The American Association for Justice says that about 90% of nursing home facilities do not have enough qualified nurses and trained personnel capable of providing residents with the quality care they need.
Nursing home facilities, also called Skilled Nursing Facilities, Nursing Centers, Convalescent Care or Long Term Care Facilities, are designed for those who require round the clock custodial and skilled nursing care; these include adults, usually those at least 65 years old, those physically or mentally incapacitated, and people who are ill and in need of rehabilitative therapy, such as those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Since these individuals are no longer capable of performing even the basic activities in daily living, trained facility staff members are tasked to provide them custodial care, which includes eating, bathing, toileting and getting dressed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of February of 2015, about 1.4 million residents are housed in 15,700 registered nursing homes facilities in different parts of the U.S. Despite the need to house their elder loved one in a nursing home and despite the thousands of nursing facilities in each state, though, many families are unsure about which facility they should choose due to the widespread cases of neglect and abuse that cause residents to suffer physical injuries, emotional trauma, humiliation, self-pity, hatred, despair, and so forth.
In a study conducted by a research team from the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, it is shown that from January 1999 to January 2001, about 9,000 instances of abuse in 5,283 nursing home facilities were committed. These abuses or lack of care included inadequate medical care, inadequate sanitation and hygiene, and acts that resulted to dehydration, untreated bedsores, preventable accidents, and malnutrition, among others. Besides physical abuse, though, residents were also subjected to other forms of unjust treatment, including financial abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse and, the most degrading of all, sexual abuse.
The Nursing Home Reform Act that was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1987 mandates the provision of services and activities that are gird towards the attainment or maintenance of the highest possible physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of the residents in accordance with a written plan of care. Despite this law, however, nursing home abuses and acts of neglect continue to be committed, mostly by facility employees themselves.
Abusive nursing home aides and/or nurses can be charged with a federal offense punishable with a long jail term; they and/or the nursing home facility that employed them can also be ordered by the court to pay compensation to the victim or the victim’s family due to the pain and other damages suffered by the victim. Any sign or even hint of abuse, a family of a nursing home patient should never hesitate consulting with a skilled attorney, who can help investigate and verify the matter.
Anesthetics are powerful drugs used to relax, paralyze or render a patient unconscious so as to numb away what may be excruciating pain during a surgical procedure or a dental procedure. Records which will show anesthesiologists committing errors are are not plentiful; however, West Palm Beach injury lawyers know that though are well-versed in their profession, anesthesiologists are also prone to mistakes which can very well risk the health and safety of their patients.
Anesthesia error is one example of medical malpractice that causes very serious harm in patients. The serious harmful effects of anesthesia error include ventilator dependence, airway trauma/damage, joint injury, nerve damage, spinal cord injury, brain damage, paralysis, stroke, heart attack or death.
Before delivering the proper dosage of the appropriate drug to a patient who will undergo surgery, it is necessary that an anesthesiologist knows a patient’s medical history. This will prevent such patient from suffering from any possible adverse effects the drug may cause in him/her. Once under anesthesia, the patient will have to be kept comfortable and safe at all times. This means making sure that the patient, who will undergo surgery, will have adequate oxygen levels and will not sustain any injuries, like joint injuries, which are very common results of patient’s joints being hyperextended or hyperflexed, especially during long surgeries.
Anesthesia may either be local or general. Local anesthesia is used to reduce or eliminate sensation in a particular area of the body; general anesthesia, on the other hand, is used to eliminate sensation in the whole body. General anesthesia usually induces loss of consciousness and halting of muscular reflexes.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists says that more than 40 million anesthetics are administered in the U.S. every year. Though generally safe and without side-effects, there are times when anesthesia errors are committed due to the following mistakes:
Administering insufficient doses of anesthesia affects more than 40,000 patients in the U.S. every year. The consequence of this error is anesthesia awareness or awareness during surgery, a situation wherein a patient regains consciousness during a surgical procedure. This makes the patient feel the painful procedure he/she is undergoing, however, since he/she is may still be paralyzed due to the effect of the paralysis-inducing drug, he/she is unable to cry out (a paralysis-inducing drug is different from one that causes sedation).
Proving negligence as the cause of anesthesia error will not be easy. It will require thorough investigation of all those who were part of the surgical procedure to get from them all necessary information relevant to the case. Only if there is a way to prove negligence will the case be worth pursing.
Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Motorcycles are more common in the streets than automobiles. This is because it allows drivers to easily navigate traffic and reach their destinations quickly than cars. However, despite the convenience that these vehicles offer, they also put the driver at risk of getting seriously injured or worst killed. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, driving a motorcycle also comes with a high degree of risk to the driver.
Given the alarming number of motorcycle accidents, it pays to have an idea on common areas where collisions take place. This way, you can reduce the level of risk and keep riding for as long as you want.
