Abuse and Neglect Continuously Threaten the Well-being of Nursing Home Residents

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.

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Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

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.

  1. Head-On Collisions

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.

  1. Left-Hand Turning Cars

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:

  • Going straight through an intersection
  • Passing the car
  • Trying to overtake the car

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.

  1. Lane Splitting

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:

  • The close proximity of the cars to the motorcycle
  • The small space the motorcycle has to maneuver
  • Cars do not expect motorcycles to pass them in slow or stopped traffic
  1. Speeding & Alcohol Abuse

These types of accidents usually results to death or serious injuries as the rider does not have any protection.

  1. Collision Between Motorcycles and Fixed Objects

This is understandable as there is nothing to protect the driver and is likely to be thrown far and hard.

  1. Road Hazards

Even small hazards such as slick pavement, uneven height between lanes, and other unexpected objects can be a serious safety hazard for motorcycles.

How Bad Can a Car Accident Be?

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.

More and More Asians are Moving into the U.S.

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:

Investments

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.

Job opportunities

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.

Education

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.

SOURCE: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2015#sorting=rank+region=+country=+faculty=+stars=false+search=

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/business/asia-u-s-immigrants/

http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/asians-expected-to-become-largest-us-immigrant-group/

 

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