Nursing Home Neglect

When it comes to our elderly loved ones, we try to do as much as possible for them and that includes keeping them safe. So, if the time comes where your loved ones may need to be placed in a nursing home due to the level of care needed, the last thing on our minds is the potential for nursing home injuries. No one wants to even think this is a possibility, but sadly it can be. There are several types of injuries that can occur in a nursing home due to falls, trips and slips, neglect, or even elder abuse. And if you’re not able to keep track of your loved one as much as you’d like, it’s possible this can all be happening behind your back without being reported.

So, if your loved one is injured in a nursing home and you believe the injury was not the result of a true accident, there are signs that you can look for to determine if there might be abuse occurring. Some of the most common signs of nursing home injuries caused by abuse are:

  • Dehydration or malnutrition

  • Asphyxiation

  • Head injuries or fractures

  • Infections

  • Bedsores

  • Bruises, cuts, or welts that appear out of nowhere

While some of these injuries listed can certainly occur due to innocent accidents, many others have a greater likelihood of being due to abuse, or neglect. Along with these injuries, you may also discover that your loved one has gone through changes in his or her mental state such as sudden withdrawal, noticeable agitation, a reluctance or refusal to speak with you when staff members are in the room, incessant rocking, or excessive flinching when touched.

If you truly believe your loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, make sure that you remove him or her from the situation if you think it will happen again. Always contact the authorities to have the situation addressed properly. If something questionable is happening, don’t let it happen to others.

Medical Misconduct Must Be Properly Reported

Mistakes (or carelessness) in treatment and unsafe practices at health care facilities can have a colossal impact on patient welfare and the overall efficacy of the health care system. Patients are completely at the mercy of this system to care for them in their hour of need. So, It is important that any mishaps be properly reported so that regulatory boards can reduce the likelihood of future errors by and limit the practices of repeat offenders.

First and foremost, all medical errors should be reported to a state’s medical complaint board. Keep in mind that the process of filing a report and the subsequent proceedings vary significantly by each state. Essentially, the patient seeking to report mistreatment will fill out a form identifying all of the relevant parties and describing the mistake that occurred, as well as any harm that resulted from it.

The purpose of filing a report with one’s state medical complaint board is to provide the professional medical community with information that a doctor or hospital is not meeting the standards of the profession. But a patient might also want to notify the general public of the mistake so other patients under the same care can avoid the doctor or hospital.

Now, when it comes to the information needed to file a report, a patient does not need to submit a medical opinion clearly indicating that a mistake was made in order to file a report when something goes wrong in the provision of care. When a patient believes that a mistake was made, a report should include as many details and as much firsthand information as possible but leave out medical jargon if possible.

Just because a state board may agree with your report doesn’t mean you will win a malpractice case. It is critical to understand that filing a report does not initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit in case you do eventually plan on filing. A report filed with the state board can only affect the ability of the doctor or hospital in question to continue practicing medicine. The true purpose of the report is not to compensate the patient for harm caused as a result of the mistake, but to prevent it happening to others.

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road

As spring/summer approaches and the weather temperature rises, more and more motorcyclists will start hitting the roadways. With this seasonal increase of motorcyclists on the roadways, comes to an increased danger of those motorcyclists getting into serious accidents. It should come as no surprise that motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road and statistically are more likely to be injured or killed in a car accident than occupants in a car, bus, or truck.

Back in the year 2015, motorcycle fatalities across the United States topped 5,000. Motorcycle accidents accounted for 1.1 percent of total crashes and 15.8 percent of all fatal crashes. All because motorcyclists aren’t that well seen on the road. One state has tried making a difference in decreasing motorcycle accidents; Illinois instituted a “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign and declared the month of May the Motorcycle Awareness Month. The campaign urges all drivers to stay vigilant when on the road and consciously look for motorcycles on the roadways.

There are three states in the nation that do not have a law that mandates motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets. Whether your state has this law or not, it is ludicrous to not want to wear a helmet when driving a motorcycle. Statistics show that wearing a helmet can reduce injuries and save lives effectively. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that wearing helmets saved 1,859 motorcyclists’ lives in 2016, and 802 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn their helmets. The NHTSA estimates that helmets are 37% more effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists and 41% more effective in preventing fatal injuries to their passengers.

Motorcycle accidents or no easy matter and can be terrifying for anyone involved in any shape, way, or form. Medical costs can of course quickly stack up and overwhelm. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a professional accident lawyer to learn more about how you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and get peace of mind.

As a parent, grandparent, or even an Aunt/Uncle/Friend who’s buying a toy for a beloved child in their life; you usually don’t think anything of it. It’s a toy, right? What harm can it do? Sadly, there’s a few toys out there on store shelves that are not as harmless as you may think. So go ahead and re-think those gift options and we’ll help you choose a little more wisely with the following list of toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys.

1. Fidget Spinners:

These dying fads actually contain small parts that can be a choking hazard to many children. When overused, the center screw can come undone and be consumed by younger children.

2. Mattel’s Wonder Woman Sword:

This seemingly harmless pretend sword has the potential to cause blunt-force injuries with children using it to pretend fight. Unlike other foam swords out there, this particular item isn’t as soft due to the metallic paint covering the hard foam of the sword itself.

3. Marvel’s Spider-Man Drone:

This electronic toy has multiple rotating blades that can lead to eye and other bodily injuries if not worked properly. The age restrictions should not be ignored for this particular toy.

4. Tolo’s “Pull Along Pony”:

This toy is marketed for children over the age of one but has a 19-inch cord hanging off of it. It doesn’t take a testing lab to know that’s a strangulation and entanglement hazard for children.

5. Hallmark’s Disney-themed “Itty Bittys:

These collectible plush stacking toys are made for babies and were recalled last summer due to fabric pieces that posed a choking hazard. But the toy has created a collecting frenzy with adults and is still readily available online.

These are just five examples, but let this be a conscious reminder to those shopping for little ones.