In head-on collisions between a car and a motorcycle, the former hits the latter from the front 78% of the time, and only 5% from the rear. In the end, head-on collisions between the two vehicles are often fatal to the motorcycle driver.
One of the most dangerous situations for motorcyclists is when a car is making a left-hand turn. In most instances, the left-turning car strikes the motorcycle when it is:
This type of accident is quite common between a car and a motorcycle but due to its small size, motorcycles are less visible to the turning vehicles. Motorcycles that pass cars within the same lane are even more at risk because car drivers are not aware of such maneuvers.
Late splitting is when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Accidents in such a situation are common due to the following reasons:
These types of accidents usually results to death or serious injuries as the rider does not have any protection.
This is understandable as there is nothing to protect the driver and is likely to be thrown far and hard.
Even small hazards such as slick pavement, uneven height between lanes, and other unexpected objects can be a serious safety hazard for motorcycles.
It can be easy to believe that car accidents don’t happen as often as they used to. Sure, they’re always on the news but since just about everyone has a license, it can be easy to feel a false sense of security when you’re behind the wheel, despite knowing that these incidents happen all the time. It’s just so easy to forget that this, too, can happen to you—until it does.
So maybe you’re one of the latter who worries prematurely and that in itself may very well be a blessing in disguise because a cautious driver is a responsible driver. Yet, still, as according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher, there are still over 2 million car accidents that happen every single year. With those accidents, hundreds of thousands of people end up injured while thousands don’t even have the good fortune of being able to walk away from such an incident.
A car accident can vary in terms of the damage it can cause. One car accident, depending on the kind of accident that it is, could be as simple as a damaged passenger door or a bent bumper. Inconvenient, yes, but ultimately easier to fix and replace than a human being would. Some car accidents could impact a person’s entire life as it is not unheard of for some incidents to cause lifelong conditions such as paralysis or disfigurement.
The variables differ and it is dependent on those variables to be able to know the damage that a car accident can do. However, there are measures that are in place in order to help victims and survivors of car accidents.
In a Business Insider report this month, researchers found that even though Hispanics still top the list of the most number of immigrants in the country, immigration in the U.S. would experience a shift in the years to come. According to them, more and more Asians are flocking into the country, and could overtake the number of Hispanics by 2055. In fact, the study concluded that in 2065, Asians would constitute 38% of immigrant population, which is higher than the Hispanics’ 31%.
Currently, the six largest Asian groups that comprise the immigrant population are Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. But why do many Asians look to live in the U.S.? Here are some of the many reasons:
Advanced Asian economies are continuously expanding their horizons to other countries, including the U.S. In fact, the demand for visa for investors and business owners in the U.S. has been stably increasing. Furthermore, certain visa options in the country offer advantages that are attractive for Asian investors. For instance, the website of the Russian-speaking EB-5 lawyers at AmLaw Group stated that foreign investors who choose to pursue the EB-5 visa through the country’s Immigrant Investor Program are not required to have educational and professional attainment. They are also not required to have a direct family member in the U.S., nor do they need to meet certain residency and workplace requirements.
Many are also attempting to stay in the U.S. for good because of good employment opportunities. This is especially true among Asians with a college or post-graduate degree. To date, millions of Asians are employed in different sectors, such as healthcare, building and construction, and service industry.
America is home to many of the bests, and that include universities. In fact, four of the five top-ranking universities can be found in the country (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University and California Institute of Technology). University rankings were based on different metrics, including the number of international students and foreign academic faculty staff.
A natural hazard disclosure report explains if a home lies exclusively within California state lines and whether or not a home is within a locally mapped hazard area. The Natural Hazards Disclosure Act in the California Civil Code, the seller of a home is legally obligated to produce a report for the buyer. There are six natural hazards that must be addressed in the report.
The first risk is a special flood hazard area. During a 30 year mortgage, there is a one in four chance that a high risk area will flood. This type of area is also defined by the erosion problems that come with the flooding.
Dam inundation is similar to flooding, except it falls under a smaller umbrella of the flooding of dams specifically. A dam break inundation zone is an area downstream of a dam that would be directly affected if the dam were to break.
In California, fires are not uncommon due to its long-term drought. Because of this, California has established very high fire severity hazard zones. These zones tend to be in hilly and mountainous areas.
A natural hazard disclosure report, in addition to saying whether or not the house is in a very high fire severity zone, also has to say specifically if they are in a wild-land fire zone. This is due to the fact that in the past, forest fires have been extremely destructive and difficult to put out.
California sits on a fault line and is not a stranger to earthquakes. Of course, not all areas in the state are equally prone to them. The closer one is to the fault line the more likely they will encounter an earthquake. Where a house is in relation to the fault line is required information for the natural hazard disclosure report.
When raising a child, new parents often question each decision they make in order to keep their child safe and happy. Most parents will admit that they can think of a time they may have been too overprotective, but sometimes paying close attention to a child’s surroundings can prevent them from entering serious danger. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, although toy manufacturers have strict regulations in order to protect children, dangerous toys still make it on the shelves.
