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How to identify signs of nursing home abuse

When you put your parents in a nursing home, you only want the best for them. Unfortunately, many elderly citizens become hurt in nursing homes each year, either intentionally or unintentionally. A report from the Nursing Home Abuse Guide showed nearly a third of nursing homes faced abuse charges between 1999 and 2001. Things have gotten better since that time, but it is still a prevalent issue. 

The people at the nursing home are unlikely to report abuse. Therefore, it is up to family members and loved ones to take note of anything suspicious. There are various signs of nursing home abuse, and it is important to take any suspicions seriously. 

Be Aware: Electric Shock Drowning Comes With No Warning

We are still in the middle of the summer weather and many people are trying to get in as much fun as possible before the weather turns colder. Kids and adults alike enjoy a good swim at home in the family pool or maybe at a nearby lake or river.

However, there may be a potential danger lurking in these bodies of water that many people may not be aware of. The danger is electric shock drowning. The cause is electricity that enters the water when it shouldn't and there are no warning signs. There are some symptoms to look out for as well as precautionary measures that you can take as outlined here by experts on WebMD.  

Concussion Injuries in an Accident

Motor vehicle collisions and slip-and-fall accidents can cause many forms of injury, but few are as potentially dangerous as injuries occurring to the head and brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that approximately 30% of all deaths resulting from injuries involve a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions are the most common form of TBI, and they affect thousands of accident victims each year. Learn more about concussions below, and contact a Kentucky personal injury lawyer if you've received a TBI in a car accident, truck wreck or other accident.

Preliminary Reports Find 2016 One of the Deadliest Years in a Decade

The safety research nonprofit National Safety Council (NSC) has recently released a new report detailing increases in traffic-related deaths in 2016. The report presents grim findings on roadway safety, though the reasons for the jump in deaths remains unclear.

Federal Regulations on Nursing Homes Undergo Substantial Overhaul

Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have recently benefitted from numerous important improvements in their rights and protections under federal law. The Department of Health and Human Services has recently enacted numerous new rules that will provide substantial changes to the operations of all nursing homes that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid, affecting the approximately 1.4 million Americans who live in nursing homes.

Medical Error Cited as Third-Leading Cause of Death in Recent Study

Like anyone, doctors can be prone to carelessness, laziness, or ignorance when on the job. Yet unlike most other professions, these traits can result in lethal harm to others should any errors go uncorrected. While stories of doctor errors leading to permanent or fatal harm to patients are by no means uncommon, it appears that medical errors remain substantially underreported. According to a recent study, physician errors are one of the most common causes of death in the United States.

Manufacturer of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant to Pay Out $240M Settlement

The maker of a hip implant that has caused painful injuries to thousands of patients has recently settled with hundreds of plaintiffs. The manufacturer will pay a total of $240 million to these individuals, all of whom are based in California and Georgia, and most of whom were forced to have painful surgery to correct the damage done by the defective product.

New Federal Rules Will Limit Commercial Vehicles to Slower Highway Speed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have each proposed new rules that would make speed limiters mandatory on all commercial vehicles weighing 26,000 lbs. or more. The speed limiters would bar trucks from traveling faster than 60, 65, or 68 mph, depending on the version of the rule adopted by these organizations at the conclusion of the ongoing comment process.

Injuries to the Brachial Plexus in Infants

Despite being one of the most common medical procedures handled by any hospital, birth can be a complex, traumatic procedure, both for the mother and the infant. There are hundreds of ways that a birth can go wrong, and just as many injuries that an infant could suffer in the process of being born. One common form of birth injury suffered by babies during birth is to the set of nerves known as the brachial plexus. Read on to learn how these injuries happen, and what sorts of effects these injuries can cause.

Major Verdict against Chain of Nursing Homes with Numerous Locations in Kentucky

After three tragic death of residents, a nursing home chain is facing a $5.5 million verdict for its negligence which was found to cause the most recent of those deaths. The company has been the subject of numerous complaints, has a history of health and safety violations, and is currently facing charges from the US Justice Department.

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