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Septic Shock Major Threat to Nursing Home Patients

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Nursing home patients who are the victims of abuse or neglect are oftentimes at risk for conditions that result from improperly cared for wounds and poor hygiene. Among these conditions is septic shock. Septic shock, a condition arising from sepsis, can be fatal to people of an advanced age. In fact, infections can kill perfectly healthy younger people, so it's easy to see how this could be a threat to older individuals.

Watching for the Signs

Pressure sores, also called bedsores, can easily become infected if they are not treated properly. The sores can actually tunnel far into the body, eventually exposing the inner parts of the body to sources of infection. If you're elderly loved one is sent to the emergency room, make certain that you do inquire as to whether or not sepsis or septic shock was part of the reason why they were brought in.

Bedsores occur because people are not moved around enough when they are bedbound, a situation which is entirely preventable. When bedsores do happen, it's usually because the patient isn't being cared for properly, isn't being cleaned properly and isn't getting out of bed during the day to give their body a rest.

Premise Liability and Compensation

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Premise liability law covers incidents when individuals are injured on private property or commercial property. There can sometimes be some very real personal conflicts that arise over cases involving premise liability. This is particularly the case when the incident involves an injury at somebody's home and when that injury ended up costing the person who was the victim of it a great deal of money.

Getting premise liability legal help from a qualified attorney is an absolute necessity if you believe that you have a premise liability claim on your hands. They can consult with you – generally for free – to determine whether or not it's worth it for you to file a lawsuit. Here are some of the basic facts that should give you some incentive to speak with an attorney.

Was there Negligence?

A property owner who has committed some sort of a negligent act and caused someone to come to harm may end up being sued for premise liability. Negligent acts oftentimes include not maintaining a property properly or up to code. For instance, if you were invited to use a staircase that was not provided with a handrail, that was not cleared of ice or other obstructions or that was uneven and inherently dangerous and you came to harm because of it, you may have a good claim on your hands.

Texting Behind the Wheel a Serious Problem

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

According to information from the popular website Infographic, cell phone etiquette is rapidly decaying in the United States. While most of the information is relatively humorous and lighthearted, there are some disturbing facts that people should know. For instance, three in four adults admit that they talk or text when they are behind the wheel. The infographic points out that, on average, sending a text means that a driver has their eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds. To make it even more disturbing, the information points out that, at a speed of 55 miles per hour, that means that you're essentially driving the length of an entire football field without looking.

Using your cellular phone for texting, Internet surfing, making calls without a hands-free device or any other purpose when you're behind the wheel is most certainly negligent. Car accident trauma and deaths impact the lives of thousands of people every year. When somebody is negligent behind the wheel, they may well end up injuring you, injuring someone in your family, actually taking the life of someone in your family or destroying your property.

CP Comes with Other Issues

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Children who suffer with cerebral palsy oftentimes suffer with other difficulties, as well. The reason for this is that cerebral palsy is the result of brain injuries during birth. Oftentimes, these brain injuries cause difficulty beyond what cerebral palsy itself causes.

The brain injury that causes cerebral palsy affects the area of the brain that allows you to control your muscles and that provides motor function. Oftentimes, a child who suffers a cerebral palsy inducing brain injury also suffers injuries to the brain that affect other abilities. For example, approximately half of the people with cerebral palsy injuries also have some cognitive impairment. This doesn't mean that they are severely impaired, necessarily. In fact, some people with cerebral palsy end up to go on and get advanced degrees, but they may have to work much harder than other people to achieve such goals.

Everyday Issues

Among the issues that people with cerebral palsy often deal with our problems speaking, problems hearing and problems swallowing. These oftentimes accompany CP disorders. In some cases, a person may have such severe swallowing disorders that they have to be fed through a tube for their entire life. In other cases, there are difficulties that are harder to assess.

Going After Abusive Nursing Homes

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2012

Elderly people are not the only people who end up in nursing homes or other residential care facilities. In fact, people with mental illnesses and other severe conditions that make it impossible for them to care for themselves oftentimes end up in these facilities. Sometimes, these facilities end up doing far more harm than good. A facility in Texas, for example, was recently implicated in the death of a mentally ill teenager. That teenager – for $650 per day – had a room in a trailer house with six other patients.

