more about how you can help fight to prevent swimming pool accidents now! Everywhere across the country, community pools and private pools are known to draw in large crowds during the spring and summer months.