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Discovering Nursing Home Abuse

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 11th, 2013

Abusing somebody in a nursing home facility is an egregious enough offense that most people really don't want to accuse anyone of having done it. Unfortunately, this may lead people to doubt very good instincts about whether or not someone they loved is being abused in such a facility. Here are some of the things that may lead you to take action if you believe that someone you love who is in a nursing home is being abused. Remember, you can also report nursing home abuse if you believe it is happening to somebody else at the nursing home facility with whom you have no real emotional involvement. You very well may be doing them a favor.

Overmedication

Overmedication is one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse. It is also sometimes the result of simple negligence. If you go to visit a loved one and they don't suffer from any sort of a disorder that would affect them cognitively, watch out for signs that they may be being overmedicated. They may, for example, seem like they are intoxicated on a drug. They may wander in their conversations, have a difficult time paying attention, be nearly sedated or exhibit other signs that they have taken too much of a given drug. This has to be reported immediately, as it can quickly turn into a deadly situation.

How Birth Injury Attorneys Help Clients

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 11th, 2013

Birth injury attorneys help clients by filing a specific type of medical malpractice claim. If you take a look at many of the birth injury claims in the news, you'll see that a lot of them have to do with cerebral palsy. This is simply because cerebral palsy is a relatively common type of condition that results from birth injuries, hence many lawsuits are filed over a child being afflicted with this particular condition. When birth injury attorneys step in, they will typically start to take a series of actions to benefit their clients.

Expert Evidence

Because birth injury attorneys handle medical malpractice claims, they will have access to experts who can help to shore up their client's cases. The experts will take a look at the specifics of the claim, the child's condition, the conditions in the hospital, delivery room or the type of medical care the mother received before the injury was sustained and determine whether or not they believe that medical negligence likely played a role in the child's injuries.

Tips for Finding a Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 11th, 2013

Assuming that you've already decided that you need to file a lawsuit over a car accident, you still have some big decisions in front of you. First and foremost is deciding upon which attorney you want to represent your claim. The field of personal injury law is full of practitioners, so you do have plenty of options, but there are also some sensible criteria that you can use to determine which attorney would best be able to represent you. Here are some things to consider.

Accident Recreation

If you've ever studied anything about trials, you know that eyewitness accounts aren't given much weight during the course of a court proceeding. This is because people, no matter how much they will protest hearing this, really don't have very good memories on the average. Your memory is very complex and, if you happen to have been in a car accident, you definitely are likely to have holes in your memory that result from the adrenaline of being in the accident, the intense fear of knowing that an accident is coming, if you did see it coming, and other factors that play into this.

Vaccine Scares May Be Endangering Children

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 25th, 2013

You may have heard about claims that vaccines cause autism in children. This has become a popular Internet conspiracy theory and one that does an excellent job of making parents fearful of something that could actually save their child’s life.

There have been cases in the past where drug companies have put very dangerous products on the market. There are, in fact, thousands of cases working their way through the civil courts right now over these matters. Vaccines, however, have not been linked to autism by any serious scientists and not vaccinating children may mean making them take risks that are completely unnecessary.

Blind Spots on Semis Cause 1/3 of Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 25th, 2013

According to information from Road Safe America, a full one third of accidents involving semi-trucks occur in the blind spots around these vehicles. These are areas that other drivers can actually avoid. The blind spots on a truck are minimized with the use of very sophisticated mirrors and, as technology advances, there are other types of sensing devices that are being employed to allow drivers to get a better idea of what is alongside them. For the present, however, it’s imperative that drivers in passenger cars are aware of what a semi driver can see and cannot see so that they can avoid getting into a crash with one of these massive vehicles.

Be Wary of Alternative Health Scams

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 25th, 2013

Legitimate doctors are sometimes not the most pleasant people to deal with. They have to maintain what’s called clinical detachment with their patients, which is what allows them to sometimes perform very painful procedures that may be necessary to save your life. They have to do this without flinching or becoming overwhelmed with sympathy so that they maintain a logical, scientific mindset and give you the best healthcare possible.

When doctors do this, some people mistake it for being completely uncaring about patients. The alternative health industry has picked up on this and offers treatments that are kinder, gentler and, according to most research, completely ineffective for anything except making the alternative healthcare practitioners wealthy. Here are some tips you can use to make sure you’re getting real, effective medical care.

Facts You Need to Know About Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 11th, 2013

Every year, medical malpractice costs approximately $3.6 billion in the US, according to Bloomberg. These incidents are not ones where people are looking to get rich the easy way by suing their doctors. There are tens of millions of incidents every single year where someone is harmed by a medical professional and where they end up suing. These incidents are sometimes catastrophic in their outcomes, with people enduring unnecessary suffering, being permanently disabled and sometimes losing their lives.

Broad Based Problem

Remember that medical malpractice involves fare more professionals than doctors alone. While physicians are typically those sued in these cases, the healthcare facility that they work for, nurses, EMTs and others can be the parties that commit medical malpractice, as well. In cases where the person who committed the malpractice works as an employee of a healthcare provider, it is usually the provider themselves who gets sued over the matter, not the individual.

Are Botched Medical Procedures Common

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 11th, 2013

If you’re considering filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice, you’re certainly not alone. According to data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, around 20% of the malpractice payments made every year are from mistakes of all kinds, including issues with monitoring, giving someone the wrong medication and so forth. Far more malpractice lawsuits are filed over issues with diagnostic errors. Nonetheless, there are some potentially dangerous and even deadly outcomes that go along with errors on the part of doctors and healthcare facilities.

Understanding when It’s Malpractice

In order for a medical error to be considered malpractice, you have to have suffered somehow as a result of the error. Merely having a doctor do something that falls below the accepted standards of care does not qualify as malpractice if you were not harmed in some way.

Wireless Vehicles May Be the Future of Safety

Submitted by jrlaw on May 29th, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wireless vehicles may play a significant role in keeping the roads safe in the future. These vehicles would be equipped with devices that sense what the cars around them are doing and could, potentially, have a lot more information accessible to their systems that could help drivers stay safe. Some of what they could do could address many of the common causes of car crashes.

Lack of Oversight Creates Dangerous Workplaces

Submitted by jrlaw on May 29th, 2013

The recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and other high-profile disasters have revealed that many workplaces have become genuinely dangerous. According to information from the Guardian, a British newspaper, OSHA, the government agency responsible for inspecting and ensuring the safety of workplaces, has been cut so drastically over the years that it is barely able to do its job. In fact, according to that same article, OSHA would take well over 100 years to get around to inspecting a plant like the one that exploded in West with the resources the agency currently has.

Make no mistake about it, many workplaces out there are extremely dangerous and there is very little oversight at present.

Understanding the Risks

When you take on a new job, it’s a good idea to make certain you are working in a workplace that takes safety seriously. Companies that take safety seriously will generally have an inspector who works privately come in and assess the company’s operations for safety performance. Companies that take safety seriously will also employ written programs that are used to train new employees into the safety requirements of their jobs.

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