Uninspected, Misbranded Meat Recalled in Texas

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2012

According to a release by the USDA, a high health risk recall is in effect for pork and beef products produced by Lao Chareune Foods of Dallas, Texas. The products include 3-ounce and 8-ounce packages containing "Pork Snack Stick" food, 3.2-ounce packages containing "Seasoned Fried Beef", 1.76-ounce packages containing "Fried Pork Skins" and 1.2-ounce packages containing Slights Fried Pork Ears".

Texans Injured in Semi Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2012

Two Texans were injured in a head-on collision involving a semi in Ohio on the week of October 15, 2012. According to reporting in LimaOhio.com, the crash occurred in the late morning hours on US Route 33. The truck driver was attempting to exit when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed into the oncoming lane. He struck a vehicle had on.

The drivers in the other vehicle were from Texas and were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Semi Accidents

Some of the most traumatic car accidents involve semis. Simply because of the weight of these vehicles, they can crush a passenger car and the damage they do is oftentimes far in excess of what any passenger vehicle could do to another passenger vehicle. These accidents can also be very complex as far as filing for damages is concerned.

Companies and Representation

One of the most difficult aspects about filing a lawsuit against a trucking company is that the trucking company will generally have legal representation readily available to them. Not only that, they generally have enough money to hire very good legal representation, on top of it. If you plan on suing a trucking company, you want to make certain that you have a good lawyer in your corner, as you can be certain that they are going to have a good lawyer in their corner.

50 Year Sentence in Daycare Abuse Case

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2012

A Spartanburg, South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison over six counts of committing or attempting to commit lewd acts on children under the age of 16. The woman worked at a daycare center in 2010 and, according to reporting in several sources, she abused the children in the bathroom. Some of the facets of this case should be telling to anybody who has reason to suspect that daycare abuse is going on.

Out of the Way Places

Many abusers will make an effort to isolate children so that they can abuse them. This simply provides the abuser with opportunity. Once the abuser has the child isolated from other children and from any supervision by the staff, they're free to conduct their abuse. One of the things you want to look for in a good daycare facility is an environment where it is very difficult to isolate children from one another or from the rest of the staff.

Sadly, a great deal of daycare abuse is sexual in nature. Abusers will sometimes shame and sometimes intimidate children into not saying anything about the abuse. When they are able to isolate children to keep them intimidated, it's even easier for an abuser to keep on with what they are doing.

Hawaii Slip and Fall Case Pays over $5 Million

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 8th, 2012

 

A recent slip and fall injury case in Hawaii has paid the largest ever jury verdict in history for that state. The woman who was injured in a slip and fall accident in a fast food restaurant ended up receiving $5.67 million. She suffered a disabling spinal injury after she fell, and such injuries are all too common in these cases.

Why Are they Dangerous?

You've probably heard that people can die falling from their own height. This, even though it sounds like something of an urban legend, is precisely true. If you fall on a hard surface and strike your head or other vital areas of your body, you can easily be seriously injured or die. Slip and fall accidents can be extremely dangerous in certain establishments.

Dog Bite Claim Costs Up

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 8th, 2012

 

According to a report by the Insurance Journal, the cost of dog bite claims has risen over 53 percent between 2003 and 2011. Legal settlements, jury awards and medical bills all play into this. If you have a dog, it's important that you make certain that you're responsible. If you're bitten by a dog on somebody's property, or your own, you may want to contact an attorney about the matter, since the medical and other expenses associated with these injuries can be very high.

Coverage

If you're a dog owner, you can get insurance to protect you in the event of a lawsuit. Some policies will have umbrella coverage that will cover somebody if your dog bites them on your property. You may want to look into other types of coverage, as well, to make certain that you don't end up looking at a lawsuit because your dog got out of control.

If you are bitten, talking to an attorney is highly advisable.

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