Make sure that when a child is playing with an electric or battery operated toy that it is shut off completely after they are done. Not doing so can run the risk of the toy heating up to dangerous levels and burning a child. Sometimes if a toy is not wired adequately, it can heat up rapidly and hurt your child even if it is always turned off after playtime.
If a toy includes or is packaged in a object that can cover and attach to a child’s face – such as a plastic bag – keep them in your sight at all times while they play with the toy, for it can cause a child to suffocate. In fact, any sort of packaging that can cause suffocation should be thrown away before the child comes in contact with the toy.
For younger children especially, be aware of the noise level of their toys if they have sound effects. If a toy is too loud, it can cause hearing damage. The younger the child, the more this is a possibility.
Most toys have some sort of sharp object, so it is important to know the mannerisms of certain children to determine what toys you can trust them with and how much monitoring they need. Sharp objects are hard to avoid, but being more aware of the situation will reduce the risk of injury.
Generally, residents in nursing homes are unable to tend to their own medical needs. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the employees of the nursing home to do so for them. Unfortunately, there are times when these employees make errors when giving medication to those who need it. A Wisconsin nursing home neglect lawyer will probably be aware that this type of neglect can have devastating effects.
One form of medication error is providing an incorrect dosage to patients. Surprisingly enough, this is not uncommon despite the fact that the dosage is printed clearly right on the the medicine bottle. That being said, this is an easily avoidable error, and there is no excuse for those experienced in the caretaker profession to make it.
Oftentimes medicine has to be taken at a certain time of day in order to be effective. Due to the complicated medicinal schedule a lot of elderly people have to follow, it is difficult for them to remember when they need to take what. This is one of the reasons why caretakers are so vital to the well being of nursing home residents. Sadly, workers do not always strictly follow the schedules needed to keep those they are taking care of as healthy as possible.
Perhaps the most harmful mistake nursing home workers can make in regards to medication errors is giving a resident the incorrect medication. This can also be easily avoided due to the fact that names should be on each prescription bottle. Although no one is perfect and mistakes happen, not noticing something as clear cut as a name on a bottle is inexcusable negligence.
When one has a job where their responsibilities include holding the life of someone else in their hands, it is essential that they approach the job with seriousness and attention to detail.
Almost any Boston personal injury attorney would agree that people who experience physical or emotional trauma often have to seek medical help. Unfortunately, this was the case with teenager Noah Conley.
In 2013, Conley received serious head trauma after a truck hit him while he was walking to school, according to News-Press Now. Doctors told his mother that he would never fully recover, but thankfully two years later that does not seem to be the case. Noah recently graduated from Cameron High School and will be attending Iowa Wesleyan College in the fall where he will study pre-med and psychology.
Before the accident, Noah was dead set on joining the military, but his injury now disqualifies him from being in the armed forces. His new career goal is to be a neurologist due to his newfound appreciation for how the brain works.
After the accident Noah had to relearn how to walk and write. Also, because of damage to his frontal lobe he had to relearn social skills as well. He said because of this he felt very isolated for some time proceeding he accident. Now, his condition has improved greatly. He still has long term memory problems, but the biggest hindrance for him currently is his short term memory.
Miraculously, he still retained his ability to play clarinet, drums, guitar, and bassoon. He even received a music scholarship for his talents on bassoon. Noah enjoys learning foreign languages, and now knows as much in regards to them as he did before the accident.
Noah, although he has improved greatly, still receives after effects of his injury such a seizures and impulse control problems. The website of the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk says that when trucks are involved in accidents, the consequences are often life changing. This has definitely been the case for Noah Conley.
Divorces often end with the former spouses holding on to some form of animosity towards one another. Although disdain is common and to a certain degree healthy in the healing process, if former partners have children together, they are going to have to make some important and difficult decisions together in a civilized manner. One of the first of these decisions is visitation rights. When working out these details, one must not project their opinion of their ex as a spouse on to their ability to parent well. However, there are a few instances where demanding that the other parent should not receive visitation rights is justifiable.
For instance, if the parent has history of domestic violence, one should be wary about leaving their child alone with them for extended periods of time. It is possible that a parent took the initiative to seek help to control their anger problems and could very well not be a threat to a child’s safety anymore, but situations like this should be closely monitored nonetheless.
Sometimes it is not the fault of the parent that they must reside in an unsafe neighborhood. However, just because they may be an adequate parent does not mean that they can always prevent dangerous situations that can arise in neighborhoods infested with crime. A possible solution to this situation is allowing for a lot of day visits in exchange for not allowing the child to stay the night.
Children can lash out in irrational anger if they do not get their way. However, if a child constantly complains about visiting the other parent, the problem may be bigger than too many time outs. Law firm Marshall & Taylor PLLC says on its website that even though maintaining healthy parent-child relationships is important, there are certain situations in which this interaction hinders the child from living a happy life.